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Musical Youth formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England. This pop / reggae influenced group, featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite. The latter pair’s father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group’s career in the late 1970s.

Band Members:
[+]Michael Grant - born on 6 July 1969, in Birmingham - Keyboards / Vocals
[+]Kelvin Grant - born on 9 July 1971, in Birmingham - Guitar / Vocals

[+]Dennis Seaton - born on 2 March 1967 - Lead Vocals / Percussion.
[+]Patrick Waite - born on 16 June 1968; died on 18 February 1993 - Bass / Vocals
[+]Freddie “Junior” Waite - Drums / Vocals

Although schoolboys, the group managed to secure gigs at certain Birmingham pubs and released a single, “Political” / “Generals”, on local label 021 Records. An appearance on BBC disc jockey John Peel’s evening show brought further attention to the group, and they were signed to MCA Records.

By that time, founding father Frederick Waite had backed down, to be replaced by Dennis Seaton as lead singer. During the winter of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in “Pass the Dutchie”. Based on the Mighty Diamonds “Pass The Kouchie” (a song about cannabis), the title had been subtly altered to feature the patois “dutchie” ,referring to a type of pot used for cooking. This idea is reinforced throughout the political and economic overtones throughout the song about extreme poverty and Musical Youth asking the question “How does it feel when ya got no food?”}.


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  • Piotr1981

    You know you're a one-hit wonder when 10 of your top 15 songs are the same song. [2]

    15 Apr 9:24pm Reply
  • ezwriter1

    You know you're a one-hit wonder when 10 of your top 15 songs are the same song.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Follow Musical Youth on Twitter @MusicalYouth30

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Great article about Musical Youth comeback on the Birmingham Mail website.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Musical Youth have donated a track "I Can't Wait' to the Boston Charity Album raising money for the victims of the Boston shootings.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • NewCrossInn

    MUSICAL YOUTH 'Pass The Dutchie' will headline a show at New Cross Inn in London NEXT SATURDAY, 8th September! Supporting them will be...CHAINSKA BRASSICA + ONE JAH + One more support to be announced. Tickets are £10 in advance: Facebook event:

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • faSkunK66

    .. on the left hand side! :D

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    I just watched their segment of TVOne's Unsung. Although the story was heartbreaking, I was very impressed with how insightful and well-produced their segment was. I also had no clue that they were all still so young, relatively speaking.

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kbomb001

    Gimmie the music, make me jump'n'prance [2]

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KeshiaDolce

    Gimmie the music, make me jump'n'prance :D

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • allsoppy4

    .. on the left hand side!

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • Double_Orgasm

    Pass the Dutchie

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Jorddds

    .. on the left hand side!

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Vampiro_Rockero

    Pass The Dutchie!

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ASSAF_

    Awesome song!!! :)

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • CMusicGirl15

    i love this song they were on life after last week so sad i didnt knwo patrick was dead.

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • wolfySMITH

    i think they are great

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • AJ2002

    I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • vini77

    I hate reggae, but this boys are amazing !!!²

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Leptossomico

    I hate reggae, but this boys are amazing !!!

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
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