SP 70600 Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid
Produced by Klark Kent and Nigel Gray
Released on July 1980
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K ronomyth 1.0: JUVENILE DELINKENT. Stewart Copeland goes undercover on I.R.S. (brother Miles’ label), releasing a compilation of earlier singles and new songs as Klark Kent. Fans of The Police familiar with his occasional songwriting cameos (e.g., “Miss Gradenko”) will be surprised to find that Stewart can not only play a passable bass and guitar but also has a halfway decent (if only slightly serious) voice. As an antidote to all the heavy-minded stuff that Sting was writing, Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid is a welcome break. Similar to the band’s earliest, noisier recordings (“Fallout,” “Peanuts”), Kent’s Madness plays out like a punk version of The Police (“My Old School,” “Don’t Care”). The Klark Kent persona is juvenile by design, playfully arrogant, in many ways the anti-Sting (no more coincidental than the fact that Copeland is wearing a yellow-and-black striped shirt on the inside sleeve). While the drums are the driving force in the music, Copeland does a surprisingly good job on the other instruments, even showcasing his guitar work on “Theme For Kinetic Ritual” (one of two instrumentals on this EP). Ever the clown, Copeland ends the ritual with a kazoo solo of sorts, so it’s unlikely he took his guitar solo that seriously. Over the years, all three members of The Police have drifted into deep waters, and this buoyant collection of post-adolescent euphoria has disappeared from view. It’s well worth rediscovering, and might be the happiest-sounding piece of plastic in all Policedom. Too bad Copeland didn’t keep the Klark Kent persona, since I’d rather listen to 25 minutes of childish 80s pop/punk than 38 minutes of guitar fuzz or 40 minutes of Sting trying to save the world from itself.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DON'T CARE    2:08
  2. AWAY FROM HOME    2:55
  3. RITCH IN A DITCH    2;46
  4. GRANDELINQUENT    3:09
  5. GUERILLA    3:32
  6. MY OLD SCHOOL    2:44
  7. EXCESS    3:12
  8. THEME FOR KINETIC RITUAL    4:18

    All selections written by Klark Kent

CREDITS

KLARK KENT -- guitars, bass, drums, kinetically tuned piano, specially adapted kinetic klarinet, percussive perpetrations, vocals
Chris Gray -- engineer
Nigel Gray -- engineer
Martin Moss -- engineer
Karl Grasso -- art directiona and lyrical deciphering
Lynn Goldsmith, Inc. -- photography

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US July 1980 I.R.S. 10 SP 70600 lyric sleeve

 

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