Cocktail Nation 358 Robert Drasnin RIP

A change of plans for this weeks show. Originally we intended to bring you a comedy special but late last week news came through of the passing of Robert Drasnin the movie and tv music composer and ofcourse the man  behind Voodoo and Voodoo 2 exotica albums.
His good friend and friend of Tiki author Jeff Chenault will stop by to talk about his friend.
Also on the show we talk about the difficulties in living a vintage life today and some suggestions as to how to get or maintain that authenticity


Barry Adamson -The Big Bamboozle
Satin Chaps -Hard Drivin
Robert Drasnin Kahula Mist
Jackie Gleason-My Devotion
Jimmy Psycho -Moondance
Perry Beekman I wish I was in Love again
Mancini-A Shot In The Dark
Beegie Adair-Witchcraft
Gene Rains- Mapuana
Ken Greves I wished on the Moon
Rodger Davidson Trio Celia
Stolen Idols Sao Paulo 64


Cocktail Nation 357 RetroEssence

It’s so great to hear of people in the retro and vintage scenes really making massive strides to promote and encourage so tonight we talk to a lady who has put together a very cool website that not only talks about vintage but seeks to help people promote and expand. Also on the show our world of swank gig guide plus some cool mixology apps

Ellen La Ferne-Days Of Wine and Roses
Tiki Lounge Crew -Martini Sunset
Bert Kaemphert- Mambo Mania
Beegie Adair- Let’s Fall In Love
Jackie Gleason -Moment To Moment
Chet Baker- Moon Love
James Morrison The Shadow Of Your SmilE
Perry Beekman -Liza
Matt Catingub feat Jimmy Borges-When I Fall In Love
Oscar Peterson -Easy Does It
The Desmond Quartet Take Five
Cocktail Inn-Brief and Breezy
Arthur Lyman-Sweet and Lovely


The Challenge Of Authenticity In A Twenty First Century

When it comes to living an authentic vintage lifestyle I believe it’s a lot harder than when I first started hanging out in the Rockabilly scene in the late eighties.
Back then it was easy to avoid technology, it was easier to be separate from the mainstream society.

Back then if a buddy pulled out a cell phone or admitted to us that he enjoyed gaming we’d probably rib him for the next year.

It was a time when my rotary phone was all I needed, a touch phone wasn’t needed to get through to a business because you actually spoke to an operator.

I do remember the day when I had to buy a phone with a keypad which I kept in a draw for when I needed to make such calls. It felt like an end of an era. I guess it kind of was because after that phone banking came into being and in ten year’s I would be logging onto the internet to pay my bills and make reservations. The world was moving faster and faster. Before too long you needed to keep up with technology or fall behind in your job. The purity of the vintage life would never be the same again.

Today one has to make a conscious decision to live a vintage life, to get that buzz of the traditional that is so lacking.

How do you do it? Embrace the vinyl, put away the phone when you go for a walk and make a concerted effort to live a life that is not distracted by the eternal buzzing of devices. It’s about taking a drive in your classic car and smelling the fumes and hearing the engine roar. It’s about reading a paper back book and letting your mind wander and encouraging that internal dialogue.

Listen to the music, play some music and go watch a classic film at your local arthouse, see a live band and talk to a friend over coffee.

Breaking away from the beeps will set you free and you will find very soon that you will crave the vintage buzz as opposed to the electronic buzz.

Let me know how you go!


Sometimes They Just Break Down

Today happens to be Jerry Seinfeld’s Birthday and I came across a picture of him with his very expensive and rare Porsche on the back of a tow truck.

It was heartening to see that it doesn’t matter how wealthy you are or how expensive your car is, it can still end up causing you heartache and a trip to the mechanic next to a sweaty and tired tow truck driver.

As a classic car owner myself for the last twenty years I don’t think I can count the number of times I have been in this position. It’s frustrating and embarrassing and expensive but it’s a reality of classic car ownership.

Sure it doesn’t happen all the time and mostly you will enjoy marvellous driving majority of the time. But if you think you will have the same amount of reliability as a modern car then you are delusional.

It happens to the best of us and it’s just one of those things.  I like to think of it as the price of cool.

Enjoy the ride but make sure your dues are paid up with the auto club!


The Battle to Save The Twentieth Century

In this day and age it’s difficult watching the demolition of the 20th century right before our eyes.

Just when you think there is no hope along comes a saviour. I think the thing we can all learn

is that Goliath can be defeated by David and it’s up to all of us make sure we speak up and

stand against the development when it threatens our heritage

Here in Sydney the Leichhardt council has won a landmark victory against a property developer

who illegally demolished a heritage-listed shopfront in Annandale.

The NSW Land and Environment Court found the owner and director of development company

Geitonia, Bill Gertos, personally liable for the illegal demolition of the Edwardian facade

located next to the iconic Annandale Hotel.

The court found Mr Gertos ordered the demolition of the Edwardian facade in late 2011 after

the council approved a redevelopment of the building on the proviso the shopfront facade would

be preserved.

The maximum penalty for the offence is $1.1 million.

The ruling was one of the rare cases where an individual owner or director of a company was

successfully prosecuted for breaching heritage law, and could set a precedent for other Sydney

councils fighting to save heritage buildings.

Lets hope it does, and maybe, just maybe these companies will think twice before swinging a wrecking ball.

Stan Freberg passes

Satirist Stan Freberg, who influenced generations with his witty comedy albums and cartoon voices and memorable advertising campaigns, died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 88 and had been suffering from respiratory problems and pneumonia.

His son Donavan posted the news on his Facebook page, saying, “He was, and will always be, my hero, and I will carry his brilliant legacy forward as best I am able.”

Stan Freberg has passed away


Say No To The Smart Watch

In recent weeks Apple released it’s first Apple Watch. Whilst many tech heads will be excited at this news and there have been predictions that this new watch will take over the traditional analogue watch. There have also been predictions that this new watch will sell like crazy.

To me this entirely-un necessary digital technology, Apple’s entry to the smartwatch market looks set to fully drown you in a never-ending sea of notifications, messages and calendar reminders. Conspiring with the iPhone in a bid to drag society into a functional-yet-Orwellian future, the Apple Watch is the Cupertino tech leviathan’s attempt at making the humble wristwatch redundant, replacing timeless style and expert craftsmanship with a digital face and groundbreaking new technology. And I don’t like it.

Watches occupy a sacred corner of men’s style, often becoming deeply valued beyond purely their style and function. Not only is the Apple Watch devoid of character – besides Siri’s aggravating, manufactured friendliness – it assumes that we don’t spend enough time with our phones glued to our hands already. Style isn’t there to take over your life, bleeping at you every time some maniac you’ve not seen since school wants to play Farmville or reminding you that you’ve spent too much time sitting down. It exists as a quiet, comforting expression of personal taste that has thankfully remained untouched by the all-encompassing digital assault. It should stay that way.