After 14 years apart the New Kids on the Block reformed in 2008. Though no longer "kids" (the oldest member, Jon Knight, was 39 when they reformed), they had, it appeared, retained their appeal as this single returned the record breaking boy band to the Billboard Hot 100. The Kids were last on the chart in 1994 with "Dirty Dawg," which only reached #66.
The main New Kids music man Donnie Wahlberg and young R&B/pop singer/songwriter Nasri (also known as Nazeree) wrote this. The latter also penned the New Kids song "Click, Click, Click ."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.