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The Tiki Tones - Radio Uprisingdotdotdot
artworkThe Tiki Tones dropped by KFJC for a short set on March 30, 1996. They were tight and very suave. It was a fine set of music, with "Topple The Moai" ending up on our fundraising CD Water Logged.
Picks: Rusty Nail, Island Uprising, Tum Tiki, Traitor Vic, Movin', Topple The Moai, Gomez, The Wild Baron

Track by Track Review


Rusty Nail dotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

Have-another-drink sorta keyboard based progressions, overlaid with surf guitar. Not very melodic, but it definitely inspires continued imbibing.

Island Uprising dotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

Tom tom laden exotic rhythm oriented tribal mantra organ churn from the bowls of B-movies. Infectious and very fun. This was originally cut by the Cherokees.

Tum Tiki dotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very funny piece, like a cross between the need for a Tums® and a torch-light tiki bar. Perhaps that's not a cross. Anyway, spiced with silly laughs and chants of "tum-tiki-tum-tiki-tum," the Tiki Tones sure have fun with it.

Traitor Vic dotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

The Tiki Tones' hybrid lounge / surf clean sound lends itself to "Traitor Vic." It's a nice balance between organ and guitar, and is very cool!

Movin' dotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the suavest covers of Lee Hazelwood's infectious tune. Rhythmic, damped, and tongue-in-cheek cool.

Topple The Moai dotdotdotdotdot
Jungle Surf (Instrumental)

The Tiki Tones played just once in KFJC's Pit, leaving behind a tray full of empty cocktail glasses and some mighty fine lounge surf. Right from the opening bass line, which simply shimmers with gelatin coolness, "Topple The Moai" sports an endearing riff, a swirling Leslie, and island chants. Moody and fluid, "Topple The Moai" is as good as it gets. An excellent track.

Gomez dotdotdot
TV Monster Surf (Instrumental)

Vic Mizzy's funky little child like tune, from the Adams Family TV show. The almost laughing organ under the careful guitar and the damped pluckery... it's all too funny.

The Wild Baron dotdotdotdot
Lounge Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Fuzzy 'N' Wild" is morphed into a glorious lounge surf adventure. Playful and melodic, with a great bass line and a fine arrangement. Kinda heavy, yet bordering on silly. Very fun.