Musical Youth

Musical Youth

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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.
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Musical Youth Discography

Albums

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

Singles & EPs

OTO 6 Musical Youth Political / Generals(7") 021 Records OTO 6 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie (Single, Maxi) MCA Records Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Youth Of Today (Single) MCA Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Musical Youth 16 (Single) MCA Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth She's Trouble (Maxi, Single) MCA Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Never Gonna Give You Up (Maxi, Single) MCA Records Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Heartbreaker MCA Records Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Tell Me Why? (Maxi) MCA Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth 007 (Maxi, Single) MCA Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Whatcha Talking 'Bout (Single) MCA Records, MCA Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Let's Go To The Moon (Maxi, Single) MCA Records 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
Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead - Pass The Dutchie / Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way) (Single) Unidisc Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie Remix (Single, Maxi) MCA Records 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

Compilations

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
0249807410 Musical Youth The Best Of Musical Youth(CD, Album, Comp) MCA Records 0249807410 Canada 2004 Sell This Version