First appearing at Boston clubs in the early '70s, the Real Kids would eventually become a local institution by 1977, but a lack of real sales would lead to a breakup, a re-formation, and a more complete breakup -- all within six years.
However regional and fleeting the Real Kids' success was, they were pivotal enough to influence many in the Boston rock scene, as well as spin off into a number of other acts, and they gained enough support to garner reunion shows well into the dawn of the 21st century. Formed by John Felice in 1972 after he left the Modern Lovers
, the Real Kids cemented their local legend through their energetic live shows and strong songwriting. The band released its debut, The Real Kids, on Red Star in 1978, but poor sales would lead to the band's first breakup. Felice wound up becoming a roadie for the Ramones
, but would soon be back in Boston, this time fronting the Taxi Boys. Two EPs from that band were followed by Felice renewing the Real Kids' lease on life, this time with an entirely new lineup. This lineup wouldn't be around very long either, however, lasting only from the 1982 release of Outta Place until the 1983 release Hit You Hard on French label New Rose. Bandmembers Alpo Paulino and Billy Borgioli would form the Primitive Souls, and leader John Felice would go on to record and release 1988's Nothing Pretty with the Lowdowns. The band would return and play shows again during 1998-1999, including a New York City New Year's gig. Sadly, original bassist Paulino passed away on February 6, 2006. ~ Christopher M. True, Rovi