Kid Creole and the Coconuts

"Stony and Cory" NPR's Song of The Day!

Check it out, NPR features "Stony and Cory" as their Song of The Day! Great review and listen here:

November 4, 2011

The lead track on I Wake Up Screaming, the 12th album August Darnell has released as his "tropical gangster" alter ego Kid Creole (the Coconuts are his backing singers), has plenty of wit. That's to be expected — everything Darnell does has wit. But "Stony and Cory" is also one of his most touching and autobiographical songs.

The title characters are the people who guided the mid-'70s New York disco unit Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, in which Darnell played bass and wrote lyrics. Stony Browder was Darnell's brother, and bandleader Cory Daye was the band's singer. Their romance was a whirlwind, their breakup an emotional mess — "It's guaranteed to break your heart," Darnell sings in his most tender falsetto, and he's not wrong.

But the takeaway is what matters here: "And all the music, it was old, old, old / And I'm so grateful for it all, all, all / There's no right without a wrong / And there's no rise without a fall." It's one of 2011's biggest-hearted songs, and it's doubly sweet coming from a world-class satirist.

  • Posted on   11/04/11 at 05:07:53 PM   by Ryan  | 
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Reader Comments (1)

Alan 11/13/11 08:09:29 PM

a fine tribute, so what happened with Cory? great popular music over the decades will be the legacy..

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