These are the nominees for the 2000 Kahuna Awards, along with the definition of the categories. Numbers in parenthesis indicate multiple nominations. The 2000 Kahuna Winners is available for those who want additional details.
Here's something about how the awards were chosen:
The award winners are chosen as follows:
Open nominations are held for all categories and participants are encouraged to nominate as many different acts or albums for each category as they wish. The more nominations made, the better the results will be because
All nominations for all categories are tallied. The submissions with the highest number of nominations are included for the actual voting. Five selections is optimum, but four or six are acceptable as well, if the numbers fall that way. If there are too many selections with the same number of nominations, the field is filled by randomly selecting items from the remaining contenders.
These then become the official "nominees" for each category, and the lists are passed out again, this time asking for single votes in each category.
These votes are tallied and the winner is chosen.
Here's something about incorrect items in our lists: 1) As far as I can tell, Combustible Edison didn't release anything in 1999, so they don't really belong in the Best Act category, but we like them a lot, and are sorry to see them go, so we'll let them stay. 2) Soothing Sounds for Baby is actually a re-release, not a new album. Sorry!
Next time, I promise I'll check my figures a little better, but hey, I'm not Price-Waterhouse. Thanks!
Best act (artist or group):
Any artist or group that released an album in 1999. This is only for acts that released new albums in 1999, not re-releases. For example, Esquivel and Astroslut both released new albums in 1999 (See It in Sound was never issued before!) and are valid, whereas Air produced a re-release of a previous EP and are not.
Combustible Edison (3)
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Friends of Dean Martinez
Jean Jacques Perrey (2)
Ramon Leal & Beatrice Binotti
The Metropole Orchestra, Featuring The Beau Hunks Saxtette (2)
Best new album:
Any new album released in 1999. See above for examples of valid and invalid items. It cannot be a re-release, a compilation or a soundtrack, as these have their own categories.
April March - Chrominace Decoder
Astroslut - Love at Zero G (4)
Butterfly Joe - Butterfly Joe
Esquivel - See It In Sound (5)
Fantastic Plastic Machine - Luxury
Friends of Dean Martinez: Atardecer
Gentle People - Simply Faboo
Jean Jacques Perrey: Good Moog (Astral Animations & Komputer Kartoons)
Kahimi Karie - KKKKK
Laurent Lombard: Happy Land
Louis Philippe - Azure
Pizzicato Five - Darling of the Discoteque
Ramon Leal & Beatrice Bonotti - Bossa Nova 1999
Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for Babies (2)
Seks Bomba - Operation BOMBA (2)
The Metropole Orchestra, Featuring The Beau Hunks Saxtette - The Raymond Scott Chesterfield Arrangements (2)
Yukari Fresh - New Years Fresh
Best re-release (legitimate or bootleg):
Any album released prior to 1999 that was subsequently re-released during 1999. Air's Premier Symptomes would be valid, as would the Shagg's Philosophy of the World. In addition, this category covers two-fer re-releases, like Three Suns' "Midnight for Two/Soft and Sweet". Bonus tracks are okay. If a re-release includes them, it does not turn into a compilation or retrospective.
Air - Premier Symptomes
Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Fahey and His Orchestra: 27 Top TV Themes And Commercials/ Time For T.V.
Anada Shankar - Anada Shankar (3)
Andre Popp - Holiday for DJs (2)
Benny Golson: Tune In, Turn On To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties (2)
Carpenters - Ticket to Ride (2)
Charles Wilp, music by Marvin Martin: Charles Wilp Fotografiert Bunny
Don Sebesky: The Distant Galaxy
Dusty in Memphis (2)
Enoch Light - Spaced Out (2)
Frank Comstock - Project Comstock: Music From Outerspace (2)
Gainsbourg Percussion (2)
Gershon Kingsley: "Music To Moog By"
Henry Mancini - Big Latin Sound
Hugo Montengro - Moog Power (3)
Incredible Bongo Band - Incredible Bongo Band
Jean Jacques Perry - Good Moog (2)
Lord Sitar - Lord Sitar (2)
Maledictus Sound - Les Maledictus Sound (2)
Mandingo - Mandingo III: Story of Survival/ Savage Rite (4)
Mandingo: The Primeval Rhythm Of Life/ Sacrifice (3)
Martin Denny/Les Baxter - Exotic Moog/Moog Rock
Mort Garson: "The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds"
Nancy Sinatra - You Go Go Girl
Portsmouth Sinfonia - Plays the Classics
Santo & Johnny: Come On In/ Off Shore (Plus 8 bonus tracks)
Shaggs - Philosophy of the World (3)
The Love Machine: "Electronic Music To Blow Your Mind By!!"
Third Wave - Here and Now
Perez Prado - Mambo #5
Best retrospective - single artist/act:
This is a retrospective of a single artist or act. This is for single (or possibly double) discs only. Multiple CD retrospectives belong in the Box Set category. Examples from 1999 would be the Preston Epps, Mongo Santamaria and Sam Butera comps, but not the Burt Bacharach comp as it is a box set. This category also do not include two-fer releases as these are considered re-releases.
Dusty in London (2)
Ennio Morricone - "Canto Morricone Volume 3: The Seventies" (2)
Esther Nelson & Bruce Haack & Dimension 5 - "Listen Compute Rock Home" (3)
Kahimi Karie - "Kahimi Karie"
Louis Philippe - Kiss in the Funhouse
Mongo Santamaria - "Skin On Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology" (2)
Mrs. Miller: Ultra-Lounge Wild, Cool & Swingin' The Artist Collection
Os Mutantes - "World Psychedelic Classics One: The Best Of" (2)
Preston Epps - "Bongo Rock: The Very Best Of Preston Epps" (3)
Quincy Jones - The Reel Quincy Jones
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant - Swingin' On The Strings: The Speedy West&
Jimmy Bryant Collection, Volume 2
Best compilation - various artists:
This is a compilation of various artists on a single CD (or possibly a double CD). Multiple CD compilations are classified as box sets. Examples from 1999 are Stroboscopica 2, Pop Romantique and the Tiki Sampler from Ultra Lounge.
(Italian Girls Like) Ear-Catching Melodies (2)
Beat at Cinecitta Vol 3 (2)
Best of Moog (2)
Best of Moog: electronic pop hits from the 60's & 70's (2)
Beyond the Valley of the Ultrabeats
Beyond the Valley of the Ultrabreaks
Doob-Doob O Rama 1970 (2)
El Records Christmas
Fall Of Man: Calypsos On The Human Condition 1935-1941 (2)
Fly Films and Groovy Movies
La Guepe Volume 3 (Bananaticoco. European Airlines to Rio) (2)
My Delicious Spaghetti Western
Nymphomania Vol 2 (More Sexy European Go Go Music From The 60's)
Paradise Found Volume 1: Rare Exotic Sounds
Songs for the Jet Set Vol 2
Sunshine Pop 99 (2)
The Exotic Beatles Part 3 (2)
Ultra Chicks Volume 4: Ye Ye Girls! (2)
Warp Back to Earth (Peter Thomas)
Best box set - single or multiple artists:
A multiple CD set, likely released in a box (hence the name), with a nice book, swell packaging and the like. Box sets can represent sets of entire albums or a cross-section of songs, from any period. Examples from 1999 would be the Burt Bacharach set, the Samuel Hoffman set and the Wendy Carlos set.
Burt Bacharach: The Look of Love (3)
Dr. Samuel Hoffman - Theremin Box (3)
W Carlos: Switched on Bach
Best soundtrack (new or re-release):
Any new soundtrack released, or old soundtrack re-released in 1999. Legitimate and bootleg releases are both considered. Examples for 1999 would be Iron Giant, Hell's Belles, Mannix, Breakfast of Champions and La Ragazza Dalla Pelle Di Luna.
Bruno Nicolai: Femmine Insaziabili
E Alolora Mambo!
Ennio Morricone - Fotografia proibite de la signora per bene (2)
Franco Godi: Signor Rossi (2)
Get Carter (2)
Hell's Belles (6)
I Want To Live! (3)
Martin Denny - Breakfast of Champions
More Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2)
Music From Peter Gunn
Original Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (3)
Touch Of Evil - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2)
Best new act (artist or group):
This is an act that released its first big album in 1999. Previous singles and homemade tapes can be overlooked. Examples from 1999 might be Astroslut and Seks BOMBA.
Seks Bomba (3)
Big Kahuna Achievement Award:
This is the opportunity to give an award to a major contributor to our love of Exotica music. This can be anyone related to exotica, for any reason.
Darryl Brodgen for the Retro Coctail Hour
Dick Hyman (2)
Ethel Gabriel (2)
Henry Kailimai (2)
Henry Mancini (2)
host of "Mondo Bongos"
John Barry (2)
Juan Garcia Esquivel (3)
Les Baxter (3)
Martin Denny (4)
Sammy Davis Jr
The Dude who got Crushed by the Fake Lava Wall
Tom at Other Music
Golden Bamboo Platter:
This is the opportunity to single out an amazing album that helped influence our musical tastes. This can be any exotica-related album, for any reason.