12/27/2012 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

 

 

(12/27/12)

If you can, just skip past the first 1:48 after the “Rocket Ship” theme. While at home crafting the successful mix which follows, my first attempt was foreshortened when I noticed my levels were completely redding out on me… I just had to fade and start over! The mix itself is one you’ve heard here before: Tracey Dey into Ria Bartok into Don Drummond. What I didn’t know before this week is “Ska Doo-Dee-Yah” (original Tracey Dey version) actually went top-20 in Sydney, Australia, and was generally a fairly sizable hit down under! “Zu Schade” is, of course, Ria Bartok’s quite successful German cover of “Ska Doo” while Don Drummond rounds out the mix with “Smiling”, backed quite ferociously by a very enthusiastic Skatalites being driven hard by the late great Lloyd Knibb pounding out that Buru beat. Another Drummond classic, the unusual “Apanga”, is a ska without the identifying upbeat “ska” clip, and it rounds out this week’s “Ooh” as the Rocket Ship docks with the Voovie Doo Lounge orbiting Sherwood’s Planet. Speaking of Mr. Funn, he was pouring doubles all the way (except for singular Froggie bumpers on the breaks). A low-res “Obladi” by Italians I Ribelli was the GotchaSKAvered this week, and heads-up: in the new year we bring back Lollipops-of-the-Week… we’ve got a certifiable year’s worth of ‘em! The 5@5:05 was a Ska/Jazz set of instros, and cumbia outfit Ondotropica led us into the closing moments this week with “Ska Fuentes”_ one of many skas the good Dr. Strangedub (Echo Chamber) wil be feeding us in the coming weeks. Now, this “Tune In… and Stay Tuned” business I promised to explain “next week” some weeks back (sorry about the delay!)… it’s simple. "Tune In…" was the title of a Skalatones album, and “Stay Tuned” was the title of a Let’s Go Bowling album. I’ll play a personal fave from each release next week during the last half-hour of the Home Stretch. Tune in… and Stay Tuned.

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Tracey Dey - (excerpt) Ska Doo-Dee-Yah (1:48) (Oooops! ...it's a long story.)
Album: 45; Label: Amy
Tracey Dey - Ska Doo-Dee-Yah (2:32) (the whole take this time)
Album: 45; Label: Amy
Ria Bartok - (most of) Zu Schade Dafur (2:25)
Album: "Neu!" 45; Label: Columbia
Don Drummond - Smiling (3:12)
Album: (Skatalites) Ska Boo-Da-Ba; Label: Top Deck
The Blues Busters - I Don't Know (1:54)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
Prince Buster - How Can I Tell Them (2:55)
Album: Ska Lip Soul; Label: Blue Beat
Delroy & Paulette - When I First Heard (The Ska) (2:35)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Lord Creator a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick - Rhythm of the Blues (2:17)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Stranger & Patsy - Come Back (2:56)
Album: (Stranger Cole) Bangarang anthology; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Ther Jamaicans - Cool Night (2:52)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Delroy Wilson - Ananias (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Eric Morris & Frank Cosmo - Pack Up Your Troubles (2:14)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Buster's All Stars - Say Boss Man (2:24)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Soul Bros. - Wakie Wakie (3:03)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Diplomats - Meet Me at the Corner (2:11)
Album: 45; Label: Caltone
Clive & Naomi - Open the Door (1:56)
Album: v.a. Monkey Ska; Label: Trojan
Baba Brooks & Drumbago's Orchestra - Night Food Ska (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
The Itals - Don't Throw It Away (3:19)
Album: v.a. Monkey Ska; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Gloria & the Dreamletts - Really Now (2:18)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Sammy Ismay & Baba Brooks Band - Cocktails for Two (2:57)
Album: 45; Label: Gay Feet
Prince Buster - Land of Imagination (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Don Drummond - Apanga (2:56) (erroneously credited to Tommy McCook)
Album: v.a. SKA - Music Is My Occupation; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Jack Fascinato - Diggin' Duggan (1:43)
Album: 45; Label: Stepheny
Jack Fascinato - Road Runner (1:48)
Album: 45; Label: Stepheny
Hank Marr - The Watusi-Roll (3:04)
Album: 45; Label: Federal
Hank Marr - Sweet Nancy (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Federal
Elliott Bros. Orchestra - Boo Bam Boogie (1:47)
Album: 45; Label: Vista
Elliott Bros. Orchestra - What Is This Thing Called Love (2:09)
Album: 45; Label: Vista
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Lymedison (4:30
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Ralph Marterie & his Orchestra - Hesitation Hop (1:48)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
Ralph Marterie & his Orchestra - Driftwood (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
David Rose - Captain's Paradise
Album: 45; Label: MGM
David Rose - A Night in Trinidad
Album: 45; Label: MGM
Pete Rugolo - Richard Diamond's Blues (2:53)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
Pete Rugolo - Teen-Age Rock (2:12)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Lunar Lily Pad (3:28)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Xavier Cugat - La Cumparsa (2:43)
Album: Rhumba with Cugat; Label: Columbia
Xavier Cugat - Arrivaderci, Roma (2:31)
Album: Waltzes_ but by Cugat!; Label: Columbia
Xavier Cugat - Daiquiri (2:54)
Album: Cugi's Cocktails; Label: Mercury
Edmundo Ros - I Whistle a Happy Tune (2:39)
Album: On Broadway; Label: London
Edmundo Ros - Bewitched (2:31)
Album: On Broadway; Label: London
Winifred Atwell & the Pan-Am Jet North Stars Steel Orchestra - The Devil's Daughter (3:30)
Album: Ivory and Steel; Label: RCA
Winifred Atwell & the Pan-Am Jet North Stars Steel Orchestra - The Wedding (3:16)
Album: Ivory and Steel; Label: RCA
Shiina Ringo - Torikoshikurou (2:36)
Album: Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Shiina Ringo - Okonomide (5:45)
Album: Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Ken Nordine - Down the Drain (3:12)
Album: The Best of Word Jazz vol. 1; Label: Rhino
Ken Nordine - You're Getting Better (2:08)
Album: The Best of Word Jazz vol. 1; Label: Rhino
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - It's One Of Ours (3:08)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Juggling City (4:18)
Album: World Ska Symphony; Label: Avex
The English Beat - Jeanette (4:09)
Album: The Complete Beat 5cd box set; Label: Go Feet/SHOUT Factory
i Ribelli - Obladi Oblada (3:04)
Album: 45; Label: Ricordi
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Baron von Skankin' Frank (4:18)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Ska Santas - Let It Snow (3:27)
Album: s-t; Label: Bongo Boy
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - Show Me the Way (4:27)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: V2/Universal
Mutant Frogs (not as bumper) - Greenhenge (2:55)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Flying Frog Foo (4:42)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Jazz Jamaica - Barbados (4:04)
Album: Skaravan; Label: Hannibal
The Fenecians - Sweet Honey Bee (5:28)
Album: band's myspace; Label: s-r/myspace
The Blues Blasters - Marjie (3:10)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Skatalites - New York Minute (3:24)
Album: On the Right Track; Label: AIM Roots Explorer Series
Little Tempo - Shake It Up Baby (4:03)
Album: Super Tempo; Label: Speedstar International
The Miceteeth - Sleep on Steps (2:53)
Album: cd single; Label: JVC
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Our Pond (3:29)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Rico - L-O-V-E (ft. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra) (3:50)
Album: (Rico & v.a.) Japa Rico; Label: Phantom
Rocking Time - Guiro Ska (3:14)
Album: v.a. Ska Revolution - Jamaica ~ London ~ Tokyo; Label: East West Japan
Al Barry & the Cimarrons - Morning Sun (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Madness & Ian Dury - Drip Fed Fred (Conspiracy Mix) (4:09)
Album: cd single; Label: Virgin
Lou & the Hollywood Bananas - Kingston Kingston (3:03)
Album: Bonjour la France vol. 2 v.a.; Label: BR Music
French Ska Ska - Strange Ska (3:27)
Album: 45; Label: Lyrion
Ondatropica - Ska Fuentes (4:21)
Album: s-t; Label: Soundway
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Penguin On Vacation (1:57)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
December 27, 2012

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