1/3/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip




Starting the Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered reinaugurated the Lollipop-of-the-Week in high style, going back to the beginning_ Barbie Gaye’s 1956 original recording of “My boy Lollypop”, 8 years before Millie Small had a global smash with it. As you can hear, the backing band on Barbie’s version laid down the very rhythmic foundation of what would become Bluebeat and early Ska: shuffled drums, a driving 4/4 walk on the upright bass, and relentlessly clipped 8th-note upstrokes on rhythm guitar, doubled by the piano_ a true ska (pre-) history lesson. Watch this spot! We’ve got enough Lollipops to fill up an entire year, and we’re gonna follow through… ‘cuz it is, after all, the most-recorded cover song in the history of ska. GotchaSKAvered, indeed! The 5@5:05 gave us 5 Japanese ska bands we only learned of in the past week, including Skylarking, Cubetone and JJ Session. Leading up to The End are a tune each from Tune In and Stay Tuned (not in that order!), and, believe it or not, Jimi Hendrix and Adele_ ska-remixed by Bost & Bim for Pirates Records. Sherwood, meanwhile, has been picking up on how sometimes a vinyl record sounds as cool at the “wrong” speed as it does at the “right” one, and occasionally, a “Wrong-Speed Special” will be aired during Sherwood’s Planet. Tommy Dorsey, featuring his trombone guy Warren Covington, cut a Decca 45 of “Satan Takes a Holiday”, and it gets wrong-speeded this week. “Freaky (January)” is the psychedelically percussiveHal Blaine’s track-of-the-month, and a well-rounded selection of ska oldies from the ’60s to the ’80s, including a few Lost Decade tracks of the ’70s, made the “Ooh” a true hop-skip-and-jump affair. Tune In… and Stay Tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Hepcat - Country Time (3:16)
Album: Scientific; Label: BYO
Laurel Aitken & the Unitone - Rudi Got Married (3:24)
Album: 45; Label: I-Spy
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Cosmic Bust (2:51)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive; Label: Trojan
Buster's All Stars - City Riot (2:51)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Owen Gray/King Stitt - On the Beach (2:50)
Album: Dance Hall '63; Label: Studio 1
The Paragons/U-Roy - On the Beach (different song) (2:37)
Album: (U-Roy & v.a.) Version Galore; Label: Trojan
Elvis Costello - Human Touch (2:25)
Album: Get Happy!; Label: Columbia
Blue Riddim Band - Joke's On You (3:17)
Album: Restless Spirit; Label: Flying Fish
The Specials (ft. Rico) - Sea Cruise (3:09)
Album: (Specials) BBC Sessions; Label: EMI/BBC
The Selecter - The Selecter (2:57)
Album: 45; Label: 2Tone
Tajfuny & Alibabki - Echo Ska (2:04)
Album: w rytmach Jamajka Ska 7"ep; Label: Veriton
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Ska de Wah (2:04)
Album: Dance the Ska; Label: BMN
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Joy Ride (2:31)
Album: Dance the Ska; Label: BMN
Al Barry & the Cimarrons - Morning Sun (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Multiplies (2:57)
Album: x oo Multiplies; Label: Restless/Alfa
GG Allstars - Man from Carolina (2:48)
Album: v.a. For A Few Dollars More - 28 Shots of Western-Inspired Reggae; Label: Trojan
Symarip - Phoenix City (3:45)
Album: Skinhead Moonstomp; Label: Trpjan
Glen Brown & Joe White - Merry Up (2:57)
Album: v.a. Check the Winner ; Label: Greensleeves
Glen Brown - Sgt. Crackers (3:22)
Album: v.a. Check the Winner; Label: Greensleeves
Justin Hinds - The Higher the Monkey Climbs (2:48)
Album: Ska Uprising ; Label: Trojan
Derrick Harriott - Monkey Ska (2:09)
Album: Monkey Ska; Label: Trojan
Carlos Malcolm & his Afro-Jamaican Rhythms - Monkey Man Ska (2:01)
Album: The Royal Ska; Label: Jamaican Gold
Bad Manners - Exodus (2:43)
Album: Forging Ahead; Label: Magnet
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Hal Blaine - Freaky (January) (2:23)
Album: Psychedelic Percussion; Label: Dunhill/Harkit
Victor Feldman - Suite Sixteen (8:45)
Album: Suite Sixteen; Label: OJC/Contemporary
Victor Feldman - Sonar (6:40)
Album: Suite Sixteen; Label: OJC/Contemporary
Astro Age Steel Orchestra - Love in Gas Music (5:27)
Album: Happy Living - Gas Music from Earth; Label: Sony
Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Syncopation (2:58)
Album: Electronic Movements; Label: Philips
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:35)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Herbie Hancock - Rain Dance (9:16)
Album: Sextant; Label: Columbia
Serani Poji - Goodbye My Sweet Strawberry (4:41)
Album: Ochamekan; Label: Wave Master
The Keating Sound - Moonlight Serenade (3:16)
Album: This Bird Has Flown; Label: WB
Dusk 'til Dawn Orchestra - The Lonely Surfer (3:36)
Album: Sea Drift; Label: Elektra
Charlie Parker with Strings - Temptation (3:31)
Album: The Master Takes; Label: Verve
♦wrong speed special!♦ Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ft. Warren Covington - Satan Takes a Holiday (3:49)
Album: 45 spun at slightly fast 33; Label: Decca
Tokyo Jihen - Tadanaranu Kankei (3:02)
Album: Shinya Waku 'b' anthology; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Tokyo Jihen - Konya wa Karasawagi (3:41)
Album: Color Bars ep; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - RSVP (3:08)
Album: ...Goes to Washington; Label: Elektra
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Barbie Gaye - (the original!) My Boy Lollipop (2:16)
Album: 45; Label: Darl
Phoenix City All Stars - The Prince (3:07)
Album: Two Tone Gone Ska; Label: Cherry Red
Ken Boothe - Come Running Back (+ Dub) (6:11)
Album: 12" ; Label: Studio 1
Madness - Cardiac Arrest (2:58)
Album: s-t; Label: Geffen
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Hungry Beast (4:01)
Album: Walkin'; Label: Avex
Mutant Frogs - Perception (3:09)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation - Dreyfus Is Gone (4:58)
Album: Shake Your Foundation; Label: Grover
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Skankworks Special (2:41)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (untitled) (1:05)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Skylarking - Caribbean Gold (3:48)
Album: v.a. Bigshot 2; Label: Victor Japan
Shoplifter - No Reason (3:48)
Album: Nutty Music; Label: Dona Dona
Cubetone - Yunagi (4:00)
Album: Coconuts; Label: s-r (cubetone.com)
The Oldtones - Tocamos Ska
Album: v.a. Rule Sound Brass #2; Label: The Ninth Apollo
JJ Session - Groove9 (3:28)
Album: Caribbean Jazz vol. 1; Label: s-r
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (most of) Greenhenge (2:49)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics - The World Needs Love (2:08)
Album: v.a. Come Rock With Me in Jamaica; Label: Treasutr Isle
Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Gina Gina (3:53)
Album: Freah Fruit in Foreign Places; Label: Sire
Public Property - Harmony (4:04)
Album: Movement; Label: s-r
Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 - Winter on Riverside Drive (4:55)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Flying Frog Foo (2:22)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Let's Go Bowling - Electric Bread (3:53)
Album: Stay Tuned; Label: Liberation
The Skalatones - Five O'Clock News (3:44)
Album: Tune In...; Label: Sidekicks
Jimi Hendrix/Bost & Bim - Crosstown Traffic (Cross Riddim) (2:33)
Album: 45; Label: Pirates
Adele/Bost & Bim - Rolling in the Deep (Cross Riddim) (3:40)
Album: 45; Label: Pirates
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
January 3, 2013

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