I won't lie. I'm a massive fan of New Kids On The Block. Growing up in rural Oregon in the late eighties, if you didn't listen to the likes of Garth Brooks, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen, well you were pretty much a girl. You wanna talk about bullying...try being a sixteen year old teenage boy and wearing your "Hangin Tough" tour jacket to home room - it was pretty rough to say the least.
Whilst most boys my age were out cow-tipping, getting shit-faced in the middle of cornfields and knocking up their girlfriends in the backseat of a car at the local drive-in cinema, I was pretty much happy to be a voluntary prisoner in my own bedroom which had the likes of New Kids, Tiffany, Depeche Mode and Madonna posters adorning the walls. On repeat were CDs by the likes of Martika, Thompson Twins, Bros and Bananrama. And when I needed a boyband fix, you could most certainly find me with headphones strapped to my ears playing the likes of "Please Don't Girl", "Step By Step" and getting teary-eyed to the lyrics of "This One's For The Children" - Yes, I was that cool back then.
You can't deny either that Backstreet Boys continued to carry the boyband torch and legacy once New Kids On The Block went on hiatus. With mega hits like "Everybody" and "I Want It That Way" blazing up the international pop charts, you can bet I secretly held a deep appreciation for what they were doing, even though at the time I was more likely singing the praises of more hip acts like Bjork and Deee-Lite instead. Secretly inside, I was a Backstreet Boy too...
So what happened when you put me in a room with Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block and Howie D of Backstreet Boys? Well you'll just have to hit play below to find out. A little preview? OK, we DEFINITELY had a little discussion about The Jonas Brothers, JLS, The Wanted and One Direction...
NKOTBSB take over the O2 Arena on April 28th in London - you can bet your ass I will be there.
Check out a little sneak peek of the show in the exclusive video after the jump!
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