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The enduring appeal of boy bands, from ‘Bye Bye Bye’ to ‘Butter’

New Kids On The Block fans
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Fans get New Kids On The Block tickets in October 1990.

From New Kids on the Block to *NSYNC to One Direction, boy bands have been a staple of popular music for decades.

This hour, a look at the history — and future — of boy bands.


  • Brad Fischetti - The surviving member of LFO
  • Aja Romano - A culture staff writer for Vox
  • Maria Sherman - Author of Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired September 1, 2021.

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Lily is the senior producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show'. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern, in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC, and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show 'Next.'
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