New Kids on the Block (album)


New Kids on the Block (album)
New Kids on the Block
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released April 1, 1986
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Pop
Length 42:43
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice Starr
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New Kids on the Block chronology
New Kids on the Block
(1986)
Hangin' Tough
(1988)

New Kids on the Block is the self-titled debut album from American pop boy band New Kids on the Block.

Released in the spring of 1986, its very bubble-gum, pseudo early Osmonds/New Edition-esque stylings failed to garner any attention. As a result, the album went commercially unnoticed. In August 1989, during the success of their second album, Hangin' Tough, Columbia Records released the New Kids on the Block track "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" in an attempt to bring this album to the attention of the group's growing fanbase. The ploy worked; albums sales spiked. Subsequently, the New Kids on the Block album would eventually be certified 3x platinum by the RIAA; peaking at #25 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Stop It Girl" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre
    • Rap by Jordan Knight
  2. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" (Bell, Hart)
    • Lead vocals by Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Joey McIntyre
    • Spoken by Danny Wood
  3. "Popsicle" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight
    • Rap by New Kids on the Block
  4. "Angel" (Cappra, Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood
  5. "Be My Girl" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg
  6. "New Kids on the Block" (Starr, Donnie Wahlberg)
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg
  7. "Are You Down?" (AJ Banks, Nuri, Donnie Wahlberg)
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood
  8. "I Wanna Be Loved by You" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by New Kids on the Block
  9. "Don't Give Up on Me" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, and Joey McIntyre
  10. "Treat Me Right" (Maurice Starr)
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre

Singles

  • "Be My Girl" - March 1986
  • "Stop It Girl" - July 1986
  • "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" - August 1989

Charts

Chart (1990) Peak
Position
Canadian Albums Chart 17
UK Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 25

Personnel

Principal performers

Studio techs.

Maurice Starr - Producer

  • Vocoder
  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Backup vocals
  • Moog Synthesizer
  • Mixing
  • Juno
  • Guitar
  • Engineer
  • Emulator
  • Drums (Bass)
  • DX-7
  • Drum Programming
  • Bass
  • Drums

Larkin Arnold - Executive Producer
Erik Nuri - Executive Producer
Christopher Austopchuk - Art Direction
Paul Arnold - Engineer
Phil Greene - Engineer, Mixing
Caroline Greyshock - Photography
Jimmy Johnson - Conga
Frank Heller - Engineer, Mixing
Gordon Worthy - Keyboards
Phaedra Butler - Backup Vocals
Pat Costa - Engineer
William Garrett - Engineer
Sidney Burton - Engineer, Mixing
Christopher Rich - Beat Box

Footnotes

  • The group was originally named Nynuk. The name was changed to New Kids on the Block following the recording of the Donnie Wahlberg written album track of the same name.

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