3/17/2011 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

 

_3/17/11 in a nutshell..._
Sometimes, we wake up in the morning in a fundamentally different world than the one we went to sleep in the previous night. This time, our world has been irrevocably altered by a triple-threat disaster triggered by the monster 9.0 Quake Of 2011 that struck off the east coast of northern Honshu, Japan the weekend of 3/11. The opening oldies set of this week's RSST was quite Japan-centric, and included a couple of lush, lovely mid-'70s Haruomi Hosono rocksteady orchestrations, with his groups Tin Pan Alley and Bon Voyage Co. Unless I hear evidence to the contrary, I figure the then-future YMO member must be the guy who introduced ska and rocksteady to Japan_ 4 years before 2Tone was launched in the UK!
The highlight of Sherwood's set must be the three Firecrackers he set off consecutively_ those belonging to Martin Denny, Yellow Magic and Senor Coconut, respectively. There were a few of Toho's giant monsters (daikaiju) running around loose, including Mothra, Anguiras and Godzilla's robotic double/nemesis Mechagodzilla. Hammond B-3 monster Akiko Tsuruga also made her Sherwood's Planet debut in high style. The 4@4 was the Air Space Museum of Ska (all-Japan edition). We didn't have the Japanese cover of Monkey Man (trombone legend Rico accompanying Ore Ska Band) so we pulled in Reel Big Fish to do the job, before hi-tailing it back across the Pacific to take us up to The End. Also missing-in-action this week: Madness' Honda ad theme In The City which we hope to get on next week. Vrooooom!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Lloyd Clarke - Japanese Girl
Album: v.a. Jamaican RB box set 3cd; Label: Trojan
The Skatalites - Japan Special (bonus track)
Album: African Roots (cd reissue); Label: Moon Ska
Duke Reid All Stars - (untitled instrumental)
Album: v.a. Mark Lamarr presents Duke Reid the Trojan - Nuclear Weapon; Label: Trojan
Tin Pan Alley (ft. then-future YMO member Haroumi Hosono) - Yellow Magic Carnival
Album: Caramel Mama; Label: Crown Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Baron von Skankin' Frank
Album: It's One Of Ours; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Bon Voyage Co. - Exotic Lullaby (Ska Beguine)
Album: Taian Yoko; Label: Crown Japan
Bonnie Pink with The Miceteeth - Don't Get Me Wrong
Album: 45; Label: Duck Soup Productions
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Multiplies
Album: x∞ Multiplies; Label: AM/Restless
Shiina Ringo - Mayonaka wa Junketsu (ft. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra)
Album: Mayonaka wa Junketsu single; Label: Toshiba/EMI
The Ska Flames - Ska Films
Album: v.a. Down Beat Ruler vol. 2; Label: Sunshot
Mule Train - Buzra Ahead
Album: 45; Label: Lamb Star
A Million Bamboo ft. Rumiko Koyanagi - Ohisashiburi Ne (rockin' rumico mix)
Album: 45; Label: bounce
Blue Beat Players - Rolling Thunder
Album: Torrid Rock; Label: Second City
Little Tempo - Shake It Up Baby
Album: Super Tempo; Label: Speedstar International
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Peanuts - Mahala Mosura
Album: sdtk. Mothra vs. Godzilla; Label: Futureland/Toho
The Peanuts - Tokyo Blue Rain
Album: Dream Box 10cd; Label: King (Japan)
Martin Denny - Sake Rock
Album: Quiet Village; Label: Liberty
Martin Denny - Firecracker
Album: Quiet Village; Label: Liberty
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker
Album: s-t; Label: AM/Alfa
Senor Coconut - Firecracker
Album: Yellow Fever!; Label: essay
Masaru Sato - Godzilla vs. Anguiras
Album: v.a. Best of Godzilla 1954-1975; Label: GNP/Crescendo
Masaru Sato - Miyarabi's Prayer
Album: v.a. Best of Godzilla 1954-1975; Label: GNP/Crescendo
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Lymedison
Album: It's One Of Ours; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Akiko Tsuruga - Dreamsville
Album: Oriental Express; Label: 18th Vine
Akiko Tsuruga - Sidewinder
Album: Oriental Express; Label: 18th Vine
Arthur Lyman - Katsumi Love Theme
Album: Taboo; Label: hifi/Ryko
Arthur Lyman - Ringo Oiwake
Album: Taboo; Label: hifi/Ryko
Shiina Ringo, Shiina Junpei Saito Neko - Kono yo no Kagiri
Album: Heisei Fuuzoku Daiginju; Label: Toshiba/EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (most of) Penguin On Vacation
Album: It's One Of Ours; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Blue Beat Players - Space Summer
Album: Torrid Rock; Label: Second City
Riddimates - Galaxy Is In Oneself
Album: Too Much Blowing Is Just Right; Label: Ska In The World
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Ginga to Meiro
Album: High Numbers; Label: Cutting Edge
The Miceteeth - The Skyball
Album: baby; Label: Substance
Little Tempo - Over the Rainbow
Album: Mountain snd Sea; Label: Sunshine
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Great UFO Crash of '47
Album: It's One Of Ours; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Reel Big Fish - Monkey Man
Album: Fame Fortune Fornication; Label: Rock Ridge
The Silver Sonics meets Firebal (Criss Truthful) - Falcon Shirogane
Album: Remixes 45; Label: Gem-Tone
Brave Lion - Volcano
Album: 45; Label: Pheasant
Three-Seven - Oasis
Album: 45; Label: Xaymaca
The Clippers - King Penguin
Album: 45; Label: Cyber Label/Alaska
Yukihiro Takahashi - Kid-Nap, the Dreamer
Album: Murdered by the Music; Label: Statik
Miyuki Hatakeyama with Asa-Chang Blue Hats (live) - (most of) Kimi Koichi
Album: Audio of promo video from Fuji Rock Festival 6/15/07; Label: Avex
(bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - (most of) The End
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
March 17, 2011

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