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What Tiki Music Are You Listening To? (plus reviews)
lucas vigor
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-10-07 10:18 am   Permalink

James Chance and the Contortions, live in NYC 1981

 
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TikiGoddess
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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 425
From: Penna
Posted: 2010-10-07 12:46 pm   Permalink



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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2685
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-10-07 10:48 pm   Permalink

Actually here's an idea to add more meaningful content to this thread. Rather than just naming the song or album you're listening to, how about posting a review (and album picture) of the music?

This could be a vintage album or net-new Tiki music. Maybe something like this that I did for the Ding Dong Devils..



http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=37363&forum=17&vpost=546323

Also having listened to the same Les Baxter comp (that I'm sure everyone here owns) over and over, I've been seeking out the original concept albums. It's really great stuff to hear the music in the exact context that Les Baxter intended. I will be posting those reviews on this thread.

Please feel free to do the same with whatever you're listening to.

And it would be nice to stick to the definition of "Tiki Music" on this forum.

[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2010-10-07 22:55 ]


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Sophista-tiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2010-10-12 4:56 pm   Permalink

Thee Swank Bastards in the truck
Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers in the house
Frank Sinatra in the studio
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-10-19 10:04 pm   Permalink

Wow, I try to raise the bar and then (hardly) no one wants to play anymore.

Right now I'm listening to an album of Louis Prima and Keely Smith live at the Sahara Lounge.



This is really great stuff. It capture the improvisation, joking around, and song retakes of their live Vegas show.

People remember it as the "Rat Pack Years" but to me, Louis Prima and Keely Smith were the definitive Las Vegas act.


 
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Quiet Village Idiot
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2010-10-20 02:16 am   Permalink

Just been listening to the new reissue of the Tiki Tones' "Suburban Savage".



Never heard them before, but I would certainly buy more of their stuff on the basis of this one. Cool, surfy instrumental rock, rather than exotica. Weird that they do a cover of the James Taylor Quartet's "In the Park", but rename it "Zombi Hut".

[ This Message was edited by: Quiet Village Idiot 2010-10-20 04:38 ]


 
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quispquake
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Joined: Apr 30, 2010
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Posted: 2010-10-20 07:11 am   Permalink

Found a REALLY COOL ONE a couple of weeks back...the name of the band is "The Water Melon Group", and the album is called "Cool Music".



There's a GREAT version of "Quiet Village" on here (check out the Youtube someone put up at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvYS0I0rmN8 ), as well as a lot of other exotica tracks (Jungle Flower, ALL of side 2). What little info I could find about it, is that this was a project by Toshio Nakanishi who was the lead singer of Japanese New Wave band "The Plastics".

It's a really excellent album!!! I know Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra did SOME exotica music, but is anyone aware of any more Japanese exotica? I'm totally digging on this one...


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Quiet Village Idiot
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2010-10-21 12:29 am   Permalink

Hey, nice find!

The only other modern-day Japanese exotica I'm aware of is
Kenny Sasaki and the Tiki Boys, who have several CDs available from CDBaby.

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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2010-10-21 10:43 am   Permalink

The New Kenny Sasaki album is quite good.

 
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quispquake
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Joined: Apr 30, 2010
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Posted: 2010-10-21 2:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-10-21 00:29, Quiet Village Idiot wrote:
Hey, nice find!

The only other modern-day Japanese exotica I'm aware of is Kenny Sasaki and the Tiki Boys, who have several CDs available from CDBaby.



Cool! I'll check them out!!!

Surprisingly, the Water Melon thang is from 1984! Not a ton of exotica going on at that time!!!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-10-21 10:54 pm   Permalink

Watermelon were friends of Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, who early on went to Hawaii to see Martin Denny play, and also recorded the Denny-esque theme song for Pewee's Playhouse. The early Exotica revival (with artists like Throbbing Gristle,Boyd Rice and Monitor) was ten years ahead of the early 90s Tiki revival.

 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-10-26 7:25 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-10-20 02:16, Quiet Village Idiot wrote:
Just been listening to the new reissue of the Tiki Tones' "Suburban Savage".



Never heard them before, but I would certainly buy more of their stuff on the basis of this one. Cool, surfy instrumental rock, rather than exotica. Weird that they do a cover of the James Taylor Quartet's "In the Park", but rename it "Zombi Hut".

[ This Message was edited by: Quiet Village Idiot 2010-10-20 04:38 ]




congrats,
try to find also the Idol Pleasures cd.
for sale here:
http://www.google.com/search?q=tiki+tones+cds&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.yahoo:en-US:official&client=firefox#q=tiki+tones+cds&hl=en&client=firefox&hs=3ib&rls=com.yahoo:en-US:official&prmd=ivs&source=univ&tbs=shop:1&tbo=u&ei=vYzHTIuhLIq-sQPTkoCODQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CDEQrQQwAg&fp=499faa430ac3503f

and also the 2- 45s,
"songs for Rum drinkers"
and "Wilt Disner Presents the Enchanted Tiki Tones"


and if you didn't know,
Shag was the Guitarist in the Tiki Tones.

Surprises me how many tiki people don't know that he was a musician also,
other bands include the Swanp Zombies, and the Huntington Cads.

Jeff(btd)


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Quiet Village Idiot
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 149
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2010-10-27 12:33 am   Permalink

Cheers Jeff, and thanks for the tips. I knew Shag was in them, but didn't know which instrument he played, as all the members used stage names.

I mean - how many pseudonyms does one guy need?


 
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HelveTiki
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Joined: Sep 23, 2010
Posts: 134
From: a tiny little Island in Switzerland
Posted: 2010-10-27 12:50 am   Permalink

I saw Shag with the Tiki-Tones at the Lava Lounge in Hollywood back in 1999.
I think he played a Blue Fender Jaguar guitar then...


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 5905
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-10-27 01:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-10-19 22:04, JOHN-O wrote:
Wow, I try to raise the bar and then (hardly) no one wants to play anymore.

Right now I'm listening to an album of Louis Prima and Keely Smith live at the Sahara Lounge.



This is really great stuff. It capture the improvisation, joking around, and song retakes of their live Vegas show.

People remember it as the "Rat Pack Years" but to me, Louis Prima and Keely Smith were the definitive Las Vegas act.



I was hanging out in the New York, New York casino sometime in the late 90s
when Sam Butera & Keely Smith came on the main stage, I did not even know that they were playing that night
it was a real amazing show!


 
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