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 MCA 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, avaricious 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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Albums

MCA-5389 Musical Youth - The Youth Of Today album art Musical Youth The Youth Of Today (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA-5389 US 1982 Sell This Version
5454-1 Musical Youth - Different Style album art Musical Youth Different Style (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records 5454-1 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
SGW-001CD Musical Youth - When Reggae Was King album art Musical Youth When Reggae Was King(CD, Album) SGW Records SGW-001CD 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

OTO 6 Musical Youth - Political / Generals album art Musical Youth Political / Generals 021 Records OTO 6 UK 1981 Sell This Version
YOUT 2 Musical Youth - Youth Of Today album art Musical Youth Youth Of Today (Single, Maxi) MCA Records YOUT 2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MCA-13961 Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie album art Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie (Single, Maxi) MCA Records MCA-13961 US 1982 Sell This Version
MCAL-08 Musical Youth - The Youth Of Today album art Musical Youth The Youth Of Today(12") MCA Records, Inc. MCAL-08 El Salvador 1982 Sell This Version
PR 4511 Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie / Lady album art Musical Youth / Wayne Wade Musical Youth / Wayne Wade - Pass The Dutchie / Lady(7", Single) Pye Records PR 4511 1982 Sell This Version
YOU 6 Musical Youth - 007 album art Musical Youth 007 (Single, Maxi) MCA Records YOU 6 UK 1983 Sell This Version
L33-1147 Musical Youth - She's Trouble album art Musical Youth She's Trouble (Single, Maxi) MCA Records L33-1147 US 1983 Sell This Version
YOU 7 Musical Youth - 16 album art Musical Youth 16 (Single, Maxi) MCA Records YOU 7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-52216 Musical Youth - Heartbreaker album art Musical Youth Heartbreaker (Single) MCA Records MCA-52216 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
MCS 11254 Musical Youth - Tell Me Why? album art Musical Youth Tell Me Why? (Maxi, Single) MCA Records MCS 11254 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
YOU 3 Musical Youth - Never Gonna Give You Up album art Musical Youth Never Gonna Give You Up (Single, Maxi) MCA Records YOU 3 Denmark 1982 Sell This Version
115011 Musical Youth - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me / Pass The Dutchie album art Culture Club / Musical Youth Culture Club / Musical Youth - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me / Pass The Dutchie(7", Single) Galvano Disco S.A. 115011 Peru 1983 Sell This Version
6198 666 Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie album art Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie(7", Single) MCA Records 6198 666 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-52364 Musical Youth - Whatcha Talking 'Bout album art Musical Youth Whatcha Talking 'Bout (Single) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA-52364 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
YOU 9 Musical Youth - Let's Go To The Moon album art 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 album art 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 album art 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 - Pass The Dutchie / Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) album art Musical Youth / The Gap Band Musical Youth / The Gap Band - Pass The Dutchie / Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) Unidisc SPEC-1320 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
SP5-1320 Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie / Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way) album art Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead Musical Youth / McFadden & Whitehead - Pass The Dutchie / Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way) (Maxi) Unidisc SP5-1320 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
SAM 49CD Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie album art Musical Youth Pass The Dutchie (Maxi, Single) MCA Records SAM 49CD Europe 1994 Sell This Version
CDNUM0021 Musical Youth - Pretty Woman album art Pato Banton & Musical Youth Pato Banton & Musical Youth - Pretty Woman(CD, Maxi, Enh) Numinous Music CDNUM0021 2004 Sell This Version
DHF 034 Musical Youth - Smoking It / My Girl album art Pinchers / Musical Youth Pinchers / Musical Youth - Smoking It / My Girl(7") Sound Truck Productions, DHF Records DHF 034 Jamaica 2006 Sell This Version