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Looking For Music Recommendations
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Joined: May 07, 2008
Posts: 436
From: Santa Cruz, CA. norcal
Posted: 2008-06-06 9:46 pm   Permalink


On 2007-12-11 12:49, tikiyaki wrote:

Scottes...maybe Surf is more what you're looking for to accompany your mai tai

Try that Blue Hawaiians CD I mentioned, you won't regret it. AND, of course, enjoy your cocktail with The Tikiyaki Orchestra CD as well

I agree, but like Glenda the good witch said to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz " It's always best to start at the beginning" so check out The Shadows out of England in the late '50's early '60's.

Besides the usual Dick Dale & The Ventures there are a ton of great modern surf bands and some have a bit of carry over exotica influence. I was just turned on to Crazy Al's band Ape.

Some of my fav surf bands are:
Aqua Velvets
Blue Hawaiians
Blue Stingrays
The Eliminators
Los Straightjackets
Pollo Del Mar
And my most favorite of all are The Mermen
One day, there will be a cure for tiki,
That's the day I'll throw my rum away...

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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 4089
Posted: 2008-06-11 07:51 am   Permalink

I am going to put in my two cents:
Unfortunately, Tiki is a broad term when it comes to music. A lot of what we call Exotica is slow and languid and is adapted from Hollywood versions of Hawaiian, African, south American and Asian music. It is meant to be background music, suitable for cocktale parties and conversation, but not direct listening like you would with some of the prog rock bands you mentioned (YES). However, most of us on this forum are severely addicted to it. Hawaiian music itself is often slow as well, but there is some upbeat stuff. Surf music seems like it might be up your alley. And some of the more modern surf at that. There are modern bands that combine surf with exotica, my favorites being the Tikiyaki orchestra, APE and the martini Kings. For upbeat Hawaiian style music try King Kukulele or the Mai-kai gents.
I am thinking you may like lounge music. That's where you get a lot more of the latin style music which features drums. Jack Costanzo is very upbeat and features a lot of bongos. An album that I consider a lounge classic is the rat pack live in Vegas. This was featured in a sopranos episode where they park a boat across from some guys house they want him to move from, and blast the album at high volume day and night.
I would also reccomend Esquivel.
I also would not advise sparring with people like BigTikiDude on the subject of music. Not only is he a musician, but he is also a DJ and is to be considered an expert when it comes to music (INMHO) and he has imppecable taste.

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