Reissue of Canadian new wave band's 1980 debut album with five bonus tracks added, 'Right To The Top', 'If The Stars Come Out Tonight', 'Unstoppable', 'Shoulda Been Me' and 'If We Don't Belong Together'. 15 tracks total, ... more »also featuring the modern rock hit 'This Beat Goes On/ Switchin' To Glide'. 1999 release.« less
Reissue of Canadian new wave band's 1980 debut album with five bonus tracks added, 'Right To The Top', 'If The Stars Come Out Tonight', 'Unstoppable', 'Shoulda Been Me' and 'If We Don't Belong Together'. 15 tracks total, also featuring the modern rock hit 'This Beat Goes On/ Switchin' To Glide'. 1999 release.
"Maybe they are, and maybe they were somewhat influenced by the other popular bands of the time, but The Kings have an excellent sound. Their flagship song, "Switching to Glide/This Beat Goes On", is one song that totally blew me away in the 80's (And I never forgot it either). Amidst all of the sound-alike techno-trash that was rampant in the 80's, Switching to glide stood on it's own. And this, in spite of the fact that the song uses a lot synthesized sound. The reason is simple: It's good music.Crunch can be good, but music would be boring if all songs had guitars running through fuzz pedals, sustainers and overdriven tube amps. Although the original incarnation of the group used keyboards, the fact that the lead singer has an awesome voice, all of them are great musicians, and that they made a song that I could never forget, makes the whole issue of *which* instruments they used, pointless.I haven't purchased the album yet, but the price is well worth just the one song. And I am very thankful that their website has the lyrics for 'Glide on it - I have been trying to figure them out since I first heard the song."
A Sure Bet for you 80's Music Fans
Philip Dennis | Farmington, MI | 02/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've looked high and low for the CD version of "The Kings Are Here"(my album got trashed during my college years). I finally found it with two clicks of a mouse. And I wasn't dissapointed. The Kings sound as fresh as they did back in 1981. The songs "The Beat Goes on/Switching to Glide" and "Partyitis" are worth the price of the CD alone. They contiue to be great party songs. The rest of the CD has some hidden gems which I forgot about, but they are great toons ("Run Shoes Running", "It's Okay" and "Right to the Top"). I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves 80's alternative rock like "The Romantics", "The Kingbees" and "The Knack"."
The other songs rock too!
John Schultz | Midwest USA | 12/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this for beat goes on/swichin' to glide. I was pleasantly surprised that the other songs did not suck. There are a lot of fun songs on this album. it's okay, and go away are great simple songs, If The Stars Come Out Tonight is great!!! I got this from the other sellers for $7.50 and it is well worth it! if you like the 2 hits I am certain you will find many other songs on this disc that will surprise you too."
I wore this tape out in high school!
SUPERMAN | THE 40 WATT IN ATHENS | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I played this casette tape so much in high school that the ink came off of both sides. It looked like a blank tape. I recently bought this from somebody here on Amazon and was transported back to the beautiful 1980s. So many great songs other than "Swithcing to Glide" here. "Love Store" and "My Habit" to name a few. Great stuff from these Canadian rockers."