Paul Collins Beat - The Kids Are The Same
1. That’s What Life Is All About
3. On The Highway
4. Will You Listen
5. Crying Won’t Help
6. The Kids Are The Same
8. It’s Just A Matter Of Time
9. Met Her Yesterday
10. I Will Say No
11. Down (CD Re-issue Bonus Track)
“As easy to like as Baby Sitters Breasts” that’s what Creem Magazine said in their 1982 review of the record. Now some 30 years later those titties are getting ready to show themselves again!
Robert Hilburn noted rock journalist of the Los Angeles Times said “One song however, contains much of the stuff FM rock radio stations adore. While somewhat atypical of Mr. Collins’ festive, compact style, “On The Highway” is a moody, extended track that has gotten more airplay around the country than anything on The Beat’s first album. Still it hasn’t been enough to make this album a hit.”
That’s what the press said, the band continued touring relentlessly all over these United States, they also released 2 videos that aired on the then brand new video channel MTV.
Both videos, The Kids Are The Same and On The Highway were seen all over the nation as MTV supported the band that Columbia had dropped. Undaunted they embarked on a national radio tour ala Coal Miners Daughter, that took lead singer, Paul Collins and lead guitarist, Larry Whitman, over 3,000 miles from coast to coast. So embarrassed at the prospect of having one of their artists roaming the country on their own, the mighty Columbia Records decided to under write the entire proceedings, in fact it was such a success they immediately followed suit with other Columbia Recording acts such as Karla Bonoff. On the highway, going from one FM station to the next, sometimes as many as 3 in a day, trying to play the corporate game was not enough to crack the vice grip that was strangling rock n roll in the early 80’s, finally the weight of the business crushed the bands spirit and Columbia Records dropped the band as On The Highway poured out of FM radio airwaves across the country. Slowly the band faded away as corporate rock devoured everything in its path….but wait! What’s that sound?! Holy Shit??! THEY ARE BACK! Yes it is true kids after being banished to another planet The Paul Collins Beat is back and better than ever! Touring constantly in these United States, Europe, Australia and Japan! We are very proud to present after some 32 years in the bargain basement bins…The Kids Are The Same! - SONY - GET HIP
Classic and essential Power Pop! Paul Collins Beat's second album followed in the footsteps of his brilliant debut to rave reviews, an apathetic record company and a clueless public. Despite featuring some of his greatest songs – "The Kids are the Same," "On The Highway," "Dreaming," "I Will Say No" – Columbia Records dropped the band as they toured relentlessly while "On The Highway" poured out of FM radio airwaves across the country and the newly launched MTV channel aired the videos for “The Kids Are The Same” and “On The Highway." As noted rock journalist of The Los Angeles Times Robert Hilburn put it back in the day: “One song however, contains much of the stuff FM rock radio stations adore. While somewhat atypical of Mr. Collins’ festive, compact style, 'On The Highway' is a moody, extended track that has gotten more airplay around the country than anything on The Beat’s first album. Still it hasn’t been enough to make this album a hit.” Finally the weight of the business crushed their spirit, the band faded away as corporate rock devoured everything in its path, and this gem of a record was relegated to cutout bins and relative obscurity for years. This album has been remastered for CD by original producer Bruce Botnick and includes an extra added bonus cut, "Down." The record sounds right at home against the backdrop of 60's/70's pop punk tribute bands like The Posies, The Odds, Pooh Sticks, Redd Kross and Green Day, proving Paul Collins deserves his place alongside such influential tunesmiths as Alex Chilton and Dwight Twilley. - KOOL KAT