Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell. Its music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular a mix of disco and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, Trinidadian, and Calloway styles and conceptually inspired by the big band era. The Coconuts are a glamorous trio of female backing vocalists whose lineup has changed throughout the years.
Artist: Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Title: Tropical Gangsters
Label: ZE Records
“Tropical Gangsters” was the third album by Kid Creole & the Coconuts, released in the U.S. under the title Wise Guy, Kid Creole being the on-stage persona of August Darnell, the Latin Lothario dressed in a sharp suit and wide-brimmed hat backed by a troupe of female singers dressed for a Caribbean holiday, which included his wife, Adriana Kaegi.
It was the thumping bassline and irresistible beat of the song “I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby” that finally broke him through to the big time, but even better was to come as Kid Creole released two of the better fun pop songs of 1982, “Stool Pigeon” and “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy,” totally irresistible, danceable, easy to sing along to, and guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of pop dominated at the time by synthesizers and good-looking young men who looked more like girls.
Darnell brought a cool sense of style to the charts of 1982, hitting number three with the album “Tropical Gangsters”. Unfortunately, the Coconuts are given little to do, although the female sassiness came through on the track “Loving You Made a Fool Out of Me.”
1. Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy (6:16)
2. I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby (5:15)
3. Imitation (4:11)
4. I’m Corrupt (4:11)
1. Loving You Made a Fool Out of Me (4:50)
2. Stool Pigeon (5:00)
3. The Love We Have (5:13)
4. No Fish Today (4:56)