Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Kids Of Widney High

Once cited as Mike Pattons favorite bands, give it a chance...Once you hear "New Car" and "Insects" you'll be instantly hooked!

The Kids of Widney High is a music group composed of mentally disabled students from the special education J. P. Widney High School in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of several (typically mentally) disabled students on vocals, with the instruments usually being played by non-handicapped teachers and session musicians. The group originally began as a song-writing class in 1988 taught by Michael Monagan, and has evolved since into two groups, one made up of graduates that performs in local clubs and the other a group of current Widney students in the songwriting class.

The group gained a cult following, primarily thanks to their frequent live performances at such "hip" Los Angeles venues like The Knitting Factory and Amoeba Music, as well as smaller veunues like Chain Reaction in Anaheim and The Smell in downtown LA. As a result, the group often plays (seemingly mismatched) at a number of ska and pop punk shows, including a stint on the Vans Warped Tour. The group has also opened for The Melvins and Mr. Bungle, and have been included on several editions of the Kevin and Bean's KROQ Christmas Albums. Such notable musicians as Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, Marilyn Manson and Adam Horovitz have all cited themselves as fans of the band. [1]

In 2005, The Kids of Widney High were featured in the The Ringer, a comedy wherein Johnny Knoxville's character pretends to be mentally disabled in order to fix the Special Olympics and gain financially through betting on it. The group is seen performing "Pretty Girls" (which was also written by several members of the group) at a dance, and again towards the end of the film singing a version of the popular 1960s song, "Respect" in which the lyrics have been rewritten so that it becomes an anthem for those with disabilities.

Their songs have been covered by such groups as The Aquabats singing Throw Away the Trash and Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk singing Insects.

1989 - Special Music For Special Kids

Click to Download
mp3 - 128kbps - rar - 38mb

1999 - Let's Get Busy

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mp3 - 192kbps - rar - 48mb

Official Site (pics, videos, mp3, info, tour dates, etc)
Wikipedia Page



H. said...
Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story (2009)
Documentary chronicles Kids' rise to underground cult fame over a ten year period, and incorporates the Kids' recent West Coast tour.

Anonymous said...

very cool stuff!

Anonymous said...

excellent post, many thanks!

Blair said...

That is a band I think you might like, and I think kinda fits your blog. It is their new ep leak, I included the cover and everything. You should check it out and post, if you think your readers will like it, I like the stuff you put on your blog and I love this, so I assume others will!

Their name is Darling's Cabinet of Sundry Horror, and its kind of like gothic folk/protopunk/indie/circus music, For fans of the birtday party and the violent femmes, and maybe even marilyn manson or Tom waits.

jorz said...

hey h., long time no read :)
thanx! when "let's get busy" came out i went crazy trying to find it in stores...
nowadays i understand the "hype", and i think i would enjoy it even more if all of the playing was done by the "kids" (instead of just the singing)…
take care,
p.s.: tracks 1 & 8 are "corrupted".

drrn. said...

I like their gang vocals. It sounds like they're having a lot of fun.

djfaust said...

Thank you so much, i really like this.Maybe someone want download some sample like in these tracks , i share with u -

Bakla said...

How can anyone not love The Kids of Widney High Story? catchy songs, on my worst of days I will crack a smile while jamming Pretty Girls!