New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) were the original boy band who paved the way for huge sensations like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and even One Direction. The band consisted of brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood, who all rose to fame in the late ’80s and early ’90s with huge hits like “Step by Step,” “Hangin’ Tough,” and “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and sold over 80 million records worldwide! NKOTB disbanded in 1994, but have since reunited for a number of successful tours and have even recorded new music. Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the ’90s boy band!
10. Band’s Original Name
Before they rose to fame under the name New Kids on the Block, their original band name was Nynuk pronounced “Na-nook.” The name came from their manager, Maurice Starr, who named them after the dog in the film The Lost Boys.