Kid Creole Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1974-1983
- Words: Cameron Macdonald
- Label: Strut
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Clothed in Cab Calloway garb, NYC chameleon August Darnell mashed together genres like Latin-funk, rumba, Vegas cabaret, and disco as if he’d performed them all his life. Going Places captures his best moments in Kid Creole & the Coconuts and his endless array of side-gigs. The winner is Machine’s disco classic about white flight, “There but for the Grace of God Go I,” but Kid Creole’s wiseass funk on “Going Places” and their JBs ode, “Double on Back,” are nearly just as infectious. The camp sometimes boils too high; just cover your ears during “I’m an Indian Too,” unless Cher’s “Half-Breed” hits close to home. Going Places is yet another fine tourist brochure for Ed Koch’s New York.
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