Games (New Kids on the Block song)

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"Games"
Games NKOTB.jpg
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album No More Games/The Remix Album
B-side "Games"
Remix of another song
Released October 17, 1990
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 3:51
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr, Donnie Wahlberg
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Let's Try It Again"
(1990)
"Games"
(1991)
"Call It What You Want"
(1991)

"Games" is a single released by New Kids on the Block as the first single from their remix album No More Games/The Remix Album.

Employing hip-hop samples with riffs sung by Jordan Knight, and defensive rhymes by Donnie Wahlberg, "Games" was a dramatic departure from their previously clean cut sound. The song also included shout outs to Donnie's brother Mark Wahlberg and Mark's band The Funky Bunch. The song features a chorus section taken from the movie the wizard of Oz, namely the West witch's soldiers chant: oh ee oh, oh oh.

Feeling the name "New Kids on the Block" was too childish for the group, the band shortened their name to "NKOTB" during the time of the single's release. The song received decent airplay from stations nationwide.

Track listings[edit]

12" maxi - Promo[2]
  1. "Games" (the kids get hard mix) – 5:22
  2. "What'cha Gonna Do (About It)" (Arthur Baker remix) – 5:51
  3. "Call It What You Want" (C&C pump it mix) – 5:31
  4. "My Favorite Girl" (remix) – 5:29
CD maxi[3]
  1. "Games (the kids get hard mix extended version) – 5:22
  2. "Games (album version) – 3:27
  3. "(You've Got It) The Right Stuff" (New Kids in the house mix) – 5:36
  4. "Treat Me Right" – 4:17
7" single
  1. "Games" (the kids get hard mix 7" mix) – 3:58
  2. "Games" (the album version) – 3:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 39
Canadian Singles Chart 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 30
French SNEP Singles Chart[7] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 27
Spain Top 40 Radio[10] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Gregory (July 10, 2011). "Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, aka NKOTBSB, feel the love at Vancouver concert". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Discogs.com
  3. ^ Discogs.com
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – New Kids on the Block – Games". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – New Kids on the Block – Games" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Kids on the Block – Games" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Games", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Games". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – New Kids on the Block – Games". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 1991-02-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.