Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places

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Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
Studio album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Released June 1981
Recorded Electric Lady Studios, Hit Factory
Genre Rock, Disco
Label ZE Records
Sire Records
Producer August Darnell, Andy Hernandez (co-producer)
Kid Creole and the Coconuts chronology
Off the Coast of Me
(1980)Off the Coast of Me1980
Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
Tropical Gangsters
(1982)Tropical Gangsters1982
Singles from Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places
  1. "Latin Music" b/w "Music Americana"
    Released: 1981
  2. "I Am" b/w "Dario"
    Released: August 1981[1]
  3. "Going Places" b/w "In The Jungle""
    Released: September 1981[2]
  4. "Christmas In B'Dilli Bay (lead track: "Dear Addy")"
    Released: November 1982[3]

Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is the second album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts and was released in 1981.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A- [5]


Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is a concept album in the form of a musical travelogue. It was very well received critically upon its release. New York Times pop music critic Robert Palmer called it "an extraordinary album" and "the freshest and most intelligent fusion of pop styles and dance rhythms in a long time".[6] It also was voted one of the best pop albums of the year in the Village Voice's influential Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[7] It was ranked among the top ten "Albums of the Year" for 1981 by NME.[8]

Describing the album's concept to the New York Times, band leader August Darnell said:[6]

Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was rereleased in 2002 by Universal Island Records with 12" mixes of "Table Manners" and "Que Pasa / Me No Pop I" (although the latter is not the full version. It has been edited down from 7:11 to 6:18). The album replaced the original mix of "Dear Addy" with the 1982 single remix.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Going Places"   3:16
2. "In the Jungle"   3:09
3. "Animal Crackers" Darnell, Giampietro Fanero 3:33
4. "I Stand Accused"   3:07
5. "Latin Music"   2:57
6. "Musica Americana" Andy Hernandez 2:53
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "I Am" Andy Hernandez 3:47
8. "Schweinerei" Darnell, Adriana Kaegi 4:20
9. "Gina, Gina" Darnell, Ronnie Rogers 3:55
10. "With a Girl Like Mimi"   3:28
11. "Table Manners"   4:01
12. "Dear Addy"   3:59


Art direction by Tony Wright