cale & darnell

quietus interviews with a couple old favorites of mine: august darnell (aka Kid Creole) & john cale

I always said you won’t ever find any pure music in Kid Creole. Nothing pure about it. I call it mongrel music. That’s what makes it exciting to me. Our strength is in the combination of borrowing a little from the calypso world, borrowing from the Four Tops and the Temptations and borrowing heavily from James Brown and putting it all together into this concoction. The use of horns is all based on Tito Puente and my love of the salsa arts – but it’s also based on those close harmonies from the Forties, on Duke Ellington’s arrangements and all of that great stuff that you hear in those old records.

I can personally attest that Kid Creole & the Coconuts were great to dance to. And I didn’t dance much, even in the 80s. Except for those guys and the B-52s.

If you don’t know John Cale, you should. That’s a deep well there, boy.


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