Musical Youth

Musical Youth

Musical Youth are mainly remembered as a child novelty act - but that's not really fair. Formed in Birmingham in the early 1980s by Freddie Waite (2), formerly of The Techniques as his backing band, Musical Youth could genuinely play and worked in Birmingham pubs (guitarist Kelvin Waite debuting at the age of 7!) before being signed by MCA in 1982. A condition of their signing was that a lead singer "your own age" was acquired, and so Dennis Seaton joined the Waite and Grant brothers.

Their first single "Pass The Dutchie", a version of The Mighty Diamonds classic "Pass The Kutchie" with the references to ganja removed, was an enormous global hit, and they were the first black act to appear on MTV, beating Michael Jackson to it by several months.

Their 15 minutes of fame ensued, recording with Donna Summer, appearing with Irene Cara, touring around the world and releasing a well received LP "Youth of Today". But things soon started to fall apart as the band tried and failed to find a hybrid between serious reggae and cheerful fresh faced youth; one example being the single "Rub N Dub" and its B side the theme from "Jim'll Fix It"!

A second LP "Different Style" was a flop and the band disintegrated under a combination of family pressures and squabbles, avaracious middle men, and legal wrangling. Only Michael Grant has continued in the music business as part of 5am; reportedly both Junior Waite and Kelvin Grant have both struggled with mental problems and Patrick Waite died of a heart condition at the age of 24, awaiting trial on drugs charges.

Musical Youth Discography


YOU 1 Musical Youth The Youth Of Today (Album) MCA Records YOU 1 Israel 1982 Sell This Version
5454-1 Musical Youth Different Style (Album) MCA Records 5454-1 Australia 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

OTO 6 Musical Youth Political / Generals(7") 021 Records OTO 6 UK 1981 Sell This Version
MCA-14035 Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie (Single, Maxi) MCA Records MCA-14035 Bolivia 1982 Sell This Version
YOUT 2 Musical Youth Youth Of Today (Single) MCA Records YOUT 2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
YOUT 7 Musical Youth 16 (Single) MCA Records YOUT 7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-13986 Musical Youth She's Trouble (Maxi, Single) MCA Records MCA-13986 US 1983 Sell This Version
105 182 Musical Youth Never Gonna Give You Up (Maxi, Single) MCA Records 105 182 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-52216 Musical Youth Heartbreaker MCA Records MCA-52216 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
YOUT 5 Musical Youth Tell Me Why? (Maxi) MCA Records YOUT 5 UK 1983 Sell This Version
YOUP 6 Musical Youth 007 (Maxi, Single) MCA Records YOUP 6 UK 1983 Sell This Version
005252149.1 Musical Youth Pasa La Diversion (Pass The Dutchie) (7", Single) MCA Records 005252149.1 Peru 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-52364 Musical Youth Whatcha Talking 'Bout (Single) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA-52364 US 1983 Sell This Version
YOU 9 Musical Youth Let's Go To The Moon (Maxi, Single) MCA Records YOU 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
MY 1 Musical Youth On The One Road(7") Not on label MY 1 Ireland 1986 Sell This Version
OG 9597 Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie / Never Gonna Give You Up(7", RE) Old Gold (2) OG 9597 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SPEC-1320 Musical Youth / The Gap Band Musical Youth / The Gap Band - Pass The Dutchie / Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)(12") Unidisc SPEC-1320 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
SP5-1320 Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead - Pass The Dutchie / Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way) (Single) Unidisc SP5-1320 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
SAM 49CD Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie Remix (Single, Maxi) MCA Records SAM 49CD Europe 1994 Sell This Version
DHF 034 Pinchers / Musical Youth Pinchers / Musical Youth - Smoking It / My Girl(7") Sound Truck Productions, DHF Records DHF 034 Jamaica 2006 Sell This Version
none Musical Youths* Generation(7") Balantic none Unknown Sell This Version
COL-90084 Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie / She's Trouble(7", RE) Collectables COL-90084 US Unknown Sell This Version


255 007-1 Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie(LP, Comp) MCA Records 255 007-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
MCAD-22123 Musical Youth Anthology(CD, Comp) One Way Records (6), MCA Special Products MCAD-22123 US 1994 Sell This Version
MCD 31691 Musical Youth The Best Of Musical Youth ...Maximum Volume(CD, Comp) MCA Records MCD 31691 Europe 1995 Sell This Version