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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 296
From: honolulu, hawaii & boston, ma
Posted: 2006-03-21 10:06 pm   Permalink

Tiki non-tiki music: Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite (particularly the second one). Also, Ravel's Tombeau et Couperin.

Also, J.Lo's "I'm Real," which uses a sample of Martin Denny's "Firecrackers," and a pre-release version of Mariah Carey's song "Loverboy," which according to Wikipedia also wanted to use the Denny "Firecrackers" sample but didnt. (Read more here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loverboy_(song) under the sub-heading "Sampling Controversy."

-"Professah Humming Flowah" (a.k.a. WAITIKI's Randy Wong)
WAITIKI INTERNATIONAL LLC: Advancing Exotica & Tiki for Modern Times
www.WAITIKI.com and also visit The WAITIKI 7

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 30, 2005
Posts: 42
From: Littlerock, CA USA
Posted: 2006-03-22 8:35 pm   Permalink

Someone earlier mentioned the Moon-Rays. I say definitely yes. Also, as the original question mentioned what would sound best in a bar, ANY of the Frolic Diner and Las Vegas Grind compilations...especially later in the night at the bar when things are gettin wild. Many songs have an exotic feel (see also the similar Jungle Exotica comps) but are way too sloppy and sleazy to be considered exotica. Mostly they're creepy strip music, an off-kilter instrumental hybrid of 50s-early 60s R&R, R&B and jazz. For the tiki enthusiast who just got kicked out of the tiki bar after last call and stumbled down the alley only to hear these sounds wafting, along with clouds of "reefer fumes", out of the back door of a fly-by-night recording studio...played by cats who look like Rat Finks black-sheep-of-the-family bastard cousins.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2006-03-23 4:34 pm   Permalink


On 2006-03-19 20:33, hodadhank wrote:

...I'd love to see (or better yet, hear) the Pi Yi Grotto play list.

I'll have to put together a copy of the Grotto's playlist... It's about 60 CDs worth of music loaded into the 100 disc changer... the majority being exotica and hapa haole ripped from vinyl by myself or by other TCers. If you want to hear Jamaican/reggae music you can hear it in nearly every room in the house but it's strictly taboo in the bar... (Let me let you in on a little secret - I nearly caved to the pressure and slipped a 50's era mento CD into the mix but after much thought and deliberation I decided against it -- at least for now! )

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Neon Meadow

Joined: Jun 09, 2006
Posts: 2
Posted: 2006-06-10 10:58 am   Permalink

Here is a link to a video, where the song is about Tikis, written in surf guitar style by Merrell Fankhauser (I am a huge fan and he lives in my town). Awesome song, "We Love Tikis"


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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2006-06-11 7:45 pm   Permalink

Love those 70s bands, Hodadhank...... Jade Warrior. Just when you think you are listing to some new age or exotic chanting, along comes some cool freak-out guitar solo. Just add Hawkwind, Can, Amon Duul (no Yes), King Crimson, etc. For something from this decade try Double Naught Spy Car. The steel and bass player you can also hear with King Kukelele and The Friki Tikis!

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Joined: Jun 14, 2006
Posts: 2
Posted: 2006-06-14 11:45 pm   Permalink

i think i saw some vinyl records in grannys house.

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Mouse Art
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Joined: Jun 07, 2006
Posts: 180
From: South Bay area L.A.
Posted: 2006-06-20 4:02 pm   Permalink

Go to Hermosarecords.com That guy has TONS of local [S.cal.]bands most people have never heard of but thier great!Its a funky lil record co. in Hermosa Beach. The guy KNOWS surf,island,loundge,wierd, music. Check out "Cliche OK" & "The Big Jerks" funny & bichen stuff you wont find ANYWHERE!

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Eleio the fleet
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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 170
From: The mountain jungles of Denver CO
Posted: 2006-06-22 12:33 am   Permalink

The Lion Sleeps Tonight-The Tokens
Iko Iko-The Belle Stars from the Rain Man soundtrack(the only version of this song that I really enjoy)
Kodo-The drums just sync with that exotica groove.

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Tiki Fink
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Joined: Feb 21, 2006
Posts: 392
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2006-06-22 10:09 am   Permalink

Interesting that you should have started this thread as I have been experimenting with music other than exotica in my home Tiki bar. I do not want to risk burning myself out on the genre altogether which may or may not be possible. I just don't want to wake up one day and start thinking that if I hear Quiet Village one more time I will have to go ona killing spree. This is more likely to happen to my wife and much sooner than I, so in defense of my precious music collection I want to be pro-active and look into what other kinds of music can "create the mood", if you will.

I have a rather voluminous music collection and here's what I have found so far to be great alternative musical programming for the Tiki bar.

#1. Cal Tjader Several Shades of Jade
I personally consider this album to be exotica but it's not really
#2. The Minstrels Every Which Way
A great Mercy Beat band from Canada tough to find look on Amazon
#3 The Barracudas Through the Mists of Time
Ass kickin British take on Surf with great lyrics!
#4 Django Reinhart anything and everything by him
What more can I say
#5 The Mermen Their entire catalog
It's Surf music that is definitely outside the box
#6 Perez Prado Havana 3am
His Magnum Opus
#7 Laika and the Cosmonauts Their entire catalog
The Eastern Bloc sound of Finland's #1 Surf Band is positively Spy - Riffic
#8 The Revells The Go Sounds of the Slots
I got the fastest little racer! Funny as shit!

Happy Listening!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 238
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2006-06-22 1:58 pm   Permalink

David Lindley - The 'Very Greasy' album.

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bb moondog
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
Posts: 500
From: Gilbert AZ
Posted: 2006-06-22 2:10 pm   Permalink

this am featured the Beat Crazy cassette by Joe Jackson Band...am reading his book & re-introducing myself to his music. Surprisingly good with lotsa reggae/ska/dub touches---even though that voice of his can get a little GRINDY

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Joined: Jul 02, 2006
Posts: 10
From: Inland Empire - So. Cal.
Posted: 2006-07-02 11:09 pm   Permalink

Perrey and Kingsley always does the trick for me as far as non-tiki-tiki-music goes. "The In Sound From Way Out" is a nice primer for the uninitiated. I can't quite explain how but it works for me.

As far as contemporary music goes I can't recommend Twilight Circus Dub Sound System enough. Very authentic, very relaxing dub music from Ryan Moore.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 14, 2003
Posts: 883
From: Seattle
Posted: 2006-07-06 11:31 am   Permalink

not sure if anyone mentioned
Petty Booka
sure like those girls alot!

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Rum Demon
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Joined: Jun 20, 2005
Posts: 254
From: Portland, Oregon
Posted: 2006-07-09 6:21 pm   Permalink

I'm liking this thread. Here's one I that popped up on the old .mp3 random last night. Plenty of you have heard it and has probably been discussed elsewhere on TC:

Sun Ra: Angels & Demons at Play and The Nubians of Plutonia

Perhaps a bit more Africa than Oceania, but still creates a good jungle atmosphere. Also, it was recorded in the '50s (and 1960), which is nice.

Anyone know of another good Sun Ra album along the same vein? Every other album I've heard just sounds like chaos to me. Not that I've heard more than two or three other albums of his. Anyone have any suggestions?

So yeah, everyone on TC needs to give Angels & Demons at Play/The Nubians of Plutonia a spin. It fits right in with your Martin Denny, Les Baxter, etc.

MUGS MUGS MUGS!!! Now on Etsy!

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Rev. Griz
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 75
From: Distant Shores of the Great Salt Lake
Posted: 2006-07-09 9:05 pm   Permalink

Far Side of the World, Christmas on Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett
Pate Pate - Te Vaka
Anything by Oliver Mtukudze, African, but great party music. It all came from Africa anyway.

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