Music: Fresh Faces from Beantown

Boston's New Kids on the Block lock up the charts

Born to be hated: fresh-faced white boys, copping black street attitudes, co-opting black dance sounds, style and slang. They produce Reddi Wip pop music that comes out of nowhere but sells a cumulative 7 million on two albums, scoring with five hit singles (Cover Girl is currently No. 2), while the R. and B. brothers still struggle for the mainstream breakthrough.

The New Kids on the Block are commercial product all right, right down to the heels of their felony flyers. Fast-food Princes, Jack-in-the-Box Jacksons, rappers with no nutritional value. Right. They're also pretty good and, of course, just plain pretty....

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