Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds
Philosophy and Underwear
release: Mar 1, 2006
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History of French Cuisine (with Captain Comatose
- Khan and Snax)
02. Black Bag
04. Richard Three
05. La Historia De Un Amour
06. Why Hurt Flesh
07. Even Though Your Leather is Cliche....
08. The Weather The War (duet with Little Annie)
09. House of Cards
10. The Last Word
11. And The Evening Sun Turned Crimson
12. Black Bag - epilogue
years in the music business, Kid has finally decided to release
his first LP as a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Kid Congo
and the Pink Monkey Birds, who have informally existed on and off
in different incarnations since 2001, included New York heroes Jack
Martin, Jerome O’Brien, Josh Belknap, and Jorge Velez at the
time of this recording. Sean Maffucci (of Icewater Scandal,
and current Pink Monkey Bird, and the man behind the board for Gang
Gang Dance and others at The Social Registry's Junkyard Studios.),
turned the knobs. Kid
and Jack cut a guitar team to be reckoned with (Jack being no slouch
himself – you may know him Honeymoon
Girls, Cause for Applause, Dimestore
Dance Ensemble, etc.). Belknap and O'Brien lay it down
a groove that is both solid and sleazy at the same time. And Velez's
warehouse of sound effects are varied and dynamic. In terms of guests,
Comatose, techno musicians Khan
and Snax, do the backing vocals on "The History of French Cuisine"
and legendary punk diva Little
Annie (Crass, Coil, Wolfgang Press, etc.) duets with
Kid on "The Weather The War." Finally, the cover features
the sexy chest of David Lloyd of The
Boggs and Cause for Applause.
and Underwear is a unique fusion of elements - garagy punk,
glam, dirty soul, experimental noise, dark balladry, and even abrasive
mechanical electro – all filtered through The Pink Monkey
Bird’s unique post-no wave aesthetic. This grab-bag of songs
from Kid’s past and present show the guitarist emerging as
a mature singer and songwriter. Concentrating mostly on the themes
that deal with good lovin' gone bad, cheap thrills, perversions,
and how to make sense of it all, his city of night tackles both
the heart of a Saturday night and Sunday morning – and I do
mean this as a John
Waits, and Velvet
Underground allusion. Kid's grotesques: drag queens,
leather men, and hustlers - turn tricks in 1950s Times Square, explore
bondage in contemporary rent-controlled Tompkins Square apartments,
and even engage in sexual cannibalism.
Chris Campion's review
from the London Daily Telegraph.