Some kids are
just born different. Realizing this back in their Catholic
school days, Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts are a duo thatís
been banking on different. Calling themselves Kids of 88 -
guess why - the New Zealand pair take influences from the
two entirely different decades that their border generation
straddles and throws it into the amalgamated mix that is
modern music. At their core, Kids of 88 serve up a fairly
simple combination, and itís the sense of nostalgia and
quirk that makes them who they are. They were fun. They were
upbeat. They were everything you needed to throw a good
party. They were, in summation, good, great and awesome.
Soon enough, Kids of 88 found themselves opening for bands
like Scissor Sisters, playing on the screens of MTV and
worked up a chatter at festivals like South by Southwest.
Following their craft and style of picking up sifted bits
and pieces of past musical pop culture, their debut album,
Sugarpills, had them ride a fame so runaway, the
wheels may have well flown off as they screeched across the
line into a haze of gold and platinum work. Eventually the
flashbulbs of their seemingly superstar lives settled, and
then ... nothing.