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Kid Congo Powers


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Kid Congo Powers is the stage name of Brian Tristan (born 1960, Los Angeles, California), an American rock guitarist and singer, best known as a member of The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Most of his career has found him exploring the territory where punk rock joins older “roots music” styles.

Powers is a second generation Mexican American born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1976 he was president of the Ramones fan club, then ran a fanzine for The Screamers. After traveling to London and New York City he returned to L. A. and in 1979 met Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Pierce taught him to play guitar using open tuning, and they formed ‘The Creeping Ritual’, which became The Gun Club. Powers left that group before their recording debut, instead joining New York-based band The Cramps in December 1980, who dubbed him ‘Kid Congo Powers’. He rejoined the Gun Club from 1983-1988, when he again left to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Berlin, for several albums and their associated tours. Powers has also played with The Divine Horsemen, The Angels of Light, and Die Haut.

Most recently Kid has collaborated with New York City guitarist Jack Martin on projects like Pink Monkey Birds, Congo Norvell, and Knoxville Girls.

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  • TrebuchetUK

    'When The Cramps asked me to be in The Cramps, I quit everything, threw my shoes in their air and my books out the window and said, I’m going with you!' Kid Congo Powers interview:

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bravodiegobra

    la llarona

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • Romantic_Right

    Presidente, loco. Dinero, poco.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • metawirt

    Some older pics of KCP included...

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lallarona

    on Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds are proud to announce our next dates in September and West Coast Tour dates in October. More details as they come but for now start making plans! Very exciting. Sep 25 2009 The Milestone Charlotte, North Carolina Sep 26 2009 STAR COMMUNITY BAR Atlanta, Georgia w/ Subsonics Oct 7 2009 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, California Oct 8 2009 Bar Pink San Diego, California Oct 9 2009 ECHO/ acoustic show supporting John Doe & Exene Los Angeles, California Oct 10 2009 Juke Joint Anaheim Oct 11 2009 ECHO/Kid Congo and Pink Monkey Birds/Part Time Punks Fest Los Angeles, California Oct 12 2009 Crepe Place Santa Cruz, California Oct 13 2009 Hemlock Tavern San Francisco, California Oct 14 2009 OFF ANYWHERE, California Oct 15 2009 Sunset Tavern Seattle, Washington Oct 16 2009 ???? TBA Olympia, Washington Oct 17 2009 VICE/SCION Garage Festival /Berbatis Pan Portland

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • TeenageWildlife

    he's a total badass

    4 Aug 2009 Reply
  • alterclatter

    nick cave's group warmly welcomes You:)

    1 May 2007 Reply

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