I admit it. When I was a kid, I loved boy bands. Not in an "oh they're so dreamy" type way but in a "man, these guys are cool" kind of way. All the girls at my school loved these guys so I'd be crazy not to show some sort of an interest in them, right?
Of course, there were the New Kids on the Block who I listened to despite being made fun of by my brother. I had their videos, their tapes, and even a respectable stack of New Kids trading cards.
Then, as I discovered a few weeks ago, I was apparently the only person in the country to watch the New Monkees and get into their music. So, with that in mind, let's move on to Round 2...
The Guys Next Door?
Riding the coat tails of the New Kids were a group of five guys put together for an NBC Saturday morning show called the Guys Next Door. They sang, they danced, and they did goofy sketch comedy -- and I loved it.
The Guys Next Door featured Chris Wolf, Eddie Garcia, Damon Sharpe, Patrick Dancy, and Bobby Leslie. You may recognize a few of these guys -- Patrick was Brian on the date auction episode of Saved By the Bell and Eddie was Johnny Dakota from SBTB's "no hope with dope" episode. And while you may not know his name, Damon Sharpe has gone on to an award-winning career as a music producer and songwriter.
Last week, I couldn't help myself. I was digging through some old tapes and got the bug. It was time to upgrade my 22+ year old Guys Next Door cassette to a CD copy. It's times like this that make me say, "Internet, I love you." A quick buy on eBay, a few days wait, and my Guys Next Door CD had arrived.
Rather than give my review of the album and the show two decades late, let me just tell you about two things related to the Guys.
1. If you're looking for Guys Next Door stuff online, be careful. When you search for "guys next door" your results will include a lot of videos featuring buff naked dudes.
2. Among the tons and tons of stuff I've held onto from my youth, I've still got this...
Yes, ladies and gentlemen...I actually wrote a letter to Damon Sharpe in the Fall of 1990 to tell him how much I liked the Guys Next Door. Because that's what guys who have just started high school do, right?
Don't judge me.
The response to my letter included a fan club form letter on NBC/GND letter head which explains that there's a tour coming up and so on and so on...
Still, both the picture and the letter appear to be legitimately signed...by someone.
The letter suggests calling 1-800-NBC-GUYS for a "free personal message" from the Guys Next Door so I decided that I'd give them a call...22 years later.
Not a good idea.
Remember those buff naked dudes I mentioned? I think they have a phone line, too.