Third anniversaries are generally not ones you make a big deal about. But in Web years, three is practically a lifetime. Think five dog years or a decade in human brain cells lost. So this year, to celebrate Addicted to Noise's triple-play, we invited a hundred or so of our closest friends to our scenic San Francisco offices on Thursday night, and we filled their ears with the Willy Wonka boat ride music of a crazed trio of local musicians who call themselves Tipsy.

Part trip-hop cocktail music, part carnival Hawaiian slack key inferno jazz, the low-key members of Tipsy (RealVideo excerpt) , who opened for David Byrne earlier this year and just returned from a European festival gig, stood nonchalantly behind their keyboards, samplers, guitars and turntables and gave the crowd a stern lesson in the dynamics of electronic lounge music.

With an over-amped opening set that would have sent most Cocktail Nation denizens scuttling toward the roof for an extra-wide smoke, the trio blasted through songs from their album, Trip Tease, adding a rock touch to their kitschy Martin Denny-loving swizzle stick sounds. The spaced-out bachelor pad music swung from torrents of white noise overlaid with subtle scratching to carousel merry-go-round bursts of keyboards and distorted guitar.

The group, who originally pasted together tracks on their debut such as "Mr. Excitement" and "Nude on the Moon" from exotica heroes Esquivel and Martin Denny (only to strip many of those out and reconstruct the music due to licensing hassles), had many of those classic LP's close at hand Thursday night to add to the sonic wash.

Once the sonic overload of the first set had faded into the dark recesses of the room, the duo (the guitarist slipped out while we were getting drinks) played a second set of mellow, kick-back ambient spy movie lounge tunes, commonly referred to as the "experimental" set. All in all, the perfect compliment to three years of chaos, disorder, being spread-too-thin, and finally, cool focus at Addicted To Noise. -- ATN staff report [Mon., Dec. 22, 1997, 9:00 a.m. PST]