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Album Review

Alive 'n Kickin' was a New York pop/rock band from the late '60s. Tommy James discovered the group playing in a local club. Impressed with their performance, he convinced his label, Roulette, to sign the group, and he supplied them with a song he had co-written, "Tighter, Tighter." (He initially gave them "Crystal Blue Persuasion," but he had second thoughts and kept it for himself.) "Tighter, Tighter" was an infectious number, and the group had a couple of songs that nearly matched it. Unfortunately, the follow-up singles didn't go anywhere, and the group fell apart shortly afterward. Collectables reissued their enjoyable, albeit uneven, debut album augmented by the non-LP singles "London Bridge," "You Gave Me Something" and "Good Ole Lovin' Back Home." There might not be anything that is as memorable as "Tighter, Tighter," but fans of that single, Tommy James and early-'70s mainstream pop might find it worth exploring.

Customer Reviews

Alive 'N Kickin' - no good deeds ...

Here's what I know. Alive 'N Kickin's "Tighter, Tighter," is somewhere up there with Marvin Gay's "Grapevine," both absolute classics on the dance floors of every painful middle or high school dance ritual of the late 60's and early 70's. Painful or not, it was also right up there with the slumber party crowd and therefore the "escape" crowd crawling out windows in dangerous rendevous at one fast food joint or dark ally or another. Getting "tighter" was really scandelous....about getting close, scary-intimate and the wow and wonderful and mysterious in between . But, we figured it was all about "sex," long before our parents did. And we were right. Somewhere between the bubble-gum haze and the actual lyrics, our am radio moms were pretty slow to realize the message, and the power of this pop group seemingly playful lyrics and the reality....Get tight....Get tighter.......buzzing across am radio america.

tighte,rtighter is sung by 1 GUY!

I personally know the entire band from before they had their "one hit wonder" and pepe, the (ONLY!)singer sounds like a woman then a man! In NY you can hire them for parties and weddings. i still keep in touch with them all the time.they are all great people and a hell of a live band!

Alive 'N Kickin'

This band used to play at Tanner's Tool & Die near Hunter Mountain, NY. I had the best times dancing to them! This album brings back some great memories for me. It's worth checking it out.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Alive and Kicking was a pop/rock septet from New York led by singers Pepe Cardona and Sandy Toder, who scored a number seven hit in 1970 with "Tighter, Tighter," a song co-written and produced by Tommy James. They later modified their name to Alive 'n Kickin'. Bruce Sudano,...
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