The Real Kids
The Real Kids are an American rock band from Boston, led by guitarist, singer and songwriter John Felice.
Felice (born 1955) grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, as a neighbor and friend of Jonathan Richman, a fellow fan of the Velvet Underground. At 15 he joined Richman in the first line-up of the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s. He performed with the band intermittently from then until 1973, but because of his school commitments, he was not involved in the 1972 sessions which produced the classic first Modern Lovers album, though Felice is featured on a few "Live" Modern Lovers releases playing lead guitar and backing vocals. Commenting on Richman, Felice has said, "Me and Jonathan, as close as we were, you know, I was like a punk, I was a wise-ass kid. I liked to do a lot of drugs, I liked to drink, and Jonathan was like this wide-eyed, no-drugs, ate nothing but health food..."
Felice then decided to start his own band and formed the Real Kids (originally named the Kids) in 1972, with Rick Coraccio (bass), Steve Davidson (guitar), and Norman Bloom (drums).They became a successful live band in the Boston area, playing "an aggressive brand of straight-ahead, no-bullshit rock which harkened back to Chuck Berry, had overtones of the British Invasion groups at their mod finest, yet pointed the way towards the Punk to come". In addition to Felice's own songs, they performed versions of classics by Eddie Cochran, Buddy Hollyand others. The band did not record until 1977, when it comprised Felice, Billy Borgioli (guitar), Allen "Alpo" Paulino (bass), and Howie Ferguson (drums). Their first studio album,The Real Kids, was issued on the Red Star label in 1977; it was later reissued by Norton Records.
While continuing to play occasionally with different line-ups of the Real Kids, Felice also worked for a time as a roadie for the Ramones. He also performed as part of the Taxi Boys in Boston. In 1982 The Real Kids released a second EP, Outta Place. They also toured Europe and released a live album All Kindsa Jerks. They recorded a European release only new album, Hit You Hard, released on French label New Rose in 1983. Band members Alpo Paulino and Billy Borgioli then left to form the Primitive Souls. In 1988, Felice formed a new band, John Felice and The Lowdowns, releasing an album Nothing Pretty on the Ace of Hearts label, later re-released on Norton Records.
Daddy Long Legs
" Masters of arcane blues secrets”-Human Being Lawnmower Magazine
”sS usic to start a juke joint brawl to” -Bibliodiscoteque
”A Daddy Long Legs show is equal parts roots rock, blues and guttural soul, stripping down old standards and making them shiny and new again. Some of the originals are like an all-out spiritual revival, while others are hauntingly beautiful.” -AltDaily
”these drunken cowboys with fuzzy mics and rip-roaring harmonica solos are the most authentic band you’ve seen all week.”- Esquire (sxsw 2015)
”Fresh off their recent tour of Europe, Brooklyn-based trio Daddy Long Legs rolled into Hotel Vegas, stealing the show and leaving a charged and awestruck crowd of revelers in their wake. Brandishing their signature death blues style, which could be likened to a perilous speeding locomotive with Casey Jones at the helm, the group sounded more raucous and rowdy than ever. Front man and harp wailer Daddy Long Legs himself preached to a crowd in need of rock and roll redemption. His drummer banged his maraca on a beer soaked drum while Daddy and his harp presided over a crazed revivalist tent sermon. By the time the trio got to their best known song “Motorcycle Madness” the crowd grew into a frenzy and jumped onstage to dance and sing along with blissful abandon.”
‘What Daddy Long Legs unleashed upon these cynical ears was nothing short of masterwork. A shot in the dark of the deep trembling heart of rock’n’roll, all desperation and harmonica short-fuse mess-around, blowing yr ears, yr speakers, yr very rhythmic pulse, whoopin’ and stompin’ from the get-go, going deep down into yr soul and pulling you into frenzy, wailing the chug a chug and chug a lug, spilled beer on the barroom floor while you kick and shimmy the slide on down to Satan’s very personal lounge, the sound of the damned and the sound of the “we don’t give a fuck”, because the shack is open 24-7 and we’re gonna grind and fuck the latest morning and the deepest night, blow, baby, blow, the train is haulin’ and we’re in the caboose, the back end of respected society, hootin’ it up to the end of the line.
Best Record Of The Year!”-Big Rock Candy Mountain
“Daddy Long Legs is a man. A tall man. A tall, well-dressed, imposing man who blows the harmonica as if breathing life and soul into Delta bluesmen long dead… a trio of characters forging rock n’ roll spectacle for the eyes and ears, hearkening back to when troubadours drank moonshine and took their role as entertainers more seriously.”
-The Deli NYC
“a conduit for pure rock n roll”
– Red Hook Star Revue
”In addition to a deliciously unhealthy dose of harmonica, this Brooklyn trio’s electrifying backwater blues is rounded out by primal drums and guitar, which leaves room for singer Daddy Long Legs to belt out his musical sermon.”
-The Most Interesting Academy Dos Equis
”Originaly from St Louis , Missouri , this weird troubadour move to Brooklyn NYC like a 3 piece-band . These lads drive Delta -Blues with an once of Punk garage attitude & an inch of stomper R’nd Roll music trend roots . Their influences ‘re most to father’s of Blues like Howlin’ Wolf & futhermore to early – Rollin’ Stones . Among their faves covers , D.L.L. dig with brio ” comin’ after me ” classic song by Frisco band The Flamin ‘ Groovies & futhermore a wyld cover of ” Thirty Days ” standard by Chuck Berry . The particularity of this trio is the frontman who play harmonica as his mean Bluesman influence Little walter . Belive me next followin ‘ songs ” Death train blues ” / ” I feel so electric ” / ” Shackin’ up ” among 12 tracks on this album ‘re pure savage vibes & a brightly shot of punk rock’n blues music’spirit . D.L.L. destroy R’n’B & R’nd Roll to ultimate primitive savoir-faire . A must !”-Ubupopland
Jacques Le Coque
Hailing from Stamford, Connecticut, JACQUES LE COQUE play Replacements-style garage pop with a lot more youth and a very Velvet-y Underground warmth on the master mix. "... [JLC's] well-balanced, rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. Bouncing from Built to Spill-style tracks, to surf rock and straight-up punk, these guys are the perfect house-party band. Listening to their songs, I can practically feel an elbow to the ribs and a PBR being spilled on my shoes.”
Their latest 45 on Windian Records finds Jacques Le Coque at the top of their game. A-side “Tip of My Tongue” is uptempo punk counterbalancing the catchiness with needling string work and subtly integrating a thread of garage precedent, some swell ’77-ish leads and a sly false ending into the equation.“You Better Move” only intensifies this circumstance, blending in unabashed power pop gestures and more overt ‘60s melodicism through low-mixed vocal harmony and a splendid guitar solo. Destined to satisfy jangle poppers with an underlying itch for the Ramones, Jacques Le Coque delivers raw, infectious, and damn fine music in full.