Music Video of the Day: Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy by Kid Creole & The Coconuts (1982, directed by ????)


Today’s music video of the day finds the world’s best-dressed salsa artist in a whole heap of trouble… Why has Kid Creole been kidnapped by a group of New Wave Amazons who are now threatening to hang him in a warehouse?  Their leader is Annie and she wants Kid Creole to admit that he is her father.  The Kid, however, says differently.

Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy is often compared to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, though Annie came out a few months before Jackson’s song.  Much like Billie JeanAnnie, I’m Not Your Daddy features its singer denying being the father of a child.  The big difference is that, while Jackson’s song was inspired by a fan who swore that Jackson had fathered her child, Kid Creole has stated that his song is in no way autobiographical.  The lyrics of Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy are also considerably more savage than Billie Jean‘s but, because of the song’s upbeat sound, you don’t really notice until you read them:

They say that all is fair in love and war and child, believe it
When mama stayed in St. Tropez, she had a fall or two
And I’m telling it to you straight
So you don’t have to hear it in another way

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy

They say that out of sight is out of mind and child, believe it
Your mama was in search of love, but all she got was used
And I’m telling it to your face
So you don’t have to hear it in another place
Bring it to me gently now
Don’t forget, I’m just a child

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)

See, if I was in your blood then you wouldn’t be so ugly
Oh!

I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a

Yes, I’m telling it to you straight
So you don’t have to hear it in another way
Bring it to me gently now
Don’t forget, I’m just a child

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)

Kid Creole (real name: Thomas August Darnell Browder) has said that the income royalties off of this song alone are enough for him to live comfortably for the rest of his life.  The third and final single from the album Tropical Gangsters, Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and it reached number 18 on the U.S. Club Play Chart.

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy by Kid Creole & The Coconuts (1982, directed by ????)

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