Produced by Oedipus & The Real Kids.
The Real Kids: John Felice: lead vocal, guitar, chimes / Billy Borgioli: guitar / Alan Paulino (Alpo): bass, backing vocals / Howard Ferguson: drums, percussion.
" Dedicated to real kids everywhere."
The Real Kids were one of Boston's earliest new wave bands; their debut album is full of dynamite tracks that take the trashier aspect of the Rolling Stones and couple it with the high-power guitar approach of the Ramones. Frontman (and onetime Modern Lover) John Felice not only provides tough guitar and distinctive lead vocals, he has a knack for writing clear, infectious melodies. Spin "All Kindsa Girls," for proof!
The first ever Real Kids release !!!
The 1977 French Sponge label debut disc with the classic anthem "All Kindsa Girls" (different version from Red Star LP!) b/w Beantown ode "Common At Noon", a song "about Boston Common, which is this park in the middle of Boston where people go to hang out and look at girls in the summertime".
Star Rhythm Records reissued the Sponge single with a different cover in 1982. Norton Records then did the same in 1999.
The Real Kids were a Boston punk rock band led by guitarist, singer and songwriter, John Felice.
Felice (born 1955) grew up in Natick, Massachusetts as a neighbor and friend of Jonathan Richman, a fellow fan of The Velvet Underground. At 15 he joined Richman in the first line-up of The Modern Lovers in the early 1970s. He performed with the band intermittently from then until 1973, but because of his school commitments, he was not involved in the 1972 sessions which produced the classic first Modern Lovers album. Commenting on Richman, Felice has said, "Me and Jonathan, as close as we were, you know, I was like a punk, I was a wise-ass kid. I liked to do a lot of drugs, I liked to drink, and Jonathan was like this wide-eyed, no-drugs, ate nothing but health food...".
Felice then decided to start his own band and formed The Real Kids (originally named The Kids) in 1972, with Rick Coraccio (bass), Steve Davidson (guitar), and Norman Bloom (drums). They became a successful live band in the Boston area, playing "an aggressive brand of straight-ahead, no-bullshit rock which harkened back to Chuck Berry, had overtones of the British Invasion groups at their mod finest, yet pointed the way towards the Punk to come". In addition to Felice's own songs, they performed versions of classics by Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and others. The band did not record until 1977, when it comprised Felice, Borgioli, Allen "Alpo" Paulino and Howie Ferguson. Their first record was a single, "All Kindsa Girls" issued in 1977 on Sponge Records, a french label headed by Philippe Garnier (later journalist / novelist in California).
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