Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mein Gott in Himmel!: NKOTB Edition

When I was a kid, I bought comic books (resolved future points of contention: I still do), but I remember pretty specifically the first time I bought a comic involving Captain American and the dirty, dirty neo-Nazis. When Captain America (this is before Ed Brubaker killed him) showed up at some secret Neo-Nazi base, the neo-Nazis would yell, "Mein Gott in Himmel!" which was (kind of) German for "My God In Heaven!"

In the 80's, when I was a kid, the mainstream comic writers could have never used the English Phrase "My God in Heaven!", so it made perfect sense to have the German yell that in untranslated Deutsch--it was a way of getting around sensitive censors and parents. It is still what I think when something surprises me--whether that is because my formative years were formed by goofy comic books, or because I took German in high school, or because I'm secretly a henchmen of the Red Skull, I'll never say. (It could be all three, I suppose).

Anyway, when I was rising and shining Thursday morning, and decided that I didn't want to watch Mike Golic talk about an anal abcess (hard to turn down) or watch MSNBC fluff their dumbass reporter who got stuck in Hurricane Dolly, I flipped the switch to VH1. And this is what I saw. And I thought, "Mein Gott in Himmel!"

(Let me answer the two-part question that hit me halfway through this video--1) Yes, Donnie Wahlberg does have a respected acting career going. 2) He's 38 years old.

1 comment:

Jess said...

I cannot believe I watched that entire video. It made me feel embarrassed for them.

My curiosity is getting the better of me. Who is their fan base for this comeback? I mean, it's not like they are the Pixies reuniting or anything. The New Kids on the Block don't exactly have a timeless sound.

So, is it stupid kids with no musical taste going to their concerts or is is a bunch of women in my age group? I'm going to go to their performance at the Mall of America in a couple of weeks and find out.

Unless I decide to skip it. But I really have to know the answer to this question.