January 1, 1996 |
Audiences will find no rage in the uplifting stew of pop, soul, calypso and swing of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. No bad vibes in the Afro-Caribbean riffing of such songs as "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy." Leave that stuff for the '90s pop world. At the Viper Room on Friday, Creole (a.k.a.
October 5, 2007 |
Virtually any performance by a pop-music act fits somewhere in the context of a career arc -- a new band trying to find an audience, a flowering favorite hitting its stride and packing them in, a still-vital veteran trying to keep the fire burning, a period-bound hitmaker resigned to nostalgic ritual. And there comes a time for some when the fight's been fought and the battle lost, when even going through the motions isn't an option.
January 20, 1989 |
Compact disc fans still spend almost as much money on old--or "catalogue"--albums as new product, so it's no wonder that record companies keep searching their vaults for new ways to tempt the CD buyer. The good news is that most of the old (generally pre-1984) releases are introduced in CD as part of the labels' budget lines, meaning the albums retail for between $8.99 and $12.99 as opposed to the $14.99 to $15.99 price charged for front-line CDs. Here's are some recent "catalogue" CD releases.
March 11, 1993 |
August Darnell must be the Woodrow Wilson of pop. Wilson instigated the League of Nations after World War I in hopes of drawing a fractured world closer together. The big problem was that he couldn't persuade his own country to join it. Darnell has been working on his own league of musical nations since 1980, under the guise of his raffish, stylish stage character, Kid Creole.
August 27, 1990 |
August Darnell (a.k.a. Kid Creole) has lots to offer: style, wit, a band that's large, hot and precise, a sense of show biz tradition, and a trio of sexy blond chorines called the Coconuts. Besides all that, he even weaves subtle threads of social consciousness into his repertoire's generally light fabric.
March 24, 1990 |
August Darnell can easily reel off the influences on Kid Creole--his dapper "alter ego" who leads the defiantly uncategorizable big band Kid Creole & the Coconuts. There's Cab Calloway, for the overall image. Frank Sinatra for vocal phrasing and romantic attitude. Elvis Presley for dance moves and hero worship. James Brown for live performance. Calypso singer the Mighty Sparrow for witty lyrics.