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Night of the Living Teen Pop Idols

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Every generation of teens and tweens anoints their first pop crushes with screams. From the swing kids of the 1930s and bobby soxers of the '40s to the original teen rebels that funded rock 'n' roll 1.0, teen idols have inspired a reliable rite of passage from middle school to adulthood. With the current partnership teaming platinum boy bands from two successive vintages – the '80s' New Kids on the Block and their '90s successors, the Backstreet Boys, who are teaming onstage and on recordings – the shelf life of erstwhile teen pop stars begs fresh scrutiny. Here's a look at how these objects of puppy love and lust have fared over the years.
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