Since the late '80s, New Kids On The Block have been keeping us entertained with their slick dance moves and their even slicker hairstyles. When they disbanded in 1994, it was a dark time for us all. Thankfully, they've reunited multiple times since then so we can get our fix of "Step by Step" year after year.
But even though it feels like we know all about NKOTB, there are some things that will surprise even the biggest fan.
1. What's in a name?
Have you ever seen the movie The Lost Boys? Well then you've heard the original name of New Kids On The Block. Maurice Starr, their manager, originally named the band "Nynuk" (pronounced na-nook) after the film's dog. The name was later changed, and it's probably for the best.
2. Getting Started
The first member of NKOTB was 15-year-old Donnie Wahlberg, who brought his 12-year-old brother, Mark, and best friend Danny Wood. They convinced two other classmates to hop on as well, both Jordan and Jonathan Knight. After Mark left (before anything really began), Joey McIntyre was brought in to fill his role. The group rehearsed on weekends and after school, and it eventually scored them a recording contract with Columbia Records.
3. April 24th
Other than being a day before the perfect date, April 24th is known as "New Kids On The Block Day" in Massachusetts. In 1989, the governor made the day official, making NKOTB one of the only boy bands to have their own official day.
4. Secret Love
Jonathan Knight and Tiffany Darwish (known as Tiffany), were forced to keep their relationship a secret.
“It wasn’t acceptable then because if you were a teen heartthrob, they wanted to see you be very available so I think we really had a harder time back then. I’m sure there is still some backlash when the younger teens start to date, but (for us) it was on the down-low,” Darwish said of her time with Knight.