The Kid is back! Older, wiser but just as cool as he ever was even if he’s lost his Clark Gable pencil moustache!
The style of Kid Creole was as much about the show as the music and you can’t get much more theatrical than ‘Long Live The King’ that is grandiosity pomp that Adam Ant would approve of (Ant being another 80s icon that can’t lay down but whether his latest return this year will match the acclaim of Darnell and Co is another matter). ‘Long Live The King’ has got marching drums, horns, chorus chant, exaggerated guitar solo and some sort of harpsichord in the mix and it’s a real ‘plays that again’ track.
And whilst we’re on the back to the future vibe, ‘Verily, Verily, Verily’ harks back to the rhythmic roots of his 80s hits with a hilarious the crème brulee couplet; expect to hear this one drop on ‘Come Dine With Me’.
And so the faux gangster pinches musical genre themes all the way through the 13 tracks with ‘This Is My Life’ being the epitome of where The Doors meets Arthur Russell on a tropical island with Herb Albert up a palm tree. Have I convinced you yet?
Darnell’s zoot suit and various stylish hats made him one of the ‘80s’ most unique and recognizable figures and talking of oversized suits and NY legends, ‘Attitude’ has a touch of the David Byrne about it and I can sense the remixers lining up to get their hungry hands on the knobs – ‘Love Remains’ is another big horn number.
And it’s worth reminding ourselves that Darnell was not only Dr Buzzard but he was also a pivotal force at ZE Records with Cristina, Don Armando’s Seventh Avenue Rumba Band and Gichy Dan (see the review of the Strut compilation Zevolution HERE).
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the last track as it’s a bit Blondie reggae but back with the big guitar trash (with horn and synths), the Kid rocks out on ‘Rockin’ Out Tonight’ which actually fits in with the current New York dance underground like Golf Channel’s oddness or over on this side of the pond, Soft Rocks (both being fairly recent guests on Beats In Space on WNYU with Tim Sweeney as was Brennan Green himself).
In between the mayhem banter between Green and Tim, Brennan said that he thinks this album is the band’s best work since Dr. Buzzard! I’d go one further and say I Wake Up Screaming is as good as a Dr. Buzzard and Savannah Band album. Now you’ve heard enough to go out and get this album – the campaign to get Kid Creole as the winner of a 2012 MOBO/Mercury Prize/Industry Award starts here?
Oh yes, nice coconuts indeed.
Reviewed: Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I Wake Up Screaming (Strut) Cat. No. STRUT055CD Release date: 12th September 2011
1 Stony And Cory (4:10)
2 I Wake Up Screaming (In The Tropics)(3:37)
3 Somebody’s Got To Lose (3:09)
4 I Do Believe (4:05)
5 Long Live The King (5:16)
6 Verily Verily Verily (4:44)
7 Tudor-Jones (6:36)
8 Attitude (3:31)
9 This Is My Life (4:03)
10 We’re Rockin’ Out Tonight (3:34)
11 Love Remains (4:22)
12 Blow Me Up (3:55)
13 Just Because I Love You (4:29)
http://www.bbc.co.uk 14th September 2011 Charlie Stayt and Susanna Reid with Kid Creole on the sofa this morning to talk about his new album.