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New Kids on the Block: Then

The original boy-band sensation, the New Kids on the Block started young. Formed in Boston 1985, the quintet ranged in age from 12 to 16. Made up of (from left to right) Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg (yes, Mark's older brother!), the group (pictured in 1988) had a rocky start with their self-titled first album in 1986, but rebounded a couple of years later with their platinum record "Hangin' Tough" -- the first album by a teen act to contain five Top 10 hits. By the time they released 1990's "Step By Step," the New Kids were a full-blown pop culture phenomenon, with their faces on everything from dolls to lunchboxes. The inevitable backlash caused the band's break-up in 1994; fourteen years later, they reunited with the 2008 comeback album "The Block."

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