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All Music Guide - Fred Beldin
Boston's proto-punk/power pop rockers the Real Kids have been lionized as legendary through the years that have passed since their short, original run. The few studio recordings they released officially during their lifespan contain great, hook-ridden songs but don't hint at the true ferocity that fans who caught them "back in the day" swear to. Luckily, Norton Records has blessed the world with Grown Up Wrong, and this incredible live document confirms that every bit of ancient hyperbole about the Kids was true. The tracks are culled from a live radio broadcast, unreleased soundboard tapes, and the band's two tracks from the seminal Live at the Rat compilation; the Real ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Beldin
Boston's proto-punk/power pop rockers the Real Kids have been lionized as legendary through the years that have passed since their short, original run. The few studio recordings they released officially during their lifespan contain great, hook-ridden songs but don't hint at the true ferocity that fans who caught them "back in the day" swear to. Luckily, Norton Records has blessed the world with Grown Up Wrong, and this incredible live document confirms that every bit of ancient hyperbole about the Kids was true. The tracks are culled from a live radio broadcast, unreleased soundboard tapes, and the band's two tracks from the seminal Live at the Rat compilation; the Real Kids prove to be just as sweaty and explosive as rumored, far more visceral than their studio recordings ever suggested. For fans of high-velocity, no-nonsense rock & roll, this is the Real Kids record to start with. They may be a bit sloppy and over-amphetamined, but it's exactly as they were meant to be heard, with full-tilt Rickenbacker riffing and energy that leaks out of the speakers and into the listener. The best cuts are aggressive, sneering put-downs to old girlfriends who, whether they realize it or not, screwed up by walking away; "Bad to Worse," "Hit You Hard," and the perfect breakup anthem, "All Kindsa Girls," are all rousing pep talks for anyone who suffers from a broken heart. Also exceptional is a moving read of "Common at Noon," a tough but mournful lament over lost love and the passage of time itself "This ain't my town/It ain't like it used to be/When you were still hanging around". Covers of Eddie Cochran, the Rolling Stones, and Mitch Ryder tunes are tributes to heroes at hypersonic speeds performed at a time when simply showing respect for the roots of rock was a rebellious act. The WCMF broadcast has the best fidelity and focus, though the audience reaction on the club cuts is infectious and enviable. The Real Kids might have burned out too fast, but the scorch can still be felt all these years later, and Grown Up Wrong will assure any true rocker of this remarkable band's raw brilliance. Vinyl fetishists take note: The CD release of Grown Up Wrong has nine extra tracks that the severely truncated LP is lacking, and all are good enough to consider going digital just this once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2003
  • Label: Norton
  • UPC: 731253023118
  • Catalog Number: 231
  • Sales rank: 157,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad to Worse (2:45)
  2. 2 No Fun No More (2:25)
  3. 3 Do the Boob (2:14)
  4. 4 Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie (2:19)
  5. 5 Common at Noon (4:19)
  6. 6 Shake Outta Control (2:08)
  7. 7 I'd Rather Go to Jail (2:44)
  8. 8 All Night Boppin' (2:13)
  9. 9 Hit You Hard (2:35)
  10. 10 Some Love Like Yours (4:16)
  11. 11 She Don't Take It (2:53)
  12. 12 Don't Talk to Strangers (2:02)
  13. 13 Grown up Wrong (2:09)
  14. 14 Can't Shake That Girl (2:28)
  15. 15 She Come Alive (2:59)
  16. 16 Up Is Up (3:10)
  17. 17 Down to You (2:11)
  18. 18 Got It Made (3:05)
  19. 19 She's Alright (1:55)
  20. 20 Solid Gold (2:17)
  21. 21 Hot Dog (3:37)
  22. 22 Who Needs You (5:15)
  23. 23 Better Be Good (4:50)
  24. 24 All Kindsa Girls (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Real Kids Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Felice Guitar, Vocals
Allen "Alpo" Paulino Bass
Billy Borgioli Guitar
Howie Ferguson Drums
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHOCKINGLY FUN!!!

    THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO THIS ALBULM I WAS SHOCKED BY ITS HARD RIFFS AND TERRIBLE LYRICS.BUT, AFTER A WHILE IT GREW ON ME FUELED BY SONGS LIKE DO THE BOOBS.

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