Posted on November 12, 2008
Posted by John Scalzi
Oh, don’t tell me that everyone knows Kid Creole & the Coconuts. You know in your heart that’s just not true.
Everyone might not know them but they’re hardly obscure.
Ahem….not only do I KNOW Kid Creole and the Coconuts, but saw them in concert at First Ave. in Minneapolis back in the mid-80’s.
Actually, a really fun band to see live.
Sure, I know them. And (even if I don’t care much for the video), I love that particular song. And my wife’s their secret love child…
I think they’ve appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I know they did a duet with Barry Manilow. My mother knows Kid Creole.
I love those retro 80s clothes and hair styles. The memories!
OMG I know this song. Never knew the name of the band, though. Ask me in a couple weeks and I’ll tell you the same.
The video was kinda terrible, but the song itself wasn’t bad…
being the grammar geek that I am…
lousy…not lossy – in the title
Okay — that’s four minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I think this video gives Journey and Toto a run for their money…
This looks like the matrix from which The Mask was taken.
I remember them! It’s sad (to me) that every obscure band you’ve listed have been on my Walkman at one time or another. Gah.
*has been (sorry, didn’t catch that)
Will you think less of me if I say that I think that video’s kinda cute? For pastel cheesy 80’s value of cute.
Looks like Pee Wee’s Playhouse to me.
No, he’s right. Look at how compressed this video is. It’s definitely a lossy video.
(nerd joke over)
I’m going to have to say I’ve never heard this song on the radio, never seen this video, or even had an inkling that the band itself even existed. To be fair, I was a metalhead in the ’80s, so that might explain it.
Yeah, the pixelation gives it away…
Can we have the election back, please?
It’s always true, in my heart at least.
No, I meant lossy. I actually think the video itself is okay.
It has come to our attention that you have recently been pursuing a theme whereby you subject your readers to music videos that had previously been safely forgotten. Please cease and desist forthwith.
If you must rely on some random theme to take the place of putting actual words on your blog, we suggest cute baby animals.
I saw them open for the Talking Heads way back when. Way back when meaning they had Adrien Belew and Bernie Worrell with them. The heads, not the Coconuts.
Regarding music: if you like pop, you may like Mother Mother (out of Vancouver). CBC single = ‘Body of Years’, cd title = ‘O MY’.
BC (who found out about Sarah Harmer in Weeping Tile days…)
Where are the pictures of all the goodies people send you. Use the books to see what I need to purchase next.
Know in what sense? I worked with Peter Schott (their keyboardist) in the ’90s.
Hehe that’s awesome!
I wish I didn’t know Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Next you’ll be pulling out Disco Clone….
Oh yeah? Take that.
Wow! I’d completely forgotten about Kid Creole and the Coconuts. The fact that I knew who they were and I live on the other side of the planet, suggests a lot of people do know ’em.
Ahhhh, the 80’s, the time when guys wore more eyeliner than their girlfriends :D.
Not only do I know and STILL love Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and own (on CD) every album they ever made–my iPhone ring tone is the opening of Endicott! So there!
For more Kid Creole goodness, try this one: http://shrinkify.com/fr2
You do realise, of course, that ‘Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ is an anagram of ‘the loonie turd’s cock dance’? Truly, the universe works is strange ways . . .
A boatload of people recommended music post 2006 for you, John. Why aren’t you posting videos of them?
They did a cameo in one of those equally cheesy 80’s lambada movies that I liked…can’t remember the name now, but I remember the song.
Sure, everyone knows them. I even saw them live, once, when they opened for the B-52’s.
I decided to watch the video for Endicott again and I must admit I was wrong about Kid Creole, at least as far as “Endicott” is concerned. What was I thinking? That is a pretty nifty tune.
However, I’m definitely not changing my mind about “Disco Clone.”
Kid Creole obscure? Next you’ll tell Annie you’re not her daddy…
WOW! Not to admit my age, but I had this one on vinyl!
Why, thank you! An old favorite — the song. The video, not so much.
I LOVE Kid Creole, and like Jim #31 I have everything they every released on CD. Including, thank you very much, their predecessor “Dr. Buzzards’ Original Savannah Band” with the every-popular hit “Cherchez La Femme” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CK-f-Hhij4. Kid Creole was the sound track to my entire Army Basic Training experience.
I own one of their CDs.
I knew that was Endicott from the YouTube freezeframe! And 20 years later, I’m still mad at my then-girlfriend taping over my copy of Kid’s “Trouble in Paradise” TV movie with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
man, i thought i was watching King Crimsom, i was freaking out
I’ll see your “obscure, 80s, lossy” and raise you with:
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns – “Party Weekend”
ps – yeah, I knew Kid Creole, but I know a lot of obscure things about the 80s. Unfortunately.
Hmm, at the same time as that vid ans song is totally freaky and highly disturbing, I also kinda like it. HELP! ^^
I think most people of a certain age here in the UK would know them, they had considerable chart success.
My favourite memory would be them performing on some Saturday evening show (maybe a Noel Edmonds vehicle…. Americans: don’t bother googling him) One of the female dancers hadn’t shaved under her arms, caused outrage in our house….
They were in the movie “Against All Odds.” They played “My Male Curiosity” in the club scene. I had the soundtrack, because I had to have everything related to Peter Gabriel at the time–He plays “Walk through the fire.”
Loved to see the comments on Belew and King Crimson.
I don’t know if you thought that this was 80’s cool or the nadir of the decade. It preceded Phil Collins going Disney.
Also features Stevie Nicks, Mike Rutherford, and Larry Carlton (great jazz guitarist on his own, I think he was on some of Joni Mitchell’s awesome mid career stuff–maybe “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter” era?
They opened for Talking Heads in Passaic NJ. I even have an album!
I will see everything on the table, and raise you all one Clarence Carter
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