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The Coconuts – If I Only Had A Brain (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 5th, 2011



Remember KId Creole & The Coconuts? In 1983, these lovely trio of Coconuts released a dance version of “If I Only Had A Brain” from the classic movie, “The Wizard Of Oz”.

This song was produced by Kid Creole himself, August Darnell.

Unfortunately, their version failed to enter Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, settling for a peak position at #108 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart.

This was their 2nd single from their album, “Don’t Take My Coconuts”. Their 1st single, “Did You Have To Love Me Like You Did”, never charted in the US, but did peak at #60 on the UK charts.

If I Only Had A Brain (Extended Version) 5:04
Remix – John Luongo
Engineer – Michael Hutchinson

Indiscreet (Extended Version) 5:04
Remix – John Luongo
Engineer – Jay Mark

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 If I Only Had A Brain U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles #108


Label: EMI America – 7810-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Latin, Disco
Credits: Producer – August Darnell

From the LP “Don’t Take My Coconuts” ST-1097

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MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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16 Responses to “The Coconuts – If I Only Had A Brain (US 12″)”

  1. Drake Says:

    Thanks for this rare 12″ !!
    Is a gret song!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake I love it too!


  2. Coriander Says:

    Thanks DJ Paul. One of my favorite albums of the eighties…but I’ve never had either single from it.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Coriander you’re welcome I never owned the album but I always heard good things about it.


    Coriander Reply:

    Do you happen to have the “Did You Have to Love Me Like You Did/Hats Off to Citizen K” 12″? I’ve been looking for it for years.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sorry I don’t but I will see if I can find a copy to purchase.


  3. Matracas Says:

    Paul: Any feedback on this? Did you play it in the clubs? What was the crowd’s reaction? Did you play it much or was it a one nighter?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Matracas I used to spin this one quite a bit actually because I always liked it. My crowds seemed to really enjoy it I mean it wasn’t a Madonna floorfiller but people did dance to it and I got many requests for it. So I was happy when one of my blog readers asked for it.


  4. jbird Says:

    Hey Paul — I liked your transition from Bananas to Coconuts. Niiiice (and tropical)!

    May we please get “My Male Curiosity” by Kid Creole and The Coconuts some day soon? I’ve always loved that song. For those who don’t know or remember it, the group performed it in “Against All Odds.”


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jbird not sure if I have that one but I will see what I can do.


  5. georgio Says:

    ok!time for the coconuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanx a lot paul!!!

    i appreciate all this work you are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    do u know if there is a 12” version of ‘don’t take my coconuts’???

    you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kisses from greece!!!!!!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hello to everyone in Greece! Georgio I don’t think that there is a 12″ for that song.


  6. ric Says:

    I was more familiar with that first single, and this I’ve never heard the 12″. So mucho thanks as always, Paul!
    I suppose there are those who were meant to be just back-up singers…not many manage to cut across…only a few come to mind…Sheryl Crow, Julia Fordham, Richard Marx…


  7. Oscar Says:

    Hi and thanks for this rare 12″ single! I have the album and 12″ & 7″ “Did You Have To…/Hats Off…” I’m looking for the 3rd 12″ single from the album, “Ticket To The Tropics”. Would be wonderful to see here on your superb website someday!


  8. Womack ReWorks Says:

    thanks – I had only the a side on this! Great work as usual Paul!!!!


  9. Dean Says:

    Oh, how I love the Coconuts. I hope the other single turns up one of these days. I had the album in the 80s but don’t remember ever seeing the singles. Thank you for posting this.


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