1/17/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip




Oooooh, we’re liking what we’ve done with the Opening Oldies Hour… still Jamaica-heavy, still ’60s-heavy, but with plenty of curveballs thrown at the plate: everything from 2Tone (which, after all, turns 34 this year!) to Spaghetti Western to That Ol’ Mooooon Stompin’ are livening up the mix. We even tossed in the Hollywood Bananas’ cover of an original 45 Sherwood discovered and opened his timeslot with. His set sorta kinda careened from a “colors” theme (“Green Eyes”, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”, “The Moon was Yellow”, etc.) into a (largely instrumental) “talk” theme (“Say Si Si”, “Three Little Words”, “Gossipo Perpetuo”, etc.) until Harry Hosono blew the concept out of the water with “Galaga” and Shiina Ringo flew us all to heaven. Oh, and Charlie (who?) did the Cha Cha in Hawaii. In the Home Stretch, Agnes Loti dropped the “lollipop” imagery from a certain smash Millie Small hit with “C’est Toi Mon Idole” (I’m presuming she digs pop heartthrobs), after which a mostly 2Tone-era set took us to the 5@5… except there wasn’t one: 5:am kicked off an entire Skapanese hour of13@5! The Land of the Rising Ska gave us Runa Miyoshida, Triple Slott, The Miceteeth, The Silver Sonics, Cool Wise Men, The King Lion, ARTS, Skapontas, The Determinations and The Oldtones. OMG, no TSPO??? We’ll get around to those guys next week, ‘right? Tune In… and Stay Tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Cosmic Bust (2:51)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive; Label: Trojan
The Jay Boys - Del Gago (2:45)
Album: v.a. For A Few Dollars More; Label: Trojan
The Skatalites - Smiling (ft. Don Drummond) (3:15)
Album: Top Sounds from Top Deck - Ska Boo Da Ba; Label: West Side/Top Deck
Stranger Cole - Rough & Tough (2:58)
Album: Bangarang anthology; Label: Trojan
Roland Alphonso - Phoenix City (2:58)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Mango Jones & his Orchestra - Balahu Ska (2:13)
Album: Explosive New Dance Rhythm - The SKA; Label: Vee Jay
Owen and Leon - All Day Long (2:49)
Album: 45; Label: Dutchess
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Skatalites - Ska Boo Da Ba (2:43)
Album: Top Sounds from Top Deck - Ska Boo Da Ba; Label: West Side/Top Deck
Laurel Aitken - Go Gal Go (2:24)
Album: 45; Label: Black Swan
The Fleetwoods - Ska Light Ska Bright (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Dolton
GG All Stars - Man from Carolina (2:48)
Album: v.a. For A Few Dollars More; Label: Trojan
The Hippy Boys - Vengeance (2:28)
Album: v.a. For A Few Dollars More; Label: Trojan
Rico - Oh Carolina (4:15)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Mamie Perry - Lament (1:59)
Album: 45; Label: Pioneer
Lee Perry - Wishes of the Wicked (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Worldisc
Gary "U.S." Bonds - Dear Lady Twist (2:37)
Album: 45; Label: Legrand
Owen Gray - Twist So Fine (2:27)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
The Bodysnatchers - Easy Life (3:10)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
The Specials - Rude Boys Outa Jail (2:38)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:32)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Swinging Cats - Away (3:10)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
The Mexicano - Trial by Television (2:51)
Album: 45; Label: Stiff
Lou & the Hollywood Bananas meet the Ska All Stars - Hong Kong Ska (cover of Cha Cha Boys' "Geisha Cha Cha" - see 3 songs down this list) (2:18)
Album: 45; Label: Vogue
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - M.F. Bumps (2:22)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Cha Cha Boys - Geisha Cha Cha (2:32)
Album: 45; Label: La Voix de son Maitre
Ted Heath & his Music - Frogmarch (2:55)
Album: 45; Label: London
Werner Muller - The Moon was Yellow (3:01)
Album: Percussion in the Sky; Label: Decca/Phase4 (wow... Phase4 wasn't exclusively a London thing!)
Arthur Lyman - Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair (2:54)
Album: Midnight Sun; Label: HiFi/Life
George Poole Orchestra - Green Eyes (2:49)
Album: 45; Label: Windsor
Sam "The Man" Taylor - Red Sails in the Sunset (3:02)
Album: Mist of the Orient; Label: MGM
Eddie Cano - Blues for Betty (2:32)
Album: Here Is The Fabulous...; Label: Reprise
Edmundo Ros - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (2:08)
Album: dance again; Label: London/Phase4
Billy Vaughn - Goldfinger (2:26)
Album: Moon over Naples; Label: Dot
Dick Liebert - Deep Purple (2:19)
Album: Hits to Keep Forever; Label: RCA
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:37)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Lord Sitar ("Big" Jim Sullivan) - Emerald City (2:53)
Album: s-t; Label: Zonophone
Jean Jacques Perrey - Gossipo Perpetuo (2:05)
Album: Moog Indigo; Label: Vanguard/Ace UK
Cyril Stapleton Orchestra - Tiger Tango (2:41)
Album: 45; Label: London
Mike Simpson - Three Little Words (Cha Cha Cha) (2:50)
Album: Discussion in Percussion; Label: Mercury
Jan August - Everything's Coming Up Roses (1:57)
Album: Accent! Latin Piano by...; Label: Mercury
"Knuckles" O'Toole - Say Si Si (2:15)
Album: ...goes South of the Border; Label: Grand Award
(Francis) Bay Big Band - Topaz (1:59)
Album: ...'s Latin Beat; Label: Omega
Charlie Barnet - Bebop Spoken Here (2:43)
Album: v.a. Capitol Jazz Classics vol. 13 - Bebop Spoken Here; Label: Capitol
The Axidentals - I'll Never Say Never Again (2:00)
Album: Axidentally On Purpose; Label: UA
Lester Lanin - Call Me Irresponsible (2:30)
Album: Dancing at the Discotheque; Label: Philips
Emil Richards & the Microtonal Blues Band - Mantra (4:26)
Album: Journey to Bliss; Label: impulse!/abc
Haruomi Hosono - Galaga (4:17)
Album: Video Game Music; Label: Yen
Shiina Ringo - Fly Me to Heaven (3:52)
Album: (Tokyo Jihen) Dai Hakken; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Charlie - Hawaii
Album: 45; Label: King Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) A 5th of Funn (3:59)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) One for Freetime (1:30)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Ernest Ranglin Orchestra/d.j. babyswiss - (excerpt) My Boy Lollipop (d.j. babyswiss lollidub mix)
Album: (source material) The best of millie - my boy lollipop ; Label: Spectrum/Universal
Agnes Loti - C'est Ti Mon Idole
Album: 45; Label: AZ/Vogue
Lou & the Hollywood Bananas - Jericho (3:13)
Album: The Best of...; Label: Ariola
Madness & Ian Dury - Drip Fed Fred (4:09)
Album: cd single; Label: Virgin
The Akrylykz - Smart Boy (2:35)
Album: 45; Label: Red Rhino
The Akrylykz - Spyderman (4:08)
Album: 45; Label: Red Rhino
(Nik Turner's) Inner City Unit - Amyl Nitrate (medley) (3:53)
Album: 45; Label: Riddle
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics - Smooth Sailing (3:00)
Album: 45; Label: Rio
Runa Miyoshida - Aozora (not Shiina Ringo's identically-titled song) (3:27)
Album: Ska Flavor #1; Label: @Lounge/Daiki Sound
Triple Slott - Dizzy (2:59)
Album: v.a. Japon ska; Label: RG&RBE
The Miceteeth - Navy Steps (3:23)
Album: ...from Rainbow Town; Label: substance
The Silver Sonics - Rosetta (3:20)
Album: v.a. Big Shot presents Ska Clash; Label: Sony
Cool Wise Men - Natsu no Koi (Summer of Love) (5:24)
Album: Bad Ska; Label: Phalanx
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Disjointed (1:17)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The King Lion - Castle on the Cliff (2:30)
Album: Wakie Wakie; Label: Tone Catz
ARTS ("Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska") - New Scooter (4:25)
Album: Rhythm & Blue Beat (hey, that was the name of a Georgie Fame 7"ep way back when... ); Label: Shelter
Skapontas - Garden (4:48)
Album: Flying Man; Label: Victor Japan
The Determinations - Easy Problem (4:15)
Album: 45; Label: Zion
Runa Miyoshida - Miracle (4:40)
Album: Ska Flavor #2; Label: @Lounge/Daiki Sound
The King Lion - Opium (3:27)
Album: Wakie Wakie; Label: Tone Catz
The Oldtones - O-Myu-Ji-Ma (3:16)
Album: 4-song split 7" w. Moody * Rudy; Label: MR
The Determinations - Gold Star (5:25)
Album: Full of Determinations; Label: Overheat
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One More Thing (1:12)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
(time remaining!) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Spring Bass with Trendy Bogus "Vinyl" Crackle (1:25)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Air Date: 
January 17, 2013

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