Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cocktail Nation 304 Girl Talk

A themed show this week on the Cocktail Nation as we play all songs about the female species and speaking of the girls we take a look at the evolution of women....not from eve but the women's liberation movement of the sixties.
So much happened in the sixties, so much that was pivotal in where we are today and the women's lib movement was one of them, speaking of the sixties we talk mad men which returns soon. I have a cool book to check out as we see what is reading in the penthouse plus I have all the best parties from across the globe!

Octobop Girl Talk

Jonah Jones I Dig Chicks
Kayleen Peoples Girl From Ipanema

Clouseaux Girl From Atlantis

David Carbonara A Girl Can Dream

Jimmy Vargas Cigarette Girls

Kenny Sasaki China Girl

John Barry Beat Girl

Jackie Gleason A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

Reg Owen Pretty Baby

Bennet and Basie Poor Little Rich Girl

Sally Street Play Your hands Girls

Abbe  Lane Whatever Lola Wants

Cy Coleman Parisian Women

Leonard Nimoy Music To Watch Space Girls By 

Cocktail Nation 303 Al Viola

Talking about one of the greats of guitar this week in that of Al Viola, a man who has performed on countless albums and alone produced some fantastic lounge tunes on the guitar,

 I will tell you about the return of a comic that I think may have made me the man I am today and it may just have made you.

There's the world of swank gig guide, some brand new music and a very cool mid mod architecture book you need to check out.


Warren Wolf Frankie And Johhny


Stacy Kent One Note Samba


Jim Spencer Al Viola


Al Viola Sophisticed Lady


Bob Thompson People Will Say We’re In Love


Frank Bennett Money


Elmer Bernstein Night Mood


Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Sansaz


Pink Martini Syracuse


Thelonius Monk Round Midnight


Barbara Levy Daniels It’s Talk Of The Town


Beverly Kenney What Is There To Say

Sunday, March 2, 2014

An Unlikely Time Traveller

Today I saw an ad for a new 3d animated kids movie Peabody and Sherman and it suddenly brought back memories of the original. No wonder I have always been obsessed with the past…loving history, pop culture from the past and ofcourse Time Travelers. For those growing up in the sixties, seventies or eighties you might remember Peabody’s Improbable History .

The cartoons which ran during the fifties and sixties are about Peabody, a beagle who is the smartest being in existence. Peabody has accomplished many things in his life as a business magnate, inventor, scientist, Nobel laureate, gourmand, and two-time Olympic medalist.

One day, Mr. Peabody becomes sad and lonely and decides to adopt his own human son. In an alley, he meets Sherman, a dorky, glasses-wearing, orange-haired boy. After saving Sherman from a group of bullies, Peabody discovers that Sherman is an orphan and decides to adopt him.
After a court appearance and a talk with the President and the government, Peabody becomes Sherman’s new guardian. Mr. Peabody tells Sherman to not call him “Daddy” and to call him by his name, “Mr. Peabody”.

Peabody realizes that boys need running room and so invents the WABAC machine as a birthday gift for Sherman. He and Sherman then go back in time to see a Roman speaking in Latin; Peabody then adds a translator circuit to the machine so that everyone seems to speak English and see the Roman again finding out he is a used chariot salesman. Their next trip is to see Ben Franklin flying his kite, but Peabody and Sherman discover that they cannot interact with the past, so Peabody makes some more adjustments, turning the WABAC from a time machine into a “should-have-been machine.” This results in the past they visit being totally cockeyed.
As a kid watching this comic it allowed me to dream of visiting the past, to be enthralled by history. It’s amazing the things that influence a young boy.

On the Cocktail Nation Radio I often ask people what got them onto this crazy kick, what was the thing that made them the retro consuming vultures that we are. Perhaps it was the influence of our grandparents, maybe it was spending lots of time alone in our own world watching sitcom re runs of the fifties and sixties. Often it was the music that we would hear our parents or grandparents playing. Sometimes it’s all of these things. It can often be a fascinating story. For me it’s probably all of those things. I distinctly remember watching old movies and sitcoms while visiting my grandparents.
I heard their stories of the past and would often be sitting watching tv while my mother had tea with my grandparents. When I would come home from school I would watch Batman, Gilligan’s Island, Rocky and Bullwinkle and ofcourse Mr Peabody. So many influences on a young mind.
I wonder, what was your influence?

Koop Kooper

Cocktail Nation 302 The Bus Driver School


we are back this week with our monthly look at classic comedy and this week a great sketch by Bob Newhart, we will talk about record hunting plus another book from the penthouse library on one of the coolest cats in lounge and how about some very rare instruments for your band or perhaps just to put on display in your pad.
We have some new music to play for you plus the best party events from across the globe in our world of swank!

Elmer Bernstein MacDougal Street Special

Ixtahuele Huahine

Rick Cunningham Safari

Larry Gelb If My Life Were Pleasant

Martin Denny Martinique

Nathan Haines Celestial You

James Bond Sextet Moonraker

Dean Martin Let Me Love You Tonight

Kenny Sasaki A Night Of Ghosts

Cocktail Inn Manilla

Percussion For Playboys Angel Eyes

Oscar Peterson Night Train