This Week’s Guest (3/7): Adriana Kaegi, Original and Founding Member of Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Written by on March 2, 2009

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Music history will recognize Kid Creole and the Coconuts as one of the most influential and musically ground-breaking acts of the 1980s. I am extraordinarily honored to welcome one of that legendary band’s founding members, Adriana Kaegi, to Revenge of the 80s Radio as our featured guest this week on our March 7th broadcast (the podcast edit will be available on Saturday). [amazonify]B0000647HY[/amazonify] The show will also mark the first anniversary of Revenge of the 80s Radio.
Kaegi, August Darnell and Coati Mundi founded Kid Creole and the Coconuts after the latter two were in Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. The new creation was a blend of Cab Calloway cool, Tropical, Big Band, New Wave and several other genres — thereby creating their own. The performance dynamic was also quite revolutionary (more on that can be found during my conversation with “Mama Coconut”). Adriana not only was the de facto leader of the Coconuts, she directed the band’s choreography and designed the costumes, including my favorite ones from the video for “Did You Have To Love Me Like You Did?” (below – credit to www.kidcreoleandmycoconuts.com):

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Our interview, however, does not stop at Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Adriana has been involved with several other interesting musical projects throughout her illustrious career including Boomerang, a group she formed with long-time fellow Coconut Cheryl Porier and One-Time Former Coconut Perri Lister as well as some work with acts as diverse as U2 and Towa Tei.
Kaegi is also the founder of Dear Addy Productions, an internet video/audio streaming and marketing company. In the early days of the world wide web, she pioneered the use of its promotional potential and earned the nickname of the “Queen of Stream.”
Adriana recently completed a video documentary about her experiences in Kid Creole and the Coconuts called: “Kid Creole and My Coconuts.” It features some of the band’s stage show, candid comments from members and rare backstage footage taken by Adriana who will soon release the DVD. A trailer for Kid Creole and My Coconuts can be seen here:

We will also discuss Adriana’s soon-to-be-released new album, TAG, which will be digitally distributed soon (we will keep you up to date on that as well as the pending availability of her documentary mentioned above).

Revenge of the 80s radio show, airs live Friday nights 7-9pm Eastern US time on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley, NY and on this website (www.revengeofthe80sradio.com). We also broadcast Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne Time on Radio 80s 87.6FM in Korrumburra, AUS. The podcast version of this week’s show will be available on Saturday.

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