Monday, July 24, 2017

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy (Sire Records)

Born in the Bronx, NYC, August Darnell put his first band together – The In Laws – at the early age of 15, along with his half brother, Stony Browder, Jr., although they disbanded soon after to allow him to pursue his studies to become an English teacher. Although he managed to obtain a master’s degree in English, his passion for music and obvious interest towards multiple cultures, legends and personalities pushed him and his brother back to where they’d stop with the launch of a new band – Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – remembered for classics such as ‘Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon’, ‘I’ll Play The Fool’ and ‘Mister Love’, displaying a unique blend of Disco beats with rhythms inherited from genres such as Calypso, Rumba, Compas and Cha-Cha-Chá and somehow appearing as an overview of what Kid Creole & The Coconuts would be a few years later.
In the meantime, he would also produce Don Armando’s Rumba Band, but also Machine, on a more Disco/Funk tip, responsible for gems such as ‘There But For The Grace of God’, ‘Power And Reason’ and ‘Is It Love’.
Although Kid Creole & The Coconuts saw the light back in 1980 from the association between Darnell and Coati Mundi, they would have to wait until 1982 and the release of their third album – Tropical Gangsters – to get the commercial success, with classics such as the aforementioned, ‘Stool Pigeon’ and ‘I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby’ which typically illustrated the temper of a central character – Kid Creole – inspired by Cab Calloway and the Hollywood films from the 30’s and 40’s, dressed in colorful zoot suits with style and grace, dancing onstage with his inimitable, relentless and self-proclaimed cool in the middle of a big band, surrounded by sexy dressed backing singers/dancers (The Coconuts)
As many assets that would be for much on the band’s performances which happened to be some of the most exciting and spectacular one may think of…

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