Saturday, October 3, 2015

Respect or business? Originally Posted June 20, 2010

Decided to delete an old blog started almost 8 years ago. Instead of deleting all posts, I will post many that were needed at different points of my life. Enjoy!  *Disclaimer* I keep it real. Enjoy! ;-) The video link above watch at 3:55 for more puzzling evidence. I will be the first to admit that I am on the young end of Blockhead fandom. Yes, I grew up more with Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees, 5ive, Otown, Boys II Men, etc. However, you must remember my second exposure to music was New Kids on the Block (my first being Michael Jackson), obviously that deep connection to performance and music has stuck with me to this day. The reunion of New Kids on the Block has been awesome, successful, and rewarding being that this weekend at Radio City Music Hall is now in the record books. Over the years, I can remember countless interviews where the Backstreet Boys talked so much shit about New Kids on the Block, because they didn't know how to handle the backlash for boy bands that began with New Kids on the Block; instead of respecting the path the New Kids on the Block, New Edition, Jackson 5 paved for them. So, my respect for BSB was depleted based on their lack of respect for NKOTB and others. The business also brought about problems in producing music, and taking control of the machine a group like this can truly honest. I have always respected the quest that NKOTB and earlier groups have done to control the direction their music is going or will go. Nothing personal towards the members of BSB, but if you take a step back and examine their music, it is so manufactured and monotonous even to this day in their reunion. Being that the rumors of a possible BSB/NKOTB stage duet on stage actually came true June 19,2010, I felt the need to address this. I agree that the mutual respect is there that they actually performed together, but the motives business wise are suspect. As much as I love NKOTB, I am not naive, I know that the constant reunion success has bread ideas of how to keep things fresh. People are either going to love me or hate me for this entry. Think about it folks. I am not trying to alienate folks who are fans of both groups, just want folks to be aware. I would feel the same way business wise if NSYNC had reunited. They at least have kept it real in respecting NKOTB, and their creative differences. This shall continue...time will only tell if this is respect or business. Decided that this Justin Timberlake/Ellen interview sums up NKOTB respect as well (watch at 3:17)...

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