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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge August 7, 2019

On this week’s show we once again climbed the lunatic lunar heights and plumbed the dimming depths of pop and exotica in all of its spelunkable sinuosity.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

Past shows from this year are now available to listen to in their entirety at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. “Cosmics,” composed and recorded in 1933 by Hoagy Carmichael, appearing on his album: Stardust and Much More.

  2. “My Voot Is Really Vout” sung in 1951 by Dinah Washington in the nonsense language invented by Ur-Hipster Slim Gaillard, accompanied by Lucky Thompson’s All Stars, and found on the coital compilation: Sexcapades – Songs of Love, Lust and Depravity.

  3. “What a Difference a Day Makes,” the 1934 song by Mexican composer Maria Grever w/English lyrics by Stanley Adams, recorded in the late 1940s for a radio studio transcription by the songstress Kay Starr, accompanied by Joe Venuti on Violin and Les Paul on Electric Guitar and Piano, taken from the CD collection of her radio transcriptions titled Performance.

  4. “On the Rocks” from Bob Thompson’s 1959 epic LP of the same name, quoting the different styles of various arrangers of the era, and featuring Emil Richard on Vibes.

  5. “On an Evening in Roma (Sott'er Celo De Roma),” which was composed by Sandro Taccani, Umberto Bertini and Nan Fredricks and recorded in 1958 by Dean Martin and appearing on Dean’s The Capitol Collectors Series contribution, ably supported by The Gus Levene Orchestra.

  6. “Kiss Me First” sung by Roy Hamilton in 1959, composed by Steve Allen and Neil Hefti, and found on the historical document: The Songs of Steve Allen.

  7. “Driftwood and Dreams” from Henry Mancini’s 1957 LP of the same name, featuring a future composer for television and the movies, Dominic Frontiere on Accordion, along with Lou Maury on Organ, Laurindo Almeida on Electric Guitar.

  8. “Moon Moods” recorded in by Les Baxter’s Orchestra for his 1947 78-RPM Records Box Set: Music of the Moon, spotlighting the chronic contributions of Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman on Theremin, and included in the cosmic compilation: Moonage Timequake.

  9. “La Voce Della Luna (The Voice of the Moon), the theme music composed by Nicola Piovani for Federico Fellini’s last film, which was made in 1990, from the cinematic CD set: Tutto Fellini.

  10. “Dedicatory Piece to the Crew and Passengers of the First Experimental Rocket Express to the Moon” composed by the Great Raymond Scott, taken from the scintillacious CD by The Beau Hunks Sextette titled: Celebration on the Planet Mars: A Tribute to Raymond Scott, with Robert Veen on Tenor Sax, Ronald Jansen Heijtmajer on Clarinet, Menno Daams on Trumpet, Jakob Klaasse on Piano & Celeste, Gert-Jan Blom on Bass and Louis Debij on Percussion.

  11. “The Kiss of Ku” by the Houstonian outfit Clouseaux from their soigne CD: Lagoon! featuring the sonic stylings of Miss Formica Dinette, Johanna Harris and Steffany Johnston on Vocals, and Kelly Doyle on Electric Guitar and John Best on Vibes. The album title refers to Sig’s Lagoon Record Store in Houston and the word “lagoon,” which was Beatniks slang for “cool.”

  12. “Souvonica,” the name of the song and the 1997 antic album by 8 1/2 Souvenirs, with Vocals by Chrysta Bell and Glover Gill, who also tickles the ivories on this track, Olivier Giraud on Guitar, Todd Wulfmeyer on Bass and Adam Berlin on Drums.

  13. “Bocaccio Soul,” inked by Antonio Guajirro and Augusto Alguero and recorded in 1968 by Augusto Alguero and His Orchestra, taken from the anterior anthology: Swingin’ Cheese – Croon Tunes and Kitscherama.

  14. The Guns ‘N’ Roses classic ballad: “Welcome to the Jungle” performed by Richard Cheese and his band, Lounge Against the Machine, on their chameleonic compact disc: Apertif for Destruction, featuring Bobby Ricotta on Piano and Gordon Brie on Bass.

  15. “Slauson Shuffle” waxed by The Tiki Tones and drawn from the copacetic collection: Pottery Barn Tiki Rhythms.

  16. “La Bikina” composed by Ruben Fuentes and found on Esquivel’s early Sixties-ish lapidarial LP: Music From a Sparkling Planet.

  17. “Hit the Road to Dreamland,” composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the 1942 Movie: Star Spangled Rhythm, sung for us by Jane Monheit and found on the bulbous Box Set: Essential Lounge.

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