9/16 in a nutshell…
Hot on the heels of blastoff, we had a couple of Top Deckers, then some impossibly rare 45s found on YouTube… and we couldn’t resist reprising the delightful De Blue Blue Beat by (the unfortunately late) Rita Hovink. More 2Tone goodies also figured into Hour 1. The Sherwood’s Planet hour careened from Pram to Perrey/Kingsley to Sauter/Finegan to Dick Schory… all before the first bumper break! In the home stretch, the 4@4 found poor Cozy Little without a theme, resorting to twisting the track knob on a home-burn comp specifically in order to NOT know what song was coming up in the mix next… think of it as Shuffle Mode, and that was the theme! Put3Ska lollipopped, Giuliano Palma looked back over his shoulder, and The Selecter were fronted by a cool blue lady. Weren’t they always? (Well, except for the ‘b’-side of Gangsters, when they weren’t actually a band yet… )
Check out the three non-Jamaican ska oldies in the first hour… I even found one from Holland in mixed English/Dutch, and another one’s an Italian entry. The back-to-school-spirited set began with one each by Desmond Dekker and Justin Hinds, Labour for Learning and Teach the Youth. The Specials announced recess with Enjoy Yourself, and Donatella did just that. So did we!
In Sherwood’s Fabulous Flying Party Palace, Benny Velarde was Cool doing the Wobble-Cha, Anna Valentino was On a Tropical Island, and La Lupe had a whale of a Fever! From Bobby Summers’ Pad you could spy The Chantays sailing The Wayward Nile, and Russ Garcia witnessed the Birth Of A Planet! Back on the bridge, the Rocket Ship visited a Ska Zoo, Maria Visconti sang about her Boy Lollipop and Prince Buster took a Trip To Mars. Blast off!