In advance of the 30th anniversary reissue of their smash album “Hangin’ Tough” on March 8, New Kids on the Block put together a new song and music video that pays tribute to the history of boy bands.
In the video for “Boys in the Band,” which NKOTB released on Friday, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood shuffle into a high school classroom dressed as old men in order to give students a lesson about boy bands. Soon enough, however, the “boys in the band” ditch their duds and begin cycling through decade-evoking costumes. In a mid-song rap, Wahlberg shouts out everyone from the Jackson 5, who released “I Want You Back” in 1969, and New Edition, who came out with “Candy Girl” in 1982, to more modern acts like One Direction and South Korean boy band BTS.
Among the song’s other wordplay-filled lyrics: “And if it isn’t love, then why these new editions keep on showin’ up? And why the boys from Boston keep on hangin’ tough? Went from boys to men, but we ain’t ever growin’ up. Can’t get enough.”
The video also features a number of cameos from megastars of the ’80s and ’90s, including former *NSYNC member Lance Bass, singer Debbie Gibson, hip-hop group Naughty by Nature, and Boston-bred R&B trio Bell Biv Devoe, a spin-off group of New Edition.
Gibson and Naughty by Nature will both be joining NKOTB for The Mixtape Tour this summer, along with fellow retro pop stars Salt ‘N Pepa and Tiffany. The tour kicks off in May, and will stop in Boston at TD Garden on June 28 and 29.