This US quartet, originally from Boston, gained recognition amid the punk rock explosion in New York during the late 70s. Formed by vocalist/guitarist and part-time Modern Lover John Felice in 1975, they predated the punk movement, but jumped on the bandwagon as soon as it started to roll. With bass player Allen Alpo Paulino (1956, USA, d. 7 February 2006, Falmouth, USA), Billy Borgioli (guitar) and Howard Ferguson (drums) completing the line-up, they were nevertheless a talented outfit. Delivering a varied and classy selection of predominantly high-energy rockers, they infused reggae, rock n roll and pop influences into their songs, making them instantly memorable. Their self-titled debut, released in 1978, is one of the great unheralded classics of this genre. However, a big-seller it was not, and Felice moved over to a career as a Ramones roadie. He also worked as part of the Taxi Boys back in Boston, before reviving the Real Kids in 1982. Borgioli and Ferguson departed to be replaced by ex-Taxi Kids guitarist Billy Cole and drummer Robby Morocco Morin respectively before the recording of a second album. Outta Place was a disappointment, as the new compositions lacked the infectious sparkle that made their debut so special. A shambolic live album, recorded in Paris in 1983, was the Real Kids final offering before disbanding. Paulino and Borgioli would form the Primitive Souls (one EP), while their leader would resurface with John Felice And The Lowdowns, releasing Nothing Pretty in 1988.
The original line-up of the Real Kids reunited in 1998 to play a series of US gigs and record the EP Down To You. Felice subsequently toured with Billy Cole and a new rhythm section in the early years of the new millennium.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.