Monday, May 19, 2008

Okay, This Has to Be Done...

What needs to be discussed should be discussed... Is anybody else all nostalgic about New Kids on the Block's reunion? When I first heard about it, I was okay with it - perhaps I thought it was a little funny, but it didn't really concern me at all. I got over them when I was about fourteen and graduated from the teeny bopper/ boy band phase forever. I think straight from being absolutely gaga over NKOTB, I moved on to listening to ... hang on, I can't seem to remember; that was a dark phase and No! I was never into Guns N Roses ... I remember there was "More Than Words". And Mr. Big and Poison. And then Grunge exploded and I was watching Singles... blah, blah, blah whatever...
And then I caught NKOTB on the Today show and before I knew it, I'd picked up up Marguerite and was dancing and singing along to "Step by Step" and "Hangin' Tough" (man, that choreography! it never leaves you, pretty much like knowing how to ride a bike.) and "The Right Stuff"... Then Joey, err Joe McIntyre started singing "Please Don't Go Girl" and I felt all panicky, like I had to get Sheila and Jaybee on the phone because "Girls, You're gonna die!!! NKOTB's on TV!!!!!!!!!!!" (remember how you thought putting a thousand exclamation points would convey how important whatever you had to say was?). Marguerite was shrieking in glee from the crazy dancing. Good thing I was carrying her as I was this close to teasing my bangs for a complete trip down memory lane. Bring out the lime green and hot pink clothes and maybe spritz a bit of Electric Youth or Malibu Musk for ambience.
That was a prime point in my young life - right before I headed for the dark ages. My best friend Sheila and I wrote to each other everyday and we always PSed "Friends Forever, NKOTB Forever!!!!!!" (again with the exclamation points). Does it matter that I deserted them right before NKOTB came over to the Philippines for a concert? Three years before that, I was masterminding how the three (maybe four, if we could convince Jackie) of us would be able to kidnap the boys from their hotel (I was already free of the spell when it happened, but Sheila and Jaybee did complete the whole NKOTB experience by camping out in a room in the same hotel NKOTB was staying in). We sort of drifted apart in college having gone for different majors, but we did manage to spend an afternoon together when we were about twenty and Joe and Jordan were trying to break into the pop charts again.
Sigh. Good times, good friends. We are in our thirties and all have children now, as do the New Kids (KIDS!!!! that's a scream!), but I bet we can get downright silly teeny bopper if given the chance. Did you see those thirty-something-year-old women screaming their heads off in the Today Show? They could have been the three of us.

4 comments:

Mindi said...

No Way!!!!!! Really? You were never into Guns N Roses?!?!?!?!!!!

I *heart* Kirk Cameron and I'll be loving loving Jordan Knight forever!!!!!!!!

kryzteta said...

I think I wasn't much of an NKOTB fan. I was a Menudo fanatic though, and well yeah sometimes watching Ricky Martin MTV's still excite me, but I heard one of their songs just this afternoon, and I can't believe I liked them at all. The one who sang "If You're Not Here" was off pitched!

Sheila said...

Friends forever, NKOTB forever!!! And I'm so happy we're still friends after all these years. You forgot to mention that you were planning to throw a volleyball to Joey-Joe through his hotel window so we'll catch his attention when we camp out!

xxx...ooo *; )

spinninglovelydays said...

Mindi - Nope, hated Axl Rose, but I hearted Kirk Cameron and Jordan Knight (in the beginning, but I transferred my affections to Joe after he passed puberty, lol) - If you must know, I also hearted Jeremy Licht, Joey Lawrence, Chad Allen, and Will Freidl(?)...
Christine - Hmmm, Menudo... if anything, these confessions betray age, lol
Sheila - Sheeeeee-luuuuuuuuuh!!!!!! The volleyball thing! I forgot about that. I think we were too young to come up with something that would leave a more lasting impression, like underwear or a rock or a stink bomb, lol. Love you, friend. Hugs to you and your lovely daughter!