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Modern Day And Classic Tiki Bands?
Tiki King
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Joined: Jun 13, 2002
Posts: 562
From: Lush tropical Santa Cruz, CA.
Posted: 2002-09-13 5:43 pm   Permalink

So I guess the real question is "what is Tiki Music" It would seem that it is any music a Tiki fan enjoys. When out at a bar like the Tonga room, I like the music to be exotic and ambiant. Vibes and Bird calls. I like more lounge type stuff at a place like Trader Sams. Good get drunk sing a long music. At an "Event" something with those pounding jungle drums. Music should fit the mood.
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Atomic Cocktail
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 927
From: Land O' The Next Big One-L.A.
Posted: 2002-09-14 02:39 am   Permalink

Though they don't have a CD out yet check out Project:Pimento:


Some of my Favorite compilations on CD is a series put out by Laserlight with titles like
"The Love Handle Lounge", "The Bachelor's Little Black Book", Bikini's,Martinis and Memories", etc with many songs by (drumroll)...ROD MCKUEN (Who also produced the series).

There is more I want to tell ya'll about but I'm too tired...must sleep...night, night.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 13, 2002
Posts: 168
From: Elon, NC
Posted: 2002-09-14 08:02 am   Permalink

My vote for best all around band to play at tiki bashes...The Ka'au Crater Boys...not exotica, but great originals and covers...the best ukulele bar none! Grey

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 14, 2002
Posts: 161
Posted: 2002-09-14 1:01 pm   Permalink

Here are my favorite neo-Exotica/Space-Age tracks (in no certain order):

Tipsy – “Something Tropical”

Ursula 1000 – “Mr. Bongo”

Gentle People – “Tiki Mix”

Joey Altruda & his Cocktail Crew – “Cha Cha #69”

Fantastic Plastic Machine – “Bachelor Pad” *

Dimitri From Paris – “Love Love Mode”

Stereolab – “Velvet Water”

Tim ‘Love’ Lee – “Sombre Hombre”

Combustible Edison – “Theme From The Tiki Wonder Hour”

Pizzicato Five – “Twiggy vs. James Bond”

Bertrand Burgalat – “Sunshine Yellow”

Tipsy – “Pink Mood”

Frenchy – “Ribcage Mambo”

Air (The French Band) – “Ce Matin-La”

Ursula 1000 – “Nightcap”

The Wondermints – “Full Moon”

Cornelius – “Brazil”

High Llamas – “Evergreen Vampo”

Mellow – “Love On The Moon”

Pizzicato Five – “Cha Cha Cha”

Combustible Edison – “Seduction”

Towa Tei – “Technova (La Em Copacabana)”

Gentle People – “Relaxation Central”

Don Tiki – “Barbi In Bali”

Cordara Orchestra – “Jet Society”

Senor Coconut – “Trans Europe Express”

Grupo Batuque – “Brasileiros E Ingleses”

Louise Verti – “La Femme Fin De Siecle”

Trio Eletrico – “Lunera”

That's all I can think of for now. I've been compiling this stuff for years now. There's a lot of good stuff mixed in with Trip-Hop Electronica, but very few through and through Exotica group today.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 12
Posted: 2003-05-11 12:26 am   Permalink

May I suggest the delicious concoctions of Cabaret Diosa? Voodoo Pinata is my favorite of their CDs, although any work fabulously--I have injected these strains into many a work setting, to raise many a smile and spirit. If you have not had the pleasure, check it out: http://www.cabaretdiosa.com

If you want your own Voodoo Pinata, don't be put off by the "out-of-stock" note, just go to your neighborhood music store, or http://www.cagefreerecords.com/catalog/cabaretdiosa.html or http://www.hapiskratch.com/store/store__21.html

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 2026
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2003-05-11 03:17 am   Permalink


On 2002-05-04 09:26, MonkeyGod wrote:
Check out this great track from pedal-steel-guitar legend BJ Cole and electronica producer Luke Vibert. It's a great piece of modern exotica.

BJ sounded AWESOME on David Sylvian's Gone To Earth record back in '86 - still a CLASSIC recording.


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Captain Ambience
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Joined: Jan 15, 2003
Posts: 69
From: Leucadia, Ca USA
Posted: 2003-05-14 11:38 am   Permalink

I was very impressed with Project Pimento at the Tiki Oasis. My wife bought their CD and we grooved to it on the way home.

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 3601
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-05-14 3:35 pm   Permalink

The Ventures all the way.

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Joined: Dec 04, 2002
Posts: 10
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-05-15 1:18 pm   Permalink

i released a genuine but newly recorded exotica record back in 1996 with Bo Axelzon & his Exotic Sounds. the musicians (except for me and Adam who joined in on various instruments)actually played this kind of music back in the 1950-60s here in Sweden. you can read more about it at:
i still have some copies left of the ltd 10" if anyones interested in some swedish exotica. oh yeah they used to be the houseband at the stockholm tiki room before it became a permanent bar.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 12, 2002
Posts: 542
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2003-05-16 11:52 pm   Permalink


[i]On 2003-05-11 03:17, tikibars wrote:

BJ sounded AWESOME on David Sylvian's Gone To Earth record back in '86 - still a CLASSIC recording.

OK, now I know the TC people are truly a diverse group. I never thought in a million years that I'd see the name David Sylvian on TC, but now I bless the heavens that now I have. I know he's neither tiki nor even vintage, but Sylvian remains one of the biggest influences of my life. Thank you for the mere mention of his name.

BTW, he has just released a new record called "Blemish" available at

And now you may return to the topic.........

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-05-17 09:15 am   Permalink

Hey BK,
If you like the Ventures you should check out The Shadows. Hanks Marvin, the guitarist, is the dude that wrote Apache. The Shadows were doing some great instro stuff in England that pre dates the Ventures and were HUGE in the U.K.
Also check out the Duo-tones unplugged.
You can hear samples at Paul Johnson's site. Paul Johnson is one of the founders of surf music. Paul and Gil Orr are amazing on the unplugged surf music disk.

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... Mark Twain

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2331
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-05-17 11:49 am   Permalink

I agree with Tiki King about 'the music should fit the scene'. I enjoyed the rockabilly at Taboo Cove, firstly, because it's waay better than the usual hip hop that they play there, and secondly, because it's more up beat than lounge or exotica.

I would love to hear exotica at the Tonga. That would be prefect.

Hawiian music seems to work pretty well at Sam's Seafood in Sunset Beach. I don't know if I could see exotica being played there. It might be cool to go in and ask if we could try it out though.

The bar/ decore definately dictates the type of music

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crazy al
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 1872
From: CA
Posted: 2003-05-17 12:34 pm   Permalink

If we're talking new music here...For those not able to get to PalmSprings !!!!!!!!
APE finally has débuted it first full length CD!!!!!

17 songs of Steel Guitar grooves and Jungle Drum rumblings !! 1800’s to 1960’s all your Urban-Savage needs fulfilled !

If you lead a Life of Shrunken Heads, Sacred Tikis and Kegs of Rum, your doing fine.

If this is not the case, follow APE back into the jungle.........

“JUNGLE GEMS” (full length version) Is Now Available !!

Don't forget Frank has a great CD out of all classic steel guitar!!! "the Waikiki Steel Works"... http://www.waikikisteelworks.com

MP3’s not posted yet.... If any local LA TC’ers can help me update the APE site with this stuff let me know........


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 744
From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2003-05-17 1:35 pm   Permalink

Keep this thread going! Best exotica reference work to be found!

No one has mentioned the Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack! They have two CDs. "Hawaiian Swing" and "Shake Those Hula Hips" (Second one's better than the first). Big Band swing versions of, Hawaii 5-0, Hawaiian War Chant, Hukilau Song, Princess Poopooli Has Plenty Papayas, and so on. Great stuff.

The Vanduras recent CD, " In The Dark" is kind of dark, moody surf music to go with you third or fourth Zombie and a CD by The Moon-rays that has a nice medley of Denny's "Hypnotique" and "Our Man Flint" to bridge the spy/exotica gap.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-05-17 3:05 pm   Permalink

Speaking of Hawaii 5-0, check out our organ lead version from the 1993 "Ready Set Go!" album:

Daytonas - Hawaii 5-0

Hi Stefan, I remember seeing Bo Axelzon and his Exotic Sounds at the Tiki Room when it was located in Old Town. Can't really remember how they sounded though as I probably was a bit too intoxicated


Surf softly and carry a big board

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