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Off The Coast Of Me was Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ first album release in 1980 on ZE Records.
The Kid and Coati Mundi together decided to celebrate this debut album by releasing a 40th Anniversary Edition.

Released on 2C2C Music, the Kid’s very own record label, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition includes 22 tracks in total.

It, of course, has all the tracks from the original version (re-mastered) but you will also enjoy some very special never-before-released original demos, plus some cool upbeat Bootlegs by the Kid’s son, artist Youngr. But it also includes some recent singles from the band that you may have missed the first time round:
Do Yourself a Favor, Checkin’ My Colonies, You Don’t Know Me and In a Place Like This.

The first single released off the album was ‘Mister Softee, and the follow up single, released on July 10th, is the title track ‘Off The Coast Of Me’.

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40th Anniversary Edition

OFF THE COAST OF ME – 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Out on June 11th on 2C2C Music

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Off The Coast Of Me was Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ first album release in 1980 on ZE Records. The album consisted of 8 songs:
Side One: Mister Softee, Maladie d’Amour, Yolanda, Off The Coast Of Me
Side Two: Darrio, Lili Marlene, Bogota Affair, Calypso Pan American.

Maladie d’Amour was the only single released from this album.

The album was then reissued in 2003 by Rainman Records. This version included all the original songs but also had 5 bonus tracks added by Universal Island Records: There But for the Grace of God Go I, He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All, Darrio (12” B-side), Yolanda (12” Mix) and Maladie d’Amour (Mutant Disco Version).

Off The Coast Of Me received some fantastic reviews. Here’s what they said the first time round:

Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars 
On The Coast Of A New Sound
During the time I was first becoming aware of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, One of the things I came to understand is that its band leader August Darnell eventually decided to shift the priorities towards actually having a trio of female backup vocalists rather than a female lead singer. The results were the Coconuts. And Darnell apparently re-christened himself Kid Creole. This 1980 album was discussed in the reading I was doing as being an important transitional album. All the same? Took awhile to locate it in a used vinyl bin. And today am very happy I did.

“Mister Softee” starts off the album with an upbeat pop/funk number led by tingly percussion and a low rhythm guitar. “Maladie D’Amour” is a finely orchestrated disco friendly mid tempo soul stomp-with some rhythm guitar and clavinet riffing on the refrains. “Yolanda” and “Darrio” are deeply grooving boogie numbers with some wonderfully processed bass/guitar on the former while the title song is a stripped down calypso with a distant,echoed vocal lead. “Lil Marlene” combines the boogie and calypso influences together while “Bogota Affair” has a strong salsa pop flavor. “Calypso Pan American” ends the album with a vibraphone charged boogie rhythm yet again.

One thing about this album I noticed immediately is that, for the most part it goes right for the jugular of the Afro-Latin, percussive pop/funk sound, with a harder rhythmic stomp than the more sweetly orchestrated music of Darnell’s original group. It was as I’d read a transitional album. There are some disco era elements of this album. But for the most part? This album has a more mic’d and raw production style than the extremely slick studio sound that it very easily could have very well with. In terms of the songwriting? It’s definitely leaning towards shorter pop structures as well. So it comes down to being an excellent introduction for them.

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Robert Christgau wrote:
Off the Coast of Me [Antilles, 1980]
Reformed high school teacher August Darnell having split with black-sheep bro Stoney Browder, the music thins out–Dr. Buzzard’s progressive retro is hard to top, Darnell’s naturally sarcastic voice short on bottom. So the not exactly all-embracing “Calypso Pan-American” and “Off the Coast of Me” neither justify nor transcend their distanced tone (typically, the title tune affects a megaphone filter), while comedy numbers like “Bogota Affair” (the effete Creole as cuckold), “Mr. Softee” (the effete Creole as limp-dick), and “Darrio . . .” (the effete Creole as new-waver) are simple and strong. When clever means this clever, maybe we should settle. B+
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CC.T said:
Oh yeah the music. Shucks, it’s The Kid
Guy’s a deity of a band leader. Lyrics with wit, eclectic Disco Caribbe sounds +, for the ear. Dance that defies gravity and showmanship par excellence for the eye.
ZE stable studio wizard too. Ok maybe didn’t influence the music world nor broadway BUT didja ever see ’em live in person at a small venue ? Nuff sed!

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John Verity wrote:
A Zillion Stars, or more
An absolutely, positively, totally, and completely great album, one of the best ever released. So smart, such musicianship, such sly lyrics, and what a beat. Listen once and you’ll be hooked, and dancing for the rest of time. No kidding. I ain’t exaggerating. If you disagree, your money back. “Off the Coast of Me” is one of the most delicious and sexy songs you’ll ever hear. It will make you wet, with perspiration.

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This now brings us to 2020, where the Kid and Coati Mundi together decided to celebrate this debut album by releasing a 40th Anniversary Edition.

To be released on 2C2C Music to the U.S. market, the Kid’s very own record label, this version includes 17 tracks in total. It, of course, includes all the tracks from the original version but has some special never-before-released original demos, plus some cool upbeat Bootlegs by the Kid’s son, artist Youngr.

The first single released was ‘Mister Softee’, and the follow up single, due for release on July 10th, will be the title track ‘Off The Coast Of Me’.

Here’s the track list:

  1. Mister Softee
  2. Maladie d’Amour
  3. Yolanda
  4. Off the Coast of Me
  5. Dario, Can You Get Me into Studio 54
  6. Lili Marlene
  7. Bogota Affair
  8. Calypso Pan American
  9. Adnaloy
  10. He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All
  11. Off The Coast of Me (Youngr Bootleg)
  12. Yolanda (Youngr Bootleg)
  13. Dario, Can You Get Me Into Studio 54 (Youngr Bootleg)
  14. Bogota Affair (Youngr Bootleg)
  15. Mister Softee (Live at the Rock Lounge 1981)
  16. Off The Coast of Me (Original Demo)
  17. Bogota Affair (Original Demo)

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Off The Coast of Me

40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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Dedicated to Stony Browder Jr., without whom this journey would never have even started

OFF THE COAST OF ME – 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Produced by August Darnell, Coati Mundi and Adriana Kaegi for 2C2C Music

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Mister Softee
  2. Maladie D’amour
  3. Yolanda
  4. Off the Coast of Me
  5. Dario, Can You Get Me into Studio 54
  6. Lili Marlene
  7. Bogota Affair
  8. Calypso Pan American
  9. Adnaloy
  10. He’s Not Such a Bad Guy After All
  11. Off The Coast of Me (Youngr Bootleg)
  12. Yolanda (Youngr Bootleg)
  13. Dario, Can You Get Me Into Studio 54 (Youngr Bootleg)
  14. Bogota Affair (Youngr Bootleg)
  15. Mister Softee (Live at the Rock Lounge 1981)
  16. Off The Coast of Me (Original Demo)
  17. Bogota Affair (Original Demo)

CREDITS:
1) Engineers: Bob Blank, Julian McBrowne, Lars Henrik Nissen, Dario Darnell
2) Studios: Blank Tapes, Chappell Studios, LN Sound, Llama Land Studios
3) Photography: John Rynski, Eva Tudor-Jones
4) Art Direction: Nadine Ballard

5) The Musicians: August Darnell, Coati Mundi, Peter Schott, Winston Grennan, Marc Mazur, Stony Browder Jr., Carol Colman, Andrew Lloyd, Freddie Harris, Charlie Lagond, Danny Kahn, Sam Burtis, Jay Stovall, Dario Darnell

6) The Singers: August Darnell, Coati Mundi, Don Armando Bonilla, Adriana Kaegi, Lourdes Cotto, Lori Eastside, Frank Passalacqua, Fonda Rae, Brooksie Wells

SPECIAL THANKS:

Ron Rainey, the most honest MANAGER I have ever known
Eva Tudor-Jones, my wife, who almost killed me by turning me into a Vegan (for 18 months)
My 2020 Band: Dave Imby, Mike Gorman, Oroh Angiama, Mark Anthony Jones, Chris Storr, Barnaby Dickinson, Edgar Jones, Otto Williams, Tim Vine, Jamie McCredie, Lorne Ashley, George Hogg
My 2020 Coconuts: Sarah McGrath, Roos Van Rossum, Charlotte De Graaf 

Michael Zilkha, who believed in the TRIP long before the Banana Boat left the dock.
Maripol, who insisted we be a part of the movie Downtown 81. 

TESTIMONIALS:

Adriana: “I guess my greatest contribution to the band, besides doing all the choreography and designing all the outfits and providing a European flair to the backing vocals is… I refused to let August call the band Kid Creole and the Cold Cuts! He thanks me to this day.”

Coati Mundi: “Dr.Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band got me on drugs and Kid Creole & The Coconuts got me off them”.

And a special thank you from Coati Mundi:
Grande GRACIAS a mi hermana, Marina y especialmente mis padres, Cruz* y Flora*. Tu amor y apoyo me ha sostenido toda la vida. (*QEPD).

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Mister Softee

New single by Kid Creole and the Coconuts – Mister Softee
Release date: April 30

MISTER SOFTEE (Official video)

Why did I choose Mister Softee to be the first single from the OFF THE COAST OF ME (40th Anniversary Edition) album?

Well, I didn’t.  That album is chock-full of potential singles. So I went about it in a democratic way (for a change). I reached out to Coati Mundi and the original Coconuts (Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier and Roni Griffith) and we voted on it.

Mister Softee won by a landslide. I know why. The Coconuts adore the sentiment of the song – cutting the Kid down to size has always been their favorite preoccupation. Hope you enjoy it as much as THEY do. Hachachacha!
August Darnell

Mister Softee is the first single release from Off The Coast of Me: 40th Anniversary Edition.
The album is set for release on June 11th, with the single being released on April 30th.

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The single and the album will be available on 2C2C Music label.

This photo of Coconuts Cheryl Poirier, Roni Griffith and Adriana Kaegi was taken backstage before a show in Florida in October, 1980. The band had launched in January and after numerous raucous New York club dates and some solo northeast gigs, Kid Creole opened for the Talking Heads and then the B-52’s on a brief tour heading down the coast to Florida. The wild crowd response at each of these shows for a wholly unknown opening act was thrilling and told us definitively that this band could reach an audience further than east coast clubs. Coati Mundi shaved his head around this time and began wearing ever more surreal outfits on stage, just as other theatrical elements in the show started to expand. In shooting this photo, as I sometimes did, I turned the camera upside-down so that the flash would light the faces subtly from below, erasing shadows and enhancing the drama and sex appeal. The effect was particularly striking in this image which has long been a favorite of mine – and not only because two of the great loves of my life are in this photo. 

– John Rynski, April 2020

MISTER SOFTEE LYRICS

                                                              (music and lyric: August Darnell)

             You’re no good for me!

I got a funny feelin’ baby that tonight you wanna sleep with me
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
But I got a ‘pointment in the mornin’, need at least eleven hours of sleep!
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)
I’m so sorry, babe

              You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type

Don’t say that, don’t say that!
Don’t you make an issue over somethin’ that’s as small as this
I’ll make it up to you tomorrow evenin’ babe if you insist
Oh

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

               I’ve had enough in my life
of sweet and sour goodnights
I know you can’t satisfy
but at least you could try
You’re no good for me

Would you rather I forget about my livelihood and stay at home?
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
Well then you must give up your credit cards, must give up your Maud Frizons
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)
I’m so sorry, babe

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
There’s no sense squawkin’ ’bout it
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

               I’ve had enough in my life
of sweet and sour goodnight
I know you can’t satisfy
but at least you could try
You’re no good for me

You got a funny way of showin’ me that baby you’re in love with me
(don’t say it, you know you shouldn’t say it)
Just because I need a little rest, you wanna torture me
(you said it, I asked you not to say it)

              You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee, by trade
Mister Softee’s your name

You’re the softee, my friend
You’re soft in your head
Softee my friend
Soft in the head

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
There’s no sense squawkin’ ’bout it
You’re a softee, by trade
Don’t say that
Mister Softee’s your name
Don’t say that
You’re the softee, my friend
You’re soft, soft in the head
You’re a softee, I’m sure
Soft to the core

              You’re a softee, by trade
Who you talkin’ to?
Mister Softee’s your name
You’re a softee and hardly my type
Don’t say that, don’t say that

BEZIERS FRANCE

BEZIERS, FRANCE

 

We are excite to announce a new summer date in the calendar:

Date: Wednesday August 14th, 2019

City: Beziers, France

Event: FERIA DE BEZIERS 2019

Venue: PARVIS DE THEATRE MUNICIPAL

It’s a free open air downtown event. Everybody welcome!

 

FESTIVAL LEUVEN

FESTIVAL LEUVEN

We are excited to play the Leuven Festival in Belgium this summer.

Program

Beleuvenissen

Music performances by Ertebrekers at 20.30-21.45, followed by Kid Creole & The Coconuts at 22.30-00.00.

  • When: Friday 26 July 2019
  • Where: Oude Markt, Leuven
  • Free open air event

For more information please visit the website: https://www.leuven.be/hetgrootverlof

 

The Big Weekend – Cambridge Live

The Big Weekend – Cambridge Live

We are excited to announce we will be headlining the Friday night of this fabulous festival in Cambridge. The festival runs over the weekend of July 5th-7th at Parkers Piece in the centre of the historical city of Cambridge.
Stage time on the Friday is 21.00-22.00.

Cambridge Live says:
We are pleased to welcome the legendary Kid Creole and the Coconuts to the Big Weekend on Friday 5 July. Kid Creole and the Coconuts are celebrating its 38th Anniversary this year. That is amazing! Kid claims this is the Farewell Tour, but he has been saying this for 10 years.
Joining him on stage this summer:
The Coconuts =
Sarah McGrath
Roos Van Rossum
Charlotte De Graaf
The Band =
Toby Goodman (drums)
Mark Anthony Jones (guitar)
Michael Gorman (keys)
Oroh Angiama (bass)
Chris Storr (trumpet)
Barnaby Dickinson (trombone)
Edgar Jones (saxophone)
Kid Creole and the Coconuts was 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) 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, hiphop, etc… with a strong accent on Caribbeanism. Kid Creole and the Coconuts thus became pioneers of what became known as mongrel music. In other words – a delicious but strange potpourri of goodness.

The Big Weekend is a free to attend, non-ticketed, community event comprised of three days of free family entertainment on the central area of Parker’s Piece, provided by Cambridge City Council, and organised by the charity Cambridge Live.

FOR MORE INFO ON THIS EVENT – CLICK HERE

SAINT EMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019

SAINT EMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019

Kid Creole and the Coconuts is excited to be performing at this year’s Saint Emilion Jazz Festival on June 29th.
Opening the show at 20.00 is BRASS UNDER THE INFLUENCE followed by KCC on stage at 21.30.
saint emilion
History, heritage, culture, viticulture, music.

This exceptional blend is the story of a Festival with only ambition: quality.
Quality of a medieval architecture, unique in its kind. Quality of local productions known worldwide. Quality of the venues and the musicians who animate them.

The Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival has hosted since its first edition in 2012 exceptional artists who made reason the stones of the city and thrill the hearts of festival-goers: Nile Rodgers and his group CHIC, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire Experience, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jacky Terrasson, Stephane Belmondo, Eric Legnini, Jean-Pierre Como, Vargas Blues Band …

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the inscription of Saint-Emilion as a World Heritage Site, the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival plays the role of conductor in ensuring the musical programming of the Douves of the Cardinal Palace.

On the 28th, 29th and 30th of June 2019, this magical place in the open air will illuminate with pink the golden stones to propose two concerts by evening entirely free! The program is eclectic, funky, jazzy, feminine, captivating and spectacular!

And that’s not all ! The 3 days of festivities are also marked by highlights throughout the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion and its eight municipalities listed as World Heritage:

Saint-Emilion Wine Festival, concerts and musical entertainment throughout the Jurisdiction, open doors of the castles, farmers markets, conferences, workshops for children, walks, street theater scenes, exceptional views, banquet at the edge of the water, reconstitution of the brand of fire of the vinetier of the Jurade of Saint-Emilion, fireworks …

For more information please visit the website: http://www.saint-emilion-jazz-festival.com/saint emilion

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LIVE album OUT NOW

Good to be LIVE! OUT NOW!!!

Live in Paris CD – Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Recorded at Le Zenith, Paris, September 10th, 1985.

OOH LA LA

At the zenith of their career, with the complete original line up of Creoleans, Kid Creole & The Coconuts take the stage in Paris to perform and record one of the hot and unforgettable shows that made them famous. The band loved Europe and Europe loved them right back. You can hear it in the applause and the rebounding energy from the stage. In fact, the band is so tight that they never stop playing and we are pretty sure that the audience never stopped dancing (or smiling). The last beat of every song is also the first beat of the next song and this party is a festive and wild ride. Grab a piece of dance floor and hang on!

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

OUT NOW!!!!!!!

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The line up:
August Darnell, Andy “Coati Mundi” Hernandez, Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier, Janique Svedberg, Carol Colman (Bass), Peter Schott (Keyboards), Dave Span (Drums), “Bongo” Eddie Folk (Percussion), Jimmi Rippetoe (Guitar), Kenny Fradley (Trumpet), Lee Robertson (Trombone), Charlie Lagond (Saxophone).

The track list:
Don’t Take My Coconuts
My Male Curiosity
Table Manners
Mr. SoftieAnnie, I’m Not Your Daddy
I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby
No Fish Today
Dear Addy
Stool Pigeon
Say Hey
The Lifeboat Party
Endicott
Indiscreet
Caroline Was A Dropout

 

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Good to be LIVE!

Good to be LIVE!

Live in Paris CD – Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Recorded at Le Zenith, Paris, September 10th, 1985.paris cover

 

At the zenith of their career, with the complete original line up of Creoleans, Kid Creole & The Coconuts take the stage in Paris to perform and record one of the hot and unforgettable shows that made them famous. The band loved Europe and Europe loved them right back. You can hear it in the applause and the rebounding energy from the stage. In fact, the band is so tight that they never stop playing and we are pretty sure that the audience never stopped dancing (or smiling). The last beat of every song is also the first beat of the next song and this party is a festive and wild ride. Grab a piece of dance floor and hang on!

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

The release date is set for March 1st, so to get your hands on a copy you can pre-order yours today to be delivered very soon!

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE from AMAZON

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE from RAINMAN RECORDS

The line up:
August Darnell, Andy “Coati Mundi” Hernandez, Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier, Janique Svedberg, Carol Colman (Bass), Peter Schott (Keyboards), Dave Span (Drums), “Bongo” Eddie Folk (Percussion), Jimmi Rippetoe (Guitar), Kenny Fradley (Trumpet), Lee Robertson (Trombone), Charlie Lagond (Saxophone).

The track list:
Don’t Take My Coconuts
My Male Curiosity
Table Manners
Mr. SoftieAnnie, I’m Not Your Daddy
I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby
No Fish Today
Dear Addy
Stool Pigeon
Say Hey
The Lifeboat Party
Endicott
Indiscreet
Caroline Was A Dropout

 

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE

Available at Amazon store for release on March 1st worldwide!

Released on Rainman Records