K.I.D. (musician)

K.I.D. was a 1980s Italo disco musician best known for his SAM import and club hit "You Don't Like My Music (Hupendi Muziki Wangu?!)" that entered the Billboard Club charts.[1] The name is a pseudonym used by Geoffrey Bastow.[2][3]

K.I.D.
(Geoff Bastow)
GenresPost-disco
Italo disco
Euro disco
Hi-NRG
LabelsBaby Records (Italy)
SAM Records (US)

Career

Bastow, who is also known as Geoff Bastow (born 1949 in Yorkshire, England, died 2007 in Munich), was a Munich-based English songwriter and music producer.[4]

In the early 1970s, Bastow recorded albums such as Music To Varnish Owls By (1975), Flavour Of The Month (1977) and The Video Age (1980) for various British labels. Originally working as a guitarist and pianist in dance bands around Yorkshire, he moved to London in the early 1970s, and then Munich in around 1976. He collaborated with disco/electronic innovator Giorgio Moroder around that era. He also toured with Engelbert Humperdinck's band as a guitarist.

Aside from his main work as K.I.D., he has also worked as a session musician for Euro disco acts such as Amanda Lear (1981 album Incognito), Boney M (1981 album Boonoonoonoos), Mick Jackson and Gary Lux.[4]

He wrote songs for artists including Elton John (song "Born Bad" from Victim of Love) and Suzi Lane ("Harmony").[4] Bastow co-composed with Mick Jackson the Austrian entry for Eurovision Song Contest in 1985, entitled "Kinder dieser Welt" which was sung by Gary Lux. The song placed 8th among 19 songs. [5]

Bastow, as an electronic act called K.I.D. managed to get into the Billboard Dance Club charts in 1981. It entered the chart around September 1981, reaching No. 54 in September 26, respectively.[6] Around November 14, it jumped to position No. 10.[1] His brother Trevor (1945–2000) was also a noted London composer and session pianist. His younger brother Phil Bastow is also a musician.

Some of his music can be heard in the children's video series There Goes a... also known as Real Wheels hosted by Dave Hood and Richard Blade's Video One.

Discography

Albums

#NameLabelNotes
1980Number OneEsquireRecorded in Milano, Italy
1982Fine Time Tonight BabyRecorded at Union Studios, Munich, Germany

Singles

#NameLabelInfo
1981"Don't Stop" / "Do It Again"Baby (Italy)
SAM (US)
#4 Dance[2]
1981"It's Hot (Take It To The Top)" / "Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! (You Don't Like My Music)"SAM (US)#10 Dance[1]
1981"No 1." / "You Can't Keep Me Waiting"Esquire (Italy)
Record Shack (UK)
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1982"I Wanna Piece Of The Action"Baby (Italy)
Carrere (UK, France)
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1983"Come And Get It"Baby (Italy)-

References

  1. "Billboard (r) Disco Top 80 (tm)". Billboard. 93: 55. Nov 14, 1981.
  2. "K.I.D. on Billboard charts". Allmusic (Rovi Co.). Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  3. "Geoff Bastow". Allmusic (Rovi Co.). Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  4. Geoff Bastow - Credits - Writing & Arrangement. Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-23
  5. http://diggiloo.net/?info.1985at#artists
  6. "Billboard (r) Disco Top 80 (tm)". Billboard. 93: 40. Sep 26, 1981. ISSN 0006-2510.
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