New Kids On The Block

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Will New Kids On The Block be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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they started the boy bond fad. they were best seller. they rock. martin says yes

Posted by martin on Thursday, 10.5.06 @ 07:57am


but "boy bonds" arent rock and roll put em in the rap hall of fame or somewhere...build one in detroit for em. stay out of cleveland

Posted by Curt on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 09:26am


U DONT HAVE TO be rock to get in

Posted by martin on Friday, 01.12.07 @ 21:59pm


Martin, I admire you for...saying that in public. You have chutzpah, my friend.

Good God, Curt, the Rap Hall of Fame certainly doesn't want 'em. Can't we have, like, a nancyboy hall of fame? They could be charter members of that sucker.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:16am


Ok,Ok Theres no need for name calling but come on seriously who in their right mind would put New Kids in the Hall.

Posted by D on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 16:49pm


The best group in the world!!!I love you so much NKOTB FOREVER!!!

Posted by Angy on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 00:59am


I want NKOTB on the Hall!!!!
They're the best ever!!

Posted by Lga on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 09:31am


NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK deserve be on the Hall because,they was the
group after the beatles and others, what obtained arrive with his music, to millions of hearts. And, now, thirteen years from his separation many, many fans love them and always
we´ll be with them. I´m very proud of to be fan
of the best group of the history of the fan phenomenon. When i hear the music of my New Kids,
my spiritual pain, disappear. Them, make me happy, and for that,i give them my gratitude.

Posted by Tina gálvez on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 11:42am


Yes they should be there because they were a HUGE part of music history, and never receive any kind of credit for it. They were there before Nsync, Backstreet, or any of the pop invasion that happened in the late 90's. They sold more albums than anyone in their era. I absolutely think they should be a part of history forever!

Posted by chitown on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 22:36pm


The first band boy! and the best one!.. I think they deserve it!!!.. I still like them!... jeje

Posted by NiNiA! on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 18:08pm


NKOTB FOREVER!!!!! the best group in the world. the deserve to be in the hall.

Posted by susana on Saturday, 04.7.07 @ 07:51am


they were a huge success, many generations went crazy about their music. they deserved it!!!

Posted by gaby on Sunday, 06.3.07 @ 22:11pm


The grotesque Missing Link between The Osmond Brothers and Backstreet Boys.
I'd have enjoyed seeing a celebrity death match between these GAYng bangers and Menudo in their heydays.

Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 07.25.07 @ 13:18pm


Absolutely! If influence is part of the criteria then I would say those boys certainly had some influence! The one thing I want to know is though, how come they are never played on the radio anymore, not even on an 80's station or in a countdown of top hits? Clearly they had a few of those!

Posted by Jenna on Friday, 07.27.07 @ 05:18am


"The one thing I want to know is though, how come they are never played on the radio anymore?"

Yea! And where are The Bay City Rollers and The Brady Kids, too?

Posted by shawn on Friday, 07.27.07 @ 11:18am


See The Jackson Five. Maybe New Edition before you start talking about NKOTB. Because they sucked a whole lotta D@#k and chinese food makes me sick!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 07.28.07 @ 11:20am


NKOTB not the first boy band... but a huge part of the "POP" invasion... I think they deserve to be in the hall of fame, because they are in my adolescant(sp) hall of fame or shame some shall say! They sold enough albums to make but would they really have signifigant impact on the "ROCK AND ROLL" hall of fame? Anyone new from this decade do they really deserve to be there when their time to be nominated comes up? Where is the creativity in music these days? Why is POP everywhere? Everything is mainstream what happened to the underground music with true artistic value?

Posted by J on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 07:50am


I LOVE JOEY ,JORDAN AND DONNIE I LOVE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
LOVE SAMANTHA SUSAN LONG

Posted by SAMANTHA on Friday, 11.23.07 @ 03:19am


They were part of an exhibit a few years ago about teen idols, so obviously the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame think they are somewhat significant. Enough to be nominated i'm not sure, i certainly hope so and i'd certainly go up and see it. My dad is exicted because his favorite group the Ventures from his childhood is being inducted this year and i'm not sure they had any more or less influence than NKOTB did. The real question is... will people be able to get over the stigma of New Kids enough to actually take them seriously?

Posted by mary g on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 17:40pm


Mary G - I doubt it very much. Teen Idols will always exist, but only as the fad of the moment. Only on rare ocassions are they taken seriously. Your boys will never be inducted - they meet none of the supposed criteria of the RnRHoF. Going back to the early 60's: Fabian, Paula Anka, etc. have not made it yet and neither will the idols that followed them over the years.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 18:22pm


If ANY "boy band" ever gets in, the RRHoF will lose all their credibility, if you ask me! This is an honor for legendary ARTISTS who have left an indelible mark, by influence and/or innovation. Record sales shouldn't have that much of an impact, unless they're so astronomically head and shoulders above everyone else and they sustain it every time they release an album (how many times has THAT happened??), and it most certainly will never be the "boy band du jour"!!

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 18:56pm


Just for them being the first successful boyband is a reason not to let them in.

Posted by Pussy Detector on Sunday, 05.25.08 @ 23:24pm


They might belong in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (and that's debatable), but not the Rock Hall.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 05.25.08 @ 23:53pm


No way in hell are they the first successful boyband, Pussy Detector. That award goes to the Beatles.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 05.26.08 @ 04:15am


Beatles weren't a "boyband", Liam.

Posted by Jess on Tuesday, 06.24.08 @ 18:06pm


the first the best. the deserve to be in the ha

Posted by frenchie on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 17:02pm


Can we please move on from name calling and down talking people long enough to go over thier history?? New Kids were HUGE--and sold millions upon millions of albums. They moved mountains for others in the music industry!! They deserve to be in the Hall of Fame for this alone!! Get over the mountain of name calling and just listen to their music for a change--I am willing to bet that all of you who are "mouthing and down talking" have never even listened to thier music. There has always been more to NKOTB than meets to eye!!

Posted by lv on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 18:33pm


They're a pre-fab boy band, who sound like every other boy band...nothing more.

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 18:46pm


Many people claim that the group should get in for being the first "boy band" I can't understand this. If they were the first boy band then that should be reason enough NOT to let them in

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:12pm


"they started the boy bond fad. they were best seller. they rock. martin says yes"
Posted by martin on Thursday, 10.5.06 @ 07:57am

They did?
Umm NO!
What about The Jackson Five,The Osmond Brothers?

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:13pm


"About New Kids On The Block, Keebord wrote:
Many people claim that the group should get in for being the first "boy band" I can't understand this. If they were the first boy band then that should be reason enough NOT to let them in"
Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:12pm


Boy bands- yuck!

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 13:07pm


NKOTB ABSOLUTELY should be in the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. They laid the groundwork for all the boy-bands that came after them, and are legends in their own right. Anyone think they shouldn't be in Cleveland? Apparently you missed their SOLD OUT show at the Quicken Loans Arena last month.

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 17:06pm


I was a fan of NKOTB back in the day (I was 8 at the time, in my defense), but they do NOT belong in the Hall. They weren't the pioneering boy band. They weren't even the pioneering boy band of the 80s. For crying out loud, ever hear of New Edition? I believe they even had the same producer: Maurice Starr. And laying the ground work for boy-bands that came afterwards isn't exactly the kind of influence that you want to be known for. It's like praising Columbine for its influence on future school shootings.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 22:48pm


New Kids on the Block did pave the way for what we consider to be a boy band of today! The sold out arenas around the world and their current tour is a sold out tour also. Tell me that other artist can go away for 15 years come back and have the same stigmata that they did in the days of their prime? Numerous artist have credited them with influencing them including Alicia Keys, Brittney, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys and others. They might not of been the first official boy band and yes The Beatles were a boy band but they have earned their mark on this world. Their fan website has over 36,000 members since puttin it up in September. Tell me that isn't success and proof of how they have touched this world. Many of you might think oh, it's all women well here's news to you there are quite a few men on there that are straigh and married men. Get over your jealousy and self doubt and recognize the sensation that they are.

Posted by charliehorse on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:44am


You're kidding, right? The Beatles were anything but some pre-fabbed "boy band". And your list of people who were influenced almost reads like a "who's who" of what's wrong with popular music (with the possible exclusion of Keys) today.

If I were you, I'd keep the fact that you're a "fanboy" quiet...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:50am


Maybe "boybands" aren't Rock n' Roll but hoards of screaming fans are! NKOTB sure made a huge impression on the music industry even if people don't care to admit it. Personally I love them (and I definitely think they rock!) and I want to see them get any kind of recognition available!!!

Posted by Heggie on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:51am


NEW KIDS ROCK!!! They are the BEST! NKOTB forever!!

Posted by Amy on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:52am


I believe they should be inducted because they made an impact. They were big. You either loved them, hated them, wanted to be them, or be with them in the old days. Now that they have come back, it seems to be almost the same way. That's after being apart for over a decade. It has to mean something. I think they deserve it for their contributions to this business as a whole.

Posted by KC on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:58am


These guys DESERVE to be in the Hall. They are probably the most hard working, down to earth guys ever! They care about their fans and have sold millions of records WORLD WIDE! NKOTB Forever!

Posted by KE on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:01pm


...so why don't you go to their website and sing their praises? There aren't a lot of people on this site that you'll ever convince. There's a reason why "teen idols" all the way back to Fabian will never be inducted...it's called being "contrived" and "pre-fabbed", just like NKOTB.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:08pm


New Kids on The Block while not pioneers of the "boy bands" (that title belongs to groups like the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds) do belong in the hall of fame. Why? because the criteria states that an artist should leave an indelible mark on the rock world. No other boy band, and in fact very few bands period, have left a mark on the industry like NKOTB has. The 5 men from Boston, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntrye and Brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, sold over 70 million records, had one of the largest and most successful merchandising campaigns ever,sold out Arenas all over the world, multiple times.They were the top grossing entertainers in the country for 2-3 years ( and this was during the heyday of bands such as Guns N Roses, Metallica etc) and they did all of this before the oldest member was 25. Now, 15 years later, they come back, are still selling out large arenas world wide,still have one of the largest (and most loyal) fan bases of any group anywhere, and still have albums that has sold remarkably well.
so for those of you who are critics of NKOTB, I challenge you to find a band who took a FIFTEEN year break and then comes back to produce a sold out tour, and an album which debuted #1 on the pop rock charts, #2 over all.. and then we'll talk about who is prefabricated.. peace

Posted by Linda on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:42pm


The New Kids On The Block changed The Face Of Pop Music. With out Them There Would Be No Back Street Boys Or Whatever The Other Boy Bands Are Called. Not Only Did The Change Pop But They Crossed The Color Line And Went Where No Other Group Of white Boys Had Gone Before

Posted by roj on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:51pm


...so those of us who are critics of these types of "artists" will remain critics, and if the HOF ever inducts one of them, they'll lose all credibility...period. "the "5 men from Boston"? Since when did they become "New Men on The Block"??

roj...your post carries no credibility at all, so next time I'd hope you'd just choose to read...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:56pm


Just like Aerosmith and Run DMC paved a way in music so did NKOTB. They created something so big and so fabulous. They paved the way for young artists and boy band groups. They changed the way music is made! They deserve it...especially after this incredible comeback...I don't think any other boy band could come back with such a bang!

Posted by nicole on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 13:01pm


I have seen alot of big names live, none have pulled the energy that these Boston boys,er..Grown Men can generate. It's undeniable.Aint nobody tellin me they dont rock!

Posted by karen on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 13:12pm


Whether you are a fan or not of this group you have to admit they did have a huge impact on pop culture. Not including them would be unfair. They have come back and proven that they can still draw in thousands of fans and pack arenas. Maybe their music isn't your taste, but these guys have worked hard and have never sold out to accommodate others, they returned on their terms and proved that no matter how long you may be out of the spot light their fans are still always there.

Posted by Nancy on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 13:13pm


You can't? How about the Sex Pistols? The "Cashing In" tour, and live album to boot? Their music stil wasn't commercial, so it never got CHR play. And while not a band, how about Cher? She didn't disappear altogether, but was the next closest thing after "If I Could Turn Back Time" only to come back a decade or so later with "Believe." The New Kids, btw, were only gone about a decade or so too. Their "Face The Music" album was mid-90's. And the Monkees! Holywha! The Monkees had a big comeback in the late 80's after being gone for about 15 years! You could even say the Beatles to a degree, when the let fly with "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love." There's Tiffany, too. From "I Think We're Alone Now" to "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."

Holy crap, it's like the Steve Perry and Backstreet Boys seagulls all flocked over here. NKOTB didn't contribute to the perpetuation of rock. They contributed to the perpetuation of producer-propelled pop pablum. The Rock Hall does not and will not reward this kind of thing. Let me repost what I said earlier here:

Laying the groundwork for boy-bands that came afterwards isn't exactly the kind of influence that you want to be known for. It's like praising Columbine for its influence on future school shootings.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 13:18pm


Great. Looks like we're going to have to deal with crazed fan girls on the NKOTB page for a couple days now. It always seems like every couple of months there's an explosion of fan hysteria over some "band." Once in was Senses Fail (The name says it all) and now it's the NKOTB fanatics who woke up this Sunday and decided to babble mindless nonsense about some hopeless boy band.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 13:53pm


I am very sad that someone would put The Beatles and this rubbish in the same sentence. You just cannot do that.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 16:52pm


Most of the New Kids fans are correct in that they did have a great influence on popular music. This is regrettably where the link to rock of any kind ends. New kids have precious little link to anything resembling rock & roll for many years. Even if you somehow want to pretend their music was legitimate rock & roll, Seattle blew all of this stuff off the map back in 91-92. Attempting to link New Kids to the Beatles, the Osmonds, the Partridge Family, the Jacksons even, fails when you come to the realization that the musically there is no resemblance in sound at all.

Did New Kids affect rock? Technically yes, inasmuch as all pop music touches the rock world in some vague way. Is it really enough to merit a plaque of some kind? Not likely.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 17:14pm


Cheeser...Yep, they affected me, too!!! Nothing that a little Maalox wouldn't fix, though...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 17:34pm


Gitar -

Just how did all this idiocy start? What set these clowns off?

Does this have to do with the Muslim world? I understand Ramadan starts around this time. Is going on a website like this one part of the pre-process for the celebration?

Of course it's mostly women writing in... and Tom Brady's injured... the New Kids ARE from Beantown... can I draw a link here?

Other possible explanations:

Gas prices fall on the common market - more people can drive to concerts

Folks fancy a 5 on 3 challenge between the New kids and Pierce/Allen/Garnett at the Garden

Announcement of New Kids Chia Pets has led to massive hysteria at K-Mart, some of which is spilling over here

Planning an early valentine's date never hurt anyone

And of course, the ever-popular U.F.O. phenomenon can be called on if necessary

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 17:49pm


Full moon???

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 18:04pm


You know Cheesecrop, it might also have something to with the fact that the skies are partly overcast and there's a 30% chance of rain, at least were I'm at. Or maybe it has something to do with Venus being in allignment with Neptune....

Or it could be those damn unidentified flying objects you mentioned...

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 18:04pm


...and I think the NKOTB fans are causing all this spam, too!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 18:10pm


Whether you like them or not, they are culturally significant and deserve to be acknowledged.
Find me someone over the age of 10 who has never heard of them and I may reconsider my opinion.

Posted by Shannon on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 20:07pm


Philip,

my challenge was to find a band who came back after 15 years and could still sell out large arenas and debuted a New Cd at #1 on the pop charts and #2 overall. and BTW it has been just shy of 15 years since NKOTB split the first time.. Face the Music, their last studio album before splitting was recorded in 1993 and released on January 24, 1994.

Posted by Linda on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 20:26pm


I wish I'd never heard of 'em...does that count?? Are you another one of these rabid fans who can't talk about anything else other than a (GAG!!!!) "boy band"???

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 20:37pm


"Culturally significant"...do you even know what that means? NKOTB in no way, shape, or form changed the landscape of popular culture. You're starting to compare them to some pretty legendary artists (which they are not), which is asinine.

Their recent album sales and concert attendance simply mean there are a bunch of 30 year old people running around who haven't grown up...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 20:47pm


This is my last comment on Boy Bands. NKOTB, New Edition, N'Sync and BSB are not significant in the history of music. This is not to say that they are not significant to a specific generation or two of teenagers. They are and should be respected for that. But then, so is David Cassidy and the Partridge Family, so what does that say about their historical importance. These bands have brought nothing new to the table. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers did it in the 50's; the Jackson 5 did it in the 60's and 70's. These boy bands have not added anything new to the music.

Finally, as many have mentioned before in regards to the comparisons to the Beatles. Really, what drugs are you all taking? The Beatles busted their arses in shithole clubs in Hamburg, Germany long before Brian Epstein got involved. The hoopla that surrounded the Beatles came because of the constant 2 gigs, 7 days a week that they were doing. It happened because they brought a completely fresh sound to what was being heard in the clubs and on the radio. Was the hype and publicity surrounding their first tour in America trumped up. Of course it was. But it was based on the success they were having in Europe. And since no band from England had really scored big in the States prior to them, everything was done to give them maximum exposure here. But no one would have invested in them if they were not the real deal. The Beatles were the real deal and 45 years later, they still are! Long after we are all dead, musical historians will still be discussing The Beatles. They will not be discussing the Boy Bands of the 90's. Those bands will be just a speck of dust in the history of music.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 05:55am


No,Gitarzan , I am not. I have a successful career, a happy home life and I am quite grown up.. and I am also very proud to be able to say that I have been a fan of this very culturally significant band for the past 22 years. Prehaps NKOTB is not culturally significant to you, as you choose to dismiss them as nothing more then a boy band. However, you can't dispute the success they have had, and continue to have. I would also like to point out that those who attend NKOTB concerts are not just 30 years old who haven't grown up. At the concert I attended, their were husbands who came with their wives, children who are second generation fans(by choice I might add), women in their 50s and even 60s who were parents of fans, and teenagers who had not heard of NKOTB in the 90s because they werent even born, but now love their new music. This to me says that NKOTB is not just for one age group as you would seem to suggest. It shows me, and hopefully the powers that Be at the RnR HOF that NKOTB has left a mark on the music world and despite some critics dismissal of their success, deserve to be in the hall of fame.

Posted by Linda on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 13:46pm


Yea,new Kids left a mark, right on the underwear of the music world.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 14:48pm


Boy! (excuse the pun) There is trunkload of mis-information here. Some good comments, but a lot of bad ones. I will look into NKOTB a bit more before commenting on them. However, they certainly were NOT the first "boy band" - and someone is saying The Beatles actually were a boy band?

Write anything silly thing you want, but in our fire we will refine truth and slag out fake facts. BTW: I dont wish to be a know-it-all. We all are entitled to opinions and that is really spice, but lets know true fact from opinion. Now I'm gonna have a research project.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 16:35pm


Truly the world is coming to an end. NKOTB are important to their fans. I get that and so does everyone else. What they are not important to is "MUSIC".

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 17:42pm


You know, all of this can be written off due to one very simple thing: the lack of extensive hits of any kind. When you think about it, they only had two hit albums "Step by Step" & "Hangin' Tough". They both had a couple singles that did good, but there's really nothing else.

Earlier today I heard Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" on the radio. Night Ranger only had two really big albums, surrounded by a lot of little ones. Not a knock on the band, but would you put Night Ranger in the Rock Hall, based on what popular success they had? They'd be a better choice than New Kids, but in terms of truly popular recordings they are quite similar.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 18:35pm


Linda...you keep bringing up "cultural significance", but you're not stating in what way. Did people start dressing like them, acting like them, did John Q. Public hinge on their every word? What are you talking about???

First of all, NKOTB were a concoction of Maurice Starr, who had over 500 people audition for the group. Their initial success was all because of Maurice Starr, who wrote and produced their first couple of albums, I believe. There was really nothing original about them...they were "created" to be someone's "cash cow", packaged up, and served to anyone willing to bite on it.

Like the old saying goes..."There's a sucker born every minute". There's no "cultural" anything here, just a pre-conceived notion that a few people got rich off of. Outside of their initial core of fans, I'd be curious to find out how much of the rest of the public could care less....

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 18:42pm


None of you fans have stated how they are culturally significant in any way. The only thing you're able to do is throw the "culturally significant" label around without backing it up!!

And No, seeing a 50 year old at a NKOTB concert does not mean they were culturally significant. Do you even know what culturally sifnificant means?

Posted by Firebrick on Monday, 12.8.08 @ 19:00pm


Looks like this discussion is wrapping up for now, which is good. NKOTB will NOT, should NOT ever be considered for the R&RHOF. To any fans who wish to dispute this, I say you evidently dont know what the Rock Hall is all about and how it works (or, you are in a fairytale?). You can educate yorselves in that regard.

What I will do later, when I have time, is answer the following:

* What constitutes a "boy band"?
* Why no boy band to date will ever get in the Rock Hall?
* Why I call NKOTB a "Peter Pan" boy band?
* Why The Beatles, Jackson 5, Jonas Bros., etc. were/are not boy bands.

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 07:45am


One thing that kinda struck me... have the actual boy band members of groups like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, etc. actually gone on the record and said that they were influenced by NKOTB? Or are we just assuming they influenced them because other boy bands came later? I have never heard word one about any of these "singers" saying they were influenced by NKOTB. It's one businessman (Lou Perlman) capitalizing once again upon an idea that another businessman (Maurice Starr) banked on.

NKOTB has no influence to speak of. Just because there have been boy bands since doesn't mean they took influence from NKOTB. They weren't innovative. Their cultural significance is minimal. They had a lot of it in their heyday, but the true measure is how they continue to impact after their heyday. NKOTB... not a lot. This comeback of theirs is a second wind... another heyday, which pretty much seems to be over. They've had "Summertime" and one other song since that. But the novelty is wearing/has worn off. The true test is whether they can sustain themselves, or if they're just gonna fade out just as quickly as they came back. My bet is on the latter.

And like I said, I was a fan of them back in the day, but they just don't deserve to be inducted into the Rock Hall.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 12.12.08 @ 16:13pm


Philip, no boy band will admit being influenced by NKOTB. That would be tantamount to giving bragging rights to a rival boy band (in my mind). You got gutts to admit you were once a fan. I'm not that brave. byam: My own secret indulgence is the love of a certain 'unnamed' sister group. (big silly smile)

I was going to do long commentary about "boy bands" but not sure there is really anyone interested still. Anyone interested? ... Philip?

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.15.08 @ 17:47pm


Nope, telarock. Not interested. but that's no reason why you shouldn't post it, because I'd probably still read it. lol

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 16:28pm


"They started the boy band fad" wow then that's reason enough for them never to be inducted

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Posted by faqadilo pornaf on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 23:01pm


This is good example of an act that did have a lot of fans when the act first came into the public eye (in the late 80s). However, when the 15 minutes of fame were up, most or all of the fans have moved on to bigger and better things.

So the influence factor is extremely low.

Posted by Barry on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 07:29am


NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!
I would rather give The Backstreet boys yes that this new kids. What kind of name is this. They should really stop with this boy band thing. They are way too old already.

Posted by leigh on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 06:51am


The percentage chances are about right, but, agian, this (along with the percentage chance for Backstreet Boys) shows how ridiculously high Britney Spears' percentage chances are on this site- at the most, she should be at around 30%.

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 09:25am


I say yes!! I will not even get started on the comments i read so far. But i say they should. They deserve it.

Posted by jasmine on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 11:34am


They should be included for sure!!! They took the whole "boy band" thing to a whole new level with their reunion!!!! They rock!!!!

Posted by Heather on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 12:41pm


Of course they should be included! They made history in music, they were the first pop boyband! They still rock!!!

Posted by mara on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 13:13pm


New Kids on the Block are THE BEST group of the late 1980's and today! Just their charity work alone should be enough to get them voted in. They are so down-to-earth, and are such a good influence on everyone who associates with them. The New Kids on the Block have such a strong and positive message. NO MORE GAMES!!! LET'S GET THIS!!! OUR MINDS ARE RIGHT, AND OUR HEADS ARE STRAIGHT!!!!!

Posted by Jen on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 21:18pm


Jen...now, repeat after me..."this is not a NKOTB fansite!!! NKOTB will never be in the HOF!!! They are a pre-fab boy band!!!"

Repeat the above several times, and you'll feel much better.

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 21:39pm


NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME..THEY WERE THE FIRST EVER BOYBAND..I DONT COUNT JACKSON 5 OR OSMONDS BOYBANDS BECAUSE THEY WERE MORE OF A FAMILY GROUP..NEW EDITION COULD BE CONSIDERED A BOYBAND BUT THEY WERE MORE R&B AND BOYBANDS WERE KNOWN FOR MAKING POP MUSIC..

WHAT OTHER GROUP OUT THERE CAN BE GONE 15 YEARS THEN COME BACK TO HAVE A NUMBER 1 ALBUM,SELL OUT ARENAS IN 4-6 MINUTES AND ON TOP OF THAT HAVE GROWN WOMEN ACTING LIKE TEENAGERS AGAIN.WITHOUT NKOTB THERE WOULD BE NO BACKSTREET BOYS,NSYNC, OR EVEN A JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Posted by KaL-EL on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 23:30pm


I vote yess..they are awesome and a legend

Posted by JOE on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 23:37pm


HELL YEA THEY NEED TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME,THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST WHITE ARTISTS TO CROSS OVER TO R&B OR HIP-HOP, WHEN NO OTHER WHITE ARTIST WOULD EVEN DARE TRY TO. THEY WERE THE FIRST WHITE GROUP TO HAVE THERE MUSIC PLAY ON BET, THESE WHITE BOYS HAVE SOUL. THEY STARTED THE "BOYBAND" GENRE..

Posted by Karen on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 23:45pm


i voted yes and im a guy lol..they deserve to be on there. They did influence alot of pop groups or artist that came after them like Take That,bsb,nsync,etc

boybands like Backstreet boys and nsync have all sang nkotb songs when they were just starting. Justin timberlake sang a new kids song in a talent show at his school. one of the members of backstreet boys wanted to be a new kid member

Posted by Nick on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 23:53pm


I say yes,they rock and been a fan for over 15 years

Posted by Sasha on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 00:10am


Well i just have one thing to say and thats a big NO from me !!!! They are so not popular anymore i havent hear from them in ages. They call this comeback?? They should just go home to theirs kids and forget about this boyband thing

Posted by johny on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 00:38am


well i voted yes..i think there cool =)

Posted by James on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 00:43am


Si!!! YESS OMG,there concert was amazing and the new album rocks

greetings from mexico

Posted by martha on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 00:44am


Apparently none of y'all have researched your history...music or otherwise...

Because whereas it may be true that NKOTB aren't rock and rollers, the same could be said for the Beatles, The Monkees, New Edition, Herman's Hermits,etc.

And they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

And So should NKOTB!

So as my mom used to say "A word to the wise is sufficent"

And before you go rattling off on whom should and shouldn't be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...Do Your Research!!!

Beause NKOTB has contributed as much to that genre of music as anyone else in the hall.

And for those of you whom don't comprehend the vocabulary I've used, there's a book called the dictionary out there for you to read where the definitions for difficult words are.

Posted by Erin on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 04:42am


Wow - you mentioned the Beatles in this rant. Clearly you need to get on a heavier dosage of whatever medication you are taking.

And fans of these bands want to know why some of us laugh at the notion of the HoF - it is because of comments like Erin's.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 05:31am


i vote yes, they have contributed so much to music, they are one of the reasons that white artist cross over to R&B or Hip Hop genre

Posted by John on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 13:53pm


The sheer volume of yes votes is simply staggering--did I really read 148 yes votes among the last 1000 cast?--and whether you support this band or not, you've got to give props to their fans for such a ridiculously high output.

Posted by Ray on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 13:56pm


Yes, they took what was created by all male groups of previous eras and brought it into the modern era. This style of group is still popular today. So they were influential and deserve a nice place in history.

Posted by Jennifer on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 14:28pm


"Apparently none of y'all have researched your history...music or otherwise...

Because whereas it may be true that NKOTB aren't rock and rollers, the same could be said for the Beatles, The Monkees, New Edition, Herman's Hermits,etc.

And they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!"--Erin

Erin, you should go use that book you mentioned called "the dictionary." Look up the word "irony." The Monkees, New Edition, and Herman's Hermits are not in the Hall of Fame... and you accuse us of knowing nothing of history, music or otherwise. Yes, the Beatles are in, but to say they weren't rock 'n' roll is one of the dumbest things I have read in my life ever.

NKOTB did not invent the Boy Band format. New Edition were before them... you could argue that the Monkees were the premiere boy band. But they weren't auditioning to be in a band. They were auditioning to be in a television show.

If you want to argue they popularized the boy band notion, you may have a point. But you still don't have a convincing argument. Boy bands are a slice of pop music so narrow, it's practically translucent. And the music of boy bands, as established by New Edition, NKOTB, NStink and the Backdoor Boys; is mindless drivel designed to dupe the teen and pre-teen female minds, and not to add anything long-term to society or even rock'n'roll music itself. Kind of like how MTV is today.

Again, I say, lauding the influence of NKOTB on future boy bands is like lauding Columbine for its influence on future school shootings.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 16:34pm


umm yea Philip no one is going to read all of that lol..

NKOTB started the boyband,they were the first..So i vote yes


Posted by Kelly on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:24pm


HELL YEA!! They were the originals..and still hangin tough

Posted by Miki on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:31pm


"NKOTB started the boyband,they were the first"--Kelly.

No. No they were not. New Edition was before them. Even if you don't think the Monkees or the Partridge Family or anything in that vein was a boy band, you have to acknowledge that New Edition was before NKOTB. NKOTB were not first, they were not the originals. Get over it.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:40pm


New edition was more of an R&B group, not really considered a boyband, the term "boy band" came about when bsb,nsync and 98 degrees started..

Philip you really must be mad or upset haha,you have commented on this more then one occasion and it really must bug you since you have been commenting on here since a couple of months ago lmao..get over it..nkotb did start the boyband thing

Posted by angie82 on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:48pm


You know, I can't help but see NKOTB fans jumping in here and saying that they were responsible for white artists trying out R&B & hip-hop. No one ever seems to mention this, but right around the same time as New Kids, a certain band known as Anthrax was experimenting with a semi-rap style on some of it's recordings. Couldn't you argue the same thing about Anthrax, then?

I cannot also help but mention that Public Enemy did team w/Anthrax to record "Bring The Noise". Would they not have been better served teaming w/New Kids to do a more accessible track for radio airplay?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:48pm


Angie, simply put I get bored easily. Mad, upset? Not really.

You are right when you say the term "boy band" came about in the late 90s, rather than the late 80s. But when you listen to New Edition and NKOTB, there's not much to argue. They were of very similar ilk. NKOTB were R&B influenced, just like New Edition, but more in the sense of the Stylistics, and Chi-Lites and Delfonics.

But both were extremely pop, both were assembled and produced by Maurice Starr, both were for the purpose of driving teeny-bopper girls wild via their sex appeal and image. But New Edition was first. They started the boyband thing. Not NKOTB. It's just a fact.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 17:56pm


Cheesecrop-ive heard of anthrax whatever happen to them? but anyway NKOTB did tour with public enemy and run dmc before..but the song "bring the noise" was recorded in 1991 with public enemy.NKOTB has been doing r&b/hip hop music since they first started back in 84 or 85..but the black audience wasnt feeling it and they were only marketed towards black audience, then later they went urban-pop and they got there break when they won over the crowd in the Apollo's theatre

Posted by John again on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 18:10pm


Actually, the first "band" I'd heard of that was assembled in a similar fashion and basically the same "format", if you will,was the Village People...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 18:12pm


Philip -

Well we all know that New Edition paved the way for NKOTB, but when people think of boybands they think of "white groups"..i dont know why but they do..and when it comes to "R&B" groups they think of black groups,maybe its just a stereotype..but there are no white groups out there that can claim the title "R&B" group..Technically yes New Edition was the first, but no one really claims them as the first..people would say new edition is more R&B group then a boyband..they paved the way for boyz II men,112,shai,All 4 one,Jagged Edge,etc..although back then New Edition never got the recognition NKOTB did which was sad

Posted by Angie on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 18:18pm


This is really a very good point...what's the difference between the recent "boy bands" (Backstreet, Outa'sync, NKOTB, etc...) and the Village People? So, if you REALLY want to be technical...the Village People were first by a good 15 years.

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 18:20pm


Gitarzan - haha village people lol..i liked some of there songs. I guess the difference with past boybands like beatles,beach boys,monkees then this generation like NKOTB,Nsync,BSB is that the past boybands never really dance or have choreographed styled moves..they play instruments..although the recent boybands can play instruments they rather dance and sing..but then again Jonas Brothers dont dance..they play instruments but they are still considered a boyband.

Another boyband whos came back is Take That, they are huge in the UK..there recent music is more of a coldplay style

Posted by John again on Wednesday, 02.18.09 @ 18:27pm


First Boy Band - Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers...............Can we now move onto something more interesting than this crap?

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 03:34am


"Well we all know that New Edition paved the way for NKOTB, but when people think of boybands they think of "white groups"..i dont know why but they do.."--Angie

Then they're wrong. Plain and simple. A boy band is a boy band regardless of color.

I think Gitarzan is closer to the truth when he says the Village People... a group where the member auditioned individually to be in the group, a group that was of the producer's imagination and vision. The only difference with the Village People, is that their gimmickry wasn't the sexual appeal to the pre-teen female audience.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 14:13pm


HELL FUKIN YEAAAA

Posted by Tyra on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 14:30pm


Is the best boyband!

Posted by Gilda on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 15:07pm


I think that they should be inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame...it's well earned and the group and the fans would be so honored and proud our guys finally made it. :)

Posted by Juanita on Friday, 02.20.09 @ 12:03pm


NKOTB is one hell of a boy band!!!!!These boys deserve it and then some!!!! They have truly inspired and I've admired over the years. They are a true blessing to my life!!!! I'll be a fan 4-life!!!

Posted by K-Love on Friday, 02.20.09 @ 15:03pm


Plenty of white acts crossed over to the R&B charts before New Kids. Buteven if NKOTB were the first, that'd be no reason to be inducted into the HOF.

The music was bubblegum, and never progressed to anything more (just like a lot of other teen-pop acts). Again, 6% shot may be too high, though an act like Backstreet Boys or N Sync doesn't relaly have any greater chance, either.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 02.21.09 @ 11:41am


i say yea..they were the first boyband ever

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.23.09 @ 00:07am


absolute no from me

Posted by jacky on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 03:27am


absolute yesssss for me

Posted by martha on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 05:28am


What I will do later, when I have time, is answer the following:
* What constitutes a "boy band"?
* Why no boy band to date will ever get in the Rock Hall?
* Why I call NKOTB a "Peter Pan" boy band?
* Why The Beatles, Jackson 5, Jonas Bros., etc. were/are not boy bands.
(Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 07:45am)
===============================================
I was going to abandon my "to do" above, but now see much discussion again about NKOTB and BSB. So I will address the whole boy band argument later.
"I'll be back!" - Telarock(inator)

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 09:35am


No i dont think so.
I voted no. They dont belong here

Posted by Bea on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 12:45pm


duhhhh of course they should be on there...first boyband ever

Posted by Paris Hilton on Saturday, 02.28.09 @ 13:19pm


NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!!!!! they so deserve this! come on Blockheads, "LET'S GET THIS"!!!

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK 4-EVER <3

Posted by Eva on Saturday, 02.28.09 @ 14:38pm


Blockheads...now THERE'S a fitting name...because you obviously DON'T get it!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 02.28.09 @ 15:56pm


duhh heck yess..they were the first boyband ever...best group in the world

Posted by The BOSS on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 00:30am


of course...the originators of boyband...best group in the world

Posted by stacy on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 03:52am


of course...the originators of boyband...best group in the world

Posted by stacy on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 03:52am

I thought the "Beach Boys" The Surfaris were all in High School also..came before them..?
Then there was the Lettermen and Everly Brothers and so on and so on..

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 08:54am


of course...the originators of boyband...best group in the world

Posted by stacy on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 03:52am
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Right, and I suppose you think Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 19:01pm


of course...the originators of boyband...best group in the world - stacy
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Well stacy, they were a boyband, and if you liked them ... well, why spoil it for you? But, if by "of course" you mean they will/should get in the Rock Museum? Will never happen. Sorry.
mrxyz, I know you love the Beach Boys and so do I, but they were never a "boy band" as the term is understood, nor were the others you mention.
Gitarzan, how the hell did Ronald Reagan get thrown into this???

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 12:27pm


mrxyz, I know you love the Beach Boys and so do I, but they were never a "boy band" as the term is understood, nor were the others you mention.
Gitarzan, how the hell did Ronald Reagan get thrown into this???

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 12:27pm


LOL Yes they were ! that is why they are called the Beach "BOYS"!!! Of course you don't think they were a surf band so...No reason to think a band boys {Beach BOYS} would be a boyband.. LOL

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 12:36pm


Telarock...LOL!!!! There's always method to my madness (not that I exxagerate or anything)! My thought was simply that anyone who thinks NKOTB are the "boyband originators", must have no perception of history past the Reagan administration.

How's that for "pretzel logic"...ROFL!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 12:38pm


mrxyz, Just cause they got "Boys" in the name doesnt mean they are a "boy band." Also, you got me wrong, I agree the Beach Boys are a "surf band." The distinction there is, surf rock vs. surf pop ... and I classify them as the latter.
Gitarzan, thanks for yor explanation. My guess is stacy could probably use some history lessons (no offense) at least re music history.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 12:55pm


mrxyz, Just cause they got "Boys" in the name doesnt mean they are a "boy band." Also, you got me wrong

So what makes it a BOYBAND....?

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 03.9.09 @ 14:30pm


NKOTB were responsible for the formula of what became the modern "boy band". Of course there were other groups before them that consisted of 4 to 5 guys singing commercial music and appealing to young audiences,but non were ever the huge phenomenon that New Kids on the Block were. When people say they were the 1st "boy band" I think they mean that NKOTB's success was the sole inspiration for the creation of the later groups.The successful "boy bands" that came after NKOTB were marketed in the style of the New Kids... Do they deserve to be in the hall? I have to say no. They didn't write their own material,they were prefabricated and their music wasn't ground breaking in the least....

The hall of fame no,a place in pop culture history sure, why not.

Posted by RJK on Thursday, 04.23.09 @ 19:16pm


No. Not rock and roll and no I&I.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.31.09 @ 10:19am


Haha, I don't even know where to begin with all this idiocy, but I'll just stick with a recent highlight. "The Beach Boys are a boy band, because they have BOY in their name!" Mother of God, I can NOT believe that I'm reading this. Otherwise, the obvious answer is no. NO NO NO. I love the justification used that basically, "yeah it's called the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn't mean it should actually be that". How did all these goofy teeny boppers (overgrown and otherwise) even get here, anyway?

Posted by jayne on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 16:27pm


The Rock Hall is not just for whatever 'you' think rock is, but for all people that made an impact on the music world.

Were NKOTB the first boyband? No - and they will freely admit to that. They had many influences, including New Edition, Michael Jackson, The Stylistics, and also more 'urban' and rap groups. I believe they deserve to be included because they ushered in the modern pop phenomenon. They became huge not just in the U.S. but all over the world. They had sell-out concerts, sold millions of albums, and had tons of merchandise (for good or bad). Notoriety of that extent had really not been seen since the Beatles. Now, 15 years later they reunited and again sold out shows around the world. That is the type of loyalty fans of the Greatful Dead show, only with hormones and screaming, and much less pot. ;)

However, do I believe they WILL ever be included? No, and that is because of the haters...like those I see commenting above. I would never put down the music someone likes to listen to, nor would I spew such hate for any band, regardless of my opinion of them. I'm sorry that others feel like they should. Peace.

Posted by RHugs on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 00:25am


Sorry to all the NKOTB 'fannies' who are inundating this site with bogus Yes votes. I vote No to this and all the other boybands.

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 08:56am


Absoultely yes, for many, many reasons...in Italian we say, "punto e basta!" Sorta means, "That's it, that's all, end of story!"
Haters will never get it...for whatever reason...get over yourselves, seriously!

Posted by Sandra on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 12:10pm


A band that out earned BOTH Madonna and Michael Jackson (both legendary themeselves) ought to be in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by TQ on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 12:21pm


Re: "outearned BOTH Madonna and Michael Jackson"
Nice try TQ ... BUT, from what I can see NKOTB have sold about 80 million albums and Madonna is somewhere around 200 million, and I don't know about Michael Jackson. Where do your "earnings" numbers come from? not that it matters anyway.

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 13:44pm


F'n never

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 14:36pm


OK, all the babies crying on here and name calling- take a look at RECORD SALES- NKOTB continues to sell millions world-wide; name one other group besides the Beatles w/such a fan following. Oh and to all the haters- maybe my 3 year old could show you some manners?

Posted by Ddubsoldier1 on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 15:54pm


Oh and "Telarock": last time I checked, "earnings" comes from album sales, concerts, merchandising etc. So sorry, NKOTB is the winner. "nice try"

Posted by Ddubsoldier1 on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 15:57pm


I wouldn't really include the merchandising myself, chiefly because that has nothing to do with the music (unless that "merchandise" are albums and singles). It's like a straight guy who buys Cosmo magazine.

On a more important note, I'm glad the Yankees beat the Twins. F'n Twins! Should have been the Tigers in the series, and the Tigers would have handled the Yanks, then, too.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 16:03pm


New Kids On The Block deserve this honor. They are the best group ever and the best group of people in general. They are the only group to reunite like this and succeed just like before for a sceond time around. #1 ALWAYS AND FOREVER. They know how to rock out. Go New Kids.

Posted by Rebecca on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 16:08pm


There is so many haters on this, if you don't care for NKOTB why waste your time even leaving a comment? Let me give you a thought...all them bands out there that are "ROCK" lets look at them and see what kind of role models they have been to people..drugs, sex, suicide...on and on...right. NOW here are 5 men that are coming back, not because they HAVE to but because they wanted to...HELLO and even through all the hate that they got back then and apparently still today, it doesn't matter to them, they are here to do one thing...make their fans smile. That's right, it's for us as well as them, name another "ROCK" band that ever put as much energy into their fans as NKOTB...you can't can you. NOT only their love for us, but the dedication that they give to charities!! The involvement and love they are spreading puts them on a level no other "ROCK" band has ever shown. So while you haters are out there TRYING to knock down something that is a good thing, just remember, you can't stop this ARMY from giving and loving evey thing they these 5 men are about. BUT good luck trying.

Posted by DDUBwarmsMEup on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 16:10pm


Rebecca... no they are not the first, and besides which, their second wave is more of a ripple. They haven't been able to sustain it. The Eagles are a better example of what you're trying to prove. They're actually still cranking out hits somewhat steadily (albeit only on the Adult Contemporary charts, but it's still more and longer-lasting than NKOTB's second wave).

DDUB... love the band all you want... just on another site. This is not a fan site for NKOTB, this is about discussing their chances, in as realistic a frame as possible, of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Again, I was once a fan of the New Kids, way back in the day, matter of fact. They don't have a real chance of being inducted. You're really trying to make "role models" as an argument? Have you seen the people they induct into the Hall? Being a role model is more likely a strike against you! Although the New Kids weren't great role models either. Donnie, if I recall, was arrested and charged with tampering with a fire extinguisher, which is actually a very serious charge. Don't remember if pled a deal or went no contest, but still, not a very good role model right there.

And you want bands that energize their fans more than the New Kids? The Beatles, when they actually performed live, energized their crowd so much that the band couldn't even hear each other, and Dick Clark who was there, had ringing in his ears for a couple days after that. Grateful Dead fans used to follow the band around the country. Legendary for that. KISS fans actually go to their concerts in makeup to salute the band and show appreciation for their favorite members.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 16:25pm


No influence, innovation...nothing! Add that to the fact that some nuclear brain surgeon is trying to convince us that NKOTB have out-merchandised the likes of Elvis, the Beatles, Jackson,...and KISS? Where do you get this information, from their website???? That would be impossible...period.

I'm sure if you believe what you're shoveling, then you and your 3 year old must have deep conversations...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 17:04pm


They should get inducted, NKOTB deserves it.

Posted by Keria on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 23:21pm


LOL! "Gitarzan" I'm not a "nuclear surgeon (what?)" but I am a physician actually. And thank you- my 3 yo is pretty smart-he understands not to be rude. Peace to you and all the haters- you need it :)

Posted by Ddubsoldier1 on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 05:02am


Fightin's, Baby!!!!!

Fightin's take Game 1 vs L.A.!

What's with all the empty seats in Dodger Stadium? Right behind home plate, there was a massive void. You'd never see that here!

I'm hearing it from sources that L.A.'s already gone into full-blown disaster mode, saying if they don't win Game 2, it's practically over.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 05:35am


"last time I checked, "earnings" comes from album sales, concerts, merchandising etc."
Ddubsoldier1, okay that is wher earning comes from, but then what are the actual numbers? Do you, or anybody, even have them? If so, please show me!
Q1: By how much did NKOTB outearn Madonna?
A1: $___________________ (fill in blank)
Q2: By how much did NKOTB outearn Michael Jackson?
A: $___________________ (fill in blank)

Posted by Telarock on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 12:45pm


As re the NLCS, tonight we got Pedro up for the Phils and of course Manny in the lineup for Dodgers. How can I, as a Yankees fan root for either of these ex-Red Soxers??? But think I will go w/the Phillies. Either way, Yankees will win ... thaaaaaaaah Yankees will win! (smile)

Posted by Telarock on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 12:58pm


Excuse me Phillip, but you don't know a thing about NKOTB do you...let me explain..
you said..
"The Beatles, when they actually performed live, energized their crowd so much that the band couldn't even hear each other, and Dick Clark who was there, had ringing in his ears for a couple days after that"
I say...I have been to many NKOTB concerts and have had ringing in my ears for days. I may not be Dick Clark but I think my ears work the same.
You said...
Grateful Dead fans used to follow the band around the country.
I say...I know FANS that have traveled from the east coast to Kansas for a concert, there are FANS that have traveled from Europe, Canada and many other places to see a show. I myself have traveled states to see them and would do it again in a second should I get the chance again.
You said... KISS fans actually go to their concerts in makeup to salute the band and show appreciation for their favorite members.
I say...again you don't know what you are talking about.I would bet my house, car anything you want to say if Donnie, Jordan, Danny, Joe or Jon painted their face we would do it just the same. We may not get to wear makeup one our face like KISS but we are dressed to the T to be seen by these men to show that we are loyal and would follow them anywhere.

So again I say know what you are saying before you type it out. AND yes Donnie made stupid choices when he was a TEENAGER, but I would take a man with a history of wrecking a hotel room as apposed to men that do drugs, commit suicide, beat their wives, and on and on and on.

Now I'm not trying to be mean or ugly or rude...I'm just showing you that everything you wrote has been done. So if this is a site to show why NKOTB should be welcomed into the Rock N Roll Hall of fame I believe fans have a right to say what they want whether or not you think it has any merrit to the site.

Posted by DDUBwarmsMEup on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 15:16pm


Like I said, DDUB, I was a fan back in the day, I had one of the books on them, we owned the movies. My sister owned the posters.

You asked if there was a band that energized a crowd the way NKOTB does. I gave you three examples. Even then, it doesn't match up. Deadheads used to follow the band for time periods in excess of a year, the Beatles couldn't even listen to each other for cues because the crowds were so loud, and there are actual conventions for KISS fans.

Not trying to be rude either, but again, look at who they induct. Being a good role model has nothing to do with getting in the Hall. Nor should it.

I have no problem with fans posting, but dude, you practically declared war by saying you were gonna direct an army through here to show love for NKOTB. That's not even close to peaceable, and it has nothing to do with getting into the Hall of Fame. "Because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH" is not a good reason to put an act into the Hall.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 16:26pm


Will Rogers once said "there's a pretty big gap between being educated...and having a lick of common sense", so that's all I have to say about anyone's profession...

The question remains; what exactly did they do that was so influential or innovative? First of all, they were someone's (Maurice Starr) "creation"...he had success with New Edition, so why not come up with a "white counterpart"? After settling with a "line-up" after auditions Starr used his clout to secure a recording contract, and their first album was produced and all the songs written almost exclusively by Starr (there's "innovation" for you). The rest (unfortunately) is history... As a footnote, you can forget saying BSB and N'SYNC were influenced by them...unless you want to say Lou Pearlman was influenced by Maurice Starr's ability to spot a money-making scheme when he sees one!!!

In the late 50's-early 60's Elvis was in the army, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran were dead, Little Richard decided Rock & Roll was "evil", and Chuck Berry was in jail. The music scene needed a "new Elvis"...so along came Fabian, Avalon, etc... all contrived pretty much the same way. Thak goodness the Beatles came along shortly thereafter! You can always tell when music is in a slump when "teen idols" and "boy bands" are in vogue.

So here we are...we've been deemed haters and accused of being "rude" because we look at "boy bands" as insignificant. To "hate" something, it would help if they were relevent...which in most Rock & Roll circles they are not. Then, these same people who would call us this come up with hair-brained statistics and dilusional criteria with no basis of fact or reference (being a doctor, if someone said "I have a case of Shingles, would one examine them to substantiate that fact or simply take their word for it???).

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is diluted enough without even considering allowing a "boy band" in. If that happened, all credibility would be GONE...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.16.09 @ 17:25pm


I think NKOTB should be in the hall of fame.

Fans do travel all over the world to see the guys.
Fans have dressed like them, even if just for Halloween.
If NKOTB didn't have a cultural impact, then why would there be mentions of them in movies, novels, and TV sitcoms?
Maurice Starr may have written a lot of their songs when they first started, but some of the guys started writing as well. Face The Music was done completely without Maurice, and so was The Block.
NKOTB is a group you either love or hate. Rarely is there a middle ground. However, in spite of backlash from the media, not having fair airplay (let's face it, radio stations refuse to play their music), and critics dissing the guys every chance they get, they are still a success, whether you want to admit it or not.
Ok, so the guys do dance. They dance because they want to and because we (the fans) love it. At least they interact heavily with the audience during concerts instead of hiding behind instruments.
They came back on their own terms and recorded music before they had a record deal because they wanted the reunion to be about something instead of just making money.
The guys in New Kids on the Block have never gotten the credit they deserve. They are more real than any celebrity out there, and they have always put their all into everything they do.

No other band gets subjected to the hate New Kids on the Block have been subjected to. And yes, I bring this point up. Despite all the hate they receive, they keep going. They don't let it get them down. When a door is slammed in their faces, they don't give up.

And yes, there is something unique about the guys. They truelly love and care about their fans. They don't just say it. They show it every single day. What other celebrity honors the death of a fan? What other celebrity goes out looking for fans to meet? Who else is as close to their fans as New Kids on the Block? Who else feels the same about their fans as their fans do about them? Who else tells their fans that they are family? Who else treats their fans with the respect these guys give their fans? No one!

These guys have made a huge impact in countless lives just by being who they are.

Yes, they are positive role models, but it's not because that's what they decided to be. They are just themselves, and they happen to be 5 terrific guys who care about others. What's wrong with that? Nothing.

And yes, my 4 and 5 year old daughters and 11 year old son are begging me to take them to a New Kids concert. And you know what? I'm glad my children are not into the noise that promotes drugs, violence, hate, and one night stands. I'd rather my kids listen to New Kids on the Block because they are such wonderful guys (and yes, I have met them) and because their music has more substance than that.

Yet, I am not delusional. I know New Kids on the Block won't make it into the hall of fame. They have never gotten the credit they deserve because people won't get past the fact that they started out with bubblegum music and were put together by Maurice Starr.

However, I also know that my fellow Blockheads and I won't stop trying to get them in the hall of fame, no matter what you haters say or do. Yes, we are said to be an Army, but we are one armed with love.

New Kids on the Block is not a boy band. They came around long before that term was coined. And now, they are grown men with families of thier own. You're right in that they are too old to be a boyband. However, they are not too old to make music or to dance. It may not be what others are doing, but they do what they want, not what everyone else does.

Posted by Proud Blockhead 4 Life on Tuesday, 10.27.09 @ 14:52pm


They call NKOTB fans "Blockheads"? Forgive me for not knowing this, but right now really is the first time I've heard of this.

While this obviously casts me as not being an intense New Kids fan, I have to say, I do love that fan club name!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 10.27.09 @ 19:36pm


Anybody else think "Blockheads" is really appropriate lol?

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 07:03am


since the reunion they have proven their staying power and ust how much they are ADORED by fans WORLDWIDE solo or a s a group and because there would be NO NYSNC OR BSB or the horrid JONAS BROTHERS
they desverve to be in the fame TEY'VE EARNED IT

Posted by jordan lover on Wednesday, 12.16.09 @ 18:21pm


New Kids on the Block, or New Squids on the Dock???

Had to say it, although it sounds more like something Joker/joker (still trying to decipher if they're really are two jokesters or if they/him are just trying to confuse me) would say

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 17:52pm


"I am willing to bet that all of you who are "mouthing and down talking" have never even listened to thier music. There has always been more to NKOTB than meets to eye!!" First, it's "their" not "thier". Second, I've only listened to "Hangin' Tough" which is a sad attempt at tough guy posing. Third, I'm listening to New Order right now, who actually you know wrote their own stuff and played their instruments.

"so for those of you who are critics of NKOTB, I challenge you to find a band who took a FIFTEEN year break and then comes back to produce a sold out tour, and an album which debuted #1 on the pop rock charts, #2 over all.. and then we'll talk about who is prefabricated.. peace" Actually, the Eagles broke up in 1980, reformed in 1994 (14 year break, but close enough) and then put out a live album that year which went straight to #1 and sold 8 million copies in the U.S. alone, whereas "The Block" didn't even go gold. Finally, they released a new studio album in 2007, which went #1 in the U.S. Canada, the U.K. and New Zealand and #2 in Austria, and sold 7 million copies in the U.S. alone! So yeah their comeback is not unheard of. Plus, the Eagles were an absolute powerhouse when they broke up whereas New Kids' final pre-break up album tanked.

"Just like Aerosmith and Run DMC paved a way in music so did NKOTB. They created something so big and so fabulous" I haven't listened to New Edition, but apparently Maurice Starr created them first. I'd be very surprised if a fabricated act can match the legacy of Aerosmith and Run DMC.

"Because whereas it may be true that NKOTB aren't rock and rollers, the same could be said for the Beatles, The Monkees, New Edition, Herman's Hermits,etc." Of course the Beatles are rock 'n' roll! "Helter Skelter" anybody? the Beatles also wrote their own music and played their own instruments. I haven't listened to the rest of the acts you mentioned but they're not in the Hall either.

"Maurice Starr may have written a lot of their songs when they first started, but some of the guys started writing as well. Face The Music was done completely without Maurice, and so was The Block." I checked Wikipedia and that's true, they did do some writing. However, they were still relying heavily on outside writers and have never played their own instruments.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.28.10 @ 16:25pm


They should be in. Easily.
Lot of influence.
Huge success.
Not rock in the slightest but ABBA is not more rock than NKOTB.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 04.1.10 @ 14:01pm


"ABBA is not more rock than NKOTB."

One mistake does not justify a second mistake.

Posted by Ralph on Thursday, 04.1.10 @ 14:10pm


You're absolutely right, they are a huge influence...they represent what's WRONG with the music industry and a glowing example of what NOT to be...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 04.1.10 @ 14:41pm


"Lot of influence." Actually the boyband thing can be traced back to the Jackson Five, if we want to get technical.

"Huge success." Sales aren't part of the criteria, and there are artists not yet in who are bigger.

"Not rock in the slightest but ABBA is not more rock than NKOTB." Well, "Hole in Your Soul" rocks harder than "Hanging Tough." ABBA put Sweden on the pop music map, Led Zeppelin (!) among others recorded at Polar Studios, and as far as I'm aware they had the prototype for MTV. Anyway, you're supposed to be arguing for NKOTB, so other artists aren't relevant to this discussion. Strike three, you're out.





Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.1.10 @ 17:39pm


"New Kids on the Block are THE BEST group of the late 1980's and today!" Based on what I've heard so far, not even close.
"Just their charity work alone should be enough to get them voted in." Then so can I. I've done volunteer work in the past, and for the past year and a half I've been working in a soup kitchen. I COOK for the homeless/poor on Mondays, and wash dishes Mondays and Wednesdays. Does that mean I can be inducted?

"They are so down-to-earth, and are such a good influence on everyone who associates with them. The New Kids on the Block have such a strong and positive message. NO MORE GAMES!!! LET'S GET THIS!!! OUR MINDS ARE RIGHT, AND OUR HEADS ARE STRAIGHT!!!!!" Great. Anybody who's positive can garner at least some respect. However, if you look at who's in the Hall (and who should be in), you'll see lots of bad behavior. Drug use, trashing hotels, disputes with/affairs against spouses and partners, legal issues, unethical behaviour towards bandmates, you name it. I don't agree with bad behaviour (though I like a bit of drinking and pot smoking occasionally, and I would like to copy by John Bonham by riding a motorcycle through a hotel), but your conduct is completely irrelevant to your worthiness. Innovation, Influence and Perpetuation, that's what you need to deserve being in. I've lots of NKOTB to listen to, but they seem to have none of the first, only some to little of the second, and little to none of the third. It's possible that some of NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys were inspired by New Kids, but it appears that it was merely Lou Pearlman copying Maurice Starr. And don't bring Elvis not writing his own songs into it. Back when Elvis everyone had songs written for them and/or performed covers (and Elvis played guitar.) The Beatles changed the rules by writing original material, and that inspired their fellow Brits to also do so (The Stones, The Who...) Post-Beatles, you have to work your way up by writing your own songs in order to be taken seriously (with the exception of a few, like Michael Jackson and Madonna, and that's partially due to their massive influence.)

Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 18:55pm


right said fred belongs in the hall of fame....they we're the first 'too sexy' in the music business...lol

Posted by umightsay on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 16:31pm


nsync should be in the hall of fame, they where the first boy band to have a great blonde curly hair lead singer ever...lol...

Posted by umightsay on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 16:38pm


NKOTD deserves to be in the hall of fame...lol...omg!!!...they sold billions of albums and still sell out after 15 years...lol...there songs are next to perfect and they have influeneced...'brittany spears, nsync, jessica simpson, backstreet boys...omg...the music industry is thriving because of those legendary atrist and they r still around....lol...music today is great because of them...lol...i guess thats reason enough...lol...NKOTD ...lol

Posted by umightsay on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 16:51pm


That comeback wasn't much actually. The album debuted at #2 and then fell off the planet.

"they have influeneced"

Do you actually have citations for all that, or are we just assuming that because those artists also do lightweight pop and don't play any instruments or write many songs.

"...the music industry is thriving because of those legendary atrist and they r still around....lol...music today is great because of them...lol"

Aside from one or two bits have you seen the charts these days? (Feels heavy vomiting coming on.) The underground is thriving, but no thanks to any boy bands.

First boy band=Jackson 5

Posted by Sam on Monday, 05.31.10 @ 20:55pm


I think nkotb belongs in the hall of fam, they deserve it, they came back after 15 years and still are great. I was young when they first came out i never knew that they had an empact on the world i am now in my early 30s and still a fan, if u guys want great talent inducted them where they belong

Posted by jamie on Monday, 06.28.10 @ 13:49pm


"NKOTD deserves to be in the hall of fame...lol...omg!!!...they sold billions of albums and still sell out after 15 years" - umightsay

Doesn't matter if they sold 5 billion albums in 6 days, that's not criteria for induction. Sorry. Next.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:36am


NKOTB deserves to be in R&R Hall of Fame because without them pop star boy bands and artists like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, O Town, Hanson, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, nor Justin Timberlake would have had a chance in hell to break in the 90s or millenium. NKOTB is crucial to music history because they surpassed Michael Jackson and Madonna in the early 90s in terms of record sales and popularity. I'm a realistic fan - no they weren't the best, but they had and still have talent and leverage, and it would be foolish not to recognize them.

Posted by jad215 on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 21:40pm


"NKOTB is crucial to music history because they surpassed Michael Jackson and Madonna in the early 90s in terms of record sales and popularity."

Wait... what? Did you honestly type that? They might've been bigger than Michael Jackson (MIGHT) for about 5 minutes in the early 80's but they were never bigger than Madonna, and how are popularity and importance mutually exclusive?

"NKOTB deserves to be in R&R Hall of Fame because without them pop star boy bands and artists like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, O Town, Hanson, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, nor Justin Timberlake would have had a chance in hell to break in the 90s or millenium."

The teen idol revival didn't really kick into first-gear until the late 90's, and your boys broke up in '94, so the linkage there is pretty dubious. The bubblegum revival can really be traced back to The Spice Girls as far as worldwide success is concerned, but they still shouldn't be inducted either, because none of the bubblegum acts that followed took anything musically from them. The connection you're creating doesn't seem to exist, I'm afraid, and even it does Maurice Starr's previous creation before NKOTB should get the credit.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 20:14pm


"take a look at RECORD SALES- NKOTB continues to sell millions world-wide; name one other group besides the Beatles w/such a fan following."

Wait... what? Top 10 selling artists in the U.S.

The Beatles
Garth Brooks
Elvis Presley
Led Zeppelin
The Eagles
Billy Joel
Pink Floyd
Barbara Streisand
AC/DC
Elton John

Elton stands at 70 million albums sold in the U.S. New Kids are way down the list at 16.5 million, a huge disparity. Now, let's see how else they fare in comparison to that Top 10:

The Beatles - Considered by most musicians and critics to be the greatest band of all time, and by others one of the greatest, the most popular band of all time, and probably the most influential band of all time. Broke new ground in terms of production techniques. The first band to sell out Shea Stadium. Their compilations were still hitting #1 in both the US and the UK and selling millions 30 years after their breakup. 40 years after their breakup they're still as loved and respected as ever, and Paul McCartney as a solo artist is still a popular draw on the concert circuit, and just performed for Obama and his family the other day. I'll add their songs were also recorded in other languages (my friend has tapes of some of their songs recorded in German.)

Garth Brooks - No comment, but since he's the second biggest recording artist in U.S. history he must have done something right.

Elvis - One of the top 5 biggest solo artists ever, and is still revered to this day (probably the most influential solo performer ever.) I think he was the first guy to perform on Ed Sullivan (Gitarzan? Am I right?)

Led Zeppelin - Widely considered the greatest Hard Rock band ever and one of the greatest and most talented bands ever. Very influential both to other musicians and in the business side of things. One of the first bands to be able to sell out stadiums night after night. 30 years after their breakup there's still a huge demand for a reunion and offers to headline huge festivals like Glastonbury (their O2 Arena reunion show sold out quickly, and you can bet it would be the same thing in the US.)

The Eagles - One of the first bands to do country-rock, and very influential to that genre. Their come-back live album after a 15 year break was massive. They can still pull in huge crowds, and their last studio album was #1 in 10 to 15 countries and sold 7 million copies. Conversely, NKOTB's comeback album didn't even go gold.

Billy Joel - Can still headline arenas despite not making a new album in 15 years. Are you sure NKOTB can compare to these acts in terms of fanbase?

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 20:08pm


"take a look at RECORD SALES- NKOTB continues to sell millions world-wide; name one other group besides the Beatles w/such a fan following."

I don't know who you were quoting here, but whoever said it should have taken a look at wikipedia's list of best selling music artists ever. According to them, NKOTB have sold 70 million albums worldwide, the same as Kenny G and a bit ahead of the Village People!! In contrast, a band like Pink Floyd have sold 200 million albums worldwide. While Michael Jackson has claims of 300-750 million of which 150 million are definite. The Beatles and Elvis have claims of up to 1 billion, OK I'll stop now lol

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 03:37am


Also, why do hardcore fans always feel the need to compare their favorite "bands" to the Beatles?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 03:39am


Because the Beatles are considered by many to be the greatest band of all time, and I guess they want their favorite bands to be ranked up there with them. To add to your sales numbers: Led Zeppelin have 118 million albums sold in the US and the UK alone, and supposedly 300 million worldwide. Bon Jovi have supposedly sold 120 million, AC/DC 200 million, The Eagles between 100-200 million, Queen 100-300 million (nope they and Zeppelin both are estimated at 300), Deep Purple 100 million, Iron Maiden 80 million, ABBA 200-300 million (nope, 370), The Rolling Stones 200 million. Well, here's the full-list, and I'm warning you now that NKOTB are not even close to the second-biggest musical act of all time (this list is based on estimations.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_selling_music_artists

Posted by Sam on Monday, 08.2.10 @ 21:34pm


THE BOYS FROM BEANTOWN TOTALLY DESERVE TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME...NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!!

Posted by richgirl on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 21:50pm


NKOTB not the first boy band... but a huge part of the "POP" invasion... I think they deserve to be in the hall of fame, because they are in my adolescant(sp) hall of fame or shame some shall say! They sold enough albums to make but would they really have signifigant impact on the "ROCK AND ROLL" hall of fame? Anyone new from this decade do they really deserve to be there when their time to be nominated comes up? Where is the creativity in music these days? Why is POP everywhere? Everything is mainstream what happened to the underground music with true artistic value?

Posted by J on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 21:14pm


New kids on the block deserve this honor for all of their musical talents! They have an extremely loyal fan base and sell out concerts everywhere! They are hard working artists that always give back! Let's get this!!!

Posted by kristywilliamson on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 17:04pm


Ain't gonna happen. Sorry.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 17:52pm


I do believe that The New Kids on the Block deserves to be in the Hall of Fame the Rock Been a fan when they first started and still a fanand always will be too.who ever dislike them thats your chose.but keep your thoughts to your-self. They don't need all the drama. They are the most kindes and careing guys out there and If I didn't say it I'm saying it now I'm glad i found such a loving caring and kind group like the New Kids on the Block they are really speacial to Millions of Us BlockHeads Sisters AND Brothers out there.

Posted by Shawnna Cool on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 20:50pm


NKOTB 4-ever!!!!

Posted by Missy Fouse on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 21:23pm


Alright who is flooding the vote box?

Posted by Jim on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 22:10pm


As a loyal Blockhead, I have to vote no. I don't think NKOTB should sully themselves by being a part of a community that has always undervalued them. Perhaps one day their true significance will be recognized, but it appears that this is not that day. That's ok. They recognize us as family/friends, not fans. We tell them on a daily basis what they mean to us. I think that relationship is what is important. We will continue to support them, and the R&R HoF can continue to induct and support the moral filth of the industry.

Posted by Rae on Monday, 09.27.10 @ 22:25pm


Future Rock Hall, in most chances, is spot-on with percentage chances- and it is with NKOTB. The band has not made strong, quality music that has endured (fun at times, sure, but that's it) and the HOF will not consider them. BTW- they wouldn't be eligbile until next year, anyhow, for the 201 ceremony- not that it makes a difference.

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 06:17am


NKOTB is the first and only boy band in my eyes. They have acheived so much over the last 20 years. Awards,so many #1 singles, playing at the Apollo, sold out shows from then and now. Just to name a few. Why is is that after 20 years they can come back and STILL sell out shows and now cruises within minutes? Well, because they are 100% the greatest, sexiest, singers, dancers musicians of all time. I am proud to be a Blockhead back then and now!! And I'm from Columbus,Ohio home of the OSU Buckeyes, home of THE BEST DAMN BAND IN THE LAND. Well NKOTB has THE BEST DAMN FANS IN THE LAND!!! I'll Be Loving Danny,Donnie,Joey,Jon,Jordan 4-Ever!!!

Posted by Toni B. on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 06:22am


Do some not realize that voting incessantly for an act will not change their percentage chances? :-)

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 07:15am


First boy-band=Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. NKOTB has virtually no critical respect, which in most cases is crucial to being inducted. Their music doesn't seem to have staying power, and the teen-idol that they're given credit for spawning happened long after their heyday. They're not even eligible until next year. A bunch of people got rich off of this creation and it made millions of people alone; I'm fine with that. I could go on about how I think Alice in Chains (who should and could very well be inducted) and Porcupine Tree aren't as respected as they should be (especially the latter, as I think they're one of the best bands around today,) but what I think of them isn't relevant to the Hall of Fame criteria. "Criteria include the influence and significance to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll." That's what the Hall's looking for in the people they consider (though they've made plenty of mistakes in that regard.) It's not a perfect criteria but I can't think of anything better, so try and work within that when arguing in favor of an artist.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 07:31am


First for those of you utilizing Wikipedia to justify your opinion please find a more credible source. If you can’t use a source for a college paper because the information is not reliable, due to the fact that anyone can submit information on a subject even when they are not experts in that area, it therefore cannot be a credible source for justifying your opinions.

Second, someone stated that this is not a fan site, which is correct but it’s also not a hate site either. If you are allowed to voice your opinions on why NKOTB should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame then it would reason that fans should be allowed to voice their opinions as to why they should be inducted.

According to the Induction Criteria, Terry Stewart stated that “…candidates are reviewed and discussed relative to their impact on this music that we broadly call rock and roll.” That definition of rock and roll encompasses ALL musical genres. And induction to the Hall of Fame will be based on the artists’ innovation and influence not statistics.

Love them or hate them New Kids on the Block, like it or not, have had an influence on the music industry. They were not the first “boy band” out there, which they admit themselves, but they are often credited with being the first. Many boy bands that came after them have in fact admitted to NKOTB influencing them. As for writing their own music, their first album may have mainly been written by Maurice Starr but then I don’t know many artists that are first starting out that write their own music. NKOTB have written and do continue to write songs. They also do play instruments. Although, I am first to admit, that they prefer to sing and dance over playing instruments but they can play.

I will admit they have not released a CD in two years but that shouldn’t affect whether they are inducted or not. They continue to sell out venues and cruise ships within a matter of minutes. Blockheads span generations and nationalities – they bring together people from all over the world all while promoting positivity and ignoring the negativity. I cannot think of another artist that can unite people the way NKOTB do. I don’t currently have the facts to back it up but I believe that there is no other group that could go away for almost 15 years and then return to the music scene to sell out venues within minutes or have fans sleeping on the streets of New York for days to see them reunite on the Today Show – if that alone doesn’t tell you the influence these 5 men from Boston have had then nothing will convince you, and that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and my opinion is there is no one more deserving of being inducted to the Hall of Fame then these 5 guys who make up New Kids on the Block, like it or not, they deserve this honor.

Posted by Kellie on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 08:25am


Anyone who thinks the HOF committee will seriously consider NKOTB for induction may not comprehend the music industry and what- and who- is considered important. It's fine to be a fan, but let's not lose sight of reality.

I'd go so far as to say I'd bet my life on the fact that the HOF committee will not consider NKOTB for induction. I'm that positive of it. :-)

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 08:30am




New Kids on The Block while not pioneers of the "boy bands" (that title belongs to groups like the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds) do belong in the hall of fame. Why? because the criteria states that an artist should leave an indelible mark on the rock world. No other boy band, and in fact very few bands period, have left a mark on the industry like NKOTB has. The 5 men from Boston, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntrye and Brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, sold over 70 million records, had one of the largest and most successful merchandising campaigns ever,sold out Arenas all over the world, multiple times.They were the top grossing entertainers in the country for 2-3 years ( and this was during the heyday of bands such as Guns N Roses, Metallica etc) and they did all of this before the oldest member was 25. Now, 15 years later, they come back, are still selling out large arenas world wide,still have one of the largest (and most loyal) fan bases of any group anywhere, and still have albums that has sold remarkably well.
so for those of you who are critics of NKOTB, I challenge you to find a band who took a FIFTEEN year break and then comes back to produce a sold out tour, and an album which debuted #1 on the pop rock charts, #2 over all.. and then we'll talk about who is prefabricated.. peace

Posted by Linda on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:42pm


I 100% agree with you...New Kids on the Block has made a huge impact on society. Not only with their sold out concerts, but turn on any tv show and you will probably see or hear reference to them. They are indeed a "boyband" but one that has come back after many years apart and still had the magic that they had in the '90s. I think they would be a great addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by kisses4jon on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 08:58am


I am a huge NKOTB fan. have been for a long time, going on the cruise. So I'm not what I would say a person who just "likes" these guys, I love them! I love how good they are to us fans, their music, their shows everything.
HOWEVER, I'm on the fence. (and take this all with a grain of salt I don't know a lick about the HOF) As much as this would be an honor. NKOTB aren't a rock band, Joe said it himself on the Coming Home DVD, it's a pop show, not a rock concert. Now if the HOF includes other genres of music, they yea sure. I think they deserve a spot, but I'm not on the committee to vote. I sure as hell would vote them in though if I could.
Backstreet boys did say on the entertainment tonight video clip from RCMH-NYC (awesome show) that they looked up to NKOTB and were inspired by them, for those of you saying some of these bands never said NKOTB inspired them. check it out on U tube. although that's neither here nor there.
I think that aside from opinion, from fans and haters alike these guys have worked hard and fought all the way. They have topped charts and were a phenomenon. Regardless of how you feel, respect and credit should be given where it's due. Numbers on the charts didn't lie, so hate if you want but name calling etc is immature.
I'm not going to read this whole thread so if anything I said was already addressed, sorry.

Posted by nk'sfan on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 08:59am


never mind I just saw the list of nominees this year. LLcoolJ is on the list so I guess it isn't just a "rock and roll" hall of fame.
interesting.

Posted by nk'sfan on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 09:08am


they are the best boyband in the world I have been a fan for 20 years and still proud to admit it!!!!! they so deserve to be an addition to HOF!!


once a BLOCKHEAD always a BLOCKHEAD!!!!

Posted by nic on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 10:17am


The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, host artists of different types of music from Rock to Pop, and everything in between. Love them or hate them, there is no denying that NKOTB were a Huge influence to the music industry from 1989- 1992. To date they have sold over 80 million albums, and started a Phenomenon not only in the US but across the entire world. They started the whole boy band era, and deserve to be recognized for doing so. I have always LOVED NKOTB, I'm so glad they have reunited and have had 4 successful tours, 3 SOLD OUT CRUISES, and a new CD that went to #2 in the US. NKOTB ARMY 4LIFE!!!!!!!!

Posted by Amber (Cleveblockhead) on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 13:53pm


I suppose some continue to live in fairy-tale land, even into adulthood. Ah, well... it will be a long stay in that land, when it comes to the NKOTB being considered for the HOF, believe me. In fact, 6% chances may be too high.

There are times that I think this is just a handful of posters taking the piss, and who actually do comprehend music history and importance- nothing to do with commercial success- and are just having fun at the expense of NKOTB.

Posted by JR on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 08:09am


Oh good heavens. I just wrote a comment only to have it rejected as spam. Okay, I'll shorten it: I'm certainly not on a hate campaign against your boys (and I don't think JR is either,) I'm just someone who's brutally honest, and we just don't believe they quite fit the three. JR is correct when he says NKOTB will not be inducted under the current regime. I'll be shocked if they're even nominated. Fear not though, ladies, for there are plenty of deserving acts who have been shamefully not inducted, so your boys won't be missing out on anything if they're not inducted. If you like them then that's all that should matter.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 10.3.10 @ 04:44am


I see a lot of comments made in 08. I wonder if anyone feels different now that NKOTB have done a hand full of sold out arena tours and cruises?

I am a fan and still enjoy their music, actually I think I might like their new music more. All the fan fair aside, I think they made a huge impact on music in the late 80's and 90's. Itn't that what the hall of fame is about?

Posted by jenn on Wednesday, 01.5.11 @ 02:02am


Oh and "Sam" do your homework. The New Kids have been writing their own music since the 80's. Their pen name was the crickets. Later they just wrote as themselves. They do play instruments piano, drums and guitar, quite well actually.

Posted by jenn on Wednesday, 01.5.11 @ 02:05am


"First for those of you utilizing Wikipedia to justify your opinion please find a more credible source."- Kellie


I'm sure if wikipedia said NKOTB sold all those millions of millions you blockheads (not an insult, this is what NKOTB fans call themselves apparently) claim they did, you wouldn't be saying that.


"Oh and "Sam" do your homework. The New Kids have been writing their own music since the 80's. Their pen name was the crickets. Later they just wrote as themselves. They do play instruments piano, drums and guitar, quite well actually." - jenn

So they play instruments and write their own music do they? Well that's it, just let them in already, if a band plays instruments and writes their own music then they MUST be RRHOF caliber!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 01.5.11 @ 05:57am


"The New Kids have been writing their own music since the 80's."

I decided to take you up on that, and you are correct... to some degree. First album, the self-titled track was written by Maurice Starr and Donnie Wahlberg (though according to Wikipedia Wahlberg wrote it himself). Wahlberg wrote another track with two people called "AJ Banks" and "Nuri". Oops, turns out "AJ" and "Banks" are two seperate people. One single was written by "Bell and Hart" (who?). The other two singles were written solely by Maurice Starr, as were the other 5 tracks. The second album: 8 of the ten tracks were solely written by Starr (including 5 of the 6 singles). One of them was co-written with the band. The third album: 7 of 12 tracks written by Maurice Starr. One of the others was co-written with Danny Wood. The fourth album they were still using outside writers, but they did have lots more co-writing credits, that's true. The same with the most recent one. So I wasn't entirely correct, but I am kind of right. Yet I'm

I think Cheesecrop got it right mostly:

"Most of the New Kids fans are correct in that they did have a great influence on popular music. This is regrettably where the link to rock of any kind ends. New kids have precious little link to anything resembling rock & roll for many years. Even if you somehow want to pretend their music was legitimate rock & roll, Seattle blew all of this stuff off the map back in 91-92. Attempting to link New Kids to the Beatles, the Osmonds, the Partridge Family, the Jacksons even, fails when you come to the realization that the musically there is no resemblance in sound at all.

Did New Kids affect rock? Technically yes, inasmuch as all pop music touches the rock world in some vague way. Is it really enough to merit a plaque of some kind? Not likely."

Then Philip really nailed it:

"If you want to argue they popularized the boy band notion, you may have a point. But you still don't have a convincing argument. Boy bands are a slice of pop music so narrow, it's practically translucent."

That said, I'm going to play devil's advocate. They do have a number of followers listed by AMG. Granted, very few (if any) of those followers contributed anything to music, but influence is influence. So therefore, the Hall could possibly get away with inducting NKOTB at some point. You're welcome. Not too quickly, mind you; inducting them something like first ballot with more worthy newly eligibles next year and a huge backlog of omissions would quite rightly damage the Hall's credibility.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 01.5.11 @ 09:31am


I always viewed it as the music hall of fame, but thats just me.

Despite their (apparent) influence, I'm very ehh on the idea of NKOTB getting in....

Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 01.5.11 @ 14:51pm


As the percentage chances show... No. Way too light an act, and highly unlikely any HOF committee would consider the band- at least for the first 30-40 years of its eligibility.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 01.8.11 @ 16:16pm


Obviously there are so many people out there who do not know the origional meaning of the word "Rock " which eminates from the words "Rock and Roll"! Please be so kind as to maybe learn what "rock and Roll" is before leaving judgemental comments. Just because you may not like a certain singer/band, it doesn't give you the right to say if they should or shouldnt be on this hall of fame! If people are saying that boybands shouldnt be on here then are they suggesting that boybands such as buddy holly and the crickets, the platters or bill haley and the comets whom i must say are all named in the top 100 rock and roll legends list shouldnt be??
Rock 'n' Roll Artists should be based equally on Commercial Impact, Influence, Musical Impact and Cultural Impact, not on its personal impact to you!!

Posted by michelle on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 11:25am


Acts such as Bill Haley/Comets, The Platters, & Buddy Holly/Crickets were not "boy bands". They were musicians who composed much of their own material. In addition, they wrote a great deal of their material as well.

I'll admit to not knowing how much of the material New Kids wrote for themselves. The diff. between their choreographed dance moves w/backing tracks & the actual band arrangements are what is key here. Haley, The Platters, & Holly we know had control over a great deal of what they did.

I have no issue w/what New Kids did at all. If it were a pop music Hall of Fame, then let them in, no questions asked. It's putting them in the Rock Hall that's the kicker here.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 17:07pm


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Posted by Pienueannoupt on Wednesday, 02.9.11 @ 04:38am


YES I AM 100 % POSITIVE THAT NKOTB NEEDS 2 BE IN THE HALL OF FAME ! THEY ARE POP, AND SEX GODS ! I LOVE YOU JONATHAN AND JORDAN YOU ROCK P.S. JONATHAN IF YOU ARE READING THIS I AM SINGLE !!

Posted by SKITTLES on Thursday, 02.10.11 @ 20:59pm


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Posted by GFW on Friday, 02.11.11 @ 10:12am


"If people are saying that boybands shouldnt be on here then are they suggesting that boybands such as buddy holly and the crickets"

Stop right there. I thought what was just posted on the GNR page was stupid, but that just set the bar even higher.

Jonathan and GFW... gonna live forrevvvaaaaa!*

*Sorry for copyright infringement, Noel G.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.11.11 @ 11:59am


I will say this, though... Donnie has solid acting chops in Blue Bloods. If you like cop shows I highly reccomend it.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.24.11 @ 11:24am


I have to say, with the amount of clueless and uninformed commentary on here, let me just say this; many of these fans on here claim to know so much about New Kids On the Block, and then go articulating such an enormous fallacy as claiming New Kids On the Block were "the first boy band."

Making such statements echoes a simple unfamiliarity with the matter at hand. Repeat after me, New. Kids. On. The Block. Were. Not. The. First. Boy Band. For starters, check out the Osmonds and the Jackson 5. The Osmonds beat New Kids On the Block by about 25 years...

Besides, all of these more recent boy bands like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys are just an excellent example of a businessman willing to cash in on recent trends. If you are oblivious, the infamous Lou Pearlman, determined to cash in on the success of New Kids On the Block, created *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys to sell to the gullible public who (should) know better.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 04:47am


60% say YES...so the 40%ers need 2 SHUT IT UP!!!!!

Posted by Sawyer MD on Monday, 04.11.11 @ 13:15pm


Because as we all know the best way to have an unbiased and fair debate is to tell anyone who disagrees with you to shut up.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 04.11.11 @ 13:24pm


GFW, contrary to what these blockheads think (What kind of a fan base refers to themselves as blockheads??? Seriously??) this is NOT a NKOTB fan page, nor will it ever be!!

At least they know when to stop arguing, unlike some people on the Coven page...

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.11.11 @ 13:36pm


Oh god, the coven page was just terrible, they were seriously scraping the bottom of the barrel for things they could use to promote Coven as the most influential band ever.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 04.11.11 @ 16:31pm


If they didn't let the Monkees in...they're not gonna let NKOTB in neither, Though they did induct Abba...WTF !?!

Posted by simoncowell jr. on Thursday, 04.14.11 @ 10:27am


"Though they did induct Abba...WTF !?!"

Because they were quite influential, sold quite a few records (though I'm going to tip over a sacred cow and say that I think the 300-370 million number is a bit inflated) and produced some of the most wonderfully written and best sounding pop songs ever. I'm not a major fan but...

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.14.11 @ 11:14am


To be fair, these guys were more of a "band" then say, the N'SYNC or the Backstreet Boys. They started to write their own music and play the instruments sometime around the Step By Step album. So at least they can lay a claim to being legitimate musicians, unlike the other boy bands. They do have influence, but the though of them getting in the Hall just feels wrong to me.

Posted by Jim on Monday, 05.30.11 @ 12:17pm


Influence: They influenced bands like Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Nsync... nothing to be proud of.
Innovation: The boyband thing was done already.
Commercial: 80 million sold. Thats a yes.
Critical opinion: The sort of band critics love to hate.

That's a no.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 07.10.11 @ 13:05pm


No.

(and I'll leave it at that)

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 07.10.11 @ 13:08pm


No they shouldn't be in the rock hall of fame they did nothing to Rock but did they shape pop culture defiantly there hangin tough album sold about 8 million records and sent pre teen girls into puberty ha they are a great band no doubt the right stuff step by step hangin tough are all jam tunes but they should be in like a pop hall of fame or boyband but they do not belong on this category

Posted by Nick D on Monday, 07.11.11 @ 16:16pm


For all the people that are saying they were the first boy band.... You must have meant the first boy band that didn't play instruments. Anyone of you ever hear of a boy band that did know how to write and play music and at a time outsold the Beatles and rolling stones called the monkees? The hall of fame is a joke now, so many greats not in and now this chatter for karaoke singers like nkotb

Posted by Jason on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 11:23am


Jason, it's a well known fact New Kids On the Block were not the first boy band. The only people I've ever heard spout this nonsense are NKOTB fans (aka "Blockheads" as they like to call themselves)

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Posted by boxokboy on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 00:10am


As I huge NKOTB fan I'm pretty split on this. I don't ever see them getting in and understand that people dont want them in.

They weren't the first "boy band" but I don't think we could ever really pinpoint who the first "boy band" was. They definitely influnced the later generations of "boy bands" BSB Nsync etc! It's obvious some think that's a bad thing but to each their own. I'll give you a few things for your consideration. The obvious 80 million album sales which I agree shouldn't be the only consideration. Someone earlier mentioned that New Kids out earned Madonna and Michael Jackson. I think what they were referring to was in 1991 they outearned them, not lifetime which is a big difference. In 1991 New Kids on the Block topped Forbes magazines top entertainers list out earning Madonna and MJ.

Here are few other things I'm not sure people think about. Donnie Wahlberg using his money and connections with NKOTB helped produce Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch rocketing his brother Mark Wahlberg into fame. Later Mark used this to start a huge acting and producing career. So if you think about it without NKOTB there would be no Entourage and no movie the Fighter. I know that's not an influence in music but it sure is an influence in pop culuture.

Jordan Knight himself wrote a #1 song for another musician by the name of Tommy Paige.

I'm not saying that they should definitely get in infact I'm not sure I think they should be in but they definitely have had an influence that goes way beyond what many think.

Posted by Brie on Monday, 02.27.12 @ 23:03pm


Even though there latest album is a mess NKOTB were one of the pioneers of the boyband... They paved the way for groups like *N'SYNC, and The Backstreet Boys.

Posted by Micheal on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 21:52pm


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