Surreal Swag: Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds
by Brian Cook
on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM
(Sunset) Kid Congo Powers has a distinguished career of working with some of the strongest personalities operating on the fringes of rock music—Lux Interior in the Cramps, Nick Cave in the Bad Seeds, and Michael Gira in Angels of Light, just to name a few. Given his apparent capacity to play well with others, it’s hardly surprising that when Powers stepped into the spotlight he chose an egalitarian role instead of a dictatorship. While Powers continues to play into the sexualized rockabilly camp of his early seminal work, his albums on acclaimed garage rock label In the Red Records certainly owe part of their charm to the Pink Monkey Birds. Conjuring 13th Floor Elevators’ dusty psychedelia and stretching it to the utmost extremes, the Pink Monkey Birds offer the perfect platform for Powers’s warped swagger. With Cheap Time and Dreamsalon.