Boy band specialists from around the world, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight have a pop history lesson for you. New Kids on the Block’s music video for “Boys In The Band” referenced iconic boy bands from the 1970s to the present day, gave boy band fans everywhere, and helped demonstrate why fans around the world have loved “Boys in the Band” for decades.
The band’s latest single — part of the 30th anniversary reissue of their iconic album, hang hard — pays homage to all the boy bands that came before and after them, and they recruited some of their tour mates. Not only that, the song also pays homage to Naughty By Nature and Debbie Gibson, who sings the song’s hook and plays a sexy schoolteacher in the video. (Gibson and Naughty By Nature are also featured on NKOTB’s single “80’s Baby” with Salt ‘N’ Pepa and Tiffany.)
And the band’s current celebration of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia was front and center in their latest video, in which they recreated some of the most unforgettable boy band moments of the past forty years for the edification of “History of Boy Bands” by Lance Bass. ” to classify.
But with so many references, shoutouts and homages to every great boy band in pop history packed into four minutes, it can be hard to catch them all. Luckily, for all you boy band aficionados out there, we’ve broken down all the references and shoutouts you probably missed in the “Boys In The Band” video.
The group’s “Old Man” choreography
Playing on the idea that New Kids On The Block are “too old” to still call themselves a boy band, the video opens with the five members of the 80s band walking into the room. class by putting on makeup and using canes and walkers. During Jordan Knight’s first verse, the quintet breaks out some (very slow) choreography, which longtime fans will probably recognize through their “Step By Step” music video.
The Jackson Five
Traveling to the 1970s to launch their history lesson, NKTOB channeled the Jackson 5 with their retro, blue and white costumes, platform shoes and step-by-step choreography. And, in true homage to the ’70s supergroup, the performance featured Wahlberg on guitar, a la Tito Jackson.
The new edition received several shoutouts in NKOTB’s new video, starting with the band members recreating the music video for “Mr. Telephone Man”, one of New Edition’s greatest singles. Three of the former members of New Edition – Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Mike Bivins, also known as BelBivDeVoe – also make an appearance in the video, dragging Joey McIntyre off their payphone and out of the classroom. The band also gets a lyrical shoutout, in the first prechorus, when McIntyre sings “If this ain’t love / then why do new editions keep popping up?”
New Kids On The Block
Naturally, an NKOTB video about the boy band’s history must contain plenty of homages to their own iconic career moments. During the 80s portion of the video, the band broke up the choreography of “The Right Stuff” as well as the famous “New Kids dance” by their video “Hangin’ Tough”. The song’s lyrics also feature not one, but two shoutouts to their famous hometown of Boston, in the line about how “Boston boys keep holding on” and later in Wahlberg’s rap verse on the hometowns of some of the iconic boy bands.
At several points in the video, the group leads the class through the famous arm-waving choreography of “Hangin’ Tough”, both at the start and then later as the whole class gets up to dance along with all the years. 80. icons in the room.
Donnie’s Boy Band Breakdown
The vast majority of the boy band’s screams occur during Wahlberg’s verse, where he raps about the history and evolution of boy bands over the years. Some of the bands he mentions include BBD aka BelBivDeVoe, Backstreet Boys, B2K (who are embark on their own reunion tour this year), 98 degrees, the under LFO appreciatedMenudo (where Ricky Martin made his debut), short-lived UK group JLS and, of course, the biggest boy band in the world, BTS.
Besides being a quick reference to boy band O-Town, New Kids’ reference to Orlando during Wahlberg’s verse is also an important part of their homage to the boy band’s history, as *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys spent their early years performing. and recording in Orlando, Florida.
The video “Goodbye goodbye”
Besides having Lance Bass playing the teacher in the video, “Boys In The Band” contains many references to *NSYNC, which is the main band used to illustrate the 90s in the classroom. At one point, Wahlberg leaves his instructional video in the room, staring at the camera with a nod and a smile, similar to how Justin Timberlake did. in the clip “Bye Bye Bye”.
After returning to frame, Wahlberg and the rest of NKOTB channel their inner *NSYNC by recreating the puppet look of the “Bye Bye Bye” video. The band also added another reference to 90s icons in the lyrics, shouting *NYSNC debut single, “I Want You Back” at the end of the second verse.
While there’s no “2000s” segment in the NKTOB video, the biggest boy band of that era — One Direction, duh — is gaining a lot of recognition throughout the song. In addition to being named during Wahlberg’s rap, 1D is referenced later in the song, with Jordan Knight singing, “Why do all directions always lead to one?”
NKOTB’s latest boy band reference is iconic British boy band, Take That, who topped the charts across the Atlantic in the 1990s. (You might recognize them from their Comic Relief appearance in “Carpool Karaoke” by James Corden.) Paying homage to Take That’s famous music video “Back For Good”, the New Kids don giant fur coats, hats and parkas to sing passionately to the students and roll on the screen. And, in a hilarious homage to the rain-filled video’s climax, the band also pours water over McIntyre’s head as he drops to his knees for the final moments of “Boys In The Band.”
And in just four minutes and fifteen seconds, the New Kids on the Block managed to educate viewers around the world on the history of boy groups, from their inception to their current K-Pop superstar, with many references packed every second. This is truly a boy band fan’s dream come true.