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YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: The Get Up Kids.

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The Get Up Kids.
American indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri.

Get Up Kids

Formed in 1995, the Get Up Kids were a major player in the mid-90’s indie rock scene. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They released most of their albums on Heroes & Villains, their own imprint under Vagrant Records that also put out records from bands like The Anniversary, The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect. Like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids came to dissociate themselves with that label, as it came to be seen as insult to be known as an “emo band. The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical “emo” band, having been major players in what is commonly considered the “second wave” of emo music. (wikipedia)

The Get Up Kids get a bad rap. They’re always classified as being “emo,” but I don’t think they should be lumped with all of those eyeliner-ed spiky hair generic bands. The Get Up Kids are smart punk for smart kids. Feel like throwing a tantrum? Holing up in your room with nothing but a loud stereo to keep you company? The Get Up Kids will help you with that. Here’s a sampling, in hopes of dispelling that adolescent image for another, more mature one.

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(from Guilt Show)
“The One You Want”
(from On a Wire)
“Overdue”
(from Something to Write Home About)
“Holiday”