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28
Sep

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Doppelganger (1983) – Lp

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 trio of female backing vocalists/dancers whose lineup has changed throughout the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Title:  Doppelganger
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  ZE Records
Catalog# 205719
Price:  € 10,00

Doppelganger is the fourth studio album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts, released in 1983.

Armed with a fresh batch of tropical tales, August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) leads his band of eccentric vagabonds in another episode of the continuing saga of Mimi. Of course, it’s not necessary to read the esoteric liner notes, nor is a knowledge of previous chapters required to enjoy the installment entitled Doppelganger. As usual, the only prerequisite is an acquired taste for the bizarre, often comical travelogues set to exotic pop which represent the essence of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Darnell‘s infatuation with international environments results in a soundtrack characterized by ubiquitous percussion and spirited brass and woodwinds, although electric guitar also figures prominently in several songs. Much like Paul Simon‘s efforts on Graceland, Darnell incorporates world music elements to add a foreign flavor to pop postcards like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “There’s Something Wrong in Paradise.” Yet Darnell is rarely as serious as Simon, and only Graceland‘s lighthearted “You Can Call Me Al” could blend inconspicuously with the material on Doppelganger. A Caribbean-styled remake of Jimmy Soul‘s “If You Wanna Be Happy” is indicative of the album’s affable nature. The song’s obsession with appearances also reveals the thematic influence behind previous Kid Creole favorites such as “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby,” both of which appear on their most popular album, Wise Guy. Nothing on Doppelganger can compare to those two British hits, yet nothing will fail to satisfy devoted fans either. For the uninitiated, Doppelganger‘s peculiar content presents a love-it or hate-it dilemma, but captivated listeners will probably enjoy discovering the rest of Kid Creole & the Coconuts‘ enchanting oeuvre.

 

Side one
1.  The Lifeboat Party  (2:38)
2.  Underachiever  (3:15)
3.  If You Wanna Be Happy  (2:29)
4.  Distractions  (2:56)
5.  Survivors  (3:32)
6.  Call Me The Entertainer  (3:23)

Side two
1.  There’s Something Wrong In Paradise  (3:22)
2.  It’s A Wonderful Life  (3:12)
3.  Bongo Eddie’s Lament  (3:02)
4.  Broadway Rhythm  (2:48)
5.  Back In The Field Again  (3:29)
6.  The Seven Year Itch  (4:26)

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10
Jul

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Tropical Gangsters (1982) – Lp

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.

kid creole & the coconuts - tropical gangsters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Title:  Tropical Gangsters
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:   ZE Records
Catalog#  204669

“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.”

 

Side one
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)

Side two
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)

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