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August Darnell: From Dr. Savannah to Kid Creole

Profile and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 15 November 1980

"To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, ...

Coconut Kid as Cruise Caruso: Kid Creole

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 23 May 1981

KID CREOLE And The Coconuts release their second long player, title Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places, in a couple of weeks' time. A 12-song 'concept ...

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ZE Night: Hurrah, New York City

Profile by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, June 1980

THE RICH ARE different from you and me, my friends. While we content ourselves with free promos and an occasional "plus-one" at a local bistro, ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Le Palace, Paris

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 23 October 1980

POP MUSIC may have been born free, but it was quickly enslaved by commercial interests; perhaps we should not be surprised that genuinely original vision ...

Kid Creole: Fresh Fruit in Downtown Manhattan

Interview by Paul Rambali, The Face, June 1981

A CHECKER CAB pulls up at the corner of MacDougal and 7th; out of it steps Mr. Michael Zilkha. The cab is yellow with a ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts

Profile by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, 11 June 1981

AUGUST DARNELL sounds like one of those mysterious names that invariably appear in the final credits of a movie or TV series. Could it be ...

ZE Records

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, New Sounds New Styles, July 1981

New York record label ZE is the product of a remarkable partnership between August Darnell and Michael Zilkha. Peter Silverton profiles the Z of ZE... ...

Kid Creole: He No Popi

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 4 July 1981

And she no Olive Oyl – but Vivien Goldman still meets August Darnell in New York City to learn about the Coconuts' brand new cha ...

Michael Zilkha: The King of Mutant Disco

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, The Guardian, 4 July 1981

Mary Harron meets the rich kid behind ZE Records' success. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places (Ze/Sire)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, September 1981

I HAVE TO admit I got a brief kick out of Creole and Co. when I saw them strut their stuff opening for the B-52's ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, October 1981

Urban time warps and geomusical quantum leaps later, Kid Creole and his pal Sugar-Coated are washed up on a sandy Island with only their wits ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts: That Darnell Cat

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1981

THIS MAN swaps heads like Tommy Cooper! Kid Creole — the desert island disco merchant of two bliss-full albums, the live spectacular and soon Broadway. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: The Rake's Progress

Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 15 May 1982

One singer sacked, bad vibes with the vibes player, a dodgy new LP, and a frankly suspect panama hat – Richard Grabel battles through the ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 1982


August Darnell And The Creole Perplex

Essay by Carol Cooper, The Village Voice, 27 July 1982

"The dominant feeling of the black poet is one of malaise, better still of intolerance. Intolerance of reality because it is sordid, of the world ...

Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Wise Guy (ZE) **

Review by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 5 August 1982

THE TITLE OF this record in the U.K. is Tropical Gangsters, in line with the album's plot, which finds Kid Creole and the Coconuts shipwrecked ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Wise Guy (Ze/Sire)

Review by j. poet, Creem, October 1982

EVERY SO often a record comes along sporting such wit, style, finess, integrity, imagination, good taste, humor, and originality that you suspect the poor sucker ...

The Kid & I: A Dinner Date with Kid Creole

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, The Face, October 1982

The night Fiona Russell Powell joined August Darnell for a late late dinner date ran into the morning of the Kid's 32nd birthday and the ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 13 October 1982

IT SEEMS only fitting that when August Darnell, a.k.a. Kid Creole, finishes this British tour which celebrates his transition from exotic cult figure to top ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 16 October 1982

God's a Creole – No Kidding! ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Helen Fitzgerald, Sounds, 23 October 1982

ESCAPISM — a tendency to escape from realities of life into fantasy — is what I expected. Nothing real, nothing pertinent, inspiring or important. Escapism, ...

August Darnell Gets Even With Everybody (For Forcing Him To Make Race Music & Other Sins)

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1982

ON A hot Wednesday evening I'm playing flick-yer-bic with the dial on my television, you know: flick — Three's Company — flick — Masterpiece Theatre ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: To The Life Boats

Profile by Carol Cooper, The Face, September 1983

"Strange, how potent cheap music is."– Noel Coward, Private Lives ...

Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Doppelganger (Ze/Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 10 September 1983

BETWEEN OFF The Coast Of Me and Doppelganger lies an interval of only three years, yet already the odyssey of Kid Creole's search for his ...

Tropic of Creole: The Indiscretions of August Darnell

Memoir by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 24 September 1983

The story so far... We are about to meet SUSANDRA MINSKY, who could be described as August Darnell's first wife, although they never did get ...

Kid Creole: Paradise Lost

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 19 January 1985

"I'm Kid Creole, the half-breed hero. Add me up, I come to zero" ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Private Waters in the Great Divide (Columbia)

Review by Hank Bordowitz, Spin, July 1990

EVEN WHEN August (Kid Creole) Darnell is writing for records, he's writing soundtracks. Historically, Kid Creole and the Coconuts' tunes worked well in concert, but ...

Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, May 2000

THINKING BACK to uptown Saturday nights past. I remember staring at my slicky-boy expression (circa 1982) in the bathroom mirror while the infectious 'I'm a ...

Kid Creole: Calypso Facto

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2002


Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 25 January 2006

IN AN EXCHANGE which seems quite fair —we get the Scissor Sisters, the Americans get Gavin Rossdale — US acts often make it big here ...

Kid Creole

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, July 2008

JUNE 1982: The tall, dapper figure in the silver-grey zoot suit, two-tone shoes and white Panama hat stares at a TV screen in one of ...

Kid Creole: "I'm not a party man anymore"

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 7 September 2011

He was a zoot-suited wise guy who crooned out hit after hit. Now Kid Creole is back. Paul Lester meets the man who blew a ...

My Kid Creole musical was a hard nut to crack

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, The Guardian, 20 May 2016

Three decades after I met Kid Creole and the Coconuts while profiling them for NME, their musical Cherchez la Femme has finally reached the New ...

August Darnell: Kid Creole's Alter-Ego Mounts a NY Musical

Report and Interview by Larry Jaffee, Huffington Post, 21 May 2016

THE BREAKOUT HIT from the first Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band album in 1976 was 'Cherchez la Femme', a sublime dance hit that even appealed ...

see also August Darnell

see also Coati Mundi

see also Gichy Dan

see also Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band


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