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A lesser-known gem from the Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) production queue is this 1980 debut from Canada’s Kings. Led by “The Beat Goes On” and the should’ve–been–No. 1 anthem “Switching to Glide,” the set covers a terrain of well-arranged, well-wrought rock and pop. There’s perfect power pop (“Don’t Let Me Know,” “Run Shoes Running,” “Right to the Top”), a hummable ditty worthy of early Joe Jackson (“It’s Okay”), some knuckle-raising arena rock (“Go Away,” “Partyitis”), and an Alice Cooper sound-alike (“Love Store”). This set also includes five additional songs not on the original album.

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The Kings are Here

Going into the record store and buying an album because of the cover and one snippet of music you heard on the radio is always a gamble. But sitting in my buddies car in the parking lot and listening to this album was a great suprise. It became part of our high school, Friday night cruising playlist. The raw emotion of "The Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide" and "Partyitus" are worth a listen today, some 20 odd years later.

Why Not 2 Songs Available As 1?

My only problem with this is... why not make make "This Beat Goes On" and "Switchin' To Glide" available as one song. They go together like, "Foreplay / Long Time" by Boston and "Speak To Me / Breathe" by Pink Floyd. I remember listening to these songs on the radio as a kid and always heard them together as one. It would make sense to me to splice them together as one song... Food for thought iTunes :).

What a great band!!!

The King's are one of the most under rated bands of all time. When you listen to how they blend instruments with passionate vocals and unique songwriting, you discover how rare a band they were. One of my all time favorites, the more I listen, the more I want MORE KING'S!!


Formed: 1979 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vocalist/bassist David Diamond, keyboard player Sonny Keyes, drummer Max Styles and guitarist Mister Zero founded the Kings in Ontario in 1979. Somewhere between new wave and rock, the band released a 1980 single, "Switchin' to Glide," that did well in the U.S. as well as Canada. The Kings Are Here appeared the same year, but...
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