Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places  

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Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is a 1981 concept album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts in the form of a musical travelogue. It was very well-received critically upon its release. New York Times pop music critic Robert Palmer called it "an extraordinary album" and "the freshest and most intelligent fusion of pop styles and dance rhythms in a long time". It also was voted one of the best pop albums of the year in the Village Voice's influential Pazz & Jop critics' poll.

Describing the album's concept, band leader August Darnell said,

"One way of looking at the journey Kid Creole undertakes on the record is as a justification of the many strains that coexist in our music. The journey is autobiographical in that it explains how the music came to be the music that it is. Kid Creole and his crew visit various islands and are influenced by the music and culture of each one. ...You don't just leave your influences behind when you move on in life; you take them with you." [1]


Track listing

All songs written by August Darnell except as indicated.

Side one

  1. "Going Places"
  2. "In the Jungle"
  3. "Animal Crackers" (Darnell, Giampietro Fanero)
  4. "I Stand Accused"
  5. "Latin Music"
  6. "Musica Americana" (Andy Hernandez)

Side two

  1. "I Am" (Andy Hernandez)
  2. "Schweinerei" (Darnell, Adriana Kaegi)
  3. "Gina, Gina" (Darnell, Ronnie Rogers)
  4. "With a Girl Like Mimi"
  5. "Table Manners"
  6. "Dear Addy"

The Cast

  • Kid Creole
  • Coati Mundi
  • Peter Schott
  • Marc Mazur
  • Carol Colman
  • Andrew Lloyd
  • Winston Grennon
  • Yogi Horton
  • Lori Eastside
  • Adriana Kaegi
  • Cheryl Poirier
  • Don Arnone
  • Dutch Robinson
  • Beverly Britton Brown
  • Don Hamilton
  • Angelica de la Luna
  • Erroll Corn
  • Rubins Bassini
  • Sam Turner
  • Steve Kroon
  • Dave Charles
  • Conjunto Libre
  • Freddie Harris
  • The Charles Lagond's Horns
  • The Jill Jeffe's Streings
  • Dominick Cortese
  • Sal Galina

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