Uncut Review

Going PLaces: The August Darnell Years 1974-1982

3 Stars

The secret history of Kid Creole uncoverd.

At a push, you could paint August 'Kid Creole' Darnell as a Transatlantic Martin Fry; a pop theoretician who, cursed by his own popular success, eventually followed the path of kitsch and nostalgia rather than subversion. This useful comp of production and writing jobs for the Ze label presents Darnell as a charming fixer, a zoot-suit David Byrne operating in New York on the fringes of disco and Latinate artpop. The unsteady pizzazz of it all has aged.