Tiki music for the holidays: Mele Kalikimaka from The Atomic Grog

Tired of the same old holiday music year after year? If you love Tiki tunes (surf, exotica, Hawaiian, et al.), there are plenty of options that are off the beaten path. Here are a few of The Atomic Grog’s favorites, courtesy of YouTube.

Those masked marvels, Los Straitjackets, have released tons of great holiday music over the years. Here’s a live video of Here Comes Santa Claus filmed in Portland in December 2009:

Another band I highly recommend seeking out for holiday music of a totally different type is Meshugga Beach Party. Here the band performs Dreidel, Dreidel in San Francisco in 2008:

For something a little more exotic and original, check out this new video of Jolly Jingle Madness performed by The Waitiki 7 with the Idaho State Civic Symphony on Dec. 9, 2011. It’s an original holiday exotica composition by Randy Wong, drawing influences from Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and others:

If you want something a little more rockin’ there’s always the Brian Setzer Orchestra‘s many holiday tunes, such as Jingle Bell Rock from a 2005 live perfomance:

And of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without the classic Mele Kalikimaka from Bing Crosby:

Looking for more cool tunes? Check out our review of the great podcasts available for streaming on download.

About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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