Radio XLVII, side B, track 9: “Cover Girl” by New Kids On The Block

NKOTB - Cover GirlOh, New Kids On The Block, I’m glad that this song came up when it did because I recently discovered I was in love.  With one of you.  I’ve talked about my man-crushes before, but not at length.  And I have a few, New Kids On The Block.  Besides Lou Diamond and Howard Jones, there’s Taye Diggs and Billy Crudup and Timothy Olyphant.  For awhile I had a big crush on Mark McGrath, but I’ve come to regret that one.  I’m not going to go into my thoughts about man-crushes in general for this post other than to say that I feel very evolved that I can now admit that I find other men attractive and not have it mean anything other than that I have good taste.  The me who recorded these songs off the radio would have been appalled at that last sentence, but get over it, younger version of me.  Obviously, you had (and still have) issues.

Anyway, my wife and I are avid fans of “The Amazing Race”, and I’m sure you’re aware that this season, one of your members is competing with his boyfriend.  That would be Jonathan Knight (oddly enough, I had no idea until I started writing this post that Jonathan and Jordan were brothers).  Who I didn’t know was gay.  For some reason, I always thought Joey was the gay one, but I may have been getting him mixed up with Lance Bass.  Anyway, all I really knew about Jonathan before this season of “The Amazing Race” was that he seemed like the shy, sensitive member of your group.  He always seemed a little awkward, just slightly out of place.  Looking back, it’s obvious that being a young gay man being mobbed by women was probably not the most ideal position to be in, regardless of how awesome one is.

I honestly didn’t recognize him at first, New Kids On The Block.  It wasn’t until they actually announced it was him, and I was all like “Oh, shit!  That’s Jonathan!  And he’s gay!”  But right off the bat my wife and I were both instantly in love.  He was quiet, a little shy, definitely not pulling the NKOTB card, which, just saying, if it was me, I’d be pulling the NKOTB card ALL the time.  He and his boyfriend clearly loved and respected each other, plus he has anxiety and panic attacks.  I have anxiety and panic attacks, New Kids On The Block!  It’s like the stars aligned or something.  On top of that, he’s got that Boston accent, which I’m normally not a fan of besides for a laugh, but his is understated and charming.  During the last episode, I turned to my wife and said “I can see myself making a life with him.”  If only, am I right, New Kids On The Block?

Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with this particular song, but just like I already loved this song, I now equally love Jonathan.  I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a jerk later on in the show, because he’s just so dreamy.  Now I’ve got to go and explain this post to my wife, New Kids On The Block.

“Cover Girl”

<awesome NKOTB jam>

I get up in the mooornin’ and I
See ya face, girl

Ya lookin’ so good
Everything’s in plaaaace

Donchoo know I could never leave ya side, girl

Woncha stay here with me
And be my briiiide

Doncha know you’re my kind
You’re just what I like

Girl, ya everything, doncha know you all right

The only girl
I’ve always needed fo’ so looooong

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

When I look through the pages of a
Magaziiiine

Still yo pretty face
Is the prettiest I’ve seeeeen

Doncha know
I only wanna be with yoooou

No other girl
Can make me feel the way ya doooo

You’re my everythiiing

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh, oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Bass!

It’s all right

Oh, yeah, it’s outta sight

Let me say it’s all right

Ahhhhhhhhh, yeah!

<awesome NKOTB jam>

Doncha know
I only wanna be with yoooou

No other girl
Can make me feel the way ya doooo

You’re my everythiiing

Oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh, oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh-oh
She’s my cover giiiirl
Oh-oh

Oh-oh

Oh-oh
She’s my
She’s my cover girl

Ohhh yeah yeah

Cover girl
Sweet sexy thing

Ohhh yeah

Cover girl

Oh woah

Oh woah woah

Oh woah

Cover giiiirl

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