Kid Dynamite

Kid Dynamite is the next logical step for anyone that digs Lifetime, and it’s no coincidence that Dan Yemin (Lifetime guitarist) started Kid Dynamite after Lifetime broke up.  As the title of the last Kid Dynamite LP states, it’s “Shorter, Faster, Louder” than Lifetime was.  I pretty much like both bands about equally, but for different reasons.  They’re both catchy and easy to listen to, but Lifetime is definitely more of a “feeling down” type of band, whereas the Kid Dynamite records are more upbeat and energetic.  I also dig the difference in vocal patterns.  Ari from Lifetime had a very melodic (and unique!) way of singing, while the KD vocals are a lot more hoarse and just generally delivered a lot faster.  I think those differences in vocal patterns (and obviously lyrical content!) really create the difference in mood that I feel when I listen to the two bands.  Anyway, 15 years later, both bands are still solid go-to’s on the playlist!

Kid Dynamite – “Six Songs With Jay Singing (Demo ’98)” cassette tapeOriginal demo tape

Kid Dynamite – “s/t” LPLike most Jade Tree Records releases around this time, they would do a transparent and opaque version of the same color in the same quantity. What you see here is the solid red version. You can see the faint white swirls in the vinyl, which they used to make it opaque. I believe there were 500 solid red, 500 transparent red. It’s kind of hard to tell the difference in photos.

The reverse side of the layout.

Here’s the transparent red, still in the original shrink-wrap!

Black vinyl

Kid Dynamite – “Shorter, Faster, Louder” LPThe name says it all… This was another transparent/opaque equal pressing on Jade Tree. I think it’s 500 solid green, 500 transparent green. Here’s the solid green.

The reverse side of the layout.

Transparent green, still in the shrink-wrap from the day I received it in the mail from Jade Tree.

Black vinyl

Kid Dynamite / 88 Fingers Louie – “Split” 10″Kid Dynamite did a split 10″ release with 88 Fingers Louie. I believe red vinyl was the only limited version.

Reverse side

Black vinyl

Kid Dynamite – “Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems” LPThis album was just a collection of rare and live material. It came out long after the band had originally broken up (but was getting back together to play some reunion shows). The black vinyl (shown below) is actually more rare than the gold vinyl, if I remember correctly.

The reverse side of the layout.

Like I said above, I think the black vinyl is actually more rare than the gold vinyl.

This is a giant promo poster for the “Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems” release.

My Kid Dynamite collection, at its peak…

  • Kid Dynamite – s/t (CLEAR RED, out of 500)
  • Kid Dynamite – s/t (SOLID RED, out of 500)
  • Kid Dynamite – s/t (BLACK)
  • Kid Dynamite – Shorter, Faster, Louder (CLEAR GREEN, out of 500)
  • Kid Dynamite – Shorter, Faster, Louder (SOLID GREEN, out of 500)
  • Kid Dynamite – Shorter, Faster, Louder (BLACK)
  • Kid Dynamite – Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems (BLACK, out of 300)
  • Kid Dynamite – Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems (GOLD, out of 700)
  • Kid Dynamite / 88 Fingers Louie – Split 10″ (RED, out of 300)
  • Kid Dynamite / 88 Fingers Louie – Split 10″ (BLACK)
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2 Responses to Kid Dynamite

  1. Your blog blows my mind! I found that photographing clear or transparent vinyl on a light table makes for an awesome photo. Just thought I’d share the tip. Thanks for sharing your skillfully arranged collection. Mind blown.

  2. Jeremy says:

    funny I designed all the KD stuff and have never seen the cheap shots LP versions. I just designed that whole package as a CD only release….

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