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One song: Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, 'Goldin Browne' [MP3]

June 7, 2011 | 11:56 am

Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, “Goldin Browne” (In the Red Records)

The lyrics to “Goldin Browne” bear noting in full, though they hardly do justice to Kid Congo Powers’ sinister delivery: “Dark colors, black leather,” sings the La Puente native, best known for his work with the Gun Club, the Cramps and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, while a lazy but menacing rhythm pushes forward. “Stray pets, bad habits,” he continues, and an echoed Fender guitar strums casually. A wobbly organ note hums. He keeps listing non sequiturs: “Medicine cabinets, Chairman Mao, Aladdin Sane, Goldin Browne.” After a weird guitar interlude, the band carries the song back to the beginning, Powers repeats the words, and the song ends.

Is it a magic spell? An S&M shopping list? Who knows, but whatever he’s conveying on “Goldin Browne,” from the band’s raw, magnetic new album, “Gorilla Rose,” sounds sinful, if not felonious.


Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, "Goldin Browne" [MP3]


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