August Darnell  

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Baby, she turns out to be a natural freak
Popping pills and smoking weed

--"There but for the Grace of God Go I" (1979) by August Darnell

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Thomas August Darnell Browder (born August 12, 1950), known professionally as August Darnell and under the stage name Kid Creole, is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known for co-founding Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and subsequently forming and leading Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

He has also been involved in several dance-oriented projects in New York in the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s: Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (led by Darnell's brother Stony), Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Gichy Dan's Beachwood No. 9, the "mutant disco" of Aural Exciters, Machine's "There But For the Grace of God Go I" and, of course, Kid Creole and the Coconuts

He was also involved in many "solo" projects involving Andy "Coati Mundi" Hernandez, Taana Gardner, Fonda Rae and Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

Some of the more (and less) obscure offerings of Darnell have been released on the 2008 Strut Records compilation Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1976-1983 .

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