Friday, 26 October 2012

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MKTS - Our Secret Musical Past

By now you've heard all about More Kids Than Suitcases. International jetsetters...Highly respected experts on pretty much everything...World-renowned blog, considered a "must read" by all of the brilliant minds of our day. I'm sure that's all old news to you by now, but there might be something you didn't know about us. Something we don't talk about too much these days. Something that's entrenched in history, yet often overlooked while the world focuses on our current projects.

Did you know we used to be a band?

Of course, we weren't just any band. We were the band of our time. It didn't start out that way though. The first album, featuring the kids cousin Nick, was well received by the critics, but didn't really catch the music world's attention until later.

It took a line-up change (and a little parental supervision), but with the release of the Ice Age album, MKTS rocketed to the top, becoming possibly the most in demand concert ticket of the summer.

In fact, their stand at Madison Square Garden still holds the record as all-time fastest sell out in New York history.

At the height of their popularity, MKTS might have been the most popular band in the world. How do you know when you've arrived at the pinnacle of the music business? For starters, when towns want to rename each of their streets after the band members, that's a good sign. Of course, when each of the band members has the same last name, it does present some problems...

Enormous fame has it's price however. When everybody wants to see you, your tour schedule can get a little crazy...

...and by the end of the tour, the band was done. Everybody took some time off, and while there were a couple of solo projects...

...none of them ever really came close to the heights of the MKTS days. The downtime did serve it's purpose though, and eventually, under immense public pressure, More Kids Than Suitcases got together again for one last farewell to the fans. Sadly though, it seemed that one member was only half-committed to the reunion.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreamin at R We There Yet Mom. If you didn't get here from one of those sites, you should really go check them out. There's people there who probably topped the charts themselves before starting their own blogs. I mean, am I the only one who's noticed the similarities between Rebecca and Debbie Gibson?

Written by Steve Pratt