The Beat/The Kids Are the Same

The Beat/The Kids Are the Same

by Paul Collins' Beat
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The Beat/The Kids Are the Same

Paul Collins' reputation as one of the wonder boys of L.A. power pop largely rests on the two albums he cut with the Beat in 1979 and 1982, and this two-fer CD reissue from Wounded Bird offers up both LPs on one disc, with extras included to round out the package. The Beat still sounds like a minor classic all these years later, offering a dozen sharp tunes and enough energy to fuel their own P.A. system; Collins' songs are smart without sounding overly brainy, and cover the typical topics (girls, jobs, cars) with an enthusiasm and spunk that makes them sound fresh. In a better world, "Don't Wait Up for Me" would have been a hit single, and "Rock 'n' Roll Girl" should be the theme song of record collector geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, The Kids Are the Same isn't quite as good; Bruce Botnick's production is a shade fussier than on the first set, and the material doesn't manage the same batting average, with Collins dipping into his more subdued side here, which isn't bad at all but sure ain't as exciting as the first LP's chargers. But Collins and his bandmates still sound game, and the title cut is a superb slice of up-tempo post-teen angst. Toss in two bonus cuts and you get a extra-large portion of pure-pop goodness; maybe this isn't as invaluable as that Big Star two-fer or those Raspberries reissues, but if you love killer hooks played with plenty of real rock drive, you need some Beat in your record collection, and this is the best place to get some.

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Release Date: 05/31/2005
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140619524
catalogNumber: 6195

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I am a fifty-year old mother of six music-loving children after being a music fanatic since the age of about 10! At that time, transister radios could be placed under ones pillow at night unitil one fell asleep or the 9-volt battery ran out! Now I am passing on my love of music to my kids. This was and is still a fantastic band to listen to. I remember playing "I will Say No" and dancing around my apartment!! (Embarassing to my kids but fun at the time) But that is what this music made me do! You will not regret buying this album especially if you were a fan of all the cool New Wave music of the late seventies, early eighties, like the Buzzcocks, the Clash, the Flamin' Groovies, the Knack, the Romantics, U2 (before they were a megaband) Altered Images, the Ramones, the Police, Elvis Costello, etc. etc. etc. There was soooo much music and this CD is a classic example of that QUALITY 'New Wave-Punk-Pop' that was around in massive quantities if you kept going back to the record bands, new music coming out daily! Whoosh!! What a time!