No More Games: The Remix Album is a remix album from New Kids on the Block which was released on November 15, 1990 by Columbia Records.
Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
- Games (The Kids Get Hard Mix) 5:22
- Call It What You Want (The C & C Pump-It Mix) 6:32
- Please Don't Go Girl 5:03
- Cover Girl 5:47
- Baby, I Believe In You (The Love Mix) 4:56
- Hangin' Tough (In A Funky Way) 5:00
- Step By Step (The C & C Vocal Club Mix) 6:08
- My Favorite Girl 5:30
- Valentine Girl (The C & C Quiet Storm Mix) 5:07
- You Got It (The Right Stuff) (The New Kids In The House Mix) 5:36
- What'cha Gonna Do (About It) 5:51
- Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (C & C Music Factory Mix) 6:24
Album Background[edit | edit source]
By early 1991, the ever-shifting status of musical trends had begun to take its toll on the enormous popularity of the New Kids on the Block.
Only two years before, they had taken the U.S. (and the world) by storm with their second album, "Hangin' Tough."
In June 1990, "Step by Step" would spawn the group's most successful single, the title track. After the final single from the album, "Let's Try It Again," failed to crack the top 40, a seeming backlash had become evident.
Sensing this, group member Donnie Wahlberg led the group in coordinating this remix album, which fused the "harder" elements of hip-hop and urban dance into the New Kids' sound, resulting in the "No More Games/The Remix Album" with a significant portion of the album remixed by Robert Clivilles and David Cole (of C+C Music Factory fame). Also employed was a marketing tactic to release the album under the 'NKOTB' acronym.
Since the youngest group member was now 18 years old, and the rest of them were in their early 20s, they had arguably grown out of the New 'Kids' On The Block moniker that they rose to fame with; more significantly, it was an attempt to dissociate from the stigma that was attached to that name.
Although the album was certified Gold in the U.S., the album did not restore New Kids on the Block's former success. Their popularity had waned by the time of the album's release, as the pre-teens who had liked them at their peak were the same audience who would become part of "Generation X", embracing the forthcoming grunge and gangsta rap sounds that ended the dominance of late 80s/early 90s dance/pop.
Chart Performance[edit | edit source]
"No More Games: The Remix Album" peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B", writing that "this contemporary makeover goes a long way toward making the New Kids sound grown-up. And that’s a neat trick for an album they had nothing to do with."