Thursday, September 13, 2012
Klark Kent - Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid 10" EP - 1980
This is a record I've wanted to write about for a long time. I prepped this page actually several years ago (uploading the images), but never got around to writing the post. Then I ran into the trouble of having my mediafire account wiped out and I backed off on writing anything for a long while. Well, now I'm back in the swing and I figure I'll try and take out anything that might be a red flag to the powers that be and try to fly a little more under the radar. I'll try and not list track names or even make it appear that I'm posting music from the record. Of course if you are interested in hearing this rare gem, contact me and I'll see what I can work out.
Klark Kent was a side project from Stewart Copeland of The Police. This little EP is a super fun power pop/new wave record. Even the packaging of the record is fun. It is a 10" record and the sleeve is actaully in the shape of the letter K. Another interesting thing about this record from my perspective is that a friend of mine gave this to me for free. He just wanted me to digitize it for him and burn him a disc. Can't beat that deal.
Well the EP has 8 tracks. The first track is stellar and super catchy. It is my favorite track by far. The 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th tracks all have echos of The Police musically. The vocals aren't very Sting-like, but the music is very reminiscent. To me it shows how much influence Copeland probably had on the sound of the police. The scans I have included give you the track names as well as the lyrics that were on the inner record sleeve. Sorry the images aren't better. I did these several years ago and my techniques weren't as refined. You can also see that is was pressed on Kryptonite Green vinyl. Pretty cool.
I don't know if this is available on CD or for purchase anywhere. You can find the songs collected on a compilation entitled "Kollected Works." It goes for a mint on Amazon. If you don't have that kind of cash, I'm sure you can find copies of the vinyl on Ebay for a more reasonable price and I'm sure other blogs have featured this record as well because it is an interesting footnote in rock music history.