music collected from all over
following selections haven't received my full review yet, but I'm listing
them here along with a short description to help Exotica enthusiasts track
down as much Exotica as they can. Oh, and if you ever find any Exotica
tracks that aren't on this list,
let me know.
Combustible Edison's debut CD I, Swinger contains a very Denny-esque
track called The Veldt. Their second CD Schizophonic! includes
a great, mellow Exotica track called One Eyed Money, featuring
mellow vibes, a classic exotica bass line, and the ocassional bird and
Check out tikiroom.com's Combustible Edison
page for more information on this amazing band. Check
This single CD, which was came out during the huge Lounge craze of the
mid 90s, contains 2 albums of Exotica music, each by a different artist.
Nothing outstanding per-se but still great to have in your collection.
Wee's Playhouse Theme
30 seconds or so of Pee Wee's Playhouse contains a soothing tropical soundtrack,
sounding a lot like the Quiet Village. Once it goes into the Playhouse
though it gets off-the-deep-end. Still, this is an incredible nod to a
long-lost genre by Pee Wee's people. There were plenty of hipsters on
the Playhouse staff that paid big attention to the great things that retro
had to offer, and this was just one of them. Check
out the Pee Wee's Playhouse video collection.
It In Sound
recently-unearthed Esquivel album has a few exotic-sounding tracks. The
CD features music with early attempts at you-are-there recording to take
the listener to another place. Although none of are typical Exotica, the
disc has a few trips off of the paved road and out into the forgotten.
Check out Similau in particular. Check
out See It in Sound.
In addition to Mondo Exotica this series has a few other exotic tracks
scattered across their other 17 volumes. Look for "Honorable Hong
Kong Rock", among others.
Exotica volumes 1 thru 3
I'm listing these here only so I can tell you these are not Exotica
CDs. They are 60s rock-n-roll that might have been influnaced by the Exotica
wave. Very hep music in its own right, but not Exotica.
The Exotic Trilogy Volumes I and II (and
The Exotic Trilogy CDs are Exotica compliations featuring, well,
the same three songs over and over and over. Quiet Village, Taboo,
and Caravan are covered again and again on the disc, each time
by a different artist. The disc is mostly startforward versions of the
songs taken from back when they were popular. The discs are complied by
The KBZ 2000, a performace group who tracks down as many different versions
of these songs as possible. The Exotic Trilogy volume I says "volumes
II - VI coming soon", but I've not been able to find 3 - 6, so I'm
not sure if they've ever been released. Added 05/13/2001
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