TIKI NEWS and ORGAN & BONGOS
In hindsight, there was nothing anybody could do about it as the blooming resurgence of zines and this
retro revival were bound to crash into each other…other than join in on this messy luau and put out a
lounge/space age title of your own…and many did….and many of them sucked…badly. When I got
caught up with this retro deal, I ordered a few related zines and, man, did I pay the price, more than
just the cover price. Well, what the hell was I expecting?! For every cultural discovery there’s going to
be some rug burns from those jumping on the bandwagon.

Fortunately, there were a selected few that didn’t jump on that wagon for its own sake. They were in it
for its aesthetics and history. In most cases, it was an act of social and cultural exploration and
preservation. On top of this heap were Tiki News and Organs & Bongos.
Organ & Bongos is an interesting
case; it had many of the marks of a
‘bandwagon’ publication with its
scene reports from LA, NYC, San
Francisco, etc, large helpings of
cocktail recipes, records reviews
from its home base of Seattle,
Washington. However, there was
some serious fun underneath. In the
issues I have and read, there’s a
serial travelogue of a couple of
readers taking a trip through Cuba
and what’s left of their old pre-
Castro culture, surviving Burning
Man, some interesting fiction and
they even hacked up the lounge
band The Wonderful World Of Joey
Schee, which was followed in the
next issue with an constructive
interview with the same guy! Each
issue also has a large share of
funny fake ads for satirical lounge
brands like Barfly Barbie and Mean
Spirited Cigarettes (“NOW More
Saltpeter Added!!”). Another plus is
that their page layout is not rushed
and clustered, much like the zine
itself.
Another branch of this retro invasion was the American Polynesian/Tiki revival and nobody
covered the bases like
Tiki News. The pages might be cluttered, but the enthusiasm and
unearthed history and happenings just budges out of their digest-size pages. Of particular
favorite were pictures of reader’s urban archeology looking for forgotten Tiki’s in their own
backyard. I did my share of such searching before I discovered this title, so you can guess
what a revelation this caused. I wasn’t the only Tiki head taking pictures of these wooden
former-gods!
....and what good zine
didn't have a good
manifesto!
left: Tiki News right,
Organ & Bongos.
HONORABLE MENTION:
Since we're going all retro here, I might a well mention Kiss My
Pineapple
, a zine put out by a fun ukulele duo, Pineapple Princess. This
action pack title was crammed with all things American Polynesian, but the
primarily focus was on the Ukulele; the instrument, the music and the
people who made them popular like Tiny Tim, Don Ho and Annette
Funicello.

'Who are these Princesses?', you might ask. Well, this piece might help
with your answer....
Tiki News might not be on paper
anymore, but the man responsible,
Otto Von Stroheim is still active. His
web site is
HERE
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