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The Group Image feat sheila darla – 1969
December 15, 2012, 9:59 am
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This is now one of my favourite videos at 7 minutes the longer it goes the better it gets.

The Group Image

The following sourced from The Dangerous Minds Blog – thanks

Undeniably influenced by the West Coast psychedelia of The Jefferson Airplane, New York’s The Group Image released one album in 1968, A Mouth In The Clouds, that managed to go largely ignored by critics and rock fans. Despite having a wild stage show and a dynamic lead singer in Sheila Darla, the band received little national exposure.

The Group Image played for two years in various locations in Manhattan, NYC, including its own productions / shows at the Palm Gardens, and the Cheetah Club, and shows with the Grateful Dead in Central Park and the Fillmore East, and other outdoor shows in parks such as Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.”

While Sheila Darla shares some of Grace Slick’s hippie allure and a similarity in vocal style, her stage performance bears a striking resemblance to Patti Smith rather than the cool and collected Slick. One wonders if Patti ever saw Darla in action.

Time Magazine reviewed A Mouth In The Clouds in their November 18, 1968 issue. I don’t know who the reviewer is, but it’s amusing how hard he/she tries to get down with hipster lingo. “Liquid Eden” indeed.

This is the first recording by the Manhattan hippie tribe that has been turning on with sound and light in a couple of off-Broadway ballrooms; it will soon open its own permanent ballroom in the East Village. The five-man band has a driving, express-train beat, and a sharp and shimmering harmony, and a high voltage singer named Sheila. Their sound is all their own, but there are some familiar touches of The Lovin’ Spoonful (Grew Up All Wrong) and Jefferson Airplane (Banana Split). In Banana Split, two electronic zaps project the listener, as through a time warp, into a liquid Eden of tinkling bells and clicking percussion. The Group Image calls it the Twinkie Zone, and it’s a pretty good place to be.

By the end of the video, the band erupts in a punk rock frenzy worthy of the Plasmatics.

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Tiki Trip #1
December 13, 2012, 12:09 pm
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The lighting is low, the Mai Tai’s are ready, and it’s time to relax with your friends in the coolest place in town in the city that is as remote as Rapa Nui …

…from Don the Beachcombers in Waikiki…to Frank’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas…to the LuWow in Melbourne… to the Hula Bula Bar in Perth…

….welcome to The Tiki Trip

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HQ Mixcloud audio mixtape here

Download the mixtape with no chit chat – just the music!! Part 1 and Part 2

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Welcome… The Enchanted Tiki Room

Kava Kon – Palace Of Tiger Women (The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Remix)

Theme from Hatari – Henry Mancini – Hatari OST

Tipsy – Zenith – Triptease

Les Baxter – Bom Bom-Mood Tattooed – The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter

Kahuna Kawentzmann – Fatu Hiva – Tiki Travelling

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation

The Kontikis – Moonlight Becomes You – Island Magic – LP

The Tiki Tiki Room – The Sherman Brothers – The Enchanted Tiki Room – LP

David Attenborough – Easter Island Intro

Cinerama – South Seas Adventure

Les Baxter with Baz Sheva – Lust – The Passions

Les Baxter – Voodoo Dreams – Jungle Jazz

Sound of X – Jungle Drums

Tak Shindo – Bali Hai – Mondo Exotica

The Hilo Hawaiins – Nani Waialeale – Honeymoon in Hawaii

Athur Lyman – Night Train – Cast Your Fate To The Wind

Pearl Bailey – Haiti Blues

Esquivel – Jungle Drums – Latin-esque

Nino Nardini – House of Echoes – Afro Spooky Rhythm Percussion

Roger Roger – Safari Park

Tipsy – Something Tropical – Triptease

Tipsy – Tuatara – Triptease

Tipsy – Liquordelic – Triptease

Nino Nardini – Afro-Samba – Stringsonics Mindbender

Martin Denny – Exotica – Forbidden Island

Arthur Lyman – Bwana-a – More Exotic Sounds Of Arthur Lyman

Tihatis South Sea Spectacular – Savage

Nino Nardini –  Jungle Mood – Nature Nocturne

Les Baxter – Procession of the Princes

Apocalypse Now – Voyage & End Credits

Anna Valentino – On a Tropical Island – 45

Combustible Edison – Strange Brew – Four Rooms OST

Taboo – Leo Arnaud – Bongoland

Les Baxter – Taboo (Jo Jo Effect Remix)

Combustible Edison – Utopia

Yma Sumac – Xtabay

Don Tiki – The Natives Are Restless

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Claude’s Recommended  Tiki Links

check out the vintage bar photos and cocktail menus at Arkiva Tropika

check out the Tiki Bar reviews at Critiki

check out the rare exotica LP scans at Tam Tam and Melodie

check out the artwork and grab an Exotiste mixtape at Flash Strap

check out the forums and join a discussion at Tiki Central

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