Top Five Things That Make New Kids on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg a Hipster

Check out that do-rag!
Check out that do-rag!

With over twenty five years in the biz, New Kids on the Block are still thrusting their hips at screaming fans -- also twenty five years older -- and "Hangin' Tough" on their latest Package Tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men (also still thrusting their hips). They're bringing their alluring vocals and hot moves to the BB&T Center on June 22.

Every teeny bopper in the '80s and '90s had a favorite New Kid. If you were on the younger end of such a boy band phenomena, Joey was your boy of choice. If you were inclined to fancy the shy and quiet type, you might have found it in Jonathan. On the hunt for muscles and a sweet singing voice? Danny was your boy. For the outgoing gal who probably also fell for Justin Timberlake and Nick Carter, there was Jordan.

But if you needed a bandanna wearing, rapper bad boy, then Donnie Wahlberg was your pick of the litter. The fashionable badass of the bunch has managed to keep his tough guy image and also become quite hip in the meantime. Here's a short list of the top five things that might just turn Wahlberg's tough guy thing into a hipster thing.

5. He named the band.

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Shortly after deciding to put a group of young men together for the sake of harmony, Maurice Starr set out to find the perfect players.

After reviewing a selection of auditions, Starr made no hesitation on Donnie. This made Wahlberg the very first member of NKOTB. It is reported that Donnie's rapping skills and image were what caught Starr's attention. Not only was Donnie the first member of the band, but also wrote a rap song for their first record. The group went from the moniker Nynuk to New Kids on the Block, after the song's title.

4. He hated Piers Morgan before it was cool.

After a few snide remarks, the Boston bad boy had to be led away from Morgan during a press conference. As Morgan reports, "I wrote a few less than complimentary observations about New Kids during their lengthy, chaotic British tour," which apparently sent Wahlberg into a tizzy. The issue was a simple one of respect, of which Wahlberg reports, Morgan had none.

Not long after that Wahlberg appeared on stage with a homemade T-shirt that read, "Piers Morgan Sucks." Again, a man way ahead of his time.

Donnie at the opening of Wahlburgers.
Donnie at the opening of Wahlburgers.

3. One word: "Wahlburgers"

Nothing is as hip as burgers these days. Believe it. What the niche food industry has done, if nothing else, is over comodify a hamburger. How else do you nab a conscious consumer than using locally purveyed meat and ingredients to make something like Donnie's "Thanksgiving burger?"

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