August Darnell - aka Kid Créole - created the Kid Créole and the Coconuts group at the very beginning of the 80s. The 1st album "Off the Coast" was a big esteem success when it was released, both by the quality of the lyrics and by the mix of musical styles mixing jazz-funk-rock-calypso-latino-zouk-reggae-pop. This is the album "Tropical Gangsters" released in 1982 which will reveal them to the eyes of the world through the singles "Annie I'm not your daddy" and "I'm a wonderul thing baby", 2 titles now cult, particularly dancing and worn by a Creole Kid with a flamboyant look. But it was the album "In praise of Older Women and other crimes" that won the group their biggest success with a triumphant world tour. In 1987 a new album will be released, "I, too, have seen the woods" which will not experience the same enthusiasm. Stopping clearly the meteoric rise of this group which will have marked the 80s, on the one hand by its flamboyant and festive side and on the other by its quirky brown side. To discover or rediscover. Discography (among others ...) :
• He's not such a bad guy (After all) 1980
• Maladie d’amour 1980
• Qué pasa 1980
• Going places 1981
• I’m a wonderful thing, babby 1982
• Stool pigeon 1982
• Annie, I’m not your daddy 1982
• Dear Addy 1982
• There's something wrong in paradise 1983
• The lifeboat party 1983
• My male curiosity 1984
• Don’t take my coconuts 1984
• Endicott 1985
• Hey mambo 1988
• I love girls 1990
1980 ... the first steps which we will describe as rather encouraging. The foundations are already solid and suggest a most interesting series ...
1980 ... what is certain is that this group will obviously function on exotic and colorful bases. A bias that will pay ...
1980 ... a first year of existence, particularly provided with titles and more than certain quality. This group is already a safe bet !
1981 ... finished laughing, August takes over the controls on this track which spins at 100 km/h ! And this change will change everything, it is the case to say it !
1982 ... then comes THIS title ! An enormous title that will set fire to all Dancefloor on the planet and literally blow up the notoriety of the group ! One of the biggest Dance hits of 1982. MAS-TER-FUL !
1982 ... the group is now on an incredible dynamic which sees him producing top hit on top hit. Thanks to this truly unique style that makes all the difference compared to the competition !
1982 ... an absolutely incredible year 1982 for the group with this new planetary top hit. A HUGE Dance title that makes them definitely enter the musical legend of the 80s and in what way !
1982 ... a year 1982 which does not end and which sees the group producing a fourth title of very large caliber. And this time in Intimist mode, incredible thing about them. Either way, it works !
1983 ... after such an exceptional year 1982, we suspected that what followed would be a slight notch below. What is the case with this title despite a more than certain quality ...
1983 ... in delirious mode, 'The Love boat' version. And always on a phew tempo. A year 1983 whose titles all spin at the speed of light !
1984 ... the group maintains himself with obvious ease in the front runners thanks to this particularly inspired title which shows, once again, the full extent of their talent !
1984 ... still as wacky, still as colorful. A unique style which is their strength but which will eventually isolate them, inevitably, at one time when at another ...
1985 ... new global top hit 1000 % Afro-Caraibo-Jazzy-Funky. The dynamic did not weaken by an Iota and once again pushed the group to the top of the Charts. HU-GE !
1988 ... when 2 references of the moment come together to push the song, we suspect that the result will be up to par. The proof with this boosted title !
1990 ... this time, it is indeed the end unfortunately. The end of an exceptional adventure which will have seen this totally extraordinary group produce several exceptional hits which are now part of the musical history of the 80s, history with a capital H !
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