27 Sep '12, 8pm

8 essentials of ZE Records: the cream of the crop from NY's supreme no-wave dance-punk-noise-jazz-salsa-whatever label

8 essentials of ZE Records: the cream of the crop from NY's supreme no-wave dance-punk-noise-jazz-salsa-whatever label

Kid Creole & the Coconuts Off the Coast of Me (ZE, 1980) There are those who believe that, in terms of sheer lyrical sophistication and out-and-out wordsmithery, nobody else in the '80s matched August Darnell, a mixed-race former high school English teacher born in Montreal who'd written his Master's thesis on Richard Wright and Harlem Renaissance authors. Some say he didn't hit full stride until he started conceiving his albums as full-blown conceptual musical-theater revues (starting with 1981's island-hopping Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places ); one might also argue that a retrospective like the Berlin label Strut's wide-ranging (and very ZE-heavy) 2008 Going Places: The August Darnell Years is the easiest place to familiarize yourself with the dapper fellow. But the pan-tropical new wave Off the Coast of Me — Kid Creole's first album, even though Darnell kept his face off ...

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