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Blue Moose
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Joined: Apr 02, 2004
Posts: 28
From: Maine and New York
Posted: 2004-05-18 8:25 pm   Permalink

Hello all,

I'd like to start a thread of great tiki bar music that's not exotica, island, etc. That is, ordinary songs or albums in any style that for whatever reason sound great in a tiki bar.

I'll start this off with two very different suggestions:

1) The Andrew Sisters, "Rum and Coca-Cola."
Like most of their stuff, this has a shore-leave-in-WWII sound to it. The lyrics describe hot sex and cold drinks in Trinidad.

2) The Ramones, "Somebody Put Something In My Drink." Typically Ramones, only more intoxicated.

Who has another idea?

Cheers,
Blue Moose


 
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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-05-19 04:00 am   Permalink

John Coltrane "Africa" off of the "Africa/Brass" album.

 
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Klas
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Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2004-05-19 09:38 am   Permalink

Annette : Pineapple Princess


 
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javabachelor
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Joined: May 17, 2004
Posts: 196
From: The Bachelor Pad
Posted: 2004-05-19 10:13 am   Permalink

How about "House of Bamboo" by Earl Grant (or even the cover by Southern Culture on the Skids).


Keep Swinging!
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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
Posts: 2954
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2004-05-19 10:24 am   Permalink

Sleepwalk - Various Swank Artists

Jade Idol - Stray Cats


 
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Tiki Woo
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Joined: Feb 21, 2004
Posts: 60
From: Redwood City
Posted: 2004-05-19 1:17 pm   Permalink

The entire album of Mr. Bongo by Jack Costanzo.

 
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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1543
From: London
Posted: 2004-05-19 1:34 pm   Permalink

most albums by joao gilberto, antonio carlos jobim & lots of other bossa nova!





 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2990
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-05-19 10:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-05-19 09:38, Klas wrote:
Annette : Pineapple Princess



I prefer Barnes & Barnes version.
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Selector Lopaka
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Joined: May 07, 2003
Posts: 204
From: Jet City
Posted: 2004-05-20 12:13 am   Permalink

For starters:

Jeri Southern - An Occasional Man (Cal Tjader and Anita O'Day also have a cool version)



 
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Velvet Ruby
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Joined: Nov 22, 2003
Posts: 117
From: Vancouver
Posted: 2004-05-20 02:07 am   Permalink

ok after mis-entering my password the first time around and subsequently wiping clean my first post.. ..

If you're feeling adventurous I'd go for some Yma Sumac, but I suppose that would still come under the exotica umbrella..
I think it depends on the crowd.. and how you want to set the mood, I like a lot of cuban and mexican "world" music like the Buena Vista social club, or cesaria evora (sp?) Otherwise it depends on my company and/or what mood I'm in, 50s R&B like Big Joe Turner is great, western swing or some "voodoobilly" like Deadbolt can be pretty atmospheric, but then if I'm so inclined I could even throw on a Leonard Cohen album..
don't hate me.. haha..
mm.. music is goood..
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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2004-05-20 04:21 am   Permalink

Robert Mitchum : "calypso is like so..."

 
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Polynesiac
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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2079
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2004-05-21 12:24 pm   Permalink

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes: any album or single. Simple, quality and funny punk rock (ish). Besides, Spike croones so beautifully...
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Scrimshaw
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Joined: Mar 30, 2004
Posts: 18
From: Dark Acres, Marin, Ca
Posted: 2004-05-21 7:30 pm   Permalink

I'm making a compilation of island songs from people not normally island-style. Polynesian/oceana as opposed to carribean/jamaican. There are a lot of good one-off's out there that need to be put together.

Joe Frank has a great little tune from his Hawai'i episode. And Warren Zevon's Hula Hula Boys is funny & groovy:

Yesterday she went to see
The Polynesian band
But she came home with her hair all wet
And her clothes all filled with sand
I didn't have to come to Maui
To be treated like a jerk
How do you think I feel
When I see the bellboys smirk?
They're signing,

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana ...

(I hear Hunter S, THompson particularly digs this song)

Taj Mahal has relatively recently made some good (and also some middling) island stuff; he lives on Maui now, I think.

The Kinks's Ape Man and Holiday in Waikiki are island in theme more than sound, but ya can't leave them out... (Magnetic Fields's "Desert Island" ; Cat Power's "Sea of Love" - good too.)

Anyone have any more tropical suggestions, from artists in different genres?



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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-05-21 7:40 pm   Permalink

For the dark and forboding tiki bar: Aussie band The Scientists' early stuff. Swampland, Blood Red River, Happy Hour, We Had Love, Demolition Derby, Set It On Fire etc.

The volcano's about to blow and there's no way off the island. The natives are getting frantic and are wanting a sacrifice for an angry god. They're circling your makeshift thatch roofed bar, chanting. One or two warriors periodically feint a rush at you to see how you'll react. There's nothing left to do but wave your Army issue .45 at them and down as much of your rum stock as you can before being overtaken by the natives or being swallowed along with them in the fire, ash and lava. The Scientists make the perfect soundtrack for the occasion.

Errr...sorry for getting kind of weird there.


 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 2990
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-05-21 9:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-05-21 19:30, Scrimshaw wrote:
Taj Mahal has relatively recently made some good (and also some middling) island stuff; he lives on Maui now, I think.



My wife Loves "Sacred Island" from Taj Mahal, but we haven't heard any of his other Hapa Blues CDs.



He lives on Kaua'i, or did when he made "Sacred Island."
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