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Audio CD, February 21, 1995
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When Klark Kent first came upon the underground music scene in 1978, no one expected his single "Don't Care" to be a chart topper when it reached #28 in the British Top 40. He became a peculiar enigma as his identity was unknown to the public, appearing at The Top of the Pops TV studio wearing a mask. But by the time he released the 10-inch vinyl album "Music Madness from the Kinetic Kid" in 1980, most in the industry had cracked the case. Playing all the instruments himself and singing his own lyrics may not have been the typical behavior of Police drummer Stewart Copeland, but it became the mainstay of his alter ego. This CD puts together all of the songs from that eight song album, plus the singles and flipsides released in 1978, along with some extra material. The music is a curious mix of his droll lyrics centered around a blend of strong rhythm rock guitars and a steady bass. The quirky vocals provide the forefront that is catapulted by his trademark vigorous offbeat drumming.
As a diehard of the Kinetic Kid, I still love the extra tracks on this disc, although they could have been presented better technically. The songs "Stay Ready," "Strange Things Happen," and "Love Lessons" were actually recorded by Colts; Stewart Copeland and Derek Holt. They're great works, they just don't belong on this CD.Read more ›
Turns out the album was the wickedly inventive, fun, and energetic work of none other than Police drummer Stewart Copeland. As "Klark Kent" he played all instruments from drums to piano to kazoo, and sang lyrics that Sting wouldn't go near with a ten-foot pole but that still crack me up to this day ("I was lecturing the kitchen 'til the icebox got bored/And where's that girl gone, I was sure I'd scored!")
I wore that old lp out, then did the same with my cassette copy, so it was with great delight that I finally discovered this cd release, which also included singles, b-sides, and other tracks from the mysterious Mr. Kent through the years. If you are a fan of the Police, particularly on their first few albums, this is definitely a must-have for the collection as it reveals just how much influence Stewart had over the musical sound of their earlier work, beyond simply his drumming. These are fun, witty, punk/pop songs that never grow old. One can also hear hints of some of what would come later in Stewart's more "complex" soundtrack work, such as his score for "Rumble Fish".
As for Stewart's singing voice, well, it's definitely in the love-it-or-hate-it category. To me it perfectly fits the humorous tone of much of the material. I actually wish he would get behind the mic more often today.
The only oversight here is Klark's "Klassic" Christmas song, "Yo Ho Ho", is missing and still only available on the IRS collection "Just in Time for Christmas". One can only hope that this disc will eventually be rereleased, or perhaps be part of a Copeland boxed set that deserves to see the light of day at some point.
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I looked every where for this the only other versions were the collectible copies and I wasnt about to spend$100 I like stwart Copland but not that much. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Michael J Nader
Okay, this was in my wish list for about 2 years. Didn't want to spend $40 plus for a CD. Have never listened to it prior to today. I think it's great. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by PLUMCIRCLE
The product came with no disappointments and no delay. I would like to have recieved a reply to the email I sent, though.Published on August 31, 2009 by Alex J. Allen
I was really impressed by this CD. I heard some of Stewart's works and expected his first solo album to be at least decent. I was surprised when found out that it is AWESOME! Read morePublished on January 20, 2009 by ManWithGoodTasteSays:
It is nice to remember those years of hard beaten punk, blonde reggeae.
A very rare piece for every THE POLICE fan.
Just got back into listening to this recently and it's still great. The Police ultimately became Stings baby, but there's no doubting Copeland's influence on early Police when... Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by M. Taylor