MC Kinky

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MC Kinky
Birth name Caron Geary
Also known as Feral,[1] Feral is Kinky,[1] Feral aka MC Kinky,[2] Cantankerous,[1] The Infidel[1]
Origin Kilburn, North West London, England[3][4]
Genres Ragga
Years active 1989 (1989)–present
Labels More Protein
Associated acts E-Zee Possee, Jesus Loves You, Erasure, Boy George, Flight, Natacha Atlas, Jam & Spoon, Gwen Stefani, Towa Tei, Endymion

Caron Geary,[1] known by various stage names, is an English female raggamuffin toaster. She was the first white female reggae/dancehall MC.[1][5]

According to Geary, her first recorded appearance was on a cover of Kid Ralph, a dancehall track by Little Twitch.[6][7][8] The song talks about a 'legendary' homosexual figure in Jamaica's prison system.[9] She has subsequently worked as a solo artist and with other musicians, including Erasure and Boy George, who described her music as "the dirtiest 'slackest' reggae I'd heard since the seventies".[10]

Background[edit]

Growing up in Marylebone,[11] Geary lived adjacent to an after-hours party which blasted out reggae music;[11] as a result, Geary was exposed to reggae from a very young age. It is these experiences which inspired her to write the controversial song Everything Starts With An 'E' as part of E-Zee Possee, which was banned by the BBC because of its lyrics[12] and made #69 in the UK Singles Chart in 1989, leaving the chart after only one week;[13] however it was re-released less than a year later in March 1990 and climbed to #15 on the UK chart,[13] spending eight weeks in the chart.[13]

Kinky's first solo single, the Apollo 440 produced "Get Over It",[14] reached #95 on the UK Singles Chart.[15] Her only solo top 75 hit, coming five years later, was Everybody, released under the name "Kinky", which charted at #71 on that chart.[16]

Kinky has been touring underground, occasionally providing vocals for other artists. In 1997, she took a residency in Ibiza as "the Infidel",[11] operating under the name for a week[17] before writing an album called Cantankerous and taking up the name for herself.[11] When a member of staff at Club Motherfucker described her sound as "feral pop",[6] she became "Feral" and finally ended up with "Feral aka MC Kinky"[2] and "FERALisKINKY"[18]

Artistry[edit]

Descriptions of Geary's sound have varied from a "bass driven, vitriolic sonic hybrid of grimy electronic ragga, manic house and punk rock"[5] to a "white female raggamuffin toaster".[19] Kinky has denounced these descriptions, saying "I can't be bothered with people who spend large amounts of time trying to place people and music into small and narrow categories. I do what comes naturally to me, and it usually has a combination of influences."[19]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single UK chart position
1991 "Inna We Kingdom"[20]
1991 "Get Over It"[15] 95
1992 "Won Love"[20]
1992 "Twisting The Mind"[20]
1996 "Everybody"[16] 71

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single UK chart position
1989 "Everything Starts With An 'E'" (E-Zee Possee ft. MC Kinky)[21] 69
1990 "Everything Starts With An 'E'" (re-entry) (E-Zee Possee ft. MC Kinky)[21] 15
1990 "Generations of Love" (Jesus Loves You ft. MC Kinky)[22] 80
1991 "Generations of Love" (re-entry) (Jesus Loves You ft. MC Kinky)[22] 35
1992 "Take a Chance on Me" (Erasure ft. MC Kinky)[23] 1
1992 "Flight" (Flight ft. MC Kinky)[24]
1995 "Yalla Chant" (She A Baad Gal Edit; Natacha Atlas ft. MC Kinky)[25]
2000 "The Chase" (Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon ft. MC Kinky)[26]
2001 "We Love" (Storm ft. MC Kinky)[27]
2006 "Wind It Up" (Abashment Electro House Mix; Gwen Stefani ft. MC Kinky)[26]
2013 "Raging in the Dancehall" (Endymion & The Viper ft. FERAL is KINKY)

Other songs[edit]

Year Song
1989 "Kipsy" (Boy George ft. MC Kinky)[28]
1995 "Son of Bambi (Walk Tuff)" (Towa Tei ft. MC Kinky)[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Screenshot from official website, shows newspaper clipping dated 24th December 2012". Official website. 
  2. ^ a b "Hear that voice: Glass meets Feral aka MC Kinky". The Glass Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Official MySpace page for Cantankerous". Cantankerous. 
  4. ^ "Official Facebook page". Facebook. 
  5. ^ a b "Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 14th of February, 2013". Leng Pleng, the premier gig guide for live music and DJ gigs in Cambodia. 
  6. ^ a b "FERAL i$ KINKY". DJmag.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Feral Is Kinky Interview". guestlist.net. 
  8. ^ "Distinctive and Dangerous: We Meet FERAL is KINKY". The DJ List. 
  9. ^ "Top 10 Songs That Buju Banton Can Listen To As He Awaits His Freedom". Top10Jamaica.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Boy George (1995). Take It Like A Man. The Autobiography of Boy George. Sidgwick & Jackson. p. 533. ISBN 0 330 32362 8. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Feral sound, kinky style". The Phnom Penh Post. 
  12. ^ "Pump Up The Volume". YouTube. 
  13. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 175. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  14. ^ "List of songs Apollo 440 have produced a remix for". Soundslogic.com. 
  15. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - MC Kinky". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - MC Kinky". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Feral aka MC Kinky". Stewartwho.com. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Official website". 
  19. ^ a b "Caron Geary aka MC Kinky". reocities.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c "MC Kinky". Discogs. 
  21. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - MC Kinky". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - MC Kinky". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Abba-Esque". Allmusic.com. 
  24. ^ "Flight". Discogs. 
  25. ^ "Yalla Chant". Discogs. 
  26. ^ a b "Past releases from 2005-2007". Boy George fansite. 
  27. ^ "Jam & Spoon's official website, click "The Music" to access". 
  28. ^ "Tense Nervous Headache". Discogs. 
  29. ^ Son of Bambi (Walk Tuff) at MusicBrainz (list of releases)

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