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Kid Creole & The Coconuts — Too Cool To Conga
Release date : Jun. 05, 2001
Tracklist:
  1. Let's Jam!
  2. Flip, Flop and Fly/My Gal's A Jockey
  3. Man, Oh Man
  4. Personal Assistant
  5. I Saw Her First
  6. Stingy Brim
  7. Savanna
  8. Who's Your Daddy Now?
  9. Endicott
  10. Get Rid
  11. Too Cool To Conga
  12. 1+1=1
  13. Choo Choo Cha Boogie

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Too Cool To Conga

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Too Cool To Conga

 Having been a fan of August Darnell since the Savannah Band was all the rage, I’m pretty biased. I love Kid Creole and the Cocoanuts! The first time I saw them was on SNL in either 1980 or 1981 and I’ve been sold ever since. The Kid is one of the hardest working men in show biz(to borrow from the immortal James Brown). It’s a shame he isn’t as revered here at home as he is in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

All that being said, I was pleasantly surprised to finally get my hands on a new (US) release. Too Cool to Conga is not necessarily the Kid’s best, but it shows that he still “has it” and more importantly, he hasn’t sold out but stuck with the “Calypso-Cab Calloway-from-The Bronx persona. Why wasn’t this guy the biggest seller during the brief swing dance revival of a few years ago? The title track is great. With the wacky lyrics that add to the bizarre history of the Haitian Hero. My only regret is that Coati Mundi is no longer part of the band.

If you like what you hear on this disc, make it a point to go back and listen to hios earlier work, especially “Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places”. You may also want to check out Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. -By tehuti on Amazon