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Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
Studio album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Released 1981
Recorded Electric Lady Studios, Hit Factory
Genre Rock, Disco
Label ZE Records
Sire Records
Producer August Darnell, Andy Hernandez (co-producer)
Professional reviews
Kid Creole and the Coconuts chronology
Off the Coast of Me
Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
Tropical Gangsters
Singles from Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
  1. "Going Places" b/w "In The Jungle" / "Table Manners"
    Released: 1981
  2. "Latin Music"
    Released: 1981
  3. "I Am"
    Released: 1981
  4. "Dear Addy"
    Released: December 1982

Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is the second album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts and was released in 1981.



Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is a concept album 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".[3] It also was voted one of the best pop albums of the year in the Village Voice's influential Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[4]

Describing the album's concept to the New York Times, band leader August Darnell said: [3]

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.

Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was rereleased in 2002 by Universal Island Records with 12" mixes of "Table Manners" and "Que Pasa / Me No Pop I"

Track listing

Side one
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Going Places"     3:16
2. "In the Jungle"     3:09
3. "Animal Crackers"   Darnell, Giampietro Fanero 3:33
4. "I Stand Accused"     3:07
5. "Latin Music"     2:57
6. "Musica Americana"   Andy Hernandez 2:53
Side two
# Title Writer(s) Length
7. "I Am"   Andy Hernandez 3:47
8. "Schweinerei"   Darnell, Adriana Kaegi 4:20
9. "Gina, Gina"   Darnell, Ronnie Rogers 3:55
10. "With a Girl Like Mimi"     3:28
11. "Table Manners"     4:01
12. "Dear Addy"     3:59


  • 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


  1. ^ Carpenter, Bil. Review: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-06.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. Review: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-01-06.
  3. ^ a b Palmer, Robert. Article: The Pop Life; KID CREOLE: HE MIXES A HEADY BREW OF STYLES. New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-06.
  4. ^ Village Voice, Feb. 1, 1982. Article: The 1981 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. [[Village Voice]. Retrieved on 2010-01-06.


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