Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cocktail Nation REPEAT 71-Bob Newhart swings by the Penthouse

On the show we have a laugh with Bob Newhart from his famous album the buttoned down mind of Bob Newhart

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Cocktail Preachers-Spy Fi
Waitiki-Ruby
Chet Baker-Oh You Crazy Moon
Anita O'Day-Fly Me To The Moon
Sammy Davis Jr.—Someone Nice Like You
Blossom Dearie - Quiet Times
Lushy-Suspicious Melody
Frank Sinatra-I concentrate on you
Tiki Cowboys-Tiki Lady -
Roni Perez I'd rather have you
Les Baxter - Hong Kong Cable Car
SG Sound-Escapade Velocity
Martini Kings-Tequila
J.J. Debout - Sun-Kissed Chicks
Martin Denny—Jungle Flower




Saturday, December 22, 2012

Repeat Cocktail Nation 66-Home Movies from Hawaii



On the show we head to Hawaii with an incredible collection of home movies by Melbourne hepcat Rohan Pugh plus your chance to win your very own copy...got a track from the latest Big Bad Voodoo Daddy album....some news on the downfall of the Muzak corporation plus a really cool book on tiki mugs for you.

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John Barry 7-James Bond Theme
Lea Delaria-Call Me
Martin Denny-Quiet Village
Love Jones-Lil Black Book
Robert Drasden-voodoo
Joe Loco-Nightmare
Jimmy Vargas and the Black Dahlia's-Can Can Hell Mambo
Cocktail Preachers-Martini 50
Lushy-Bella Beretta
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy-How Big Can You Get
Octobop—Playboy Theme
Paige Delancey-Black Coffee
Al Cailoa-Man from Uncle
Jackie Gleason Velvet Brass—You're Driving Me Crazy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cocktail Nation repeat 59-The French Connection



This week Koop Kooper is broadcasting from Paris whilst on a quick business trip.
Coming up on this French inspired show we talk to LA crooner Mark Copeland, a couple of great websites for those into classic films, a useful website for our gal drivers ...news from the world of swank and a whole lot more as Kooper cries out O la La in Paris.

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Lushy -French 75
Pink Martini -Sympathique
Mark Copeland -I love Paris
Eartha Kitt-Under The Bridges Of Paris
Frank Sinatra-fly Me To the Moon
Jack Cooper Terry Cooper-Cest Si Bon
Sammy Davis Jr-It's alright with me
Mancini-Charade
Sally Street-Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Jack Costanzo—Street Scene
Dicky Doo and the Don'ts-Vive L Amour
Luiz Bonfa-Bossa Nova Cha Cha
Martin Denny-Bingo Oiwake
Sarah Vaughan - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cocktail Nation Repeat 58-Kooper falls for the cascading strings

A big show once again as we delve into the world of easy listening orchestoral pop with expert and author on the subject Jack Crosley from New York.... new release to dvd for 2009 that I am sure will interest you....some news from mr bongo Jack Costanzo and ofcourse a look at the world of swank. www.cocktailnation.net Project Pimento—A Shot In The Dark Scott Morschauser-Somas Las Bolas Frank Pourcel-Only You Jackie Davis-Love is just around the corner Mantovani - Andalucia Jack Costanzo-Can Can Overture Don Tiki—Bam-Boozled Arthur Lyman-Fire down below Eartha Kitt-April in Portugal Robert Drasnin-Warm Night Wind Si Zenter-I've found a new baby Diana Krall-You're My Thrill Royal Crown Revue-Take a long drink for me Sally Street-I'm a Woman Mark Copeland-Without a song

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cocktail Nation Repeat 99-Jack Jones Koop Kooper is on vacation so it’s the best of the best rerun shows of the Cocktail Nation Coming up on this best of show, we find out about the life of Jack Jones, there’s new music from Waitiki 7 and Don Tiki, plus all the regular Cocktail Nation features! www.cocktailnation.net Mike Flowers Pops ~ Wonderwall Combustible Edison ~ Millionaires Holiday Jack Jones ~ The Mood I’m In Chris Connor ~ S’Wonderful Jack Costanzo ~ Latin Fever Hugo Montenegro ~ Come Spy With Me Waitiki 7 ~ Coronation Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ Bachelor Number3 Chaino ~ Sumac Esquivel ~ Latin-esque Liz Geyson ~ You turn me on baby Frank Bennet Your’e Too Hip Don Tiki ~ The Forbidden Finger Mancini ~ A shot in the dark Frank Sinatra ~ Strangers in the Night Fire and Theft ~ Tainted Dream Jackie Gleason ~ I’m in the Mood for Love

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Flight on a 1930s Tiger Moth Bi Plane



Several years ago I decided that each year I wanted to learn or experience something new.
Recently it was my birthday and I was given a flight in a 1930's Tiger Moth Bi plane.
Being somewhat of a negative person the first thing I did was google "Bi Plane Crash".
I was surprised and alarmed to see that there were quite a few crashes. I was also disturbed to see that they generally go down because of an engine stalling. And here's the worst bit, they don't just glide down and the pilot can then try and crash land safely, instead they just drop out of the sky because the plane is ultra light and the engine at the front is the heaviest part of the plane.

Well as you could imagine I was a little nervous. Fortunately nothing happened and the flight went without incident as I flew across the Hunter Valley Wine district. The owner of the joy flight company put me at ease by telling me about the rigid testing procedures.
It truly was a marvellous experience and so very different to any other flight I had been on. Over my lifetime I have literally been on thousands of flights and to me those flights are not flying. It's a bit like driving a modern car with all the whizz bang gadgets that make driving something that dummies can do and ironically do on a daily basis! Drive a classic car and you will know what I am talking about.
Get into an open air cockpit on a very light weight plane that is moved by every little gust of wind and you will know what I mean.

Certainly after my flight I have a new found respect for the pilots of World War One. How those men flew and fought into those flimsy flying machines is beyond me, especially as they often had very little flying experience.

It's always fun to do and experience new things and this is one I won't forget in a hurry. Check out the pictures of me on this adventure. I chose to wear my forties aviators jacket and and fedora ala Howard Hughes!





Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cocktail Nation 248 Best Of The Best Releases 2012


best of the best music releases this week on the show as we take a look at some of the releases of 2012... This week we will play those tracks and replay some of the interviews around those releases.

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Jimmy Psycho That Old Black Magic
James Morrison The Masterplan
Sunday Combo Womp
Spy Fi Espia En Vaciones
Jimmy Vargas Lust Angeles
Laurie Allyn Paradise
Martini Kings Dance Of The Virgins
Tiki Joes Ocean Soul Of The Sea
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Enter the Tiger
Martita Brake Shaken Not Stirred
Orchestra Superstring Kalopia
Barry Morgan Touch Of You


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cocktail Nation 247-Retro Christmas Cards




This week we find out about a very cool retro Christmas card company, news from Mr Ho's Orchestrotica, and the very best lounge music from across the globe.

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Barry Morgan Big Bossa
Liz Geyson Yes I Know I've Had It
Julie London I'd Like You For Christmas
Oscar Moore Come In Out Of The Rain
Melody Gardot Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica Maika
Xavier Cugat Cocktails For Two
Nicole Witt Cool And Indifferent
John Barry Underground Lair
Lucas Vigor The Dark Continent
Nutty Purple Panther
Paul Phillips Fever
Three Suns Haunted Guitar


Friday, November 9, 2012

Cocktail Nation 246 All Bond Special



it's hard to believe that we have has fifty years of Bond and this week we celebrate all those Bonds and Bond girls and gadgets along with some of the greatest spy music to ever be released. Joining me on the show is Bond Expert Dr Wes Britton to examine the amazing history of the Bond Franchise. I've got our look at the World of Swank
and a bunch of Bond tracks to wet your appetite for the new film Skyfall.


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John Barry 007 Theme
Shirley Bassey Goldfinger
John Barry From Russia With Love
Tom Jones Thunderball
Shirley Bassey Moonraker
Martini Kings You Only live Twice
Mel Torme Secret Agent man
Moon Rays Lament for a Trapped Spy
John Barry On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever
James Bond Sextet James Bond Theme
Elliot Fisher Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
John Barry Underground Lair
Monty Norman Dr No's Fantasy
David Arnold Vesper

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cocktail Nation 245 That Touch Of Mink



This week we take a look at one of my favourite films which stars two of my favourite actors...Cary Grant and Doris Day. The Film is called That Touch Of Mink and Kramer will have the skinny on this Loungin Bachelor Pad Movie.
Word on a geographic change for some of the cast of Mad Men and we will find out just how the Easter Island MOAI got to their final resting place

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New Morty Show Blue Martini
Hugo Montenegro Our Man Flint
Doris Day Desifinado
Sonny Lester The Breeze And I
Barry Morgan Touch Of You
Nicole Witt You'll Think its Funny
Three Suns Fever
Si Zenter I've found a New Baby
Jack Jones Strangers In The Night
Les Baxter The City
Joey Altruda A Martini For Mancini
Julie London The End Of A Love Affair
Blue Zombies Call Me
Lucas Vigor Night Light Blues
Machiniso Hexotica

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cocktail Nation 244 Barry Morgans World Of Organs


this week on the show we are talking to a man who suddenly became famous for his organ music after performing on a music trivia tv show. George Lazenby was here in Australia as part of the fifty year anniversary of the Bond franchise and we will replay an interview with him as he talks about his time as bond. Also on the show we talk manners and the importance or titles and why you should fight for yours.

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Nutty The Impossible Past
Mark Copeland Goody Goody
Barry Morgan Big Bossa
Arthur Lyman Fire Down Below
Diana Krall Besame Mucho
John Barry On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Linda Lawson Like Young
Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
Martini Kings Bags Groove
Abe Lagimas Cookies and Icecream
Hugo Montenegro Solo Bossaova
Fire and Theft Tainted Love
Spy Fi Then Play Down

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cocktail Nation 243-Tiki Delights



Catching up with a new sponsor of the show this week in that of tikidelights.com with an interview with a man who is taking old album covers and remolding them into magnificent clocks, we talk about the time machine of your mind in a special editorial based on a social media discussion recently plus we examine the love of a classic car

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Frank Bennett Creep
Martini Kings Lady is a Tramp
Heather Rigdon I Like My Coffee Black
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Third River Rangoon
Frank Sinatra Witchcraft
Nelson Riddle Naked CityTheme
Robert Drasnin Sirensong
Patti Page Love For Sale
Jimmy Vargas A Blue Negligee
Naughty Ones Harlem Nocturne
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited November Morning
Tony Bennett How Insensitive
Rhonda Burchmore Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
Roger Roger Roger Mambo

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cocktail Nation 242 Backstage At The Dean Martin TV Show with Lee Hale part 2



Part two of my interview music director of the Dean Martin Tv show, Lee Hale, we find out about the future of Don Tiki and one of my favourite retro magazine has pushed forward from the pack by adopting a new technology.
We have the best lounge and exotica from across the globe plus the world of swank gig guide.

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Sally Street Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Tiki Joes Ocean Belles Of Bombay
Dean Martin Let Me Love Tonight
Oscar Peterson The Man I love
Martini Kings Out Of Nowhere
Don Tiki Friendly Islands
Janet Seidel Tres Palabras
Percussive Jazz Witchcraft
Arthur Lyman group Caravan
Blossom Dearie My Attorney Bernie
Spy Fi Web theme
Pink Martini Temporido
Billy May The Late Late Show
Vicks Carr No Other Love
Tikiyaki Orchestra Hawaii Nocturne
Jonah Jones Lillette

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cocktail Nation 241 Back Stage at the Dean Martin TV Show with Lee Hale




Well a real treat for you this week as we talk to the music director of the Dean Martin Tv show, Lee Hale, we have a dedication to the late great Andy Williams and news on the Liz Taylor bio which is coming out soon.

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Martini Kings Zou Bisou Bisou
Greg Arthur Straighten up And Fly Right
Dean Martin Mambo Italiano
Julie London Must Be Catchin
Karen Souza Tainted Love
Heather Rigdon I Can't Be Left Alone
Tiki Joes Ocean Entrancement
John Coltrane Everytime We Say Goodbye
Andy Williams Music to Watch Girls By Girls By
Frank Sinatra Call Me
Janet Seidel April In Portugal
Howard Roberts Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Joey Altruda Cocktails With Joey
Oscar Peterson Bags Groove

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cocktail Nation 240 Oceans 11


We are talking loungin bachelor pad movies with Kramer this time heading back to Vegas in 1960, some new music sent into the Cocktail Nation. Another great album I picked up at the record fair here in Sydney. And we tackle the question of vintage or reproduction...do you need to choose.

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Octobop Love Me Or Leave Me
Martini Kings Just One Of Those Things
Sammy Davis Jr Eee O Eleven
Esquivel La Mantilla
Frank Bennett Money
Heather Rigdon I LIke My Coffee Black
Etta James Sunday Kind Of Love
Tiki Joes Ocean Night Of The Jungle
Percussive Jazz Dragnet
Buddy Bergman Gage Flips
Cy Coleman Playboys Theme
Orchestra Superstring Evidence
Melody Gardot Les Etoiles
Tikiyaki Orchestra Sunset On Kona
Dean Martin Just In Time

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cocktail Nation 239 Espia En Vacciones


Cloak and Dagger stuff on the Cocktail Nation as we catch up with Tom Tremelo from Spy Fi to talk about their latest album.
We've got the latest in gigs from across the globe plus a very cool reproduction modern furniture store to get your swank pad looking ...well , swank.

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Nutty Five Nights
Tikiyaki Orchestra In Search Of Mei Ting
Spy Fi Espia En Vacciones
Sergio Mendez Brasil 66 Mas Que Nada
Tiki Joes Ocean Pine Apple Salsa
Percussive Jazz Man With The Golden Arm
Don Tiki The Forbidden Finger
Gregg Arthur Fly Me To The Moon
Martin Denny Jungle Drums
Walter Wanderly Forget Domani
Laurie Allyn All I Need Is You
Diana Krall Este Olhar
Janet Seidel Love For Sale
Steve Lawrence Night and Day
Wayne Newton Shangrilla

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cocktail Nation 238 Soul Of The Sea



On the show this week we talk to Andy Nazal of Tiki Joes Ocean about his brand new album, some additional news on our interview with Laurie Allyn from last week, a cool new movie coming out about beat generation...we have a new sponsor for our world of swank gig guide along with the best gigs from across the globe

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Spy Fi Off The Grid
Earl Hagan I Spy
Tiki Joes Ocean Soul of the Sea
Kenny Sasaki Tiki Diva
Laurie Allyn Easy Living
Dom Halpin Mambo
Frank Sinatra Call Me
Astred Gilberto So Nice
Les Baxter Tahiti A Summer Night At See
Martin Denny Quiet Village
DJ Bonebrake Trio Bernstein 007
Mr Hos Orchestorica Frenesi
Nutty Hello Dolly Dagger
Walter Wanderly I'll do The Samba With You

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mr Sin

On Saturday night after my photo shoot with Jack McGuire we were sitting in a cafe in Double Bay and I happened to spot former Kings Cross drug and nightclub king Billy Bayeh who was recently released from prison. The history of the Kings Cross area of Sydney is fascinating. Here's an interesting interview with the original Sin King of Kings Cross of the fifties and sixties called Abe Saffron.He passed away recently and this article is from 2006 http://thecocktailnation.wordpress.com/lounge-news-from-across-the-world/

Sunday, September 9, 2012

More on Laurie Allyn




Thanks to David Gasten,Producer of the This Is Vintage Now Series, further info on the Laurie Allyn Story we brought you this weekend on the Cocktail Nation. www.cocktailnation.net

"Mode Records existed briefly in 1957-58, recording albums at the famous Radio Recorders recording studio in Los Angeles from June through October of 1957 before running out of money and not being able to pay for the sessions of their own recordings or even pay their session musicians. One musician tipped them off to the local musicians union, an act which effectively snuffed their ability to record anything more. The Mode masters were bought out by Tampa Records, who were able to sell the Mode albums as budget albums in department stores. Mode’s and Tampa’s catalogues were then bought out by a record pressing plant that went bankrupt in the early 1980’s. By this time the word had gotten out on the high quality of the music in these labels' catalogues, and they landed in good hands—those of VSOP Records an independent label who jumped at the opportunity to market these esteemed albums to the jazz collector audience. VSOP have steadily kept the Mode
and Tampa albums in stock over the years, and have done excellent mastering work on them that makes them sound like they were recorded yesterday.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cocktail Nation 237 Laurie Allyn


On the show this week we talk to a marvellous artist who recorded her one and only album in the late fifties and was only recently discovered by a whole new audience. News on the passing on the great Hal David.

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Billy May Hernandos Hideaway
Plas Johnson Pink Panther
Laurie Allyn Paradise
Tikiyaki Orchestra Polynesian Village Love Theme
Spy Fi Bryces Theme
Cal Tjader My Little Red Book
Pink Martini -Kiseto No Ashioto
Tiki Joes Ocean Bom Dia Ipanema
Les Baxter Left Arm Of Budda
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Revenge Of the Belly Dancer
Ludovic Bource Speed Date Car
Orchestra Superstring Mambakita
Bob Thompson Submanhatten Blues

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Imagine This

Imagine you just got the break of a lifetime and five minutes later your chance at fame and immortality was taken away.
How would this make you feel.
And imagine this, as the years go by nobody believes you!
This weekend on the Cocktail Nation radio show I am going to talk to a woman who in 1957 recorded an album. Five minutes after recording a brilliant album the record company went bust. She never sang again...till now. Thanks to the Internet her missing album was recovered and is being enjoyed by millions. Tune in this weekend to the Cocktail Nation to hear this incredible story
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Fight Card: Bluff City Brawler



The latest in the series, Fight Card: Bluff City Brawler, went live on Amazon today. This entry is from the hardboiled and battered typewriter of Heath Lowrance and, like all the previous Fight Card tales, it’s a two-fisted tale of boxing mayhem

“Tom Riley makes a meager living in the ring in Detroit, but it’s good enough for him. He ain’t ambitious. A few bucks and a rather high opinion of himself are all he needs. But when he accidentally kills a connected mobster, he’s forced on the lam and winds up in Memphis—the Bluff City. He struggles to make a new life for himself there. But his past mistakes are about to catch up to him, in spades. The Detroit Mob is closing in, and Tom’s future is about to be decided in blood—and in the ring.”

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Cocktail Nation 236 How To Murder Your Wife


Well its all about Murder this week ! Well not really. We are going talk to Kramer about the film how to Murder Your Wife as we talk lounging bachelor pad movies, there's the death of Neil Armstrong so a tribute to him is coming your way. We'll let you know who won our Spy Fi give away plus the best lounge and exotica from across the globe

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Liz Geyson You turn me on baby
Orchestra Superstring Elbason
Neal Hefti Scene Of The Crime
Ferrante and Teicher Man From Mars
Spy Fi Herb The Dragon Fly
Cal Tjader MoneyPenny Goes For broke
Nutty The Impossible Past
Jackie Gleason How Did She Look
Waitiki 7 Ruby
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Monm
Robert Hicks Early Autumn
Anita Oday Just in time
Ricki Derek I Melt With You
Combustible Edison Mr Pushin Comes to Shove
Mancini Blue Satin

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cocktail Nation 235 Affectionately Jayne Mansfield



On the show this week we talk to a Dutch writer who has penned an interesting book about Jayne Mansfield, new music from Spy Fi with a giveaway of their latest album new stuff from Tiki Joes Ocean News on a film about Liberace

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Nutty Rhumba With the Devil
Robert Hicks Don't Worry Bout Me
Jayne Mansfield Let's Do It
Georgie Auld Your my Thrill
Spy Fi The chase
Hugo Montenegro get smart
Oscar Peterson The Man I Love
Nestor Amaral Brazil
Tiki Joes Ocean-Hypnotica
Laurie Allyn You Go To My Head
Bachelor In Paradise Aruba Liberace
Warren Barker Blue Night on The Strip

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why Cads Drive sports cars


There is something about a sports car that just reeks of sex.
Let's face it, even if we see a balding middle aged man cruising the highway we automatically know several things about him. Firstly he's got money, secondly he probably gets a lot of action and thirdly....there is a chance he could be a complete tosser.

Now I don't automatically assume the negative connotations of a man driving a sports car. I figure he's probably a guy I would get along with really well, this ofcourse could say more about me than anything else.

Regardless, I do believe that a sporty number says a lot about a man. It says that he is a risk taker, that a little bit of wind through his hair isn't going to worry him, that the impracticality of a sports car doesn't doesn't seem to bother him, that style and sexiness means more to him than sensibility.

In addition he is a man who wants to be admired, who is proud of his accomplishments. The top is down not to let the sun in, but to let the exhibitionist out. This is why you see so many chatteringly frozen convertible owners struggling to open their hoods in the midst of a gale.

Yes the sports car says a lot about a Cad, sexy, wealthy, healthy and happy.....and he doesn't care of you think he's a tosser, because he owns a sports car and you do not!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cocktail Nation 234 -Robert Hicks



On the show this week we chat to crooner Robert Hicks about his music, career and the famous people he has worked with, two legends have passed on ...one from long ago and one of recent tiki fame, new music from Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, Spy Fi and Orchestra Superstring

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Vibes On Velvet Spookmaster
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Enter the Tiger
Robert Hicks It's Crazy
Linda Lawson Up Pops Love
Don Tiki The Natives Are Restless
Don Tiki Pagan Lust
Orchestra Superstring Ambrosia
Spy Fi Bryces Theme
Frank Sinatra The Second Time Around
Wynton Marsalis Northbound
Les Baxter The Other Side Of The Moon
Laurie Allyn Your So Bad For Me
Nestor Amaral Brazil
Martin Denny Diga Diga Doo
Chet Baker Lush Life

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cocktail Nation 233 Forgotten Heroes


On the show this week we head back to the sixties to talk about a film about the Vietnam war that takes a different look at the conflict plus it's struggle to be released, I've got news on a Frank Sinatra property for sale and an interesting story on the diet of Marilyn Monroe.

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Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Theme From The Organizer
Kenny Sasaki Enchanted
Julie London Yummy Yummy Yummy
Tony Bennett Josh GrobanThis is All I Ask
Frank Sinatra Nothing but the best
Billy May Mannix
Richard Hayman Alone At Last
Orchestra Superstring Silberstrasse
Tikiyaki Orchestra La Hula Rhumba
Waitiki The Magic Islands
Les Baxter Atlantis
Mancini Windmills Of Your Mind
Vicki Carr In Love For The Very First Time
Jackie Gleason Cherry

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cocktail Nation 232- The Apartment



On the show this week we head back to the movies with Kramer to talk about loungin bachelor pad movies and this week we explore the 1960 film The Apartment, got some Bond news for you plus an interesting email from a listener along with the best classic and new lounge and exotica from across the globe.

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Frank Bennett Your just too hip baby
Halford Jetset Taboo
Knightsbridge Theme from the Apartment
Melody Gardot Mira
John Barry 7 James Bond Theme
Blossum Dearie Manhatten
Martini Kings Fly Me To The Moon
Shagxotica The Ghost of Augie Colon
Neal Hefti Cool Blue
Grace Knight It Ain't Necessarily So
Walter Wanderly The Lonely One
Pink Martini Mayonaka No Bossa Nova
Morton Gould Speak Low
Don Ralke Blue Moon
Wynton Marsalis Loose Duck
Laurie Allyn Take Me In Your Arms

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Lucky Cars



Today I was cruising Sydneys freeways in the 1965 Valiant, the car hugging the open road and me confidently accelerating past people as they went about their business, me, I was enjoying the simplicity of the basic drive experience, one that was devoid of technology that rob me of the true driving experience.

The music from my stereo blarred as enjoying a beautiful day and on the AM radio Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night seeped from the speakers andmy mind started to wander as I pondered how many times this car, in this life, has heard this song on its radio.

Classic cars are funny because in many ways they are lucky cars. Reality is that eventually most cars will be junked, perhaps rust away or be written off in an accident, that's what makes these cars so special and just like my 1965 Valiant they've managed to survive, potentially they could last forever.

Today I considered how many other owners my car has had, I don't know, but I imagine it's quite a few.

Who were these people who once drove my car and where did she travel to? It's a fascinating concept thinking about an unknown history of a vehicle, one that has lived through the political upheavals, social upheaval, and the cultural and motoring changes of the last four decades.

She could have been largely neglected by one owner and then loved by the next owner, she could have been treated roughly by one and left out in the elements or have lived in a garage. Its the randomness of life and people that makes these cars truly lucky cars.

It boggles the mind when you think about the momentus events the car might have been part of ...perhaps the conception of a life, a bank robbery,inadvertently killing somebody or simply transporting a happy family about the suburbs.

Regardless of what life a classic car has lived, one thing remains...they are all truly lucky cars.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cocktail Nation 231 The Dionysus Records Story


 
On the show this week we talk to the number one record man for the retro and lounge scene Lee Joseph from Dionysus records, we examine why Don Draper is the epitome of lounge Got some cool retro airline and hostess flight bags.

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Tikiyaki Orchestra Theme For Jetsetters
Royal Crown Revue- Brazil
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited  Follow The Duke
Orchestra Superstring Easy
Robert Drasnin -Desiree
Beverly Kenney-Undecided
OSS117- Rio Magic
Dinah Washington – Mad About The Boy
Grace Knight – Don’t Know Much About Love

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Billy May-I’ll Have To Change My Plan
Skip Heller-Lonely
Doris Day – Desafinado
Martini Heaven Alcoholiday
Jackie Gleason- Ruby
Lena Horne – Day In-Day Out

Friday, July 20, 2012

Why Don Draper IS Lounge



When it comes to Lounge culture there is a man who really does epitomise the culture through and through. Don Draper.
The character of Don Draper is that he is a guy that looks great in formalwear,business wear and casualwear He has great taste in clothes and has great taste in women, he has money, is successful, confident, well groomed and basically he looks a million bucks.
Even the women he goes for have that certain x factor. However, when he broke up with Betty,and thank God he did,we discovered his taste in furniture is somewhat ordinary.
The bachelor pad he had in New York city was kind of boring, whilst fairly spacious it had that kind of dark and man brooding cave thing going on,but it suited his needs and let's face it was an apartment that was fully furnished not something you chose.
In season five he married Meagan and moved into a sweet pad that's because of her taste of course.
Megan to me is a bit of a disappointing scenario that I don't think Don is the kinda guy who should be married. He is a bachelor and just needs to accept that fact.
He only married Meagan because one part of his life he cannnot handle well, is his kids. He simply cant relate to them, and needs a woman to take care of that part of his life.
Sure he is good at handling business mergers, difficult clients difficult,employees difficult,employers but when it comes to his kids,he struggles in that area
Really he needed to pay for a babysitter and a cleaner and he would've had everything he wanted along with all the women he could possibly wanted.

Sure Don Draper's a fictional character but there is something to take away from his persona.
He is controlling,takes care of business, and he is very stylish, so to me there is something that we can all learn from Don Draper

Let's talk about his treatment of women which many people find appalling, but I personally think he handles his female relationships very very well.
His approach to dating and relationships is that he moves on as soon as it doesn't work anymore and he never loses sight of who he is and his true individuality

As a man he is not the kind of guy is gonna be under the thumb from the little woman. Sure, Betty tried and failed at the end of the day. Don rebelled and truly showed his real character and real value as an independent man.

Don Draper is the epitome of lounge, he's cool, classy,intelligent, well off and a true independent and decisive man.

Cocktail Nation 230 Tiki Location,Location,Location

On the show this week we talk to a listener of the show who has something very interesting to sell and he has asked for my help.
Got a cool website to check out plus, the story of a man reunited with his 1967 Austin Healey after forty two years.

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Nutty Same Old Song And Scat
Spy Fi Zambezik
Martin Denny Jungle Flower
Martini Kings Days Of Wine And Roses
Sunday Combo Sit Back
Julie London Girl Talk
Pink Martini Yuuzuki
Oscar Peterson Con Alma
Ruth Cameron Something Cool
Angie Hubbard Cheek To Cheek
Octobop Minor Yours
Robert Hicks It's Crazy
Vicki Carr Like Love

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cocktail Nation 229-Sunday Combo



On the show this week we talk to the creator of the Sunday combo. I've got aninteresting website from a listener by the name of Christina to tell you about plus there is the death of Ernest Borgnine and some developments on the Natalie Wood case.

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Ricki Derek Melt With You
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica Street Scene
Sunday Combo Womp
Martini Kings You Only Live Twice
Frank Sinatra More
Pink Martini City Of Night
Seth Mac Farlane Is Music Better Than Words
Dave Bruebeck Autumn In New York
Richard Cheese Spiderman
SG Sound Red Desert Springs
Les Baxter The Other Side Of The Moon
Arthur Lyman Cubana Chant
Walter Wanderly Forget Domani
The Naughty Ones I Dig Your Vodooo
Billy May Your the Top

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cocktail Nation 228 Palm Springs Serenade

On the show this week Tony Marsico from the Martini Kings swings by to let us know about a brand new Martini Kings vinyl release and launch party, speaking of new releases,word from another fave band of mine that has one coming our way, will bring you the goss on that one . Got the best parties and gigs from across the globe and an interesting book about the real Mad Men

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Joel Altruda Playboys Theme
Henry Mancini Something for Cat
Lenny Dee Moonglow and Theme from Picnic
Howard Shore Ed Wood Main Title
Combustible Edison Call of the Space Siren
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited The Case
Vic Flick Copacibinsky
Trudy Pitts Take Five
Paul Phillips I Only Have Eyes For You
Cal Tjader- The Way You Look Tonight
Grace Knight Your Cheatin Heart
Tony Bennett - Wave

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Martini Kings Album

The Martini Kings’ first vinyl LP, Palm Springs Serenade, will be released by Dionysus Records on July 10. The LP features cover art by SHAG. The band will play a record release party (and closing for Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker’s art show) at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on July 29, details here.

With over eight self-released CDs and gigs-a-plenty, it’s about time that Los Angeles based jazzy-retro-exotica-bossa-nova-cocktail-lounge combo The Martini Kings make an appearance on the beloved vinyl format. In their professional existence, The Martini Kings have performed events for the likes of Clint Eastwood, Stephen King, The Getty Center, Mattel and Universal Studios, had their music in HBO’s “Entourage” and made an appearance during the Malibu cliff-top wedding scene in the ”Six Feet Under’‘ season curtain-raiser. The Martini Kings’ Marsico brothers have performed in backing groups with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Marianne Faithful. Martini Kings bassist Tony Marsico was in East LA punk legends The Plugz and The Cruzados, and played bass behind Bob Dylan on David Letterman’s show.

Their pro-resume aside, The Martini Kings are also loved among tiki and retro aficionados and are a staple at the yearly Tiki Oasis weekender, numerous burlesque, lounge events and backyard tiki parties. They have the technique and sound down to a fine art and in the process inject equal amounts of heart and soul into their craft. The instrumentation is centered around vibes, stand-up bass and percussion with tasty arrangements including piano, guitar, wind and stringed instruments.

“Palm Springs Serenade” is a collection of the group’s favorite tracks from their CD releases and features a track recorded with lounge legend and former Rat Pack member Buddy Greco. The art of their pal SHAG adorns the album cover and visually fits the combo’s sound from top to bottom. And, the sound on this album which was cut on a vintage Scully lathe with the legendary Westrex B3 stereo cutting head is huge and open with lots of warm low-end. The album jacket is printed vintage style; front cover slick on thick board… this is not your ordinary one piece fabricated album jacket but the Martini Kings / SHAG combination deserves no less. A coupon for a digital download is included in this package.

Black vinyl 180 gram LPs will be shipped to Dionysus Records’ distribuor, ILD (Independent Label Distribution). A limited edition of 100 CLEAR VINYL LPs will be avalible from the band and through Dionysus Records Mailorder only – on JULY 10!

Dionysus Mail Order:

http://www.dionysusrecords.com/shop/

Martini Kings release party info:

http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/laluzmartinikings72912

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cocktail Nation 227 A New Tiki Bar



This week on the show we talk to a tiki carver by name of Marcus Thorn who has some big news for us about his latest project, I've got a new gadget for your bachelor pad that will give you that technological gadgeted up pad

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Spy Fi WEB Theme
Leonard Nimoy Music To Watch Girls By
Jerry Sun Tiki
Don Tiki Heat
Howard Roberts LOVE
Wynton Marsalis Hackensack
Tikiyaki Orchestra Black Sand
Luiz Bonfa Bossa Nova Cha Cha
John Barry Kinky
Nutty- Five Nights
Diana Krall Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Robert Hicks That Was The End Of Me
Hugo Montenegro Theme from I Spy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cocktail Nation 226 Unholy Rabble

This week on the show we catch up with Rohan Pugh from www.careless navigator.com with a big announcement from him, lots of new music plus the world of swank with a stack of gigs to check out including a huge Tikiyaki orchestra

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Nutty The Impossible Past
Robert Hicks Bongo Fever
Shagxotica Blue Scooter
Jimmy Vargas Ghosting
Al Caiola The Man from Uncle Spies
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Space Mission 12
Octobop Jazz Wagner
Esquivel Cachita
Billy May Girl Talk
Royal Crown Revue Datin With No Dough
Sally Street When In Rome
Chet Baker Tenderly
Beverly Kenney Undecided
Doris Day imagination
Si Zentner Charade
Spy Fi Espia En Vacaciones

Friday, June 22, 2012

Life In The Penthouse -Album Review- Nutty


Hand delivered to the Penthouse Lounge room, the latest album from one of my favourite lounge acts of the City Of Angels, Nutty.
Their second album is called Jetsetter Jazz The Persuasive Sounds of Nutty and it is one of those albums that you will throw on the Hi Fi and you will constantly be uttering the sounds of "ahh" and "yeah" as you realise what they are doing.

This is not your typical lounge band, there's no simple cover songs of a pop or rock act that is then replicated and reproduced with a lounge feel.
There are covers but they are immersed in clever arrangements and intelligent switching of chords and themes.

Take for example one of my favourites on the album,which is Manteca in a bottle which is the old Dizzy Gillespie tune ...this song morphs into the Police 1979 hit "Message in a Bottle" and then they take the theme of bottles with messages and desolate islands and suddenly are belting out the Gilligans Island theme.
This is a constant of the album that really gets you thinking about what it is that they are doing. In fact I think this could be the most musically intellectual album of 2012!

When I caught up with the lead singer Sonny Moon on my radio show The Cocktail Nation he told me that Nutty is Classic Jazz merged with Classic Rock in a most ingenious way and that they really aren't the kind of jazz band that takes themselves too seriously. Well I would have to agree whole heatedly.

This is a truly brilliant album that swings like a gate and has a sophistication that we expect of lounge music. I can guarantee you that you will love this album from the minute to hear it and you too will utter "ahh" and "yeah" from the minute the first track comes on.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Modern Day Bachelor Pad



Back in the 1960′s there were many bachelor pad films about and one of the key fantasy parts of this model was the fully decked out, technologically advanced bachelor pads. The reality of these films that it was pretty much impossible for the average guy to have one of these bachelor pads.
Sure there might have been some rich guys who might have had access to this kind of gadgetry but the fact remains that a cat on an average wage might have had a nice pad but he couldn’t have recreated what he saw the big screen.

Well the good news is that you and I live in the 21st century, yes I know, sometimes living in modern times does have it s down side such as rude people, people who think flip flops are appropriate footwear for nights out on the town and people who think the fbomb is appropriate language for all occasions.
Regardless, the 21st century has brought the future to our door, granted I still don’t own a flying car or a jet pack as promised by the Jetsons.

Today thanks to modern technology you can actually create a fully decked out Bachelor Pad that will impress your date. A company called Belkin has recently invented a gadget that can remotely control your apartment cheaply and easily.Belkins WeMo Switch can to trigger devices in your pad with motion. Just place the WeMo Motion sensor wherever you like, connect it to a WeMo Switch controlling a light, and that light goes on whenever you pass by. With WeMo Motion, appliances wake up and perform their tasks when you get near them, and go to sleep when you leave.
There’s a free WeMo app so,that you can tell your Switches and Motion Sensors what to do, and when to do it. You can name every item you’re controlling with WeMo, even take its picture and have that appear next to its name.

With wireless technology you can have your music play through every room in the pad, you can have a robotic vacuum cleaner tidy your digs while you are out and about on the town.

Modern remote control units like the WeMo make setting the mood, quickly and allow you to set the mood and impress your date.
I encourage you to check out the possibilities of marrying technology and bachelor pad swankness together in your lair.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cocktail Nation 224 Don Tiki Big Show


This week on the show we talk to Fluid Floyd from Don Tiki who is going to tell us about a big show coming up at the end of the year. ...news on a new bio pick coming out about Liz Taylor and you will never guess who is going to play her, got a stack of new gigs coming your way plus the best lounge and exotica as we broadcast across the world via the Sydney penthouse.

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Halford Jet Set Tema De Anna
Clouseaux Miserlou
Don Tiki Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha
Jimmy Vargas Live Black Dahlia
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica Colorado Waltz
Martini Kings Desifinado
Jonah Jones Whatever Lola Wants
Mancini Alright Ok You Win
Octobop Playboys theme
Ludovic Bource Panic Plane
Lea Delaria Welcome to My Party
Lalo Schifrin Mission Impossible


Cocktail Nation 225 Nutty


Got a real swinger stepping into the show tonight in that of Sonny Moon of Nutty fame. We'll catch up with a promoter of a new event in the mountains around Sydney , there are some new releases to check out along with the best Lounge and Exotica from across the planet.

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Don Tiki Primitiva
Janet Seidel Slow Hot Wind
Nutty Purple Panther
Jimmy Vargas Lust Angeles
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited The Bossa Nova Squad.
Orchestra Superstring Easy
Martini Kings Nylon Jungle
Frank Sinatra That's Life
James Morrison The Call
Waitiki The Magic Islands
Stan Getz Penthouse Serenade
Robert Hicks Richard Diamond Theme

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Swank Advice Don't ask because you won't like the answer



This week I received an email from a listener who wanted to know whether or not I make any money out of my radio show and asking me all manner of questions about how I make a buck. He wanted to know how he could achieve a similar way of life.

It always amazes me how people can often ask the most personal questions and are often surprised if you are short or angry at them.

You asked me a question about my personal and company finances, you ask me a question about how you can achieve what I have and you are surprised that I might be somewhat offended.

Now this person had just finished College so I can understand that there is often a massive difference on values when it comes to the generational gap and it certainly makes me wonder how this person will get through life when he starts to ask his boss questions like this in the corporate.

Time after time at parties and functions I have been horrified by what people determine good and stimulating conversation. Religion, Politics and money are massive social taboos and I can think of about another twenty off the top of my head. You can actually avoid all the taboos and still. Have stimulating conversation without having to dumb it down to nothingness.
If you do stray into those areas that are likely to offend or embarrass then simply back out and move onto something else. All those involved in the conversation will be pleased that you did.

There are some things you just never bring up.

Koop Kooper
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cocktail Nation 223-Monroe

This week on the show we talk to a woman who has written an interesting book on Marilyn Monroe which is timely as its her birthday this weekend, news on something big that tiki carver Marcus Thorn is involved in, plus a rumour about Brother Cleve of Combustible Edison fame and a new release from Nutty coming our way.

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Montefiori Cocktail Gne Gne
Piere Piccioni Love War
Walter Wanderly Girl From Ipanema
Bob Thompson on The Rocks
Pink Martini and Saori Yuki Blue Light Yokhama
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Nassau Shake Down
Jackie Gleason Guilty
Laura Fygi Abrazame
Vicki Carr Cuanda Caliente El Sol
Skip Heller Hurricane Apartment
Blue Hawaiians Flesh And Soul
Ruth Cameron One For My Baby
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack I Dream of Jeanie
Arthur Lyman Leis Of Jazz

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cocktail Nation 221- Digby Wolfe


This week on the show we find out about an Australia legend of the entertainment business who traveled to America to become a success there.
We also find out about the the passing of of a sixties fashion legend plus a cool blog and film to check out.


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Seth MacFarlane-Music Is Better Than Words
James Morrison-The Call
Beverly Kenney-Lover Like You
George Shearing September in the Rain.
Grace Knight - I'm Glad There Is You
Esquivel-That Old Black Magic
Buddy Greco- Something's Gotta Give
Blue Dahlia's-Brazil
Blue Martini's-Hershey Bar
Billy May Girl Talk.
Sunday Combo - Womp
Blossom Dearie-Manhatten
Cal Tjader- The Way You Look Tonight
Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - Mas Que Nada
Tony Bennett - How Insensitive

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm The Guy who has to call a guy



As much as I hate to admit it, I can't fix a damn thing.
Years ago men were great at fixing cars, their washing machines or any other gadget around the house. Sadly,as much as I try, I am not that guy.
I've always been pretty accepting of the fact that I am not of that generation and don't have the know how to do anything manual.

Years ago when I was a teen living at home with my parents my father and I would tackle a problem on the 1960 FB Holden I owned and whilst I really didn't know what I was doing, I would actively participate and try to learn from my father who really knew what he was doing. In my youth he had pulled apart clutches and replaced steering columns and pretty much anything that needed attention.
It gave me a false confidence that I knew what I was doing. Years later I would be living by myself and really didn't have the confidence to tackle such jobs so
I just paid a guy to fix whatever needed repair.

In recent years as I have gotten older I have thought to myself that even though I can afford to have the guy come out and do repairs,that perhaps I should be manly and grab those tools that are sitting idle in the trunk of my car and attempt some basic repairs myself. Well, I was wrong. Everything I have attempted has failed miserably and cost me more time and money than if I had just gone with my basic instinct and just called a guy.

I guess it's just time to realise and accept that I can knock down a VoiceOver for a commercial in one take, I can produce an award winning weekly radio show, can write books, play the bongos and host marvellous parties but for the life of me I just can't get my hands dirty and fix something.

It's frustrating but sometimes you just have to accept your limitations....I am the guy who has to call a guy.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cocktail Nation 220 Bewitched



this week we talk to David Pierce the author of a book all about one of my favourite tv shows, Bewitched, news on a couple of departures from the world

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Melody Gardot Mira
Jimmy Vargas Stacato
Dave BruebeckThat old Black Magic
Vic Damone Am I Blue
Martini Kings Bags Groove
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
Peggy Lee Bewitched
Mark Copeland The Coffee Song
Grace Knight Am I Blue
Arthur Lyman Hava Nagalia
Clouseux Marauder
Janet Seidel Crazy World
Angie Hubbard Peel Me A Grape

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cocktail Nation 219 Errol Flynn, Quest For An Oscar



This week on the show I share a few albums I picked up at a record fair in Sydney so stand by for some great finds from the record bins....now did you know that Errol Flynn never won an Oscar....we will meet the man who has written about this and find out what he is planning to do to right this wrong.

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Narco Lounge Combo Boom Boom Room
Mambo Zombie Autumn In New York
Lionel Hampton Satin Doll
Ludovic Bource Chicks At The Pool
Combustible Edison Vertigogo
Bob Thompson Le Mans
DJ Bonebrake 4-4 Situation
Jo Basille Mack The Knife
Bob Rosengarden and Phil Kraus For Want Of a Star
Kahuna Kawentzman Fatu Hiva
David Rose Falling in Love With Love
Frank Sinatra When No One Cares
Xavier Cugat Goldfinger
Charlie Parker April In Paris
Diana Krall So Nice
Martin Denny Martinique

Friday, May 4, 2012

Where Did Our Dress Sense Go?



At some point in history our standard of dress has deteriorated to the point of no return. I blame this partly on the youth of the seventies and the baby boomers who seemed to think that they needed to rebel against everything and anything their parents stood for.

Reading the paper today I was struck by the amazing comparison of British PM David Cameron next to his wife Samantha Cameron .(see below)

Mr Cameron looks like a well dressed banker and his wife looks like she is about to go shopping with her girlfriends after she drops the kids off at school and daycare. It seems to me that many men and women have completely given up on wearing nice clothes and actually knowing when to dress up and when to dress down. They just don’t have any sense of awareness.
The men these days are just as bad, so much so that when you do see a man dressed up it is quite an event.

Dressing for the occasion seems to have gone out the window as well.
I have been to countless weddings, funeral and baptisms and been amazed by what people have deemed appropriate clothing.
It’s become so chronic that when you do wear the appropriate clothing people look at you suspiciously like you are trying to grandstand.

A few years ago my dear old grandfather died so I flew back home and was in a corner store picking up a few things on the way to the funeral.
I was wearing 100% Black, I was in mourning and on the way to a funeral.
The guy behind the counter decided to be a wise ass and smirkingly asked me if I was going to a funeral. I told him I was going to a funeral which is why I am wearing funeral mourning attire and that if he wasn’t careful his would be the next funeral I would attend.

Take a short wander around your neighbourhood and you will be amazed at to what is deemed to be acceptable attire to wear to the local shops.
People wear dirty sweat pants, rumpled clothing, flip flops, muffin tops and shirts that should have retired to the garage rag pile along time ago.

Now I doubt any of this kind of behaviour will get any better, and if anything it will get worse over time. All I can hope for is that people finally starry to understand what an occasion is and dress to it, and if you don’t, for heavens sake don’t criticise or give the fish eye to those who do.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cocktail Nation 218- The Master Plan


Well I am back from another vacation, this time to a beautiful resort in a place three hours north of Sydney called Nelson bay, the weather was terrible last week in Sydney so I saddled p the 65 Valiant and headed out of town to this fantastic beachside suburb. Speaking of fantastic we talk to one of the most popular jazz musicians in Australia, I'll play a track from an album I picked up from the charity stores in Nelson Bay,lots of gigs to check out along with the best lounge and exotica from across the globe.


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Marita Brake-Shaken Not Stirred

Martini Heaven- Tango Zingo

James Morison -The Master Plan

Loudvic Bource -Spicy Spy

Les Baxter-Sword Dance

Enoch Light -Knowing When To Leave

Pink Martini Saori Yuki-Blue Light Yokohama

Mr Hos Orchestrotica-Frenesi

Halford Jetset-Out Of This World

Tony Bennett -Blue Velvet with Kd Lang

Lalo Schifrin -Barney Does It All

Ixrahule- Exotic Sounds of Ixtahule

Wynton Marsalis - A Hundred and a Hundred and Twelve

David Rose Orchestra -Tenderly

Jackie Gleason -Guilty

Sunday, April 22, 2012

How to restore the sound quality of your records

When it comes to record collecting there is nothing better than a great find in a charity store. Getting that record home, checking out the cover and then putting the needle on the record and hearing that sweet sound for the first time. Sometimes that sound will be a little scratchy and a little hissy which can be a little disappointing.
Most of us these days have some software to fix audio from records, and for the most past it does a great job. However, I thoroughly recommend a magical product from an Australian inventor called Record Revirginizer.Cary Stoddard is the inventor and I spoke to this amazing man on my radio show, The Cocktail Nation, and ever since then I have become a convert.
The stuff is so easy to use and delivers such great results. Simply take some clean paper, place it on a flat table, then take you record and place it on the clean paper. You then simply pour a small amount of Record Revirginizer in a full circle around the record, spread it out attach a tab of paper to help remove the product. You then leave it over night and repeat on side B.
Basically it cleans the grooves of the record when you remove the hard product the next day by literally pulling any gunk out of the grooves plus it removes static from the record.
Try it and you will find that the sound quality of your records will be amazingly restored, delivering a wonderful clarity of sound just as if the record was brand new. Check it out today www.recordrevirginizer.com

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cocktail Nation 217-Australian Modern Magazine


This week on the Cocktail Nation we talk to the editor of brand new mid century modern magazine, more new music from Pink Martini and a band I just discovered called the Sunday Combo. Got lots of new gigs to check out and some Bond news for you!

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Tikiyaki Orchestra - Hawai'i Nocturn
Loudvic Bource-La Grande Souplesse
Frank Wess Blues for a Playmate
Esquivel & His Orchestra - Jungle Drum
Jimmy Vargas-Stacato
Lexotica-Sands
Herb Albert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream
Tony Bennett - Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) - with Queen Latifah.
Sunday Combo - Sit Back
Bobby Hackett—Flamingo
Halford Jetset-Tema de Anna
Jackie Gleason- Somebody Loves Me

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cocktail Nation 216 Silencers


good friend of the show Kramer joins us again as we take a look at some bachelor pad loungin films...this weeks is the Matt Helm series as we check out the Silencers, I've got requests flying into the penthouse so we will play some of those tonight, plus new music from Pink Martini, Jimmy Vargas and Sally Street and a mystery artist with an interesting story.

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Karen Souza Tainted Love
Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - Kisetso no Ashioto
Vicki Carr-Silencers
Brian Setzer-Lonely Avenue
Ella Fitzgerald- Mas Que Nada
Mancini The Brothers Go To Mothers
Oscar Peterson-Dreamsville
Vic Damone Poinciana
Diana Krall -The Look Of Love
Jimmy Vargas -Noirotika
Martini Madness Coquette
Ada Lee- Romance in the Dark
Herbie Mann-Fever
Sally Street Chocolate Bliss
Halford Jetset Sparkling