Kids on the Street

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Kids on the Street
Studio album by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Released February 6, 1996
Genre Punk rock, ska punk,
alternative rock
Length 52:26
Label Space Age Bachelor Pad
Caroline Records
Producer Steve Perry
Cherry Poppin' Daddies chronology
Rapid City Muscle Car
(1994)
Kids on the Street
(1996)
Zoot Suit Riot
(1997)

Kids on the Street is the third studio album by American band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, released in 1996 on Space Age Bachelor Pad Records.

Overview[edit]

By 1996, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies had established themselves as a staple of the West Coast third wave ska scene, carving out a steady touring niche alongside bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish. As such, the Daddies' next album would inevitably stray from the brass-heavy swing and funk which dominated their first two releases in favor of further exploration into punk and ska.

With lead singer Steve Perry now assuming a role as a rhythm guitarist, Kids on the Street predominantly features guitar-driven ska and punk, though also branches into such genres as southern rock ("Luther Lane"), western swing ("Silver-Tongued Devil") and jazz ("Here Comes the Snake"). Perry has stated that the abundance of straightforward rock and punk songs on the album in place of the manic eclecticism of their previous records was partially due to his playing guitar on the album, as he described his guitar skills as "limited".[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Released in the midst of the American ska revival which had begun to reach its commercial peak in 1996, Kids on the Street wound up becoming the Daddies' then most successful album. Distributed through noted indie label Caroline Records, the album sold 25,000 in its first week, charting on The Rocket's Retail Sales Top Twenty for over seven months and eventually making its way onto Rolling Stone's Alternative Chart.[2][3] Several of the album's songs appeared on numerous mid-1990s ska compilations, helping spread the Daddies' name further outside of their Northwest-centered fanbase.

Two contemporary reviews in Eugene's The Register-Guard both gave Kids on the Street a positive reception. One reviewer called the album a "great CD" that was "suitable for just hanging out and doing homework" to and for "long, boring car trips", while another reviewer, though claiming that Kids occasionally branched into "the monotony of 'alternative'", noted that it "definitely would be possible to derive pleasure from listening to this CD. The music is wonderful!"[4]

Despite the total absence of the swing sound that the Daddies would soon become internationally known for, Kids on the Street is often considered by fans of the band to be their best album, something which has been acknowledged by the Daddies themselves, noting that the anthemic punk song "Irish Whiskey" is possibly the band's most requested song to play live.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Perry

No. Title Length
1. "Kids on the Street"   3:17
2. "Say It to my Face"   3:02
3. "We'll Always Have Paris"   5:07
4. "Trapped Inside the Planet of the Roller-Skating Bees"   2:52
5. "Millionaire"   4:00
6. "Dave's Pie Shoppe"   0:59
7. "Cosa Nostra"   3:50
8. "Irish Whiskey"   3:42
9. "Flower Fight With Morrissey"   3:19
10. "Modsquadrophenia"   4:19
11. "Silver-Tongued Devil"   3:48
12. "Here Comes the Snake"   3:22
13. "The Enemy Within"   3:51
14. "Luther Lane"   3:47
15. "Don Quixote"   3:03
Total length:
52:26

Alternative versions[edit]

  • "Here Comes the Snake", the only Kids on the Street track which appeared on the Daddies' Zoot Suit Riot compilation, was re-recorded and released as a single in 1998, featuring a faster tempo, additional trumpet and a more prominent theremin.
  • "Irish Whiskey" was re-recorded for the Daddies' 2000 album Soul Caddy, omitting the horns and including an extended bridge.

Credits[edit]

Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Additional musicians
  • Adrian Baxter – tenor saxophone on tracks 2, 4 - 5, 10 - 11, 13 - 15
  • John Fohl – guitar, lap steel guitar on tracks 11, 14
  • Sean Oldham – drums on tracks 4 - 5, 7, 11 - 14
  • Jason Palmer – drums on tracks 2, 10
  • James Phillips – alto saxophone on track 8
Production
  • All songs engineered and mixed by Bill Barnett at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene, Oregon
  • Additional engineering by Dana Heitman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steininger, Alex. 'Interview with Steve Perry' In Music We Trust. Circa 1997.
  2. ^ Tortorici, Frank 'VH1: Cherry Poppin' Daddies' VH1.com. October 8, 1999.
  3. ^ Harwin, Lise (October 9, 1996). "Cherry Poppers Come Into Detroit". Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on October 15, 2004. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Grace & Clawson, Tom "'Kids on the Street' reviews". The Register-Guard. February 19, 1996
  5. ^ 'www.daddies.com - Kids on the Street'