Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Musical Youth

Musical Youth are a pop\reggae group that are known in the US for their "one-hit wonder" status. The band formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England.

The original group consisted of two sets of brothers; the Grant brothers: Michael (born on January 7, 1969) & Kelvin (born on July 9, 1971) and the Waite brothers: Freddie (also known as "Junior") (born on May 23, 1967) & Patrick (born on May 16, 1968).

Junior and Patrick's father, Frederick sang lead with Junior at the start of their career in the late 70's. The group performed gigs at pubs in Birmingham and released a single called "Political\Generals" on local record label, 021 Records.

After appearing on BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel's evening show, Musical Youth was signed to MCA Records. By that time, the Waite brothers' father had left the group and he was replaced by Dennis Seaton (born on March 2, 1967) as the lead singer.
In 1982, Musical Youth released their debut album "The Youth of Today" which peaked at #24 on the UK Albums chart. In the US, the album peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Musical Youth's biggest hit song "Pass the Dutchie" topped the UK Singles chart and also in Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

In the US, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #8 on Billboard's Black Singles chart. The song was a cover of the Mighty Diamonds' song "Pass the Kutchie" which is slang for "marijuana." They changed it to "Pass the Dutchie" which means "cooking pot."

Musical Youth became one of the first black artists to get airplay on MTV.

The second single "Youth of Today" which peaked at #13 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The third single "Never Gonna Give You Up" peaked at #6 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.  
The fourth single "Heartbreaker" peaked at #44 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks. In the US, the song peaked at #68 on Billboard's Black Singles chart in May of 1983, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1983, Musical Youth were featured on Donna Summer's song, "Unconditional Love" which reached the top 20 in the UK, but was moderately successful in the US.
During that same year, Musical Youth released their sophomore album "Different Style" which peaked at #144 on the Billboard 200 and #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It's unknown how or if the album charted in the UK.
The first single from the album "Tell Me Why" peaked at #33 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The second single from the album "007" peaked at #26 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The third single from the album "Sixteen" peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.The fourth single from the album "She's Trouble" flopped in the US, peaking only at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was moderately successful on Billboard's Black Singles chart, peaking at #25 and staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Whatcha Talking 'Bout" peaked at #81 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

Musical Youth broke up in 1985 after Dennis Seaton left. He later formed the short-lived group called XMY.
In 1989, Dennis released his solo album, "Imagine That". After his solo career failed to take off, he worked as a delivery driver, worked in the car rental industry, and focused on studying, eventually receiving a music degree. In 1993, he returned to Musical Youth.

Sadly on February 18, 1993, Patrick Waite (who later went on to a life of crime) died in Birmingham at only 24 years old due to natural causes.

In 2001, Musical Youth reformed and were supposed to perform on the "Hear and Now" tour, but due to 9\11, it was canceled. These days, Musical Youth consists of only Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant, who continue to perform.

Dennis currently resides in Birmingham, England with his wife and three children. Junior Waite has been sectioned in a secure unit in Birmingham. It's unknown what Kelvin Grant is up to these days.

To see the music video for "Pass the Dutchie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUH1XmFb05Y

To see the music video for "Youth of Today," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsPiKkxucyQ

To see the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L38PlN2msc

To see the music video for "She's Trouble," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up93ykpG07E

To see a fan-made video for "007," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2OeKZuWsZQ

As a bonus, here's the music video for Donna Summer's "Unconditional Love" featuring Musical Youth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVMnRN2TdVw

[updated on 05\24\12]

1 comment:

edbrum said...

Junior Has been sectioned and is in a secure unit in Birmingham.