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Quiet Village
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-07-15 12:25 am   Permalink

Poly Pop, King Ku's corny lyrics for Quiet Village are from the Don Ho vocal version, one of my favourites, so bad it's good. I first heard them when the Beachbum and I were at the Kona Kai in Chicago in '96, the house band's Sonny Kuni crooned them for us after we requested the song...

I am a big fan of "Lounge" cover version compilations, there are not enough out there!
I was enlighted to their thrill by the Canadian performance artist troupe KBZ, who in the 90s used to put on happenings called "A Taboo Caravan into a Quiet Village" in Germany, where SEVERAL bands used to perform in SEVERAL rooms for SEVERAL days playing ONLY versions of the three Exotica classics TAB00-CARAVAN-and QUIET VILLAGE! Went right over the head of almost everybody. As a result KBZ put out three cassettes of found vinyl cover versions first, and then realeased two CDs (then they broke up with their Dutch label) with 27 versions of Quiet Village/Taboo/Caravan on each. They are mentioned on Hanford's Exotica site.

This was only topped by Munich Klang Museum curator Kalle Laar, who released THREE CDs with 25 versions of the classic "La Paloma" on each, another fave of mine.
I also have an 18 version CD of "Mack The Knife", with Bertold Brecht singing one, and Moritz R gave me a selfburned disc with 22 versions of "Harlem Nocturne", where Mel Torme's vocal rendition is among my favourites...

There are many other Exotica classics that would warrant cover version compilations, I could easily see 20 versions of "Jungle Drums", "Adventures In Paradise" (Soundtrack of the TV series), "Misirlou", "Baia" and others.

C'mon all you CD burning cracks, start collecting.

PS: Some of the above mentioned Exotica classics I just found on a nice double CD re-release by British Pianist Stanley Black, "Exotic Percussion" and "Intimate Percussion", out from Vocalion in England.

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