'Hula Girls & Zombies': The Story Behind The Name...
In the mid 1950’s when the Americanisation of Polynesian culture and all things Tiki were in full swing, countless bars, nightclubs and restaurants offering a taste of the exotic abounded and flourished. Beautiful, scantily clad waitresses and dancers served and swayed amongst tropical surroundings while strange melodies, rhythms and scents filled the air...
...It was in one such bar that visiting Englishman Bertie Hucks, the late grandfather of Steve Spall, witnessed a dance named by the regulars as ‘the Wayward Wahine’.
An alluring, provocative dance performed to a combination of island drums, swinging late night jazz and other worldly rhythms, which started seductively and ended in a wild hypnotic frenzy...
...After being mesmerized and duly placed under the spell of this intoxicating performance, helped no doubt by the ‘Zombie’ cocktail concoction he was drinking, our man Bertie was surprised to see the dancing girl calling him over with her longing almond eyes.
Once close she placed a purple lei around his neck, pulled his ear to her mouth and whispered softly “would you like to do The Violet Jive with me”?
(for the uninitiated out there... Leis are the floral garlands traditionally made from orchids, plumeria and other flowers native to the Hawaiian islands)
...From this point on the story gets blurry, and still to this day we don’t know if what she referred to was another exotic dance, a ceremonial drink or something a lot more sultry perhaps!...the mystery remains. And that ladies and gentlemen is where the name The Violet Jive originates. Today violet leis are often seen hanging from microphone stands at the bands live shows with the colourful world of Tiki inspiring artwork and even songs.
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