3/7/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip




We’ve been on this “Ska’s Lost Decade” kick over a year now, but this week we’ve gone all-out: in addition to a 5(+1)@5:05, the entire “Ooh” is made up of “Ska from the Early Reggae Era”, ranging from Val Bennett’s 1968 sax shuffle skankdown “Jumpin’ with Mr. Lee” and Prince Buster’s 1969 “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” hot on the heels of The Beatles, all the way to Belgian Lou Deprijk (alt. spelling “Depryck”), of both Plastic Bertrand and the Hollywood Bananas, represented here by “Dance Dance” (Bertrand), on the riddim made notorious in the ’60s by Prince Buster as “Ten Commandments”, and “Kingston Kingston” (Bananas), recorded with a Jamaican band on the changes of "Dr. Ring Ding" (itself a cover of Alvin Cash's "Twine Time") when Lou was living in Jamaica in ’78, the year before Jerry Dammers launched 2Tone. Along the way, we hear a bona-fide 1974 Studio One ska gem by Jennifer Lara (“Impossible”) and Zap Pow’s uptempo 1976 stomper “Wild Honey”. Add some skinhead classics from both Yard (Vincent Gordon & the Dynamics)  and the UK (Count Suckle with Freddie Notes & the Rudies) plus then-future YMO co-founder Harry Hosono’s 1975 project Tin Pan Alley with their presciently-titled lounge-ska rarity “Yellow Magic Carnival” and you have a well-rounded international sampling of Ska’s Lost Decade. Sherwood, meanwhile, drops “calendar” tracks “Kaleidoscope (March)” and “Bloodstone (March)” by Hal Blaine and Emil Richards, respectively, before embarking on an unannounced International Women’s Day salute, massaging your ears with original Mothra twins The Peanuts, Misty Morgan (as “Jacqueline Hyde” complete with Moonfolk), Combustible Edison (complete with Liz Cox as “Miss Lily Banquette”), Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (complete with Cory Daye, who needs no alias) and more than the usual dose of Shiina Ringo. Hey, we gotta have our fix! The Home Stretch gives us someone named Maggie Mae (Rod Stewart didn’t know her) singing “My Boy Lollipop” in German, a “Lost Decade” M Music 45 from 1974, and Morgan Fisher’s pre-2Tone skank-up of “MacArthur Park” from January of ’79… a fitting end to Ska’s Lost Decade!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Prince Buster - Ob-La-De (2:16)
Album: 45; Label: FAB
Val Bennett - Jumpin' with Mr. Lee (4:36)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Roy Richards - Dream Lover (2:56)
Album: s-t; Label: Studio 1
GG All Stars - Man from Carolina (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Pama/Escort
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Melodians - Sweet Sensation (3:52)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
Al Barry & the Cimmarons - Morning Sun (2:53)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Count Suckle & Freddie Notes & the Rudies - Please Don't Go (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: Q
The Cats - What Can I Do (2:46)
Album: 45; Label: Crystal
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Sir Harry - Hee Cup (2:11)
Album: 45; Label: Crab
Zap Pow - Wild Honey (3:03)
Album: 45; Label: Trojan
Plastic Bertrand - Dance Dance (3:35)
Album: An 1; Label: Disques Vogue
Tommy McCook - The Watergate Affair (3:23)
Album: 45; Label: Lion
Vulcans - Back-a-Yard (2:55)
Album: Star Trek (cd bonus track); Label: Trojan
Jennifer Lara - Impossible (2:47)
Album: Studio One presents...; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Stranger & Patsy - Do You Remember (3:12)
Album: 45; Label: Escort
The Milwaukee Coasters - Sick & Tired (Oh Babe) (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Pama
Tin Pan Alley - Yellow Magic Carnival (3:30)
Album: Caramel Mama; Label: Crown Japan
Lou & the Hollywood Bananas - Kingston Kingston (3:02)
Album: v.a. Bonjour la France vol. 2; Label: BR Music
The Fabulous Poodles - Toy Town People (2:04)
Album: Unsuitable; Label: Pye
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Hal Blaine - Kaleidoscope (2:20)
Album: Psychedelic Percussion; Label: Dunhill/Harkit
Emil Richards - Bloodstone (March) (2:18)
Album: Stones; Label: UNI
Emil Richards - Diamond (April) (2:32)
Album: Stones; Label: UNI
The Peanuts - Chakkiri Cha Cha Cha
Album: Dream Box 10cd ; Label: Kng Japan
The Peanuts - Rhythm of the Rain
Album: Dream Box 10cd ; Label: Kng Japan
Jacqueline Hyde & the Moonfolk - Strange New World (2:13)
Album: v.a. Nashville Sputnik; Label: Omni
Jack Blanchard Group - New World (2:03)
Album: v.a. Nashville Sputnik; Label: Omni
Combustible Edison - Guadaloupe (2:36)
Album: I, Swinger; Label: Sub Pop
Combustible Edison - Carnival of Souls (3:08)
Album: I, Swinger; Label: Sub Pop
Shiina Ringo - Ringo no Uta (3:27)
Album: cd single; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - An Organ Gringer's Tale (4:28)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
Shiina Ringo & Saito Neko - Oiran (5:12)
Album: Heisei Fuzoku; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Perfume - Counter Attraction (3:27)
Album: Fan Service - bitter; Label: Tokuma
(bumper mix) Mutant Frogs - Springy, Baby! (2:02)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Zeuxis & the Painted Grapes - Blissed Out (4:13)
Album: v.a. mutant pop hybrids; Label: Pi
Tak Shindo - The Moon was Yellow (2:44)
Album: Brass and Bamboo; Label: Capitol
Lester Lanin - (ad jingle medley) Gillette/Merkel's (2:00)
Album: Madison Avenue Beat; Label: Epic Stereorama
Dickie Harrell - Rub-a-Tub Tub (2:39)
Album: Drums and More Drums; Label: Capitol
Cal Tjader - Cool (3:50)
Album: Greatest Hits; Label: Fantasy
Lounge Lizards - Uncle Jerry (3:55)
Album: Voice of Chunk; Label: Verabra
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions/Shiina Ringo - My Foolish Heart (Crazy in Shibuya) (4:36)
Album: download single; Label: iTunes Japan
Pancho - Tiger Rag (2:03)
Album: Rhumba-Conga with Pancho 45 ep; Label: Coral
Markko Polo Adventurers - Rain in Rangoon (3:30)
Album: Orienta!; Label: RCA
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Maggie Mae - My Boy Lollipop
Album: 45; Label: M Music
Bad Manners - Falling Out of Love (3:22)
Album: Forging Ahead; Label: Eipc/Magnet
Mark Foggo's Skasters - Spot (4:55)
Album: v.a. 15 Commandments of Ska; Label: Dojo/Skank
The Skeletones - Bump (3:14)
Album: Bump; Label: Rivercidal
The Specials - Stereotype (Peel session version) (6:13)
Album: BBC Sessions; Label: EMI/BBC
The Nails - Transcontinental Ska (6:29)
Album: Hotel for Women (bonus track); Label: City Beat
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Jamaica Ska (2:30)
Album: Jamaica's Golden Hits - The Best of Ska; Label: Jamaican Gold/Dynamic
Sound Dimension - Time is Tight (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Coxsone
Carlos Malcolm & the Fireburners - Pound for Pound (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: Ahmad Jamal Productions
Vincent Gordon & the Dynamics - The Burner (2:06)
Album: v.a. Skinhead Reggae 3cd box set; Label: Trojan
The Muskyteers aka the Silvertones - Kiddy-O (2:56)
Album: (Lee Perry & v.a.) The Upsetter; Label: Trojan
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Cosmic Bust (2:49)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive; Label: Trojan (bonus album w/ Vulcans' "Star Trek")
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom (3:18)
Album: v.a. sdtk. Dance Craze; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Jump With Joey - Jericho/Arte Bella (7:04)
Album: Generations United; Label: Ryko
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Mr. Review - Another Town (4:44)
Album: Walking down Brentford Road; Label: Unicorn
Morgan Fisher & friends as "The Burtons" - MacArthur Park (3:02)
Album: "v.a." Hybrid Kids; Label: Cherry Red
The Skalars - Change Up (3:48)
Album: Change Up; Label: Moon Ska
The Miceteeth - A Bubble of Spring (2:50)
Album: From Rainbow Town; Label: substance
Madness - Cardiac Arrest (2:58)
Album: s-t; Label: Geffen
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
March 7, 2013

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