Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, & Mike... Don't forget Ralph
Before I lived in New York and found it necessary to blog about my favorite indie music, I was a little black girl growing up in the Midwest with my double-deck tape player. I saved up my loose change to buy records and tapes that I would play until late into the night. There were no blogs. There was just my diary filled to the brim with lyrics copied over and over again, and my voice howling until the wee hours of the morning. Not to toot my horn too much, but I had an impressive record and tape collection that included the Mary Poppins Soundtrack, My Name Is Roosevelt Franklin, and the cotton-candied stylings of New Edition. Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe provided the non-stop background music for countless hours of hairbrush microphone stylings in front of the bathroom mirror. Young boys schooled their listeners on the codes of wooing young girls, taking things slowly, and how to let nothing stand in the way of you and the one you love.
I have to admit that I wasn't much of a fan when Bobby Brown was replaced by Johnny Gill. You can't have a decent boy group without the "bad boy," and there's no fun in listening to a group that your mom totally approves of. Download the tracks below, tie your hair in a side pony tail, and grab your favorite hairbrush.
New Edition: Cool It Now
New Edition: Candy Girl
New Edition: Mr. Telephone Man