Aris' Favorites: December 2006
I decided to share in detail with you all
for the next year an Aris' Favorites type section on the site. I'll share
with you all 12 of my favorite KIDS Incorporated songs of all time (1 per
month) and tell you what the song meant to me and why it's my favorite.
Let's start with the first of twelve installments, shall we?
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One of my favorite songs from KIDS
Incorporated of all time has to be Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
from Season 2. This was a KIDS Incorporated original written exclusively for
the show by Michael Cruz, who also penned the infamous KIDS Incorporated
theme song and numerous other notable KIDS Inc. originals. (For a
complete list of originals to download, please go to 'Show Info' then click
'KIDS Incorporated Originals'.)
While it was always one of my favorite songs of the series, I never really
listened to it at a high volume. I noticed the song felt even more alive
once the volume was turned up. It's one of those odd scenarios where you see
and/or hear something that changes your perception of what you always
believed it to be. That's what this song did to me. I had a playlist blaring
while I was cleaning the house and this KI original came on and I found
myself singing and full of energy as I was bopping to it around my house
(Yes, people, I have no shame, LOL). Since that day, I have been blaring the
song in the car and in my iPod ever since.
The first time I ever heard/saw this song was back in 1987. It was on around
Halloween time on the Disney Channel and once this song started, I went
crazy bopping in the living room! I remember living in Somerville, MA at the
time and my friend, Kristin, would always come over because her parents
couldn't afford to pay for Disney at the time. On a little side note, we
discovered KIDS Incorporated together for the first time which was a 1984
episode titled 'X Marks The Spot'. Since then we were always captured by the
spirit and excitement of KIDS Incorporated!
This song is definitely the epitome of the 80's with it's glorious use of
Simmon's eletronic drums, hot synth lines, careful harmonies, vocal layering
and nice use or reverb/echo effects.
You should also notice that this song's instrumental was used in quite a few
episodes of KIDS Incorporated as background music. Other songs that were
used as background music are Bad, Bad Trouble, Come The Night,
You're My Friend, just to name a few!
Some of you don't care too much for this song or think it probably wasn't
one of Ryan Lambert's best due to some pitch problems in the song (and
that's okay!) but I urge you to listen to a new, updated and re-mastered
version of the song than what's currently on the KIDS Inc. originals page.
I'm curious to hear your responses about it after. Leave comments about it
on the tag board! I urge you all to share your memories of this song.
WARNING: Addiction is likely from the constant play of this song :-)
You can download the re-mastered mp3