Updated September 1, 1999
Exotica is a mailing list for fans and collectors of weird and unusual
music from the early LP era forward. The list takes its name from the title
of jungle-exotica pioneer Martin Denny's seminal album. Common topics of
discussion include artists like Perez Prado, Les Baxter, and Yma Sumac; cool
record finds; current reissues in the genre, and so forth.
For more information on the list, you should send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the command info exotica on a line by itself in the body of the
message. A complete archive of
list postings is available, as is a FAQ.
I hope we can help you stumble across something you've never seen or heard
Exotic Links - General Interest
- The Exotica Mailing List FAQ v3.2
American Gallery of Exotic Album Covers
- Acres of wicked sleeve artwork. Formerly part of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music on the
World Wide Web.
- Art's Bachelor Pad
- Join Art in his decidedly swingin' lair.
- Cool and
Strange Music! Magazine
- A definitive print resource takes to the net.
- Jack Diamond's House of Games
- Home page for Jack's KFJC (Los Altos, CA) radio show. Sleeve art, notes
on record collecting, Esquivel area, and scans from Jack's collection of cool
- Johan Dada Vis' Exotica hyperdiscography -- 1713 entries as I type
- The Easy-Tune
- Defining the terms that define the scene...or something.
- The ELP Laser Turntable
- Included here because the idea of playing a 25-cent thrift store mambo
record on a turntable that costs eighty-two thousand times as much is
pretty damned cool.
- Gerald Ross' MIDI
Cha-Cha, Swing, Fingerstyle Guitar, Polka, Mambo and More!
- A smattering of exotic tracks, well-captured in General MIDI format.
- In Hi-Fi
- A NYC club guide, plus cover art, with a special gallery by Jim Flora.
- King Kini's Club Velvet
- Home page for live exotic club & radio DJ action in Minneapolis. Great
look, cool sleeves, and a solid Les Baxter resource too!
- Lounge Los Angeles
- Online version of the long-running print journal.
- Music for Better Living
- Yet another radio show home page (WZBC 90.3 FM Boston).
- A rotating collection of weird and freaky choonz from all musical
eras. Supposedly lets you hear 'em (I couldn't for some reason) but
interesting sleeve art anyway.
- Nitty Gritty
- Because you never know who's been walking on that thrift-store record.
- The wall of retro radio continues at KANU 91.5FM University of Kansas.
Bachelor Pad Music on the World Wide Web
- The site that started it all! Now online courtesy of Vik Trola's
Lounge of Self Indulgence.
- Space Age Pop Standards
- "Any song worth playing is worth wearing into the ground." And
that's exactly what the musicians of the Exotica era did with songs like
Caravan, Quiet Village, and The Hawaiian War Chant...
- Space Safari -
To Hi-Fidelity And Beyond!
- Long-time scions of the Edinburgh club scene.
- A wander through the mean wet naked city streets of Exotica's swinginest
sounds. Sleeves and samples.
- Swank-O-Rama: The Cocktail Revolution Homepage
- Paul McKay's ever-so-stylish plunge into the fabulous jet
- Tiki News
- America's premiere newsletter of Polynesiana!
- Tiki Publishing
- Internet consulting inspired by the moods and flavors of the South
Seas. Well, maybe not, but we like 'em anyway.
- Triad Radio
- Saul Smaizys documents his early-'70s radiophonic adventures.
- Tricky Dicky's Rapa Nui
- Loads of info for those curious about visiting this most amazing place
(known to most of us schlubs as Easter Island).
- Vik's Lounge
- Quite possibly the best-designed and most informative site of its
kind. Reportedly no longer being updated, but still well worth a visit.
- WFMU-FM 91.1 East Orange NJ
- Independent freeform radio lives on. Raymond Scott/Esquivel
reissue-producer Irwin Chusid spins for them so they must be okay. In
the future all radio will be this cool but we'll be dead.
- 101 Strings
- Lest we forget...
- Les Baxter
- Official but hi-tech-heavy. Off-brand browsers need not apply!
- Jaymz Bee - The
- Canadian cocktail strangeness; extra points for having worked with members
- June Christy: Misty Miss Christy
- Includes an extensive discography.
- SubPop Records brings us these popular bastions of the New Cocktail
Revival. Bring 3D glasses for full effect.
- The Temple
- Part of Vik's Lounge, but deserving of its own link.
- Another Denny site.
- The usual extensive discography, images, and so forth, with regular
of Dean Martinez
- Soundtracks for those late-night runs to Vegas with the hardtop down on
the Lincoln, somewhere in the desert east of Silver Lake...
- Hmm, can't think of anything clever to say here. Visit the site and
see if you can do any better.
- "...everything you could possibly want to know about New York's best loved
purveyors of genuine, authentic faux-Hawaiian music."
- Way too much stuff on the main page, but lots and lots of great images!
- Spaced Out! - The Enoch Light
- Robbie Baldock's frighteningly extensive Light resource. So good it's
scared everyone else out of even trying.
- Julie Is
- Miss London, of course!
- Man... Or Astro-Man?
The Joe Meek Website
- Acres of info, including a mailing list.
- Moog Cookbook
- Once I heard their cover of
Boston's "More Than A Feeling" I stopped caring about anything else.
- Korla Pandit
- Apparently an official site!
- Perez Prado and
- Nice scholarly look at Prez and his form. Part of the
Vinyl Tourist site, less
exotic but still worth checking out with detailed turntable tips.
- Official site, apparently by a relative.
- Voodoo Martini
- New-school cocktail tunes from NYC, sorta Edwin Collins-esque.
- Label of Tipsy, some Ken Nordine, and the second RE/Search:
Incredibly Strange Music compilation, all of which are well-supported
here with graphics and sound samples.
- The World of Del-Fi Records
- King of the classic surf labels -- and home to Eden Ahbez and a nifty
Mancini tribute album as well.
- The exotic-reissue arm of Caroline Records brings us Martin Denny, John
Barry, the Sound Gallery series, and more.
The Theremin, the Moog, and other Exotic Electronic Instruments
- 120 Years Of Electronic
- A truly amazing survey!
- Moog Music Incorporated
- As they say, "The First Name In Synthesizers". (Official site.)
- Popular Electronics Theremin Plans
- From a 1976 article, these Postscript files include an
introduction and instructions, a set of
schematics, and a
circuit board layout for a transistorized theremin design.
- Pictures of Leon Theremin, legendary theremin player Clara Rockmore,
and some of Robert Moog's "Big Briar" model theremins. Also includes Moog's
article on the instrument's history, as included with Clara Rockmore's CD
The Art Of The Theremin.
- Take A Look At THEREMINS
- Theremin archive.
- The Theremin Home Page
- Another exhaustive web archive of theremin information, maintained by Jaron Barile.
PLAYS 78 RPM
Special Section: Sites for Shellacheads
- 78 Quarterly
- Web site supporting the print magazine of the same name.
- The 78rpm Record Home Page
- Lots of information on this classic format. Maintained by Gary
- Wolverine Antique Music Society
- A self-described Shellac Acquisition Cult shepherded by R.D. "Gus"
Frederick. Sleeve art, lots of tech and history info.
Credit Where It's Due...
A Toast o'The Tasty Exotica Cocktail (please don't poke your eye out with the
umbrella) to the following folks for their contributions to this page:
Rex C. Arthur,
and the many readers of the Exotica mailing list.