Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell. Its music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular “American and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, Trinidadian, Calloway”and conceptually inspired by the big band era. The Coconuts are a glamorous trio of female backing vocalists whose lineup has changed throughout the years.
Their debut album Off the Coast of Me was critically well-received but not successful commercially. The second release Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was a concept album matched with a New York Public Theatre stage production; it received rave reviews, and Darnell was recognized as a clever lyricist and astute composer, arranger and producer. By the second album they were accompanied by the Pond life horn section Charlie Lagond, Ken Fradley and Lee Robertson as well as lead Guitarist Mark Mazur.
Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”,written by musical director Peter Schott.
Darnell subsequently produced spin-off albums for the Coconuts. Coati Mundi also released his solo LP before the fourth Kid Creole and the Coconut’s album in 1983; Doppelganger was a relative commercial disappointment, despite the single “There’s Something Wrong in Paradise” reaching the Top 40 written by guitarist Mark Mazur.
The second single to be released from Doppelganger would be “The Lifeboat Party”, and the 12″ single would include extended remixes by Michael H Brauer of both singles from the Doppelganger album.
The Lifeboat Party (Remix) 6:02
Gina Gina 3:53
There’s Something Wrong In Paradise (Remix) 5:47