While we´re waiting for the onset of spring, here´s some jungle exotica to warm your bones a little bit. A probably not very politically correct but highly entertaining genre that was quite popular in the late fifties and early sixties, jungle exotica dealt with African rhythms, fake Arabian melodies, surf guitars and Chinese exclamations amongst others. ´Ah so!´ Silly, but a lot of fun. The Jungle Exotica albums on the no-holds-barred Crypt label are chock-a-block with this kind of amazing novelty treasure, so if you dig the examples below go do yourself a favour and camel walk it to your local record store as soon as you possibly can.
My personal faves? The wonderfully monikered Tarantula Ghoul & The Gravediggers of course. "First blind date was a big hairy ape with sideburns to his knees, couldn't rock, couldn't roll, but man how he could squeeze..." Right on. Go ape, y´all.
Tarantula Ghoul & The Gravediggers - King Kong MP3
The Valiants - Don´t Wanna Leave The Congo MP3
Jan Davis - Snow Surfin´ Matador MP3
The Gaylads - Ah So! MP3
Saxons - Camel Walk MP3