Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cocktail Nation 198-Crazed Mugs

This week on the Cocktail Nation we find out about the latest Crazed Mugs album, news on the reopening of an investigation of the death of a hollywood star, swank advice on shoes for men and a really cool ebook set in the mid century about boxing

Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Ricki Derek- I Wish You Love
Crazed Mugs-Find Forbidden Island
Tikiyaki Orchestra-Lotus Operandi
Tito Puente-Vibe Cha Cha Cha
Tony Bennett with Sheryl Crow-The Girl I love
Martini Kings-Bags Groove
Frank Wess -Playboy
Laurindo Almeida - The Look Of Love
Karen Souza-Steppin Out With My Baby
Pete Rugolo-Worse Than Murder
Oscar Peterson-Body and Soul

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cocktail Nation 197-Bahooka

Catching up with Holden Westland from Tiki Farm to find out about a big event he his involved in, swank advice on cooking for small dinner parties or for two. News on a new movie on the life of J Edgar Hoover, in our world of swank some great parties to attend and news on our official website.

Tikiyaki Orchestra-Bachelor Number 1
Kenny Sasaki-Quiet Volcano
Pink Martini-Lets Never Stop Falling in Love
Waitiki-China Fan
Stan Getz-Penthouse Serenade
Buddy Berman-End Of The Party
James Bond Sextet-Moonraker
Vic Flick-From Russia With Love
Si Zentner-Charade
Ray Anthony-September Song
Karen Souza-Every Breath You Take
Buddy Cole-Georgia On My Mind
Nelson Riddle-Time and Space
Buddy Bergman-End Of Party
Tony Bennett - Watch What Happens - with Natalie

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cocktail Nation 196-Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation-The Interviews Book

Well after a year of working on my book it has finally been released. Koop Koopers Cocktail Nation the Interviews is out on amazon right now priced at just 9.99 just search in the amazon store by punching in cocktail nation and the book is available as a kindle download….whilst it took a long time and a lot of work it’s a pleasure to have it done and dusted and it’s cool to have some literature out there that contributes to the lounge and exotica story. So this week I thought I would play all the artists that are involved in the book. Randy Wong from Waitiki 7 joins us on the show to talk about a special gig in December in Idaho plus in Swank advice we talk about creating a good impression with your smell!

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Combustible Edison-Millionare’s Holiday
Martini Kings-Days Of Wine and Roses
Waitiki 7 -Adventures in Paradise
Tiki Joes Ocean-Baxters Pad
Royal Crown Revue-Port Au Prince
Jimmy Vargas- Blue Negligee
HB Radke-I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Don Tiki-Bla Bla Cha Cha
Frank Bennett-Money
Sally Street-Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
Jack Costanzo-Latin Fever

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Life In the Penthouse-Why I Fight For My Title

THE conversation usually goes like this:

''Can I have your name, please.''

''It's Koop Kooper.''

''And what can I do for you today, Koop?''

''Well, the first thing you can do is show me some respect as a customer and call me Mr Kooper.''



The reply then varies, from stunned silence to stuttering to a humble apology to, remarkably often, ''Certainly, Koop''.

I don't raise my voice, but I do politely insist. Once the message gets across, even after a few attempts, things go smoothly.

I do consider myself to be a friendly person. First names at first meeting are no problem in ordinary social situations. My point is that when I am a customer dealing with a business that, supposedly, values my business (at least they keep saying they do), then that is not a social situation. The same goes for calls to government departments, where I am a citizen and a taxpayer in a democracy, and worthy of respect as such.

It's common to blame the first-name thing on the Americans. In fact, I find American customer service people are far more likely to address a caller as ''Mr'', ''Ma'am'' and even, occasionally, ''Sir''. From my experience of Continental Europe, it's definitely ''Monsieur'', ''Mein Herr'' or ''Signore'' all the way. Not so in Britain, though. The automatic use of first names with clients or customers, or the public in general, is peculiarly Anglo-Australian.

So if I'm not just a pompous curmudgeon, which I don't think I am, then why do I care? Actually it's about power. As Koop I am someone whose query or complaint can be far more easily brushed aside than if I am Mr Kooper. Koop probably just doesn't understand the intricacies of running a multinational business, or quite how busy and important the public servant he's talking to is, or how unimportant his problem is. Mr Kooper, on the other hand, might be someone, might have something to say and, more importantly, might be willing to stand his ground. Whether I am or not all these, I deserve to be treated as if I were.

I don't blame the call-centre operators. They are just following procedure, as instructed. Most of these calls are recorded, however, and if enough of us politely put it on the record that we are Mr or Mrs or Ms Somebody, then maybe we won't be treated as nobodies quite so often

Monday, November 7, 2011

NEW BOOK-Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation-The Interviews

KOOP KOOPER, the cocktail universe's high priest of all things hep swingin
and swank, and cyber disc jockey of his radio show the 'Cocktail Nation',
has unleashed the definitive guide to the Lounge universe, with his new
eponomyous tome now available as an E-Book.


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Replete with gassin interviews and cool pixeramas, Koop Kooper reveals the incredible diorama of Cocktail culture, lifestyle and music.
Koop mixes it up with cool luminaries and pioneers of the Cocktail
soundtrack, such as hepster Jack Constanzo...the Bongo player of the 50s, shakes a martini with the leaders of the revival Combustible Edison, trades smart lip with comedian satirist Shelley Berman, twenty first century hit makers Martini  Kings who have preached and sold the Lounge lexicon to the fans worldwide, heads down the dark streets of Cocktail noir, muscling it up with croonoir Jimmy Vargas, then it's off to the Vegas pool, where he conducts an underwater interview with gorgeous fire eating mermaid...Marina

KOOP KOOPERS "COCKTAIL NATION" book is a glorious panorama of all things
Lounge, created by the swank meister of uber cool himself.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cocktail Nation 195-Virtual Tiki Bar


This week we find out a virtual tiki bar, there’s another period tv show set in 1959 this time in Miami coming your way and I’ve got a away that you can get a brand new 1965 Mustang…and would you like to buy a tiki bar….I know where you can buy one.



Tikiyaki Orch- La Hula Rhumba
Tiki Joes Ocean-Rio De Jean
Clouseux-Monkey with The Golden Fez
Jack Jones -Strangers in the Night
Jackie Gleason -When Your Lover is Gone
Spy Fi-Dragnett 007
Vibes on Velvet -Ink Mysterioso
Oscar Peterson-Body and Soul
Antonio Carlos Jobim-One Note Samba
Waitiki 7-Left Arm Of Budda
Vicki Carr-Like Love