By Jim Fusco:
Hey HEY! Welcome to your, as Jeff put it, Fantastic Friday edition of the Laptop Sessions here with me, Jim Fusco! Glad to be here today, but I’ve been incredibly sick the past few days. I have the worst head cold… I’ve already lost two nights’ sleep to it. I was actually saving this video because we Mike did a BNL song recently, but I put this one first because I’m not sure how well I’ll be by Monday when we’ll be doing “New Bands Week” here. I have a new band video already recorded and ready to go, so I bought myself until Thursday when I have to record another video. I can only assume I’ll be better by then! Actually, I have literally sixteen or seventeen songs ready to record. I’ve been practicing like mad over the past month and these videos, once recorded, will provide me with almost two full months worth of videos. In that pool of songs, there’s also TEN new bands! So, I’m working hard every day to bring fresh viewers to the music video blog and to keep all the regular viewers excited.
Today, I bring you a song that I really love called “New Kid On The Block”. What perfect timing, too, as the “classic” early 90s band “New Kids on the Block” is in the middle of their “anticipated” reunion. They have a new album out and everything. This song is literally about being a member of the band. Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies wrote this song for their first album, “Gordon”. What a great satire. At the time (1992), the New Kids were both “new” and “kids”…well, not really, as you’ll hear in the lyrics of the song. But, they were popular, nonetheless, and Page must’ve thought it would be funny to write a song from the point of view of one of the band members.
Some of my favorite all-time BNL lines are in this song, including “Well we may not write the songs we sing, but look at Elvis, he sold his soul and you crowned him King.” The New Kids are pretty much everything I hate in a band, and BNL is truly everything I love in a band. That’s why this song is just about perfect in my eyes.
One of the other parts of the song I love is at the end with the inclusion of a few New Kids on the Block songs. I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to incorporate those parts into my solo acoustic cover version here, and all on the first try!
Enjoy today’s video and stay tuned for New Bands Week here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover and original songs music video blog starting on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!