Kids (Jamiroquai song)

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"The Kids"
Single by Jamiroquai
from the album The Return of the Space Cowboy
Released 30 June 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Funk, acid jazz
Length 5:08
Label Epic
Writer(s) Jason Kay, Toby Smith
Producer(s) Jason Kay
Jamiroquai singles chronology
"When You Gonna Learn"
"The Kids"
"Space Cowboy"

"The Kids" is the lead single taken from British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai's second studio album, The Return of the Space Cowboy, though it was recorded shortly after the Emergency on Planet Earth sessions. The single was only released in Japan, on 30 June 1994. "The Kids" is a song that deals with the rights of children and their social status in the world. The song is written to be absurdly loud and high in tempo, to possibly represent the immaturity of children, and more generally the whole early childhood of a person, which is usually a carefree time of life.


It is commonly known amongst fan circles that "The Kids" was written and performed during the 1993 Emergency on Planet Earth tour. It may either have been an outtake from the album, or simply a song written after the album was fully produced and released. The live version of the track played during the tour had a different chorus when compared to the official album version. After "The Kids" was recorded with previous drummer, Nick Van Gelder, Derrick McKenzie replaced Nick, and all tracks from the Space Cowboy recording sessions were re-recorded with McKenzie on drums, aside from "The Kids", on which van Gelder's drumming remains. The song was probably left to be because of time constraints related to the mastering process, production and release.[1]


  • Japanese CD single[2]
  1. "The Kids" - 4:13
  2. "When You Gonna Learn" (Live At Leadmill, Sheffield) - 9:51
  3. "When You Gonna Learn" (Digeridoo Instrumental) - 6:31


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