November 5, 2012

Song of The Month

Every month, Kid Creole is offering songs for you to listen to from his collection, stay updated for more songs during monthly updates.

Monkey

Month of September 2017:

Monkey

  • Band: August Darnell
  • Writers: August Darnell
  • Publisher: La Bande Son

I wrote Monkey for a film called LE GRANDE VOYAGE, circa 1994. The song was originally called JUNKIE. Completely different lyric, obviously. The director of the film, Fred Hedangue, suggested a song about monkies, since we had encountered so many of them in our journey. I reluctantly returned to my hut in the Australian outback and changed the words. I am glad I did because Monkey is a far better song than JUNKIE.

Notwithstanding all of the above, the song was not included in the film. Such is life in the fast lane. But at least I got to hang out with some Aborigines.

August Darnell

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KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS – born out of the red hot embers of DR BUZZARD’S ORIGINAL Savannah Band. In the 1970’s the Savannah Band had successfully merged the big band sound of the 1940’s (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Louis Prima etc) with the dance floor beat of the disco era. The Kid fused the big band sound with every strain under the sun – calypso, soca, salsa, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, etc……with a strong accent on Caribbeanism. Kid Creole and the Coconuts thus became pioneers of what became known as mongrel music (also known as Mulatto music or Rainbow music). In other words – a delicious but strange potpourri of goodness.

 

Kid Creole and The Coconuts had the good fortune of working with movie directors such as Francis Ford Copolla and Taylor Hackford. They have also done collaborations with the likes of Prince, U2 and Barry Manilow. They have done command performances for Princess Diana and President Clinton and they have worked with true giants in the MUSIC BIZ UNIVERSE: Tommy Mottola (who brought Mariah Carey to fame), Seymour Stein (who brought Madonna to the attention of the world) and Chris Blackwell (who brought reggae to the rest of the world).

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