When history remembers you as America’s first “boy band”, there is a standard you have to uphold..even 36 years later.
New Edition was founded in 1978. No one would really know who they were until about four years after they became a group. That’s when Ralph Tresvant’s helium-like voice fronted the group on Candy Girl thus beginning a pretty lucrative recording career for Ralph and his buddies Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike..and eventually Johnny.
The path New Edition carved paved the way for New Kids On The Block, The Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and the like.
Let’s fast forward more than three decades. Reunion tours are fun and often bring back memories of those bubble-gum pop songs (even when you know damn well they can’t hit those notes anymore).
And then there are the dance moves.
The guys in New Edition are a bunch of 40-somethings now..most of them closer to the big 5-0. So, if a reunion tour is in the cards..do us all a favor and GET IN SHAPE. This is aimed at one of the (not so) New Edition gang in particular.
Bobby Brown has had a hard life. No one disputes that Drugs, alcohol, the whole Whitney episode (Crack is whack!) But the video below shows what happens when you let yourself go for too long..and suddenly try to recapture your youth. Keep your eyes on Bobby on the far left.
My wife says what you saw was something that a little P90x could have easily fixed.
Kudos to the other guys for keeping the beat.
As for you Bobby..repeat after me:
‘My Prerogative’ will be that ‘Every Little Step’ will be the right ones for the rest of the tour.
If not…then be like the rest of us 40-somethings..and dance when no one else is looking.