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Weekly Nostalgia: The Get Up Kids

Posted by - 01:11 AM on 09/24/09
Before the “emo” tag became a part of popular culture, The Get Up Kids were making the Midwest proud with their unique rock ‘n’ roll sound. Whether they got crowds jumping along to the fast-paced confessional “Coming Clean” or kept them entranced with the piano driven “I’ll Catch You”, The Get Up Kids proved themselves as a band comfortable in creating pop hits, unabashed ballads, or anything inbetween. Though there is not enough space here to laud every individual effort that made the band special, a big part of their success was due to Matt Pryor’s unmistakable voice, which somehow blended the ruggedness of rock with the irresistible lure of pop. To this day Something to Write Home About is still one of the best track-by-track albums our scene has produced. This “Weekly Nostalgia” post would be a bittersweet remembrance if not for the fact that The Get Up Kids have reformed and are once again sharing the stage together – we should consider ourselves very lucky. Their music was essential in shaping the musical futures of artists such as Mark Hoppus, Pete Wentz, and Ace Enders, and with a new tour currently underway, they are ready to gain new fans who value substance over (neon) style. It’s commonplace to hear people complain that some new, unsigned bands are not receiving the acclaim they deserve. But for the moment forget about finding a new flavor of the week and head to the replies to revisit some great moments in The Get Up Kids’ career. If you’ve been a fan of this Kansas City band for years, we’d love for you to share some of your favorite memories with us.
 
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01:12 AM on 09/24/09
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"Shorty" acoustic from the album Four Minute Mile



"Anne Arbour" live from the EP Red Letter Day



"Action & Action" from the album Something to Write Home About



"Overdue" from the album On a Wire

01:12 AM on 09/24/09
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I love this band.
01:13 AM on 09/24/09
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Awesome band.
01:19 AM on 09/24/09
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Don't forget their recent ap.net interview here.
01:24 AM on 09/24/09
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If I told you that I
was thinking of moving east,
would you save a place for me?
I'll come home
because it's worse that I expected.

A place in my heart
for my home to the west
where we'll watch the same sunsets,
and when I doubt...
I'll look east and lock my heart
in a brass box to Newfound Mass.
I'm breaking off but this is my home.

I'd do anything for you,
give you the world if I could.
Is that what you want me to do?
These bridges and boundaries are bringing me closer to you.



I can't adequately express how this song makes me feel.
01:28 AM on 09/24/09
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I'm a Loner Dottie, a Rebel. I hear this, and I've escaped a bit.
01:28 AM on 09/24/09
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If I told you that I
was thinking of moving east,
would you save a place for me?
I'll come home
because it's worse that I expected.

A place in my heart
for my home to the west
where we'll watch the same sunsets,
and when I doubt...
I'll look east and lock my heart
in a brass box to Newfound Mass.
I'm breaking off but this is my home.

I'd do anything for you,
give you the world if I could.
Is that what you want me to do?
These bridges and boundaries are bringing me closer to you.


I can't adequately express how this song makes me feel.
There's so much emotion in that song. The voice breaking at "expected" is classic.
01:29 AM on 09/24/09
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I've listened to them a bit, but I haven't really gone in depth. What's a good album to start with? Something to Write Home About?
01:30 AM on 09/24/09
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Beyond stoked to see them tomorrow!
01:32 AM on 09/24/09
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I actually just got back from their show tonight, they were great as always. Love em to death
01:32 AM on 09/24/09
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so good
01:33 AM on 09/24/09
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I've listened to them a bit, but I haven't really gone in depth. What's a good album to start with? Something to Write Home About?
That's the album I started with.
01:33 AM on 09/24/09
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I've listened to them a bit, but I haven't really gone in depth. What's a good album to start with? Something to Write Home About?

Definitely. Listen to that record front to back without stopping. It's the only way in my opinion.
01:34 AM on 09/24/09
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There's so much emotion in that song. The voice breaking at "expected" is classic.
Yeah. You're not really expecting it at all, and it just sounds like pure heartbreak. I love everything about the song: the message and meaning, the delivery of the vocals, the music, it's just something special. I'm not an enormous GUK fan by any means, but this one stands out to me as one of their best songs.

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