Radio XXIV, side B, track 8: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block


Ah, New Kids on the Block. How could any of us remember you without some mixture of love and loathing?

The blog Mixed Tape Masterpiece is doing a phenomenal job of recapping and discussing the hits of yesteryear. This one makes me stop because I cannot hear the basketball-beat opening without remembering those ridiculous pins and the pink walls of my sister’s room (broken by pictures of Donny and Joey) back in 1989.



I wrote about my guilty love of this band. My sister is completely unrepentant and recently saw them live for like the 100th time.




Thanks for this, Mix Tape Masterpiece. Now I have to go listen to this song.

Mixed Tape Masterpiece

New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)Oh, New Kids On The Block, you had the right  stuff, no question.  I’ve already written about how most of us boys in junior high hated you, and I myself was conflicted.  Back then, we were all jealous of you because our female counterparts had it bad for you bunch even though there was no way you guys were going to show up in our neck of the woods, much less date one of our pretty classmates.  Not saying they wouldn’t have been worth dating, New Kids On The Block, but it was a numbers game.  It was the same reason that I wasn’t going to be holding hands with Debbie or Tiffany or Alyssa or my beloved Staci Keanan.  You just accepted it and moved on.  I mean, come ON, New Kids On The Block, me and my fellow males were right THERE.  We were prepared…

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8 comments on “Radio XXIV, side B, track 8: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block

  1. Starstorm says:

    Thanks for the reblog and thanks for the kind words about my blog. Boy bands in general and NKOTB in particular will always be the bane of my existence because the testosterone-fueled side of me is programmed to despise them, but the rest of me is like Jack Black in “High Fidelity” when they’re listening to those skateboarders’ demo, rubbing my face and admitting, with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, “They’re really @$#@$@ good. . .”

  2. Starstorm says:

    To celebrate this reblog and the many internal conflicts the New Kids have caused in your life, I have made a mix just for you and your siblings. Enjoy!

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  4. […] especially the way that music can invoke those other aspects of the past as well. I have been especially inspired of late by the similar work of the blog Mixed Tape Masterpiece, but even I was surprised by the sequence of […]

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