Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cocktail Nation 166-Tiki Calender

On the show this week we catch up with our sponsor Brad Parker from Tiki Shark, our segment review with Koop and a book on some of the sexiest women in the world. We’ll talk about a very nice addition to your bachelor pad in the form of a rotary phone…you’ll find the best partys in the world listed here on the Cocktail Nation world of swank


HB Radke- I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane Babe
Combustible Edison-Cat O' Nine Tails
Martin Denny-Exotic Nights
Morton Gould-Besame Mucho
Marty Lush and  His Lush Livers- Para Los Rumberos
Don Ho -A Taste Of Honey
Lucas Vigor-Lights On The Water
Narco Lounge Combo-Miserlou
George Shearing-Lonely Moments
Martini Heaven-Tango Zingo
Jackie Gleason-Hold Me
Mr Hos Orchestorica-Music Makers
Jonah Jones-I Dig Chicks

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Swank Advice-Being a Handsome Man

I was visiting a suburban area recently and wondered why male I saw was overweight and with a shaved head and was really quite strange, I felt like I was a Hollywood type character who had wondered into an alternative universe.
These were all married men in their mid to late thirties who had packed on the pounds and given up dressing well.
Now I wont bother going into the reasons this happens but it did get me thinking about how simple it is to be a Handsome Man.
When I was in my twenties I knew a guy in his mid forties who was single and truly swingin...he wasn't the best looking guy in the world but it struck me that he was very successful with women and always seemed to have a new girlfriend whenever I saw I asked him what his secret was....well it was pretty simple really. He told me that he worked hard at looking after himself, he always tried to dress well, but he said that his secret was that he was thin and had a full head of hair.
At the time I didn’t quite see the significance of his statement. It's only now that I am in my late thirties that I can now see why he was looking good on the forty something divorce and widowed dating circuit.


Armed with this knowledge I have come to a few conclusions which I hope will keep you in the good looking guy category, and it's reasonably simple.
Firstly get back to your playing weight, find out what you should be and work towards that by diet and exercise. My suggestion is a food diary, choose a diet and stick to it religiously and monitor what you consume. Work out three time a week as a minimum.
Good looks generally are natural, but they can be gained and even for those who are naturally beautiful you will find they actually work hard at it.

Secondly, get a good haircut, even if you are balding talk to your hairdresser and work out the best way to keep yourself looking smart, sometimes it can be as simple as regular haircuts. As for hairloss there are many options these days so I would encourage you to check out this option as the custom hairpiece industry is truly amazing and I think you will be surprised as to what they can do for you.

Finally, don't be a slob with your clothes, for men always get your suits custom made and never skimp on quality.
A well dressed man who is tidy, well groomed and trim will always be a handsome man

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cocktail Nation 145-Eddie Nichols Part 2

IMG_1892 On the show this week we continue our two part series on one of the greats of the retro lounge and swing scene, a man who I caught up with when he visited Sydney recently, Eddie Nichols of Royal Crown revue, our segment on swank advice is back this week as we talk about looking as good as you can be,along with our new segment called Review with Koop as we do an album review.
Plenty of events to dress up to attend and our look into the blogosphere.

Vibes On Velvet-Jorges Basement
Blue Dahlia-Ill Wind
Royal Crown Revue-Datin With No Dough
Esquivel-Flower Girl From Bordeaux 
Spy Fi-Black Tie Spy
Vicki Carr-Better than Anything
Morton Gould - I Get A Kick Out Of You
Lucas Vigor -Garota De Ipanema
Narco Lounge Combo-The Seduction
Henry Mancini—Something for Cat
Robert drasinin-east of Xanadu
Waitiki7 -Similau
Jonah Jones Quartet - Cecilia
Bobby Hackett—Mood Indigo

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Swank Advice-Furnishing a Bachelor Pad

When setting up a bachelor pad that is designed to look as close to fifties and sixties it really is about four things…ambiance, minimalism, functionality and individuality.
Lets start with ambiance, whenever I have moved into a new apartment I have always sought to find a place that not only safe when it comes to security but also provides a place that is a safe haven from the problems of the modern world, a place where you lock the door, turn on the lights and you are back in 1959. You can achieve this ambiance by finding a place that is relatively quiet and one where you can lower the curtains and the lights and forget about the world around you.
If you get the furniture right by styling in a minimalist fashion with a mixture of original pieces and retro pieces your pad will soon feel like home. The trick is to plan exactly where things will go in your new pad, working out what pieces you already have with what you will need to buy. Keep things spread out and uncluttered leaving room to show of several pieces and always remember to keep a consistency to your colour schemes which is why it is best to take your time if you are designing your first retro pad. Be prepared also to part with or store items that you might have collected along the way if they don’t fit nicely in the apartment.


All pieces in your pad must function, remember that you are designing a fully functional pad, not a museum piece. Original couches are nice but if you get a spring in your rear end each time you sit down then it might be time to get a new retro couch or get the one you have reupholstered

Finally when it comes to individuality always try and design the type of place you will be comfortable in, not one for the vintage nazis, this is your design and you can do what you want with it, keep to the general concept and improvise

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cocktail Nation 164-Eddie Nichols in Sydney part 1

On the show this week we begin a two part series on one of the greats of the retro lounge and swing scene, a man who I caught up with when he visited Sydney recently, Eddie Nichols of Royal Crown revue, our segment on swank advice is back this week along with a new segment called Review with Koop.

Plenty of events to dress up to attend and our look into the blogosphere


Ricki Derek-I Melt With You

Cocktail Angst -Bates Motel

        Royal Crown Revue-Besame Mija

        Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-Samea Patrol

        Jonah Jones Quartet - Chlo-e

        Morton Gould - Body And Soul

        Frank Sinatra - It's nice to go travelling

        Martini Kings—The March Of The Moai

        Fire and Theft-Tainted Dream

        Cannonball Adderly & Sergio Mendes - Joyce's Samba.

        Vic Flick-Shaken not Stirred

        Dean Martin -Just In Time

Monday, March 7, 2011

Swank Advice-Working Through the Invite Jargon

In todays casual and clueless world many people are confused by the various terms on an invite when it comes to dress.

So to address the various questions about dress that people often ask me I have put together the terms that most confuse people!

White Tie or Ultra Formal This is great chance for girls to go completely over the top with ballgowns, highly coiffured hair, sky-high heels and lots of sparkle. Men wear a long black tailcoat with white tie, white wing collar dress shirt and vest. Usually suited to celebrations after 6pm. INSPIRATION: Vintage ball or royal wedding Black Tie A Black Tie invitation calls for formal attire. Women can wear cocktail style dresses (but nothing too flashy or revealing), long evening gowns or glamorous evening separates. Men wear tuxedos complete with cufflinks I Black Tie Optional A Black Tie Optional or Black Tie Invited gives him the option of wearing a tuxedo but it should provide clues as to the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other option. She wears a cocktail style or long dress, or evening separates.

Daytime/Evening Formal Similar to Black Tie, but a little more relaxed. During the day, tuxedos are not necessary, unless specified. She might wear a cocktail dress, smart skirt suit, dressy separates or a tailored suit. For evening formal, she may want to go for a longer dress and an elegant evening bag, while he can get away with coloured shirts under suits or a tux with no tie.

Semi-Formal Semi-Formal or After Five means that tuxes are not required, nor are long dresses. An evening wedding (after 6pm) would still dictate dark suits for him, and a cocktail dress for her. Daytime semi-formal events mean a suit for him and an appropriate short dress or tailored suit for her. Save the sequins and satin for an evening Cocktail or Formal event.

Cocktail Attire Usually for events held after 5pm. Cocktail Attire means a shorter, elegant dress for her, usually with a bit of bling, and dark suits for him.

Lounge A popular choice for slightly less formal weddings, Lounge sits somewhere between Smart Casual and Formal. Shorter cocktail-style dresses or a tailored suit are acceptable for her. A dark coloured business suit is appropriate for him, but he could consider a dressier or more interesting shirt and tie than he might wear to work. Quality knitwear in place of the shirt is acceptable.

Dressy Casual Dressy Casual calls for dressed-up versions of casual looks. Tailored pants or dressy separates for her and trousers and a sports coat, for him. Don't be fooled by the word 'Casual' here. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other traditionally casual looks are not appropriate.

Smart Casual This code shouldn't see everyone regressing to jeans and tees. Women wear dressy separates such as tailored pants or a skirt with a pretty blouse or frocks in natural fabrics - but leave the ballgown at home. Jackets are still are a good idea for him, but perhaps he could try a linen suit, or a sports coat.

Informal Informal is often interpreted as the same as Casual but it actually a lot more formal than that. Dressy separates for her and blazers or sports jackets are acceptable for him. No jeans.

Casual Generally means "anything goes".

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cocktail Nation 163-A Tussle With Russell

On the show this week we look at the life of the recently departed Jane Russell, we will open up the cocktail nation feedback line, out look at the world of swank, life help with ask koop and in our swank advice we will look at the various terms attached to invitations that often confuse people when it comes to events.


Martini Kings-Nothin But Time
Shagxotica-Blue Scooter
Jane Russell-Love For Sale
Si Zenter-Mr Lucky
Pink Martini -Nina Nanna
Dave Bruebeck- Audrey
George Shearing How High the Moon
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica-Arab Dance
Georgie Auld- You're My Thrill
Liz Geyson-You turn me on baby
Quincy Jones—One Note Samba
Janet Seidel- Miami Beach Rhumba
HB RADKE- This Guy'S In Love
Billy May-The Continental