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Real Kids

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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In the late '70s through the early '80s, the Real Kids were Boston's original rock & roll slop band. Fronted by John Felice, main songwriter and guiding spirit, the Real Kids ran on equal parts adolescent rivalry, drugs, and as much beer as they could consume. When Felice wanted to tear up a club with his rockin' originals or his favorite rock & roll tunes (equally adept at both), the Kids could be a thing of raw beauty to watch and hear. When Felice wasn't in the mood, he could play pissed-off rock star to the max and the results were desultory at best. This Norton CD, however, catches them early in the ball game, their debut album for the tiny Red Star label with all the great John Felice tunes like "All Kindsa Girls," "Taxi Boys" (which later became the name of an offshoot group that recorded for Dave Pierce's Star Rhythm imprint, the label that also issued the second [or last, depending on how you're keeping score] Real Kids album), "My Baby's Book," and "Better Be Good" along with spirited covers of Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran material just to give you the big picture. Perhaps the Real Kids were just too undisciplined to make it big; maybe the drugs and the booze got in the way of the creativity. Alas, it's an old story, but Felice's reputation over in Europe continues to earn high marks and rumors abound that new material is on the way. In the meantime, check this one out -- close your eyes and you'll swear you've been transported back to the late '70s at CBGB's. Like their name, these guys were for real. ~ Cub Koda, All Music Guide
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Norton
  • ASIN: B000001UFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc that you are looking at holds more up-beat energy than a thousand Strokes records! The Real Kids hardly get mentioned in any of the trendy "roots of punk" books and records that are all the rage with the new "garage/rock'n'roll" crowd and that is a real shame. This band deserves a spot in the damn rock'n'roll hall of fame for being so great! All Kindsa Girls has to be the best darn punk,rock'n'roll or pop song in the history of music! Buy this or be square for ever.
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This is an amazing record - like others have said, it delivers an intense punch of pioneering power-pop sound that's just fabulous to listen to. Not only that, but there's a certainly defined skill that comes off of the vinyl grooves of this album; the songs vary from the jumpy ("All Kindsa Girls") to the incredibly heartfelt and rather slow ("Just Like Darts"- a MUST listen). I HIGHLY reccomend this album. Totally overlooked, but absolutely seminal.
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There must have been something in Boston's water in the '70s and early '80s, as the city turned out a tremendous amount of great punk-fueled rock 'n' roll. While Aerosmith, Boston, J.Geils and The Cars may have had the most commercial success, the city's underground spun out great rock, power pop, punk and post-punk bands that included the Lyres, Neats, Neighborhoods, FU's, and Mission of Burma. Perhaps the most pure rock 'n' roll heart belonged to this foursome, formed in the early '70s by John Felice after leaving Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers. Like many Boston bands, the Real Kids were known for their energetic live shows, and it took a half decade and a kick in the ass from the DIY revolution to get their sound down on vinyl.

This 1977 debut, originally released on New York's Red Star label (along side Suicide's debut) is a gem perfect rock 'n' roll record. It's melodic, in the way of power pop, but Felice's singing and the ferocious guitar playing harkens back to the edginess and power of the '50 more than the British Invasion of the '60s. Their hyped-up rough-and-ready cover of "Rave On," is a perfect update of Buddy Holly's original, magnifying the song's joy with the power of loud guitars. Eddie Cochran's swaggering "My Way" also succumbs to Felice's vocal and the band's sonic punch, and Frankie Ford's "Roberta" provides a great opportunity to rave on.

Felice's originals combine the rock 'n' roll drive of the covers with dashes of power-pop tunefulness and punk abandon. The opening "All Kindsa Girls," is a solid gold rock 'n' roll classic driven by an irresistible backbeat, hyperkinetic drumming, driving guitars and terrific melodic hooks.
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Before there was the Knack, or any other of a thousand power pop wannabees, there was this album by a quartet of Boston kids with loud guitars and a passion for 60's rock. The songs are great, and fortunately time and money were short, resulting in a raw explosion of sound that virtually defines late 70's power pop.
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This was the first punk rock album I ever owned. I was 19 and it changed my life forever. Now I'm 41, and I decided to get it on CD. It was catchy pop at a time when that was out of style. It was rockin', moody, happy, mad, tough, gentle, all in songs that were three and a half minutes long. We take music like this for granted now. They were doing it in 1977.
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You know how people talk about all these great bands you have never heard of? You get excited. You buy the disc. You listen once, sigh in disappointment and throw it to the back of the rack. This will not happen with the Real Kids. Opening track "All Kinds of Girls" is your new favourite song just waiting to happen. If you have any interest in early seventies punk, this is an essential purchase.
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Based on the look of the band members on the cd cover, I was hoping for sort of a Boston version of the Ramones and that is pretty much what this is. There is no high minded social or political commentary here; just hard, raw and fairly fast early American punkish rock being played by kids whom you could tell did not want to be the next Boston or Foreigner.

I like this cd very much.
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It took a little while for me to realize how great this record is. At first hear I thought it was a bit too rootsy and/or poppy for my tastes, but the two key tracks "Just Like Darts" (a sort-of Velvet Underground-sounding drug ballad) and "Reggae Reggae" (having perhaps the most misleading title of all time, it comes from the same place as MC5's "Black to Comm") kept me listening. And I'm glad I did: "All Kindsa Girls," "Solid Gold," etc, in fact the whole album except for "Rave On," "Roberta," and "My Way" (? I don't have the album with me here at work and I don't remember how that song goes, so it can't be as good as the rest) is so darn hook filled I defy any rock fan or even Top 40 listener of the '50s, '60s, and early '70s not to like it.
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