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Editors’ Notes

Real Kids leader John Felice was outsider student of outsider rock ’n’ roll, an obvious first-generation fan (there weren’t many) of The MC5 and The Stooges. So for a Boston kid who was, in the early '70s, an original member of the somewhat calmer Modern Lovers with Jonathan Richman, this 1977 debut finds Felice and the boys getting their complete ya-ya’s out. Every song nearly careens off the track and is subsumed with youthful verve and rock ’n’ roll sexual tension. There’s lots of punked-up power pop (“Taxi Boys,” “Better Be Good”) and tortured blues (“She’s Alright,” “Roberta”)—the very kind that made cult heroes of The Flamin’ Groovies, Eddie & The Hot Rods, and even Big Star. You also get barreling versions of songs by Buddy Holly (“Rave On”) and Eddie Cochrane (“My Way”) and a not-so-innocent Velvet Underground doppelganger (“Just Like Darts”). The truth is, “All Kindsa Girls” and “My Baby’s Book” would have, in a just and fair universe, made the band huge. That doesn’t mean The Real Kids isn’t a stone-cold punk-era classic.

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My #1 album

I heard this album in 1977 and I was transformed back to the 60s when I was turned on to rock 'n' roll by the Beatles, Stones and Herman's Hermits. You can hear all of that in this early punk rock band and more. The Real Kids changed my life with this album, as I threw away records from other bands from that era and never looked back. I saw them live in Boston in 2000 and they were still great.

Real Kids = Real Rock

Great to see this great groundbreaking protopunk LP up on Itunes! This album kicked my butt back in the day and it still does today. These guys were at the start of a great Boston punk scene in the 70's and I was lucky enough to see them live a few times. "Better Be Good" is a classic punk plea, urging everyone to go downtown and start a music scene like the great scene Boston had in the 60's. Thanks to these guys, everyone listened and it happened!

Real "Cool" Kids

I loved this band. I saw them in 1978 or 79 on a booze cruise in Portland, Maine. I had this album on vinyl and played it all the time. I just found out it was here on Itunes. What a surprise to hear these great songs again!


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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