The Get Up Kids - Live At The Granada Theater (Cover Artwork)

The Get Up Kids

The Get Up Kids: Live At The Granada TheaterLive At The Granada Theater (2005)
Vagrant Records

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With four full-lengths, a healthy handful of EPs and 7 inches and a compilation of such under their belts -- as well as a few side projects resulting in a whole proverbial mess of albums -- there's so much that can be said about Kansas City, MO's Get Up Kids, and yet, upon the release of their curta.

With four full-lengths, a healthy handful of EPs and 7 inches and a compilation of such under their belts -- as well as a few side projects resulting in a whole proverbial mess of albums -- there's so much that can be said about Kansas City, MO's Get Up Kids, and yet, upon the release of their curtain call album, very little comes to mind except the clich├ęs deserving of any great band. Yes, they put out a promising debut that likely remains the favorite for many followers. Yes, they released what's widely considered one of -- if not the -- best albums of their time and genre. Yes, they went through the requisite "fan alienation" period. Yes, they reigned in a likely majority of those fans with a "return to form." So what to do now that the cycle has come full circle, essentially? Why, break up, of course. But before the history of the Get Up Kids can officially be laid to rest, we're given their first live album, a career-spanning collection of songs recorded early this year at a "tenth anniversary" party of sorts in Lawrence, KS.

Unsurprisingly, the set leans most heavily on the band's signature full-length, 1999's Something To Write Home About. The lame duck here is On A Wire, with even less contributions (2) than the Red Letter Day / Woodson combo album (3). With this sort of assumingly fan-pleasing approach, it also results in a fluid set -- there's seemingly cause for little complaint regarding set omissions and its like. Personally, the only songs I would've liked included are "Valentine," "Overdue," "Walking On A Wire," and maybe "Man Of Conviction." Otherwise, it seems like all the band's hits and cult favorites are thrown in, and are all achieved near-flawlessly, with the band pulling off enough change-ups -- random keyboard licks from James DeWees in "Woodson" and "Ten Minutes," f.e. -- throughout to let the listener know they're hearing a bit more than a remastered anthology.

Despite the perfect flow of the set, there's very little stage banter during the course of the disc; the only time we really hear anyone address the crowd -- save for a few brief song title introductions and several "thanks" -- is when Pryor jokes about "Woodson" not having a real song title as well as being the first song ever written by man. Though this should bode well to the "shut up and play!" crowd, for myself, I'm not expecting/desiring political tirades and dead baby jokes from the GUK, but to hear a few words every now and then may have increased the human quailty of the record.

It should be noted here that the band's older material seems to have new life breathed into them by their respective performances. Granted this is a likely case scenario when you figure the years of experience passed, but it's still a pleasure to hear the flawlessly epic execution of "Woodson," as well as Pryor's matured voice gracing the initial lines ("I found my place in the sun / lied my way there") of set opener "Coming Clean." The anthemic quailty of "No Love" is as strong as ever as well, and the emotional harmonies of "Shorty" are on par.

Both the choice and execution of "Is There A Way Out?" as a set, album, and ultimately, likely on-disc career closer, merits both praise and panning. Pryor sings the entire duration of the song under a level of distortion, his voice seeming awkwardly disconnected from the rest of the band. It's sort of fitting and yet even more depressing knowing the official status of the group, with Pryor potentially hinting at something greater as he sing's the title's words. Something like "Walking On A Wire" may not have provided for as much anaylsis, but would've given the somber mood more of a "beautifully depressive" connotation than its "ugly pessimism" feel here.

Regardless, Live At The Granada Theater is an apt summation of the relative diversity and mostly distinct style the band has developed over the course of a decade. It's the type of farewell that elicits all sorts of "RIPs" and "you'll be misseds," and all appropriate just the same.

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Royish (September 25, 2006)

When I saw them on their farewell tour in Michigan they played "Walking On A Wire". For me it was definately the highlight, I seriously had an out of body experience. And no I was not on anything.

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

oh yeah, and i wish SOOO much that theyd used "the worst idea" and "walking on a wire", best songs theyve released i think

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

this is a good cd, well recorded i think, although i have nothing to gauge it against, i never got to see them live as they rarely visited the UK. shame there was no video footage on here or a bonus DVD, would have been nice. i dont know what you mean about the cover art, i like it. on a wire is way underrated, its totally my favourite, just as good as STWHA. never heard guilt show entirely yet, and four minute mile is great! so hands up who thinks they should get back together for 10 more great years and a few more albums of the caliber of on a wire!!

Anonymous (June 16, 2005)

OK... I was at the show in lawrence that was recorded for the album as well as the show the night after, and it was by far the best performances the get up kids have put on in the last 3 years. The lack of stage bantar doesn't take away from the album at all, considering the get up kids dont really mess around all that much on stage in these last cople years. who cares if the set list was made to please the crowd wrather than give all of there albums equal representation. I would rate the shows a 4.5 out of 5 and i would rate the album the same.

CantSitStill (June 8, 2005)

horrid...HORRID cover art!!!

captaincrunch (June 6, 2005)

I love this band but this is a poor performance in my opinion. Last time they were in Detroit they were incredible. Next weekend should be much the same, hopefully.

Lou if you make the drive to detroit and need a place to crash just email me.

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

why shouldn't james dewees play on songs he didn't write?


Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

its ok
matt's voice sounds like shit on the older songs and he sounds like he doesnt care that much.
james dewees shouldnt play on songs he didnt write.
"something to write home about" is a good record but its not the best anything

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

"The guy below me is the most stupid retard I've ever heard."

Why, because he just made you eat your words?

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

Guilt Show is so goddamn underrated while Four Minute Mile is so overrated. What a shame.

Kenjamin (June 6, 2005)

However, antibiotics are sometimes prescribed during viral infections so the person with his weakened immune system doesn't catch a bacterial infection.

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

what a lame dumbass band

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

The guy below me is the most stupid retard I've ever heard.

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

Dumbass! Antibiotics don't help with the flu. This is how misconceptions get spread. Get your facts straight. The flu is caused by the influenza VIRUS. Antibiotics only help with BACTERIAL infections, like strep throat. Take a goddam biology class, just one, first year freshman biology and you can learn this and other exciting facts.

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

"i got chills just reading this review."

You must have that flu that is going around. You're gonna need antibiotics, dude.

ubershep (June 4, 2005)

The Mekons have a hillarious live release. One of the best I've heard.

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

Four Minute Mile is the shiznit.

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

Is there anyone here that thinks Four Minute Mile is great? Or at least superior to Guilt Show?


Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

if this show wasn't filmed, vagrant is slipping.

bloodbrothersburnpiano (June 3, 2005)

i got chills just reading this review.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

I agree completely with Colossalbandit, Man of Conviction, Sympathy and Dark Night of the Soul are the first three songs I would've added to this set. I thought for sure they'd play Sympathy.

Overall it's a great cd though. The four songs they played from "4 minute mile" sound the way I guess they were originally intended to sound. I always hated that cd but I guess it's just because the recording quality was so crappy.

And I agree with everyone who says On a Wire is underrated. That's the best cd to listen to when you're trying to fall asleep.

Inspection12e (June 3, 2005)

I thought the Murder City Devils cd live cd was pretty terrible.

fatman (June 3, 2005)

Kinda suprised they don't talk much during this cd. I have a bootleg from 1999 and they pretty much talk through the entire thing.

colossalbandit (June 3, 2005)

I agree 100 percent, a little more stage "banter" would have livened up the release, however, that in itself is the GUK nature. The one time I saw them, I think thank you were the only words uttered the entire time. This is a solid release, but i really the setlist could have provided more. I think while they did at least represent all their work, it could have been more retrospective to show their styles throught the years. I think On a wire was there best release to date and a HUGE TURNING POINT for the band. With Overdue, The worst idea, they could have definately replaced woodson or Is there a way out. Also, the choices from Guilt show were weak. I was impressed with Sick in her Skin, it sounded better live. BUT i think stronger choices from this disc would be: Man of Conviction, Sympathy, The dark night of the soul, etc... Overall a nice release to close out an admirable career. It's gonna be sad when it hits me that its all over

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

ahh live albums, Social D, Murder City Devils, and Blue Meanies all have real strong live albums.

inagreendase (June 3, 2005)

Poster below: That's what I figured, but I guess the case is misprinted, as it says "recorded January 7th."

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

this is a good recording, and an accurate representation of the band's show. however, this cd is actually compiled from two nights of recording. the tracklisting is similar to what was actually played, and walking on a wire was recorded, but didn't make it onto the final disc. these recordings, though from the same two nights, are remixed and not in the order that the actual show was.

Inspection12e (June 3, 2005)

I'll be at the philly date too.

Kenjamin (June 3, 2005)

Yea benz I feel the same way. I've either given away or sold or shelved most of the cds i bought when I was 15-16 but I still listen to the get up kids. The cds I bought in Middle school were awesome for some reason, ie Beck and Beastie Boys, etc. It was when I bought an Mxpx cd and discovered what I then thought was punk was whent my taste in music went waaay down hill.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Crowd participation is severy lacking in this CD, but overall its pretty good.

lou (June 3, 2005)

should i make the four hour trek to detroit next weekend to see them? i'm torn on what to do.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

4 minute mile wasn't overrated, especially at it's time of release. On A Wire was waay underrated, definetly.

Their worst album is easily Guilt Show, while not bad, is just not as good as their other albums. While I've 'gotten over' a lot of the bands I liked in my adolescence, The Get Up Kids always stuck with me for some reason.

This CD is good if you're a fan, can't wait to see them come to Philly for their second to last show. I hope they don't close with that "Is There A Way Out" song though. It's just not that good.


Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

just saw them on the last tour in san francisco. a whole lot of fun. they played a set list similar to this, but they also played overdue and on a wire. i was especially happy to hear shorty.

Inspection12e (June 3, 2005)

I feel this album is about two tracks too long but other then that a decent live album.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

I've only listened to this a few times, but I cannot stand it.

- Kirby

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

good review

i never got as into this band as most of my friends did, even though i'm into the whole poppier side of punk...but 'action and action' 'ten minutes' will always remain 2 of my favorite songs, but overall I always thought these guys were overrated

and 'on a wire' was SO underrated, I think it can easily be argued as good as 'something to write home...'

'4 min. mile' was SO overrated

'guilt show' was hit and miss, but a good overall career closer, blending all their styles and throwing out some new ones.

i never saw them live....kinda regret that, I did have my chances


scores for 'on a wire'

swingline (June 3, 2005)

the bands an old favorite for me. they make catchy tunes and all but this album is.nothing too spectacular...

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Just got back from seeing them in S.F., the first show of the last tour. It was excellent, and well worth all $18.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

i will miss this band.

but the 17 hour drive to the last show in kansas city will be totally worth it.

backupdork (June 3, 2005)

i'm still genuinely sad about their breakup and need to solidify some plans to see the last tour.

this will probably be the first album i pick up once i make some money.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

cant wait to see this band on their final tour. Something to write home about is such an important album to so many of us.

Kenjamin (June 3, 2005)

you have an interesting point person below me.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Why would they put this out with no live footage or extra dvd?

Kenjamin (June 3, 2005)

say what you will but I always had a great time at their shows. Final Tour should be good times as well.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Good review and a good live effort by the GUK.

TheEvilMonkey (June 3, 2005)

Score is for the crazy-go-wild synth work on "Holiday"

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