Throwback Thursday: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

If someone mentions Mark Wahlberg, you might think about various movies in which he plays a hardened Boston street tough or the sidekick to a foul-mouthed teddy bear.

This is how you know you've made it.
This is how you know you’ve made it.

To cut him a little slack, he did star in the remake of a film based on a Dostoyevsky novella (Russian literature=legitimate actor) and he won awards (legitimate, not just Teen Choice Awards) for his roles in movies such as “The Departed”, “The Fighter”, and “Lone Survivor.”

Also, he left Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, hanging
which never ceases to make me laugh.

But before all that, let’s not forget where Mark Wahlberg started:

I'm pretty sure Mark Wahlberg didn't own a shirt until 1995.
I’m pretty sure Mark Wahlberg didn’t own a shirt until 1995.

Technically, he started as a member of New Kids on the Block with his older brother, Donnie, when Mark was only 13 but after a few months, he decided it was a little too stupid and left the group.

I don’t know where he got that idea.

Instead, in 1990, big brother Donnie set him up with a few other dancers/rappers and they formed Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Their first album, Music for the People, gained some notoriety with two top ten singles: “Wildside” and the still popular “Good Vibrations.”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I still sing along to this song like Joseph Gordon Levitt in “Don Jon” except I don’t stop just because I pull up next to another car.

Dignity doesn’t ride in my car.

After the commercial success of their first album, Marky Mark and the Funk Bunch quickly released a follow-up album called “You Gotta Believe” . . . but hardly anyone did once they realized the group had failed to recapture the magic of “Good Vibrations.” The Funky Bunch disbanded in 1993 but not before they were a part of a video game called “Make My Video: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.” Users could make the choice to edit the music videos for “Good Vibrations”, “You Gotta Believe”, and the aptly named “I Need Money.”

Those graphics tho.
This was high tech stuff in 1992.

Looking back to Mark Wahlberg’s music career, with the exception of “Good Vibrations” I think we can all agree that he made the right career move when he switched to acting.

Hopefully the switch didn't detract from his other hobbies.
Otherwise, he might have ended up as another throwaway joke in “Clueless.”

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