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Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – 26th June 2016


Bandicoot Promotions Presents Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds for their only gig in the Cork region. Admission is free but please note  that due to the Euro soccer match the gig is at 4pm.


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The gigantic tone of Kid Congo Powers’ open-tuned guitar is one of the more readily identifiable sounds in the history of underground rock. Best known for his contribution to the development of the contemporary noise guitar with The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the 1980s, Kid’s spent the last fifteen years as a sideman (Make-Up, Mark Eitzel, Angels of Light, etc.), as a partner in Congo Norvell and Kid and Khan, a member of garage rock supergroup Knoxville Girls, and, most recently, the leader of Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. What’s important about Kid’s resume isn’t only that he played with some of the best bands of all time, but that he did so during their finest hours, from The Cramps’ “Psychedelic Jungle” to Nick Cave’s “Tender Prey” to Angels of Light’s “How I Loved You” , Kid’s always had a knack for being with the right people at the right place at the right time.

Jump-starting his career when he and Jeffrey Lee Pierce formed The Gun Club in 1979, Kid Congo Powers left the obscure new band in late 1980 when he was offered the universally coveted gig replacing Bryan Gregory in The Cramps. Though Kid was already a Cramp when The Gun Club recorded their classic debut “Fire of Love”, a number of songs that he helped write and develop appear on the record. Kid wound up in The Cramps throughout the peak of their popularity, leaving the band in 1984. ” Psychedelic Jungle” , “Smell of Female”, and “Bad Music for Bad People”, are among Kid’s souvenirs of the era. After rejoining The Gun Club for a 1984 Australian tour, Kid stayed in the picture for their “The Las Vegas Story” album . When the band fell apart the next year, Kid moved to London and played with The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, The Beasts of Bourbon’s Tex Perkins, and his own band, The Fur Bible. In 1986 he was invited to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – moving to Berlin and becoming a full-time member until 1990 – appearing in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire” and on the albums “Tender Prey” and “The Good Son” . During his German years Kid not only played and recorded with Die Haut, The Butcher Shop, and Barry Adamson, but also embarked upon seven years of constant recording and touring with The Gun Club.

In 1993, Kid Congo Powers made his final appearances with The Gun Club and Die Haut to devote full-time attention to his own project with actress/chanteuse Sally Norvell – Congo Norvell. Kid was also asked to perform, record, and tour with Jonathan Fire*Eater, The Angels of Light, The Vanity Set, DC’s The Make-Up, and a number of others. During this period Kid teamed up with Bob Bert from Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore, Jerry Teal from the Honeymoon Killers and Chrome Cranks, guitar ace Jack Martin, and keyboardist Barry London to form the prolific hard-touring supergroup, Knoxville Girls.

After a trio of albums, Knoxville Girls imploded in 2001. Not long after the breakup, electro-star Khan invited Kid to appear on his Matador album “No Comprendo”. By 2002 the duo forged an official project, Kid & Khan, and began touring the world alone or with Twin Peaks vocalist Julee Cruise. Around the same time Kid formed his first band of his own, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. Still the hardest working man in showbiz, Kid Congo Powers shows no signs of slowing down – touring and recording regularly with the Pink Monkey Birds. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds’ fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of “The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan”, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music.

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