Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Klark Kent

Time for a bit of a diversion. Today's post will feature the late 70's early 80's new wave/post punk artist Klark Kent.

Kent was just a bit of a mystery in his earliest years, but that mystery quickly faded as his true identity came forth. Of course we knew that Stewart Copeland (drummer for the Police) was Klark Kent, sometimes spelled Klerk Kant and various other spellings of the name.

 Klark Kent

 Stewart Copeland

As Klark Kent, Stewart Copeland recorded for IRS Records. IRS Records is that small indie label which was founded by Copeland's brother Miles Copeland. IRS Records was distributed by A&M Records, the label for which The Police recorded.

Klark kent released only four singles and one mini album (EP).
"Don't Care" / "Thrills" / "Office Girls" - 1978 
"Too Kool To Kalypso" / "Kinetic Ritual" - 1978   
"Away From Home" / "Office Talk" - 1980 
"Rich In A Ditch" / "Grandelinquent" - 1980 

His EP was called "Music Madness from the Kinetic Kid" and was released on 10" green vinyl record in 1980. It's release fell half between the release of the Police albums Regatta de Blanc (1979) and Zenyatta Mondatta (1980). 
The EP contains 8 tracks as follows:
  1. "Don't Care" – 2:08
  2. "Away From Home" – 2:55
  3. "Ritch In A Ditch" – 2:46
  4. "Grandelinquent" – 3:09
  5. "Guerilla" – 3:32
  6. "Old School" – 2:44
  7. "Excess" – 3:12
  8. "Theme For Kinetic Ritual" – 4:18
Guitars, bass, drums, kinetically tuned piano, specially adapted kinetic klarinet, percussive perpetrations and vocals all done by Klark Kent.

    Every song on this EP is upbeat and carefree. It's an enjoyable post-punk/new wave gem. Copeland donned the Klark Kent disguise and even created a fake biography which shows up in the liner notes of his EP. The fake bio portrays Kent as a computer programmer who sued IBM for stealing one of his inventions. Copeland recorded as Kent in order to record the songs he wrote for the Police that Sting didn't like. Klark Kent's songs are goofy and eccentric which was in complete contrast the the maturing sounds of The Police. 

    Klark Kent - Away From Home (1980)

    Klark Kent - Don't Care (1978)


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