New Kids on the Block (album)

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New Kids on the Block
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released April 1, 1986
Recorded 1985-86
Genre Pop
Length 42:43
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice Starr
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)" as a single, in an attempt to bring this album to the attention of the group's growing fanbase. The ploy worked, and albums sales spiked. Subsequently, the New Kids on the Block album would eventually be certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA; peaking at number 25 on the US Billboard 200.

Singles[edit]

  • "Be My Girl" - March 1986
  • "Stop It Girl" - July 1986
  • "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" - August 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stop It Girl" (Maurice Starr) 3:43
  2. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" (Bell, Hart) 4:24
    • Lead vocals by Jordan Knight
    • Secondary vocals by Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre
    • Spoken by Danny Wood
  3. "Popsicle" (Starr) 4:49
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight
    • Rap by New Kids on the Block
  4. "Angel" (Cappra, Starr) 3:32
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre
  5. "Be My Girl" (Starr) 3:55
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg
  6. "New Kids on the Block" (Starr, Donnie Wahlberg) 3:22
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg
  7. "Are You Down?" (AJ Banks, Nuri, Donnie Wahlberg) 5:00
    • Lead vocals by New Kids on the Block
  8. "I Wanna Be Loved by You" (Starr) 4:56
    • Lead vocals by New Kids on the Block
  9. "Don't Give Up on Me" (Starr) 4:45
    • Lead vocals by Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, and Joey McIntyre
  10. "Treat Me Right" (Starr) 4:17
    • Lead vocals by Joey McIntyre

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Principal performers[edit]

Studio techs.[edit]

Maurice Starr - producer

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 - backing vocals
Pat Costa - engineer
William Garrett - engineer
Sidney Burton - engineer, mixing
Christopher Rich - beat box

Footnotes[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]