Johnny Aloha "Lavapalooza" (2010)

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    JOHNNY ALOHA "LAVAPALOOZA" ALBUM (2010) ...
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    TIKI/EXOTICA/HAWAIIAN MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS OF THE HITS!
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    RICHARD CHEESE PRESENTS AN EXCITING ALL-NEW LOUNGE MUSIC EXPERIENCE!
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    Waikiki's lazy laid-back lounge singer Johnny Aloha performs tiki-style Hawaiian music versions of popular rock and rap songs. Imagine Don Ho singing Weezer and you've got the picture.
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    His debut CD, "LAVAPALOOZA," which was produced by Richard Cheese, was released independently by Coverage Records in October 2010, and is now on sale exclusively at http://johnnyaloha.bandcamp.com
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    "I discovered Johnny Aloha in Honolulu, he was performing in a resort cocktail bar," says producer Richard Cheese. "He's a great singer. In fact, he is so good, he sounds a lot like me."
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    The "Lavapalooza" album includes a special celebrity duet with slipknot singer Corey Taylor and Richard Cheese on the song "Almost Paradise," and guest cameos from famous Hawaiian entertainers, like ukulele prodigy Taimane Gardner, lapsteel master Greg Sardinha, and local vocalists Shawn Pimental, Cory Oliveros, and Olena Heu.
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    The album cover artwork was done by SHAG, and the CD also includes a full-color 12-page booklet inside!
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    From his headlining gigs at Honolulu hotels to his surprise performances at Tiki Bars around the world, Johnny Aloha has become famous for his casual crooning, his stylish Hawaiian shirts, and his perpetual pursuit of the perfect pina colada.
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JOHNNY ALOHA "LAVAPALOOZA" ALBUM (2010) ...
CD is sold out; Download Digital Album for just $4.50!


TIKI/EXOTICA/HAWAIIAN MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS OF THE HITS!

johnnyaloha.bandcamp.com

RICHARD CHEESE PRESENTS AN EXCITING ALL-NEW LOUNGE MUSIC EXPERIENCE!

Waikiki's lazy laid-back lounge singer Johnny Aloha performs tiki-style Hawaiian music versions of popular rock and rap songs. Imagine Don Ho singing Weezer and you've got the picture.

His debut CD, "LAVAPALOOZA," which was produced by Richard Cheese, was released independently by Coverage Records in October 2010, and is now on sale exclusively at johnnyaloha.bandcamp.com

"I discovered Johnny Aloha in Honolulu, he was performing in a resort cocktail bar," says producer Richard Cheese. "He's a great singer. In fact, he is so good, he sounds a lot like me."

The "Lavapalooza" album includes a special celebrity duet with slipknot singer Corey Taylor and Richard Cheese on the song "Almost Paradise," and guest cameos from famous Hawaiian entertainers, like ukulele prodigy Taimane Gardner, lapsteel master Greg Sardinha, and local vocalists Shawn Pimental, Cory Oliveros, and Olena Heu.

The album cover artwork was done by SHAG, and the CD also includes a full-color 12-page booklet inside!

From his headlining gigs at Honolulu hotels to his surprise performances at Tiki Bars around the world, Johnny Aloha has become famous for his casual crooning, his stylish Hawaiian shirts, and his perpetual pursuit of the perfect pina colada.

Download at johnnyaloha.bandcamp.com now. Also available at a higher price on iTunes.

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released October 21, 2010

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released 01 November 2010
FROM THE DESK OF RICHARD CHEESE


Aloha—

It was a warm summer night, lit by a half-full moon, serenaded by a carefree tide, caressed by a gentle breeze of fragrant pineapple, hibiscus, and suntan oil. I had just landed at HNL, rented a top-down U-Drive, and was cruising along Ala Moana, to once again visit my one true love: Waikiki.

Waikiki is the heart of my Hawaii. Beneath its cosmopolitan skyline of towering hotels, revolving restaurants, and pritchardia beccariana, you will find three miles of sparkling white sand, edged in blue, dotted with umbrellas and towels and surfboards and reveries. Nearby are quaintly named local streets and marketplaces, bustling with gift shops, dining lanais, and an astonishing number of Japanese tourists. "World Famous Waikiki Beach" is bookended on the East by dramatic Diamond Head, and, on the West, by a "tropic port," where a certain "fateful trip" began so so many years ago.

And so, too, was my trip to be a fateful one, for it was on that special Honolulu eve that I first experienced the music, the mystery, the mahalo, of Johnny Aloha.

I had already visited a lucky seven of my favorite Kalakaua eateries and lobby lounges to enjoy some fine food, some even finer tropical drinks, and a Smorgie's of talented local musicians, when, around 11, just a few steps from the ever mysterious Ala Wai, I stumbled into the glint of a flickering wall torch as it worked the beacon shift for a nameless bamboo doorway. I peered inside: Koa. Thatch. Bottles. Blowfish.

A waitress giggled me to a corner table. It was dark, save for the glow from paper lanterns and the sterno of a pu-pu platter adjacent. The sounds around were typical for a tiki bar: the clinks of drinks, a 20-watt lobby waterfall, a rustle of lei, a splash of rum.

But above the noise, beyond the bottles, and past the beef cho-cho was the sudden unexpected strum of a cheery ukulele ... a relaxed bongo tempo ... a hypnotic lush of steel guitar ... a swell of familiar melody ... and a voice like a swaying palm frond.

He wore a black rayon shirt covered with colorful pictures of cocktails, a pair of dark Ray-Bans, and a five o'clock shadow from six five o'clocks ago. His right hand held a pineapple chunk on a swizzle stick; his left gripped a glass of exotic liquid refreshment that glowed like the Tsar Bomba.

The singer sang from a tan rattan chair, surrounded by a band of three or four of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen holding musical instruments. But it wasn't just music that flowed and ebbed from that frangipani'd stage; it was Hawaiian history.

Yes, the songs were about the sand, the sea, the sunshine, the paradise. But this Hawaiian Idol wasn't crooning the traditional catalog of hula hits from the Kodak show. Nay, these were new tunes I had never heard performed by a tiki band. But wait. Were they really new? Hadn't I heard that lyric somewhere? And then it hit me like a coconut to Jonas Grumby's head.

Later that night, after the show, Johnny shared a booth with me, the girls, a Scorpion Bowl, and a story from his childhood in Oahu. It seems that one day, he had discovered, in a trunk on a ship at a pier by a bay, an old strongbox full of vintage Hawaiian sheet music. These were original songs written in the early twenties and thirties, when records still spun at 78, Bing was a Crosby, and a ".wav" was something Duke Kahanamoku surfed on. But Johnny couldn't read sheet music, so he tossed the papers into a desk drawer and they were soon forgotten.

Years later, at a 1981 yard sale, the stack of sheet music was sold to some musicians vacationing from California. Their names? Axl. Rivers. Jacoby. Coolio. Belinda.

You get what happened next. These entertainers and others took those old Hawaiian melodies and turned them into Mainland rock and rap songs. We know these popular numbers today: "Paradise City," "Island In The Sun," "Last Resort," "Gangsta's Paradise," "Vacation," etcetera. But before they were hits in the states, they belonged to Hawaii.

Alas, luau land has been getting the short end of the puloulou like this ever since Haole shipped in. Sure, Elvis and Greg Brady gave tourism a boost, but that's just the tip of the volcano. A cultural "annexation" has been going on for a lot longer than a three hour tour, a three hour tour; just ask your neighbor's puka shelled rec room, or that faux polynesian nightspot down the street. Paradise, lost?

So, a few years ago, when Johnny learned what had been done to those old Hawaiian songs, he wasn't going to stand for it. That's when he bought the rattan chair.

Now today, Johnny has taken back those old songs, and on this "Lavapalooza" album — produced by yours truly — he has restored them to their original arrangements, with authentic Hawaiian instruments, musicians, and vocalists. Once lost, now found, these enchanting, elegant songs, like "Rock Lobster" and "Thong Song," are home again, and for the first time, the world will hear them the way they were intended to be performed: with Aloha.

Perhaps we can taste a jigger of irony in that Blue Hawaii now. The "South Sandwich Isles" are still a prize in the new century, but this time, Hawaii has conquered us. Everyone in the world worships and longs to be in Hawaii; we admire and respect the dignity, endurance, and inspiration of its kind people, its scenic scenery, and its noble songs. We are her willing captives — but she rescues us, too, and teaches us the lyrics of grace, serenity, and love. A "State of Aloha" indeed; that is the message in Johnny's bottle.

And so, as the sun sets lazily into the Pacific, and a potent libation washes away our cares, we put the past behind us, climb aboard a hammock, and make our escape to the 808. The ocean whispers, "let the music heal our hearts." Remember . . . we're on vacation, all of us, together in the same boat. Johnny Aloha is on stage, the bar is open, all is forgiven. Goodnight, little buddy.

—Richard Cheese, October 2010

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Waikiki's lazy laid-back lounge singer Johnny Aloha performs tiki-style Hawaiian music versions of popular rock and rap songs. Imagine Don Ho singing Weezer and you've got LAVAPALOOZA.

From his headlining gigs at Tiki Bars around the world, Johnny Aloha has become famous for his casual crooning, his stylish Hawaiian shirts, and his perpetual pursuit of the perfect pina colada.
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Track Name: Drink To Hawaii
"DRINK TO HAWAII" SONG LYRICS

DRINK TO HAWAII
Written by Mark Jonathan Davis and Sage Guyton.
Published by IdeatownUSA Recordings (ASCAP).
© Copyright 2009 Mark Jonathan Davis / Johnny Aloha


I've been thirsting for an island vacation
But I can't afford the airline reservation
So I'll use my imagination
To make the trip come true,
I'll take a sip or two
Of tropical libation...

I'll take a Chi Chi, to Waikiki
And a Zombie, to Ka'anapaali
I'll use a Mai Tai, to get to Kauai
I'll ride a Hurricane, to Lanikai

I'll drink a Lava Flow,
And dream of old Hilo
Make it a Blue Hawaiian
'Cause I'm not in Waimanalo

Oh yes, I guess that I'll just drink to Hawaii
And taste paradise on my lips
Oh well, I think I'll have to drink to Hawaii
Since I can't afford the trips

I'll fly a Pina Colada, to Ala Moana
And a Bahama Mama, to Ka'a'awa
A Planters Punch, to Hanauma Bay
I'll go with Dr. Funk, to the Hana Highway

Thanks to a Scorpion Bowl,
I'll see the Halona Blow Hole
And with a Pineapple Passion,
I'll meet a gal from Dole

Oh yes, I guess that I'll just drink to Hawaii
And taste paradise on my lips
I think I'll have to drink to Hawaii
Since I can't afford the trips

To Kapalua there's a Puka Puka carrying me
I'll climb Diamond Head with a Daiquiri
I'll sail a Navy Grog to Pearl City
I'll take a Lychee Martini to my Molokini wahine

Oh yes, I guess I'll have to drink to Hawaii
And taste paradise on my lips
I say let's all drink to Hawaii
Since we can't afford the trips
Oh no I can't afford the trips
Since I can't afford the trips
I'll drink to Hawaii


DRINK TO HAWAII by JOHNNY ALOHA
from the album "JOHNNY ALOHA: LAVAPALOOZA"
Written by Mark Jonathan Davis and Sage Guyton.
Published by IdeatownUSA Recordings (ASCAP).
© Copyright 2009 Johnny Aloha / Ideatown Entertainment / MJD
Johnny Aloha is a trademark. All rights reserved.
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