June 26, 2007

Phil Spector, Tikiphile

Filed under: Los Angeles,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 1:51 pm

Now, there are so many really fantastic, interesting, awesome people who love tiki… but tiki is not immune from attracting the occasional nutjob.

It has already been widely reported that before (allegedly) killing Lana Clarkson, famed record producer and coiffure aficionado Phil Spector paid a visit to Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills, where he downed some Navy Grogs. He was apparently a bit of a regular there. When he made his way to Dan Tana’s later in the evening, he tried to order a Navy Grog there, too (I wish I could have seen the confused look on the bartenders’ faces).

But now comes this tiki-flavored contribution from The Smoking Gun, a postcard sent by Phil Spector last year to a friend:

Postcard sent by Phil Spector (via The Smoking Gun)
Postcard sent by Phil Spector (via The Smoking Gun)
from the collection of Cool Manchu
from the collection of Cool Manchu

This is a promotional still photo from a 1960s film (I always forget which one) — it’s a great photo, and accordingly it really makes the rounds. The Polynesian restaurant backdrop has been matted out here, but you can still see that they’re sipping out of a Kneeling Hula Girl bowl, like those once used at Trader Vic’s. The back of the postcard is on the crude side, so I won’t post it here, but you can check it out on The Smoking Gun if you wish.

Yes, tiki speaks to everyone, even the sociopathic and the mousse-addicted.

UPDATE: Great minds think alike — Beachbum Berry also just made a Phil Spector post, but his is more useful than mine… he expounds on the glorious Navy Grog, and even tells you how you can make your own. Play safe though, kids — guns & rum don’t mix.

9 Responses to “Phil Spector, Tikiphile”

  1. Hanford Says:

    Interesting. Phil Spector always seemed more of a Gun Club Punch guy to me.

  2. swankola Says:

    Who types on a postcard? Who even owns a typewriter? How old school.

  3. Humuhumu Says:

    Isn’t that nutty? Also, I think I’m going to start using “Say!” as an interjection in conversation more. With the exclamation point. It’s snappy.

    Good one, H. ;)

  4. MrBaliHai Says:

    Hmm, I think we’re all sipping from the same Hula Girl bowl this evening.

  5. Candy Says:

    I love your blog and all things Tiki. Hope you post more soon. Also, it looks as if Trader Vics is getting close to opening (next month, I believe) in Vegas. I’m impatiently waiting.

  6. Sushiman Says:

    The name of the 1960′s movie ( postcard ) is A Ticklish Affair . Actors pictured are Red Buttons , Gig Young , Shirley Jones ( Partridge Family ) and Carolyn Jones ( Addams Family ) . Also in the flick were Edgar Buchanan ( Petticoat Junction ) and Billy Mumy ( Lost In Space ) .

  7. MrBaliHai Says:

    Wherefore art thou, Humu? Is your ‘blog dead, or just resting?

  8. Bamboo Ben Says:

    Ol’ Phil got off again!

    1. murder fetish

    2. trial fetish

  9. mary Says:

    humu! we miss you!

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Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

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- A Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

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Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

Barefoot Bloggin’
A surfin’, ukein’, freewheelin’ monkey boy

Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

Blog from the user interface designer extraordinaire

Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

Dumb Angel
A look at the 1960s Los Angeles mod, pop, surf, and music scene

Eye of the Goof
Pop culture with a tiki tinge

Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

Humuhumu’s Life in Photos
Pictures of my adventures

I build websites

Junkyard Clubhouse
Random interesting things from Humuhumu & Hanford Lemoore

Kevin Kidney
Kevin loves tiki, I love Kevin, you will too

Tiki links galore

Mai Tai Online
Montreal-based tiki ‘zine

Tiki Mug Collection Organizer

The Jab
Follow the way of the jab

Tiki Bar TV
Public Access meets Modern Drunkard

Tiki Central
Community forums

Tiki Magazine
Periodical publication covering the wide world of Tiki

Tiki Talk
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