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Whether you already have the pivotal 1977 eponymous debut by Boston’s The Real Kids, Better Be Good is a must-have collection of outtakes, demos, and rarities. Also, this comp boasts six more songs than the band’s first album. It opens with an alternate take on their most notable tune, “All Kindsa Girls,” which sounds looser and rougher around the edges with a longer breakdown in the middle. Though frontman John Felice aspired to play as tightly as his influences, a big part of The Real Kids’ charm was that they sounded like they could somehow pull it together after teetering on the edge of collapse. Capturing the band's shambolic essence pays off in fan favorites like a hungover rendition of the punk ballad “Just Like Darts” (especially when Felice spits out the lyrics “They want me to meet their boyfriends and I say, ‘Maybe not today’/Because I feel there’s something about those guys/They’re always trying to get in my way”). The band’s cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” imports some wonderfully bastardized Chuck Berry riffs.

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Formed: 1972 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

First appearing at Boston clubs in the early '70s, the Real Kids would eventually become a local institution by 1977, but a lack of real sales would lead to a breakup, a re-formation, and a more complete breakup -- all within six years. However regional and fleeting the Real Kids' success was, they were pivotal enough to influence many in the Boston rock scene, as well as spin off into a number of other acts, and they gained enough support to garner reunion shows well into the dawn of the 21st century....
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