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Combustible Edison

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States (1991 – present)

Combustible Edison was a group founded in 1991 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States, and was one of several lounge music acts that led a brief resurgence of interest in the genre during the mid-1990s. Unlike other bands with a more ironic take on the lounge scene, Combustible Edison took the music seriously and strove to add to what its members saw as a canon of works, such as those by Esquivel, Henry Mancini, and Martin Denny.

Originally formed around 1991 o serve as the musical accompaniment to a stage show entitled “The Tiki Wonder Hour,” the 12-piece “Combustible Edison Heliotropic Foxtrot Orchestra” slimmed down to its five core members, shortened its name, and put out a debut album, “I, Swinger,” on Sub Pop records. The band put out two more full-length discs - “Schizophonic!” and “The Impossible World” - and several singles. The band also recorded the soundtrack to the film Four Rooms, with music produced by Mark Mothersbaugh.

Experimental film maker Kenneth Anger claims that he was asked to direct a music video for Combustible Edison, but turned the request down after listening to a tape of the bands music.

Some of their music is featured on the soundtrack of the movie Four Rooms.

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  • IgorShevchuk

    It's like christmas morning [2]

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OlleLukoye

    4 rooms brought me here [1]

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Dmitry_Thrashed

    4 rooms muthafucka

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jens14

    It's like christmas morning.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    4 rooms brought me here

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • yapooos

    This is my kinda music.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • la-brava

    very cool

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • smee85

    you might also like: Theatre Play Music by the Contemporary Noise Quartet

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • microdisco

    Ваш выход, леди и джентельмены!

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bochka69

    grooveeeeeeey behbay yeahh

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Gumbertovich

    fantastic

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • subrussian

    gosh, I can't get enough of them XD

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
  • avocatwp

    This music is wonderful and amazing!

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • shawnevans

    Henry Mancini & His Orchestra were. Maybe the person didn't feel like writing all that.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mathewjordan

    one of my all time fav's. reminds me of my childhood.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • rodoxo

    a perfect soundtrack

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    Henry Mancini isn't a band.

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • filburtaj

    Anyone else remember the "New Music for Better Living" show that used to be on WZBC? Exposed me to lots of great bands like Combustible Edison, Henry Mancini, and Esquivel. Fond memories prompted me to restore my grandfather's old Magnavox console stereo and start buying used records.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • dewflive

    Luxuriamusic dot com still exists, now as a listener supported independent station. Some of the original DJs are still there, and many more new ones bring you the fruits of their obsessive record collecting. It's worth checking out for anyone who enjoys what I would call "forgotten" music and outsider music.

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • WilliamAudette

    Great stuff as always. I miss the old Luxuria Music dot com with Millionaire, Kaci Christian, and Tea and Sea. It exposed me to lounge music and many other genres I may never have discovered on my own. -- WAudette

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
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