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Kid Creole Retrospective



Pitchforkmedia
April 2008


Even zoot suit-wearing "Tropical Gangsters" have childhoods, as evidenced by the appearance of a Kid Creole called "Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1974-1983".

Over the course of 15 tracks, 'Going Places" chronicles Creole's progress as a musician, producer, and writer, from his beginnings under the given name August Darnell-- as a member of Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band-- through his development into the Coconut-fronting genre-masher known as Kid Creole.

DJ Guido of Paris DJs compiled the selections on Going Places, which include rare and extended versions of tracks finally making their first CD appearances. To top it all off, journalist Vivien Goldman wrote the liner notes included in the package.



Track List:

01 Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: "Sunshower"
02 Don Armando's Second Avenue Rumba Band: "Goin' to a Showdown"
03 Kid Creole & the Coconuts: "Going Places (Zemix Version)"
04 Cristina: "Is That All There Is?"
05 Gichy Dan's Beachwood No. 9: "On a Day Like Today"
06 Machine: "There but for the Grace of God Go I (LP Version)"
07 Don Armando's Second Avenue Rumba Band: "I'm an Indian Too (12" Version)"
08 Aural Exciters: "Marathon Runner"
09 Coati Mundi: "Pharaoh (Can't Take It to the Grave)"
10 Aural Exciters: "Emile (Night Rate)"
11 Kid Creole: "He's Not Such a Bad Guy After All (12" Version)"
12 Ron Rogers: "Don't Play With My Emotions"
13 Kid Creole & the Coconuts: "Double on Back"
14 Aural Exciters: "Paradise"
15 Kid Creole & the Coconuts: "Off the Coast of Me"
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Reply #1 posted 04/13/08 11:51pm

SoulAlive

I'm gonna get this.I already have a Kid Creole and the Coconuts greatest hits compilation,but it'll be interesting to hear songs from these other artists that Kid produced.
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Reply #2 posted 04/14/08 12:24am

Ottensen

SoulAlive said:

I'm gonna get this.I already have a Kid Creole and the Coconuts greatest hits compilation,but it'll be interesting to hear songs from these other artists that Kid produced.


Do you have any of the Savannah Band stuff? I STILL keep their songs on HEAVY rotation on my ipod music!
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Reply #3 posted 04/14/08 12:35am

SoulAlive

Ottensen said:

SoulAlive said:

I'm gonna get this.I already have a Kid Creole and the Coconuts greatest hits compilation,but it'll be interesting to hear songs from these other artists that Kid produced.


Do you have any of the Savannah Band stuff? I STILL keep their songs on HEAVY rotation on my ipod music!


I have their 1976 album.I see that "Sunshower" is included on this compilation music
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Reply #4 posted 04/14/08 2:44am

jn2

Wasn't the song "take me for a night in New York" by Elbow Bones produced by Kid Creole?
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Reply #5 posted 04/14/08 2:45am

SoulAlive

Ottensen,this is the album I have...
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Reply #6 posted 04/14/08 6:12am

SoulAlive

jn2 said:

Wasn't the song "take me for a night in New York" by Elbow Bones produced by Kid Creole?


hmmm never heard that one
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Reply #7 posted 04/14/08 6:17am

uPtoWnNY

SoulAlive said:

jn2 said:

Wasn't the song "take me for a night in New York" by Elbow Bones produced by Kid Creole?


hmmm never heard that one


I have the 12" version - came out in 1983 I think.
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Reply #8 posted 04/14/08 6:20am

SoulAlive

this compilation is missing my favorite Kid Creole song:

"I'm A Wonderful Thing,Baby" (1982) music
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Reply #9 posted 04/14/08 9:05am

Ottensen

SoulAlive said:

Ottensen,this is the album I have...


You KNOW I have that biggrin biggrin biggrin

How about the tracks "Hard Times" and "We Got It Made"? Those are so LUSH.

I don't have the vinyl albums that came afterwards anymore (I lost them in a move), but I do have a lot of singles from their subsequent releases: they're straight up 30's swing, with disco bass and wah-wah pedals, smacked in the butt with rhumba percusion...GREAT STUFF cloud9
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Reply #10 posted 04/14/08 9:13am

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I used to like "We Got It Made" and "My Male Curiosity" as well as a few others. I still say Prince ripped the Time's image from Kid.
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Reply #11 posted 04/14/08 9:18am

TonyVanDam

BlaqueKnight said:

I used to like "We Got It Made" and "My Male Curiosity" as well as a few others. I still say Prince ripped the Time's image from Kid.


Prince's Parade album was inspired by Kid Creole.
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Reply #12 posted 04/15/08 12:42am

SoulAlive

BlaqueKnight said:

I still say Prince ripped the Time's image from Kid.


Indeed.The entire Morris Day persona was inspired by Kid Creole.I can easily imagine Morris singing "I'm A Wonderful Thing,Baby".
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Reply #13 posted 04/15/08 3:47am

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I don't know much about him except for "Male Curiosity". I remember the videos, didn't the backup chicks have hair in their armpits?? disbelief Damn, I guess he did predate the Time huh, I never made that connection. Y'all good lol
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Reply #14 posted 04/15/08 8:29am

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I loved Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and the music of August Darnell, aka Kid Creole! My favorite tracks:

With Dr Buzzard:

We Got It Made
Sunshower
Cherchez La Femme
An Organ Grinder's Tale
Mr. Love
Transistor Madness



with Machine:

There But For The Grace Of God Go I



With Kid Creole and the Coconuts:

Lifeboat Party
Dr. Paradise
I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby
Endicott
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
But I Got You
Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy
To Travel Sideways
People Will Talk






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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #15 posted 04/15/08 9:36am

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biggrin Some soundz:


Dr Buzzard: Cherchez La Femme (Kid Creole is to the right, playing the Bass....)



Dr. Buzzard: We Got It Made/Night and Day




Machine: There But For The Grace Of God Go I




Kid Creole: I'm a Wonderful Thing




Kid Creole: Endicott




Kid Creole: Lifeboat Party( short excerpt)




Dr Buzzard: Sunshower








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Reply #16 posted 04/15/08 11:28am

CalhounSq

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Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...
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Reply #17 posted 04/16/08 6:18am

SoulAlive

CalhounSq said:

Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...


that one's alot of fun lol very catchy and danceable
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Reply #18 posted 04/16/08 7:14am

Harlepolis

I might get this.
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Reply #19 posted 04/16/08 7:55am

Lammastide

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SoulAlive said:

CalhounSq said:

Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...


that one's alot of fun lol very catchy and danceable

nod I remember thinking it was catchy, but being slightly annoyed by it. I actually like in on this latest listen.
Ὅσον ζῇς φαίνου
μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ
πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν
τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.”
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Reply #20 posted 04/16/08 12:34pm

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Lammastide said:

SoulAlive said:



that one's alot of fun lol very catchy and danceable

nod I remember thinking it was catchy, but being slightly annoyed by it. I actually like in on this latest listen.

Annoying yes, but that shit used to stay in my head all the time nutty lol
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Reply #21 posted 05/12/08 12:06am

SoulAlive

I just got this CD lol Gonna listen to it right now.

I also picked up 'The Very Best of Dr.Buzzard's Original Savannah Band' CD.
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Reply #22 posted 05/12/08 2:35am

CosmicDancer

cool thanks guys.
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Reply #23 posted 05/12/08 5:53am

chewwsey

CalhounSq said:

Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...



I always thought endicott was a swinger!
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Reply #24 posted 05/12/08 6:43am

SoulAlive

I listened to the CD and I love it headbang Many of these songs I had never heard before,but they're very good.Interesting stuff! And the CD is packaged really nicely,with extensive liner notes and photos.

I recommend it thumbs up!
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Reply #25 posted 05/12/08 7:05am

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CalhounSq said:

Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...

I love that song. nod
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Reply #26 posted 05/12/08 9:11am

magnificentsyn
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minneapolisgenius said:

CalhounSq said:

Endicott!! lol I remember that one too...

I love that song. nod


me too. batting eyes
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Reply #27 posted 05/12/08 10:08am

MsLegs

BlaqueKnight said:

I used to like "We Got It Made" and "My Male Curiosity" as well as a few others. I still say Prince ripped the Time's image from Kid.

nod Those were my joints along withIt's A Beautiful Thing & Endicott.
whistle "Why Can't You Be Like Endicott?"
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Reply #28 posted 05/12/08 10:14am

CosmicDancer

biggrin biggrin biggrin
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Reply #29 posted 05/12/08 11:29am

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magnificentsynthesizer said:

minneapolisgenius said:


I love that song. nod


me too. batting eyes

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