When Kids In The Kitchen reformed for Pure Gold Live it was their first shows together in 28 years.
Pure Gold Live gave us a tiny glimpse of how good the band still is. That was only a three-song reformation. As special guests of Culture Club, they showcased a preview of what we all hope will be a very active 2017 for this band.
Scott Carne has never stopped playing live. His Absolutely 80s shows have kept the songs alive, even when the band was dormant. The regular Absolutely 80s shows also kept him match fit. His voice is still note perfect and because of his constant work ethic, his presence on stage is now more confident and entertaining.
The individuals in Kids In The Kitchen have continued to keep active in music, Craig Harnath in particular as the man behind Hothouse Studios in Melbourne so it wasn’t a stretch to get the parts to click back into place.
Scott Carne knows how to work an audience … well, even if an old phrase like “ladies and germs” needs to be dropped in occasionally. (You can take the boy out of the club but you can’t take the club out of the boy).
Unlike a lot of 80s acts Kids In The Kitchen didn’t break-up because they couldn’t stand each other. This was actually a case of the business of the band going wrong. The unfortunate timing bought an end to the band just as they were about to take on America via Sire Records. In a parallel universe, they could have been huge.
What they did leave behind makes you wonder what could have been. After the band broke up the hits ‘Bitter Desire’, ‘Current Stand’ and ‘Change In Mood’ keep on living and went on to become classic hits.
There could still well be new music from Kids In The Kitchen. Scott did tell Noise11 recently that songs from the unfinished and aborted third album from way back when may still be resurrected. Lets hope so. There is no need for Kids In The Kitchen to modernise their sound, just upgrade their production.
If you are seeing the Culture Club shows in Australia get their early and make sure you see Kids In The Kitchen.
Kids In The Kitchen setlist Melbourne 10 June 2016
Bitter Desire (from Shine, 1985)
Revolution Love (from Terrain, 1987)
Shine (from Shine, 1985)
Out Of Control (from Terrain, 1987)
Place To Go (from Shine, 1985)
Say It (from Terrain, 1987)
Not The Way (from Shine, 1985)
Something That You Said (from Shine, 1985)
Current Stand (from Shine, 1985)
Change In Mood (from Shine, 1985)
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