The British New Romantics movement of the early-80's inspired this briefly successful Australian band, lead singer Scott Carne even looking and sounding quite a bit like Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon.
This album, the first of just two the band recorded, is extremely good. The relationship lyrics are deep and complex, while the music packs a punch; it’s dance-ish at times, but strong, thoughtful and rather haunting, with pleasing variety – no two introductions sound the same.
Such touches as the strings and boys’ choir in the ballad “Current Stand”, the feisty bass and flying chorus of “Cynical”, and the brass of “Place to Go” and “Bitter Desire” are very impressive, while other songs worthy of mention include “Shine” and “Change In Mood”.
It must be said that Carne's singing is a bit of an acquired taste, and his diction is not very good at all - alright, it's bad. But, amongst the eighties Australian bands that weren't taken seriously by the 'real' rock fans in the country (one can add the likes of Pseudo Echo and maybe Machinations to that list), the Kids debuted with a record that remains one of my favourites from that time, and the genre.
The band brought out one more LP, Terrain
, in 1987, which is good, but not up to the same standard as Shine
by Reviewer: The Doctor