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Kids Incorporated, K-I-D-S!"
What do you do when your friend only likes Shakespeare, but you want to listen to rock music? How do you turn a leprechaun into a rock 'n' roll star? Kids Incorporated dealt with these and other preteen problems by singing and dancing their way through Top 40 hits of the sixties, seventies and especially the eighties.
Kids Incorporated was a pre-teen cover band at the local ice-cream parlor, The P*lace, run by a local soda jerk named Mike. The group included a varying five member band and five dancers. Between covering pop-infused renditions of everything from Elvis Presley tunes to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Kids Incorporated tackled a variety of often relevant adolescent themes-friendship, courage, and other basic moral values.
Life lessons aside, most episodes were simply out to entertain, combining comedy with often elaborate musical numbers. A prime example was the pilot episode, "The Beginning," which told the story of the band's first gig at The P*lace. Kids Incorporated, the best band in town, won a contest to be the house band. A power struggle ensued between the group's leader, Mickey, and the new girl, Gloria. And if you think this is just an excuse to cover the Tony Basil song "Mickey" and the Laura Branigan anthem "Gloria," you're right. The rest of the group included Renee, Stacy, and The Kid. (FYI - Gloria won the power struggle, becoming the group's lead singer).
The show premiered in syndication in 1983 and was later picked up by the Disney Channel in 1986. The stars ranged in age from ten to seventeen, and since the show ran for several seasons, turnover was common. As new youngsters were brought in, several Kids Incorporated graduates went on to greater stardom. Among the more well-known alumni were original cast members Jennifer Love Hewitt and 80's pop sensation Martika.