Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 48: Again With the NKOTB?

Just so everyone is aware, my blog is not devoted to all things NKOTB. I’m not going to rename it “Hangin’ Tough”. Obviously, I need to circulate a memo that reminds everyone that if we are to perseverate about any band in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, it shall be Duran Duran. I am in charge, after all. Julie A. Lindsey is today’s resident Block Head, but she threw in some LL Cool J to keep it real and some Color Me Bad to keep it, uh, less real. You know I appreciate both ends of the spectrum. Julie’s got a brand new book out this week, Bloom, which is the first in her Seeds of Love series. Check it out, congratulate her and while you’re at it, tell her that the NKOTB thing is cool–we all have our own unexplained musical preoccupations.

Julie Anne Lindsey

McKinley High School, Canton, Ohio, Class of ’93, Currently: I’m a wife and mother to three nutty offspring, plus I write.

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: LL Cool J. We played “Boomin’ System” so loud, so often, I’m sure I rattled my brain.  “Rump Shaker” was also a huge party song and Sir Mix-a-Lot….holy smokes I’m cracking up at my keyboard now, answering these questions and searching YouTube for the videos. Too funny! Oh look, my dork is showing.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Tee shirt! I snuck away one weekend with some friends who loved country music (few and far between at my high school) to attend Jamboree in the Hills a HUGE Lollapalooza style country music festival that comes to southern Ohio every year. I was another person that weekend. No R&B. No hip hop. I wore cut off, bleached out jean shorts, some borrowed Justins (super cute boots) and a cut off white tee that said “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” It was exactly the balance I needed and when I got home, I realized my little world was way smaller than I’d ever thought before. Two hours away there was a whole other culture livin’ life completely untouched by my world. Mind you, I went through the exact same revelation when I arrived at college. LOL. Some lessons we keep learning.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: I never got into Mariah Carey. She’s huge always has been, I know. I just never heard her sing and felt my booty shake. She didn’t/still doesn’t do it for me. LOL

Best show or concert you saw in high school: I have an envelope full of ticket stubs from NKOTB concerts in Ohio! I even saw Kid-n-Play open for them once LOL (Yeah, hip hop was my public face, but I stayed a closet Block Head till the very end) Sadly, I missed their reunion tour last year, but not for lack of trying to find a sitter!

Best high school make-out song: Oh boy. Color Me Bad “Sex You Up.” That song got a LOT of action back then. Not from me of course *blushes* *coughs* but that’s what I heard.

Julie’s sweet romance novella Bloom launched Turquoise Morning Press’s new Honey Creek line this week. Two more in her Seeds of Love series will follow in 2012. You can learn more about her at

4 Comments on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 48: Again With the NKOTB?

  1. HA! I feel like we were just discussing all of this music on Twitter…oh wait..

    I love that you are not embarrassed of all the silly things we liked back then (or still like *coughs*)

    This is a wonderful book. Great job, Julie and thanks for introducing me to Karen 🙂

  2. Pingback: Julie Anne Lindsey | BLOOM Blog Tour Day 4: Aubrie Dionne’s Blog! «Musings from the Slush Pile

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