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Official Introductions / Introduction thread! New members introduce yourself here
AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-05-08 11:04 am   Permalink

Oh Mai Tai, it's tough to tell you where to start, but you can consider starting with three mainstays of exotica music -- Arthur Lyman, Martin Denny, Les Baxter. These are orchestral exotica guys, and there are more like Robert Drasnin. Then Sven Kirsten published a very good compilation album of tiki music, and that should be available from Amazon.uk. Then there are a diverse and eclectic bunch of other options -- more orchestral stuff from Juan Garcia Esquivel which is roughly from around that period. Then newer stuff from Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica which recreates a lot of Esquivel's stuff. And also music from Combustible Edison. Some surf music has been incorporated into the tiki scene more recently, but at this point, with the suggestions above to get you started, do some looking around with Google by searching for "exotica music" and I'm sure more recommendations will come to you. My personal collection is very diverse. I listen to the Cocktail Nation podcast where I get a lot of "new" material presented to me on a weekly basis. So much more could be said. I know you'll enjoy exploring the music of tiki. Cheers!
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-05-08 11:07 am   Permalink

And, Oh Mai Tai, I forgot what is potentially the most helpful suggestion of all -- search the forums here on Tiki Central.

I need a drink...
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-05-15 07:21 am   Permalink

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On 2014-05-15 00:08, Outrigger_Island wrote:
Aloha! It's Outrigger Island here and I am more than an individual on the path to tiki heaven. I am also chief of THE Outrigger Island in Australia's new chapter of Blazing Swan. What's Blazing Swan..? It's Western Australia's adoption of the Burning Man theory and festival. We just had our first year and it was amazing! Can't wait for round two. I've always been a fan of Polynesian culture and while we don't have much of it here, except for Hula Bula and another new bar opening soon, we are slowly getting there. I'm also sketching out plans for an outside bar at my house as well. Looking forward to meeting and chatting to all you cool cats and kittens.

Brett



 
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-05-15 07:27 am   Permalink

Welcome to Tiki Central Brett. If Outrigger Island's contribution to Burning Swan involved Tikis, be sure to start a thread and share some photos!

Cheers!


 
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EPCOTExplorer
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 13, 2014
Posts: 180
From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-15 2:59 pm   Permalink

Hi all!

Been posting for a few days, now, but somehow missed this thread…

I'm a grad student in history from Miami… Also, I teach part time. Been collecting tiki for a few years, now, and got my interest in it from the Enchanted Tiki Room. I've been a Disney fan all of my life and have made many visits to the Polynesian and Walt Disney World. Also, went to Disneyland for the first time a few months ago and totally fell in love with Trader Sam's and the original iteration of the Tiki Room, which got me to go online with my interest and find you all!

Meanwhile, I have a blog with mostly Disney/EPCOT history and thematic theory on it, but more tiki is coming soon.
www.epcotexplorer.tumblr.com

Anyway, happy to be here! Already have gotten a warm welcome from some of you, which is great to see. Mahalo!


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PabTiki
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Joined: May 01, 2014
Posts: 54
From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-15 3:41 pm   Permalink

Welcome! Cool blog! I'm from New Orleans and went to Disney / EPCOT when I was a kid and was obsessed with EPCOT, haha! Welcome!
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PabTiki
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Joined: May 01, 2014
Posts: 54
From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-15 3:44 pm   Permalink

And welcome to you as well, Brett + anyone I missed!

 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
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From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-15 4:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-05-15 15:41, PabTiki wrote:
Welcome! Cool blog! I'm from New Orleans and went to Disney / EPCOT when I was a kid and was obsessed with EPCOT, haha! Welcome!


Thanks! EPCOT's been a lifelong obsession… Especially the early stuff. I miss those days. When did you visit?


 
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PabTiki
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Joined: May 01, 2014
Posts: 54
From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-15 5:16 pm   Permalink

1983 or 1984, I think! I just remember having the flu and being mesmerized / obsessed by a purple dragon called Figment, haha.

So it's been a loooooong time since I've been back! : )


 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
Posts: 180
From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-16 07:06 am   Permalink

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On 2014-05-15 17:16, PabTiki wrote:
1983 or 1984, I think! I just remember having the flu and being mesmerized / obsessed by a purple dragon called Figment, haha.

So it's been a loooooong time since I've been back! : )

Oh, wow. You were there at the height of the place. Figment was from Journey into Imagination, which is no longer there. Figment still is, though, just in a new ride.

That and Horizons were my favorites.


 
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PabTiki
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Joined: May 01, 2014
Posts: 54
From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-16 08:26 am   Permalink

I just saw both rides on YouTube; they were both cool. I've only been to Disney Land out here once, but my favorite ride here is the Star Trek ride.

I vaguely remember we went to a luau too, so I guess we must have gone to the
Polynesian Village.

Out front of the Journey into Imagination ride there was a guy dressed as "Dreamfinder" (I guess that was his name, according to DisneyWiki). He was holding some sort of molded rubber / plastic Figment that was like a big hand-puppet. But you couldn't "tell" it was a puppet at first because the arm holding Figment was fake (as I discovered with closer inspection). So it seemed to be animatronic, even though he was holding it. I think it even blinked its eyes.

After the ride, I bought a stuffed Figment animal, and I remember I was irritated that I couldn't get a molded plastic puppet one like Dreamfinder had, haha. I wished they'd sold something closer to that! It was pretty cool.
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BossFink
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Joined: May 17, 2014
Posts: 9
Posted: 2014-05-17 07:57 am   Permalink

Greetings Tiki friends! New to the forum and wanted to say Aloha to the forum and some long-time friends like Big Tiki Dude, Tiki Tena and others that I've known for many moons! This is Norm of The Ghastly Ones and Boss Fink. Both of my bands played Tiki Oasis and I'm really looking forward to playing again this year on Sunday at the Car Show stage.

I'm also having a sale of some Tiki/Exotic items next Sunday MAY 25 at the Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. I'll do separate post about that with details.

Thanks for having me here and looking forward to chatting with my Tiki Pals.

Norm


 
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PabTiki
Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 01, 2014
Posts: 54
From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-17 08:10 am   Permalink

Welcome!

 
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BossFink
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Posts: 9
Posted: 2014-05-17 08:52 am   Permalink

Thanks PabTiki! Hope everyone is having a blast at Tiki Caliente! Wish I was there.

 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
Posts: 180
From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-17 9:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-16 08:26, PabTiki wrote:
I just saw both rides on YouTube; they were both cool. I've only been to Disney Land out here once, but my favorite ride here is the Star Trek ride.

I vaguely remember we went to a luau too, so I guess we must have gone to the
Polynesian Village.

Out front of the Journey into Imagination ride there was a guy dressed as "Dreamfinder" (I guess that was his name, according to DisneyWiki). He was holding some sort of molded rubber / plastic Figment that was like a big hand-puppet. But you couldn't "tell" it was a puppet at first because the arm holding Figment was fake (as I discovered with closer inspection). So it seemed to be animatronic, even though he was holding it. I think it even blinked its eyes.

After the ride, I bought a stuffed Figment animal, and I remember I was irritated that I couldn't get a molded plastic puppet one like Dreamfinder had, haha. I wished they'd sold something closer to that! It was pretty cool.


ah, yes. Dreamfinder. Long gone, but still beloved. And yeah, the meet and greet with him was fantastic. It was a puppet operated by a man by the name of Rob Shnieder. Great dude.


 
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