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Best Version of Quiet Village
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Posted: 2005-08-01 10:13 am   Permalink

Funny as it sounds, it was hispanic gang culture that turned me on to Martin Denny. One of the several gangs around when I was growing up, was Quiet Village. This was the late 70's, early 80's I'm refering to, area of Pico Rivera. I don't know if they're still a gang. Anyway, I used to see this record in the used records(Lovell's) all the time, "Quiet Village" by Martin Denny. My buddy and I just thought it was kind of funny, so I ended up buying it for something like 50 cents. Didn't know what to make of it the first few listenings, but my mother recognized it, and told me that she used to go see Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman when my father was stationed in Hawaii(mid 50's). Needless to say, the song, and Martin Denny, grew on me. So I'd have to say that Martin Denny's version, from the "Quiet Village" LP would be my fave.

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Selector Lopaka
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From: Jet City
Posted: 2005-08-01 11:00 am   Permalink

El Chicano, who got their start in East LA in the late 1960s, do a pretty darn cool cover of QV. It can be found on their "Viva Tirado" LP as well as the CD, "Viva! El Chicano, Their Very Best".



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From: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 2005-08-03 02:44 am   Permalink

Its a tie between The Astronauts and The Clebanoff Strings.


for Surf versions of unusual tunes check out:

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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2005-08-03 11:16 am   Permalink

Okay, so it might not have been the best version of Quiet Village, but it's a personal favorite. At the Dresden Room, which is just a short bit away from Tiki-Ti, there's a longtime lounge duo, Marty and Elayne -- an older couple, both with black dyed hair, matching black sequined getups, and a set list of lounge songs that rotates a bit but otherwise doesn't really change. The Dresden Room and Marty and Elayne are in the movie Swingers, if that helps. I've been there plenty of times, the Dresden still has lots of gorgeous vintage details.

But the first time I took Hanford to the Dresden Room, as SOON as we both walked in, those familiar notes kicked in -- duh DUH duDUH duh DUH duhhh.... I'd never heard them play Quiet Village before, and it made us feel like we were making quite a grand entrance.


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Posted: 2005-08-03 11:35 am   Permalink

Marty and Elayne were featured in the flick, Swingers during the Dresden scene. Humuhumu, you hang out in all the swankiest dives.
I am just jealous, I have to make a sales call to a place called "Rockin Rodeo" Today, where the most exotic thing they serve is Coors Light in a longneck bottle. Excluding of course, the obligatory Jello shots.
Now, I wonder what Toby Keiths rendition of Quiet Village would sound like?
Just finished a bottle of Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos, which was excellantly suited for many rum cocktails!

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From: Littlerock, CA USA
Posted: 2005-08-03 9:36 pm   Permalink

That is a very hard call...Martin Dennys Moog version does strange things to me. I favor the Blue Hawaiians "Have Yourself a Quiet Little Christmas" around the holidays. Mancinis version is my favorite "lush" version. As far as live...there is a little treasure of a 60s piano bar, complete with flashing neon sign, between Lancaster and the desert. They are only open on Fridays and there are usually about 3 or 4 people there. the piano lady plays standards ranging from Blue Moon to Ain't Misbehavin' to Route 66, and one nite she launched into Quiet Village......

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From: behind the green door
Posted: 2005-08-04 11:03 am   Permalink

spike jones,"the lost city of exotica"
featuring the not so quiet village.

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Posted: 2005-08-04 12:24 pm   Permalink

Whichever version is playing in the background Right Now!
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

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From: Springfield, Ohio
Posted: 2005-08-15 10:30 am   Permalink


On 2005-06-11 17:05, Kaiwaza wrote:
I guess I would say the version by The Surfmen from "Exotic Island" (also released as The South Sea Serenaders, "Trade Winds Romance From Hawaii To Tahiti"). I say that because it is the one that really makes it sound quite different from the original, yet completely still classic exotica. I also think it's probably one of the best exotic LPs out there.

It's always great to hear a different rendition of this song. Side 2 of "Exotic Island" has been spinning here for the better part of the Summer and I almost forgot about the "Quiet Village" track! Good stuff! I love the Surfmen's sound, especially on "Fire Goddess" (same album).

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Posted: 2005-08-22 1:43 pm   Permalink

If I had to choose one, it'd be Martin Denny's version from "Exotica." Mainly because it adheres to my theory that you tend to like the first version of a song you hear better than any you hear after it. And it seems to be the one played outside the WDW Enchanted Tiki Room.

If I had to choose a 2nd... I'd go with Les Baxter for the strings! Least favorite, although it's mildly interesting, is the version with Jimmy Buffett and Martin Denny purchased from iTunes. It's too short!


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Posted: 2005-09-13 1:12 pm   Permalink

The Classics: Les Baxter and Martin Denny versions.
My Favorite: Don Ho's vocal version
Runner Up: El Chicano's 1970 version.

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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2005-09-13 2:33 pm   Permalink


On 2005-08-03 11:16, Humuhumu wrote:
But the first time I took Hanford to the Dresden Room, as SOON as we both walked in, those familiar notes kicked in -- duh DUH duDUH duh DUH duhhh.... I'd never heard them play Quiet Village before, and it made us feel like we were making quite a grand entrance.

i love that story! the hat an i were discussing quiet village a few weeks ago in that, if we were to do over our wedding day, i much rather would have preferred walking in to quiet village. and just to add further geekiness, we would have made some of the birdcalls.

and also, as stated earlier in this thread, my favorite version is george wright on his mighty wurlitzer. my brother is getting hitched in october at the stanford memorial church (for those who havent visited, it has a MASSIVE organ that takes up one full wall of the church. the organist is some "acclaimed" artist who performs for the queen--oohlala!). so i have been desperately trying to convice my brother to request "quiet village" to be played during the ceremony. i have a sneaking suspicion that it wont happen though.
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2005-09-13 4:18 pm   Permalink

I think this is obscure and also wonderful enough to share. Quiet Village Bossa Nova

The Swank Pad Broadcast - If it's Swank...

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Traitor Vic
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Posted: 2005-09-14 10:58 pm   Permalink

That is So Sweet! Beats Hell out of Les Baxter's "Quiet Village Cha Cha" in my book. Of course... That was the relationship, wasn't it? Les wrote it... Martin made it what it is. Les Cha Cha'd it... Martin Bossa'd the Nova out of it.

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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-09-17 05:32 am   Permalink

Don Ho's vocal version. Super cheesy, I love it.
And hearing a life renditon of it (with complete lyrics) by Sonny Kuni's combo, after Jeff Berry and I requested it, at the Marriot Kona Kai in Chicago.

Another fave vocal version of an Exotica classic is Connie Francis singing "Taboo".

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