King Kong Groover

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King Kong Groover
Studio album by Babylon Zoo
Released 26 February 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Glam rock
Label EMI
Producer Jas Mann
Babylon Zoo chronology
The Boy With The X-Ray Eyes
(1996)
King Kong Groover
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
New Musical Express (1/10)[2]

King Kong Groover is the second album by Babylon Zoo. It was released on 26 February 1999.

The song "Chrome Invader" was originally called "Silver Surfer" but had to be changed for copyright reasons. The Japanese version of the album includes two bonus tracks - an acoustic cover of T.Rex's "Cosmic Dancer" and a remix of "The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes".

The singles from the album were "All the Money's Gone", which failed to make the top 40, and a cover of Mott the Hoople's "Honaloochie Boogie", which was abandoned soon after the promotion had begun.

The album received mixed reviews. The New Musical Express called it a "slickly produced machiavellian plundering of pop classics" and a "clumsy effort to resurrect a career that was a fluke in the first place."[2] Dave Thompson of AllMusic, disagreed, calling the album "at least as strong as its illustrious forbear" and saying it had "yearning majesty" and "neo-operatic flair".[1]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs written by Jas Mann unless otherwise noted.)

  1. All the Money's Gone
  2. Manhattan Martian
  3. Honaloochie Boogie (Ian Hunter/Mick Ralphs)
  4. Honeymoon in Space
  5. Stereo Superstar
  6. Chrome Invader
  7. Bikini Machine
  8. Are You a Boy or a Girl
  9. Hey Man
  10. Aroma Girl
  11. Cosmic Dancer (Marc Bolan) (Japanese version only)
  12. The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes (Armageddon Babylon mix) (Japanese version only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "King Kong Groover Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "King Kong Groover Review". NME. January 2, 1999. Retrieved July 18, 2012.