The video is quite stunning as a depiction of what looked cool in the clubs in London, 1964. But there are so many creepy boys doing freakish dance moves, it leaves me rather speechless. Where are all the girls? Unspeakably odd. Halfway through the video the band is in another club, and Roger looks exactly like David J from Bauhaus.
The Kids Are Alright, from their 1965 album, was released as a single in 1966, reaching #41 in the UK and #85 in the US. Townsend said their “greatest hits” should be more properly be called their “greatest flops.” The video is priceless, showing the band in très chic mod styles, and a somewhat awkward lack of stage presence. Note Roger’s shirt, buttoned down, and buttoned up to the throat. And check out his mod hairdo: that little puffed up bouffant where the hair is brushed back from the crown of his head is so very au courant. Keith has his Union Jack shirt on, and Pete is in that long Edwardian jacket. These boys really knew how to dress.