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 Theater 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. They performed “Mister Softee” on Saturday Night Live during their promotional tour for the album. The album charted briefly, and subsequently Coati Mundi’s early Latin RAP “Me No Pop I”, though not originally on the album, became a Top 40 UK hit single.
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”. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40. In the US the album was retitled Wise Guy and reached #145, and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby” flirted with the R&B charts.
I’m A Wonderful Thing (Baby) 5:16
Table Manners (Remix Version) 5:02