Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ok - Today we are going to learn about TIKI Culture, Boys and Girls......

OK....anybody who's anybody knows what it means when something is referred to as Tiki, RIGHT?

Well, I guess not....but it is one of the stylistic things I like from the past and still enjoy today. I thought I would just give a bit of the history behind Tiki make you cats fall further in love with it and appreciate it all the more. Ready?

"Tiki exotica was introduced with Martin Denny's Waikiki nightclub combo cum jungle noises cover of Baxter's Quiet Village. Tiki rode a wave of popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s marked by the entrance of Hawaii as the 50th state in 1959 and the introduction of Tiki hut bars and restaurants around the continental United States.

Soon came integration of the idea into music by artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny, who blended the Tiki idea throughjazz augmented with Polynesian, Asian, and Latin instruments and "tropical" themes creating the Exotica genre. This music blended the elements of Afro-Cuban rhythms, unusual instrumentations, environmental sounds, and lush romantic themes from Hollywood movies, topped off with evocative titles like "Jaguar God", into a cultural hybrid native to nowhere.

Tiki exotica has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, and Tiki mugs and torches that once collected dust in thrift stores are now hot items, largely because of their camp value."

See, now that wasn't so bad! It's always fun to learn! HA!

And I apologize for it being a few days, I was visiting family out of town and couldn't get the time to myself to write. But now I am back.