New Kids on the Block, or NKOTB, are a BostonianFive ManBoy Band. For whatever reason, their Imposing Manager named the group Nynuk when it first formed (to this day, nobody is quite sure what he was thinking). Thank Donnie and Columbia Records for the group's current moniker; Donnie wrote the song "New Kids on the Block" for the first album, and Columbia said they'd give the group a record contract provided they changed their name. The rest is history.Originally conceived as a white version of New Edition (seriously), they enjoyed several years of major success in the late 80's and early 90's, but declining sales, internal strife, and accusations of lip-syncing and other issues led to the group disbanding in 1994. Most of the members went on to solo musical careers, and Donnie Wahlberg became a successful actor. They got back together in 2008, released a new album, and held a very successful reunion tour and a tour in 2011 co-headlining with the Backstreet Boys. A new album is scheduled to be released on April 2, 2013.NKOTB is one of the Trope Makers (or, at least, Trope Codifiers) for subsequent Boy Bands.Members
During their original run, the band endorsed name-brand products during their most popular years. Most notably, Coca-Cola, which peaked with a contest run by the soda company that tied into their Magic Summer tour. Sadly, the "Magic Cans" caused a lot more grief than expected. (Your Golden Ticket was supposed to pop up through the opening of the can if you won. This did not work so well in practice.)
Since his mother's death from breast cancer, Danny has become an outspoken supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, with proceeds from some of NKOTB's merchandise during the reunion tour and all of the profits from his solo album Stronger: Remember Betty going to the Foundation.
Hotter and Sexier: In spades since the reunion. The Block is very racy, and now that all five are in their mid-30s to early 40s, none are shy about showing off for the ladiesnote Jon generally being the exception, of course.
The Block plays this very straight, depending on the song.
In their solo material, Jordan uses this a lot, with "Give It to You" being one of the best examples. Joey and Donnie also use it fairly regularly. Danny used it a lot more in his earlier material than his more recent albums.
Mondegreen: "Grown Man" features the repeated line "Yo, check out our DJ's spin", but it sounds a lot like "Yo, check out Adidas Bay".
Mood Dissonance: Jordan's solo song "Give It to You" is very steamy; the video has him dancing in an amusement park.
At least one photo from most of Danny's solo albums, if not all the art.
The live video of "Baby I Believe In You" has Jordan wearing an open white shirt that totally showed off his chest and abs; he recycled this for his solo routine during the first part of the reunion tour.
Pretty much a standard feature of the shows during the NKOTBSB tour.
Silly Love Songs: Take a shot every time they say "girl". By the Hangin' Tough album, snarky critics started wondering if they were actually singing to a woman named Girl.
At around the time New Kids fandom peaked, DiC Entertainment began production of a Not Quite Starring animated series based on the group. Lasting from 1990 to 1991, it's best remembered as embodying everything wrong with Celebrity Toons. Episodes are usually not difficult to find on good old YouTube, where they can be enjoyed in all their Snark Bait glory. A review of the series, with viewing guide (the author is a fellow Troper and lets no trope pass without comment), can be found here.
The animated series provides examples of the following tropes:
Adventure Towns: The various stops on their seemingly endless tour. If you live in one of the towns, be aware that the writers really made no attempt at accurate portrayals.
Band Toon: And it followed the associated tropes to a T: every episode they get into some kind of adventure and sing a song at the end. Whee.
The Faceless: The Band's tour bus driver Sam doesn't seem to show her face, but we do get see what her hair looks like (It's brown for those wondering).
Flanderization: "So you say Jon is serious, Danny likes to work out, Donnie used the phrase 'ballistic' to mean 'awesome' in a song once, and both he and Joey like to crack bad jokes? Well, there's our research, let's start writing some scripts!"
Groupie Brigade: Ugh. Yes. It was referred to as a fan club, but strangely enough it was almost a literal brigade. It was entirely consumed with stalking the New Kids, and the actions of its leadership were not unlike those of a brigadier and officers overseeing a theater of operations.
Horrible Camping Trip: "Overnight Success" may as well be the type specimen. There is a slight subversion in that the characters actually know how to go camping, but it even has the requisite grizzly bears. In the forestsoutside Boston (which are real, but are lacking in the bear department). Sigh...
Stock Footage: One of the worst offenders in recent memory. Actual concert and interview footage was edited into the series seemingly at random (ie, the cartoon's story would be interrupted by a clip of Jordan talking about his cats). It was as if the producers were saying, "Here, here are the actual New Kids. Are you happy?"
Fun fact about this: A lot of the random cutaways and effects are due to the animation coming back from Wang Film Productions with lots of mistakes. There was no time to fix them, so they added all these video effects and cutaways to salvage what usable footage they had, and passed it off as "music video effects" or something. As previously stated, the overall effect is that the show is a YouTube Poop of itself.
Team Pet: Nikko the Shar-Pei. Somewhat justified in that he was the Knight brothers' dog in reality too. Funny thing is, he's clearly the writer's favorite character.
This Loser Is You: Personified by the character Fanny, who is basically an incarnation of Fan Dumb. Other fans were portrayed as being just short of a Stalker with a Crush. Half the plots involved the New Kids looking for their few fans who weren't completely obsessed. If there's a downright odder place for the Straw Fan trope to be applied (you'd have to be an obsessed New Kids fangirl to like this show), we here at TV Tropes would love to know about it.
Totally Radical: To the point where you wonder if the writers are even aware of how people from Boston speak. (Or, one could argue, how people from Earth speak. Ballistic!)
Viewers Are Morons: How else to explain the "interruption" in the middle of "Sheik Of My Dreams", where Straw Fan Fanny assures the Jordan fangirls in the audience that Jordan is not getting married in real life?