Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Synopsis of Pop Music
"Bringing this to the entire nation,
Black, white, red, brown,
Feel the vibration..."
Teen pop and hip-hop music were two of the biggest musical trends of the early 90’s, and both were united in the music of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Led by the charismatic Mark Wahlberg, this group found success by mixing hip-hop attitude with danceable songs that were smooth enough for pop radio. As a result, they scored a #1 hit and a pair of top-selling albums. Also, this group’s success gave Wahlberg the exposure that laid the groundwork for his later career as an actor.
Marky Mark was born Mark Wahlberg and grew up in Boston. He was part of the original New Kids On The Block lineup alongside his brother Donnie, but left to pursue other interests before they achieved their fame. He remained interested in music and utilized Donnie’s help to make an album with his own group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Donnie produced Music For the People, their debut album, and also co-wrote “Good Vibrations,” a hard-grooving track that mixed pop hooks, dance beats and rap attitude.
“Good Vibrations” became a big hit in the fall of 1991. The song’s video became a frequently-rotated favorite on MTV, where the music’s appeal was further aided by frequent displays of Mark’s buff physique and sagging pants. Soon, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch played a well-attended concert tour, where the already-shirtless Mark would make all his young female fans scream by dropping his pants and dancing around in his boxer shorts. Mark also put his good looks to use in a series of popular Calvin Klein ads.
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch scored another hit album in 1992 with You Gotta Believe. The group soon disbanded, and Mark Wahlberg decided to become an actor. He started with an attention-getting part in Renaissance Man and moved on to bigger roles in The Basketball Diaries and Fear. With later roles in films like Boogie Nights, Three Kings and The Perfect Storm, he has become a leading man. He remains interested in music and may return to that career one day soon. In the meantime, fans can still spin their Marky Mark albums for some “Good Vibrations.”
Artist Release History1991 - Music for the People
1992 - You Gotta Believe
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