The Real Kids

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk power pop garage rock punk rock garage boston proto-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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...

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