Here is some great video footage of the Kidda Band which stretches throughout the lifetime of the band, from the early days rehearsing, through TV performances and record releases up until late in their career where they continued to be a cracking live act.
Constantly looking for new clips, we will continue to add them to this page as we discover them, so keep checking back for more in the future.
We hope you enjoy watching these clips!!
The Kidda Band – Saturday Night Fever – Featuring The Ambulance Hut Rehearsal space
A great clip of the Kidda Band rehearsing in the early days. The band used to rehearse in an old St. Johns Ambulance Service hut near to where they all lived in Camp Hill. It was great, some weeks they would find skeletons and all sorts of weird things in the cupboards. It was a great place to rehearse because it was in the middle of nowhere, so they could play as loud as they liked, and it was really cheap to hire. Saturday Night Fever went on to become on of two songs on the 1979 double A side single alongside Fighting my way back.
The Kidda Band – Fighting My Way Back
Well here is more TV coverage of the band playing Fighting My Way Back from the 1979 double A side single (alongside Saturday Night Fever). Good to see Johnny miss the guitar intro from the start but he recovered well!!
This was the bands first TV appearance and it shows, with Alan in particular looking a little nervous throughout.
The Kicks – Get off the telephone
Well here is more fantastic TV coverage of the band playing the 1980 Get off the Telephone single. Muriel Young rolled out the fake Telephone box and stuck one of the dancers in there while Alan banged on the window every few seconds. Eat your heart out MTV.
Everyone looks like they could do with a good meal and a quick bath – very rock n’ roll..
The Kicks – If Looks Could Kill
Well here is some fantastic TV coverage of the band playing the “If looks could kill” single on TV in the UK. TV Producer Muriel Young loved the band and kept wanting the band to appear on her shows whenever they had a single out….and they were happy to oblige. The funny thing about this particular clip is that Alan’s mother didn’t speak to him for over a year because he wore a hat on TV and brought shame on her…!! Who would have parents eh!!
The Kicks – I wouldn’t treat a dog like you treat me
Well here is some interesting footage of the Kidda Band being filmed at a college in London (If only we still had the name) by media students who wanted a different type of subject to practice on. Keith, the bass player, new on of the tutors and he agreed to bring the band along in return for some free footage to take away.
The quality on this clip isn’t great but the transfer is being done over and over again in order to get a better quality film for you all to see. There were more songs recorded at the same session and these may appear at a later date once the conversion process is improved. “I wouldn’t treat a dog like you treat me” was the final single from the band.
The Kicks – Dear Margaret (Batter me down)
Well this is another strange one. Kidder took some spare footage from the “I wouldn’t treat a dog like you treat me” session and mixed it in with some film of the 1984-85 Miners strike which pitched the striking miners against the combined might of all of the UK police forces. Set to the soundtrack of the Incredible Kidda Bands “Dear Margaret (Batter Me Down)”, which was aimed at Mrs Thatcher, it makes an interesting video.
“Dear Margaret (Batter Me Down)” is also one of the unreleased tracks from the band that may appear on the next album.
The Kicks – (I’m gonna) Join the army
The Kicks – (I’m gonna) Join the army
Well this is a strange one. Kidder took some spare footage from the “I wouldn’t treat a dog like you treat me” session and mixed it in with some old war movie footage in order to put together a bit of film to accompany a different version of “(I’m gonna) Join the army” that appeared on the debut album. This version is one of the unreleased tracks from the Kidda Band that may appear on the next album.
The Kicks – Major Tom (Look what happened to)
Well once again Kidder has taken one of his favourite The Kicks tracks and put together a film in recognition of the World War 2 pilots of the RAF who fought the Battle of Britain in their Spitfires and Hurricanes. Played to the soundtrack of The Incredible Kidda Bands “Major Tom” it certainly gives an insight into the daily struggles these young men went through every day. Respect!!