It’s the question that no one is asking and all the answers you never wanted are right here.
THIS MUSIC IS STUPID AND SO IS THE BAND’S NAME.
We started out just strumming ukes and having fun. Rusty Key and pablus named ourselves ‘Happy Talk’ but that lasted 26 minutes. pablus had a large collection of old tiki mugs and many of them were crazed (cracked glaze is “crazed”) and as we sang about goofy tiki stuff and contorting our faces for our first CD cover – The Crazed Mugs seemed a natural fit.
Koka came along. Rusty left for the higher realm. Kanaka found us through serendipity as did Kanekila, Aloha Joe, Jumpin’ Josh, Doc Tiki, Mr. Ho, Valerie, Maddy Mango, Vance, Tommy Wanalikilei, Riki The Professor, Mary Ann, Ginger…
We found that we could make some lovely tunes using this ukulele sound. So the name stuck but the music began to change into something a little less whacky yet maintaining that same undercurrent that could break loose and fall apart at any time.