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Kid Creole And The Coconuts – The Sex Of It (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 5th, 2016


A. Front


“The Sex Of It” is a single by American latin pop band Kid Creole And The Coconuts. Released as the first single freom the album Private Waters In The Great Divide. Written and produced by Prince.

Initial tracking took place on July 29, 1987, at Paisley Park Studios, a few weeks after the studios opened for recordings August Darnell (a.k.a. Kid Creole) recorded his own vocals over the basic tracks in late 1989 or early 1990.

The album was completed and scheduled for release when Prince submitted the song in late 1989 (which he had promised when meeting Darnell in Europe during the Lovesexy Tour), and the record company delayed the release to include the song.

“The Sex Of It” peaked at #19 on the US dance chart and #85 R&B. In the UK the single reached #29.

The Sex Of It (Extended Remix Version) 6:32
Keyboards [Keyboard Overdubs] – Eric Kupper
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Richie Jones

The Sex Of It (House Version) 6:39
Edited By – Chep Nunez*
Programmed By [Additional Keyboards Programming By] – Eric Kupper
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Justin Strauss

The Sex Of It (Radio Version) 3:34

The Sex Of It (House Dub Version) 6:25
Edited By – Chep Nunez*
Programmed By [Additional Keyboards Programming By] – Eric Kupper
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Justin Strauss

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1990 The Sex Of It U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #19
1990 The Sex Of It U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks #85


Label: Columbia ‎– 44 69204
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Electronic
Style: House

Art Direction – Joel Zimmerman (2)
Co-producer – David Z., Paisley Park
Photography By – Hans Neleman
Producer – August Darnell
Written-By – Prince

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B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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24 Responses to “Kid Creole And The Coconuts – The Sex Of It (US 12″)”

  1. Carty Says:

    I was a UK club DJ when this was being promoted and the record company sent out white label promos credited to just KC&TC. It was appearing quite high in DJ chart returns until it was finally unveiled as the the full artist credit during a second mailout of 12″ finished copies.

    Brings back happy memories.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Carty thanks for sharing your comment 🙂


  2. Jay65 Says:

    Always great to see Kid Creole and the Coconuts 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Jay65 🙂


  3. tmthydunne Says:

    thanks a million.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome tmthydunne 🙂


  4. VanceMan Says:

    I forgot all about this one. Thanks so much for sharing!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂


  5. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. Always liked Kid Creole.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  6. Gerry Says:

    Thanks for posting this, thought you had missed out on Kid Creole & The Coconuts.
    The singles from Tropical Gangsters are all gems –
    More please!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welceome Gerry 🙂


  7. Modernaire Says:

    The Sex Of It was initially the original first single from Prince’s 1988 Lovesexy album, subsequently ‘Alphabet St.’ was recorded closer to the albums release.

    Other ‘purple factoids’: Prince, inspired after recording the song created the video one early morning according to Alan Leeds of whom Prince woke up in the wee hours to help him film it. Also, a HiFi Prince version exists, it’s spectacular aside from being a very humorous funky song.

    I’m heartbroken about Prince’s passing. I had the good fortune to meet him once, ask him a question, be around a video shoot seeing him work, seeing him in person countless of times at Glam Slam West, concerts too many to list. A truly one of a kind, one of the most complete and incredible performers I have ever seen who had the uncanny ability to play all the instruments he knew in a very special way.

    Thank you very much for all these Prince rips Paul.


  8. Dirk Says:

    Love Kid Creole & the Coconuts, since their Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places-album, come to think of it. Lost them during the 90’s, but the first albums and their 12”s have never really been out of rotation with me. Nice to hear this combination of the Prince-sound and theirs (the radio-version). I Missed out on this release back then. The extra mixes are so 80’s. Full of quotations of dance classic licks, sounds and samples. (And ooh,..Eric Kupper.. I love his Havana dramaticcaly – must play that one tight after this..)
    Thank you Paul, you picked a right one for me once more again!


  9. murtry Says:

    Oh Yes! Kid Creole is so great. A lot of their great 12″ mixes made it to those CDs that are now out of print.
    But I’ll take a DJPaul high-quality vinyl mix ANY day.
    I am so happy you posted. A great nod to Prince, but I hope you’ll add more Kid Creole if you want to.


  10. musicdivaSF Says:

    One of my all-time Kid Creole favorite. Thank you for sharing this with us Dj PaulT!


  11. Modernaire Says:

    Would you have the ‘Endicott’ 12-inch?


    Modernaire Reply:

    Please, thank you!


  12. Christian Says:

    Thanks for exposing me to this, Paul. I’ve never been a big Kid Creole fan, so I never knew he received a Prince song.


  13. gibotsam Says:

    Thanks Paul! How about My Male Curiosity 12” Thanks!


    gibotsam Reply:

    Oh you already have it. My bad hehe.thanks!


  14. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I loved this one so much. I must admit though, I loved the radio version the best as it was the more “Kid Creole sounding” mix. Wish it was longer. The other versions are nice, and the groove is hypnotic, but I love the original more. Prince just slays me with his talent. He just amazes me with what he can do. Thank you TONS for this one Paul!!



  15. cat loves prince Says:

    thank you very much for all your efforts to celebrate Prince.


  16. Jeff Says:

    Thanks so much for this, Paul. I also really love your 12″ of The Coconuts’ “Indiscreet.” Do you have the 12″ of “Did You Have To Love Me Like You Did?”? Great version that I can’t find anywhere. Any Kid Creole 12″ are most appreciated, especially the ones that haven’t shown up on CD. (Your rips do sound better.) Also, the original Machine 12″ of “There But For The Grace Of God Go I” would be awesome. Funny that they censor the lyrics about popping pills and smoking weed, which is on the Kid Creole version, but then that version changes the lyrics about “no blacks, no Jews, and no gays.” (The lyrics about banning rock and roll from their home is also unique to each version; odd since August Darnell originally wrote them.)


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