The Cool Kids – “Pennies”

The Cool Kids – “Pennies”

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No one expects too much from the Cool Kids in the way of innovation. The Bake Sale EP was not the sound of hip-hop reinvented, but rather a clever appropriation and re-imagining of some common hip-hop tropes, disarmingly delivered. So it’s at once disappointing and reassuring that the first single from their upcoming debut LP, When Fish Ride Bicycles, finds the Cool Kids yet again utilizing the same tricks that worked so well on The Bake Sale.

As is their wont, the Cool Kids operate at snail’s pace, allowing the listener to soak in every whistle and deep synth swell with plenty of time left over to enjoy Chuck Inglish’s and Mikey Rocks’ tossed-off braggadocio. In fact, the hook (“this is the sound of throwing pennies on the ground”) may very well be a tacit acknowledgement by the Cool Kids of just how easy this shit is for them. And by song’s end, you realize both are doing laps around their peers without breaking a sweat.


  1. Jonathan Sanders says:

    Hmm … the text of this review makes it sound more like a five, six at the most.

  2. Dan K says:

    That was far from my intention. Upon further consideration, I probably would have given it a 7.5, but I’m not that bothered by it. It’s a solid song, and worthy of attention, but obviously not the most concentrated effort from the Cool Kids. The point of the review, I suppose, was to highlight how little effort it requires from the Cool Kids to make a song that surpasses their peers in terms of wit and creativity.

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