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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Kid Congo Powers

Posted by Amoebite, May 10, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Kid Congo Powers What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When Kid Congo Powers goes record shopping you can expect he'll find some real gems, especially if he's shopping 45s for DJing. The legendary guitarist and singer, who has been a member of The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club, as well as heading his own band, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, was at Amoeba San Francisco recently and we got a chance to check out his stellar finds.

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey BiardsBorn Brian Tristan in La Puente, California, Kid Congo was a fixture of the LA punk scene, where he met Jeffrey Lee Pierce, with whom he formed what would become The Gun Club. In 1980 he was recruited by The Cramps, when they relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and in 1988 he became a Bad Seed, joining Nick Cave's band, then based in Berlin. In 1997 Kid Congo formed The Pink Monkey Birds, which has been his main project since. The band is currently on tour now, promoting their brand new record, La AraƱa Es La Vida.

So what did Kind Congo pick? Well, first off he went straight to the Swans section, grabbing a reissue of The Burning World, which he points out features a beautiful cover photo by Robert Mapplethorpe. Next he picks up a copy of one of his "favorite-est albums from my teenage years," John Cale's Slow Dazzle, which features a haunting rendition of the Elvis Presley classic "Heartbreak Hotel." Mr. Powers also found Bush Tetras' first EP, Rituals, put out by the legendary label, Stiff Records.

And how 'bout those 45s? Well, Kid Congo found The Revillos (and offshoot of the Scottish punk outfit The Rezillos), a favorite Dusty Springfield single, and a Record Store Day exclusive Goblin record, from their soundtrack to Dario Argento's horror masterpiece, Deep Red, just to name a few.

But which Billy Childish band did Kid Congo pick out? And which record did he buy because of the dreamy face on the cover? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Kid Congo Powers - What's In My Bag?
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