I use to listen to the Untouchables all the time back in kindergarten.

Back then, it was every bit as much a part of my day as my two favorite school subjects -- Play-Doh and naptime. Mrs. Jones, my kindergarten teacher, must have grown tired of seeing me in my Untouchables T-shirt, which I wore until it was little more than mere threads.

OK, so maybe I have my dates mixed up. A tad. It might have been a little later in my grade school years when I was introduced to, and fell in love with, the L.A. soul-ska band's 1985 album, "Wild Child." What's that adage about a music critic never revealing his/her age?

My interest in the Untouchables grew deeper once I saw the band in concert and was floored by its mod-revival style and high-energy live show. I'd follow them intently for a few years and then, for some reason, just stopped.

Yet, one of my New Year's resolutions is to reacquaint myself with this old favorite. Fortunately, that one should be a lot easier to keep then my other pledges, which include occasionally getting to bed at a decent hour and to not cry when Roger Federer loses a tennis match.

In fact, I plan to make good on that first resolution on Friday when the Untouchables perform at Friday at the Blank Club, 44 South Almaden Ave., San Jose. Showtime is 9 p.m. and the Inciters and Champions, Inc. are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 (408-292-5265, www.theblankclub.com).


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To be honest, I have no idea whether the Untouchables can still deliver the goods onstage. I only hope that the San Jose concert will feature some "Wild Child" cuts (especially the great "Mandingo") and not undermine any of my old memories of the band. After all, I still cherish those memories from, um, kindergarten.

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