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The Tikis

The Tikis were a surf/British beat-style quartet from Santa Cruz, CA, who released a pair of above-average singles for Autumn Records in 1965. And had it not been for a chance decision by the band to change their name on an experimental recording in early 1967, they'd likely be better known today.

Rhythm guitarist Dick Scoppettone had played folk music with his high school friend Dick Yount as members of a group called the Couriers until early 1964, when the British Invasion hit America. Finding themselves under the spell of the Beatles, et. al, they joined up with drummer Ted Templeman and Ed James on lead guitar to form the Tikis in the spring of 1964. The group's sound was a mix of Merseybeat and more homegrown music, Beatles songs interspersed with surf, and car songs by the Beach Boys and others. They became popular in the Santa Cruz area and, seeing the success of their neighbors the Beau Brummels on Autumn Records, began pestering the label with demos. In May of 1965, the company got interested and signed the group. They debuted with a Beatles-like single called "If I've Been Dreaming," and followed it up with "Bye Bye Bye," neither of which charted. There were four more songs left behind in the Autumn vaults by the group before the label was sold to Warner Bros. in early 1966.

The Tikis were never able to get a record on the charts, or play heavily outside of their own city, but they lucked out when Warner Bros. purchased Autumn and their recording contract. This started a series of events that led to the end of the group under that name, however. Warner Bros. was a relatively new label with a minimal roster of the rock & roll acts, and was eager to exploit the groups that it inherited from Autumn. The group was placed in the hands of Lenny Waronker, a young staff producer, who discovered a new Simon & Garfunkel song entitled "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," which he decided to record with the Tikis.

This recording, more elaborate than anything the group had ever attempted (and involving 18 musicians backing Templeman's and Scoppettone's singing), was such a departure -- and a source of concern, that it would cost them their established audience in Santa Cruz -- that the group insisted on using another name for the single's artist credit. As a result, it was released credited to Harpers Bizarre. The record rose to number 13, and suddenly the Tikis -- whose four-man lineup had expanded to five with the addition of former Beau Brummels drummer John Peterson, which allowed Templeman to move over to the guitar -- were history. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dance With Me: The Autumn Teen Sound

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Track List: Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

Disc 1

2. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag

3. You Were On My Mind

6. Don't Talk To Strangers

7. Anything

8. It's No Secret

9. Johnny Was A Good Boy

10. Free Advice

12. Stranger In A Strange Land

13. Who Do You Love

14. She's My Baby

15. Coffee Cup

16. Live Your Own Life

17. Fat City

20. Section 43

21. Hello Hello

Disc 2

1. Psychotic Reaction

2. Got Love

3. Satisfaction Guaranteed

4. Foolish Woman

5. My Buddy Sin

6. Streetcar

12. I'm A Good Woman

14. Hey I'm Lost

15. I Love You

17. Fly To New York

18. Thing In "E"

19. Hearts To Cry

Disc 3

1. Alabama Bound

2. Carl Street

3. Somebody To Love

5. Two Days 'till Tomorrow

6. Omaha

8. The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)

9. Codine

10. Down On Me

12. White Rabbit

13. Roll With It

14. Why Did You Put Me On

15. Underdog

16. Summertime Blues

17. Glue

18. Soul Sacrifice

Disc 4

1. Evil Ways

2. Red The Sign Post

3. Lemonaide Kid

5. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away

9. Murder In My Heart For The Judge

10. Light Your Windows

11. I'm Drowning

13. White Bird

14. Dark Star

15. Fool

16. Mexico

17. Mercedes Benz

18. Get Together

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The Tikis were a surf/British beat-style quartet from Santa Cruz, CA, who released a pair of above-averag e singles for Autumn Records in 1965. And had it not been for a chance decision by the band to change their name on an experimental recording in early 1967, they'd likely be better known today.
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