3/21/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip



3/21 in a nutshell…

My, my, what a diverse “Ooh” we have this week! In the first four tracks alone, we have U.S. ’60s ska from Tracey Dey (the Bob Crewe-produced “Ska Doo-Dee-Yah”), a lost-decade British goodie from ’68 (the Trojan All Stars’ “Yorkie Special”), a straight-up Skatalites-propelled Johnny “Dizzy” Moore cut from the Top Deck sessions, and some sunshine rocksteady by Chinese singer (and not Chinese-Jamaican, from what I read online) Stephen Cheng, backed by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires. Always together, even if I do quote the song title directly in that assessment! Sherwood, meanwhile, marks the Voovie Doo debut of Johnny Guitar, and we don’t mean Mr. Watson! This Thai string-slinger’s mid-‘60s Lucky Bamboo release Suphan Nahong yields the slow, atmospherically-percussive “Sri Nuon” this week, part of a SE-Asian electric-guitar-exotica set also involving HK’s The Quests (listen for the lush blend of organ and sitars here!), Singapore’s legendary Shadows-influenced The Stylers and the cha-cha-driven All Star Orchestra.GotchaSKAvered’s Lollipop-of-the-Week kicks off the Home Stretch with none other than Teresa Brewer, and single-digit (Fahrenheit) winter chill inspired us to mix up a set of tunes we usually save for late December, including The Dualers’ “Jack Frost” and Gichy Dan’s “Winter on Riverside Drive”. The 5@5:05 recycled an old Ska Beatles set featuring The Brass Circus (“Strawberry Fields Forever”) and Ernest Ranglin (“You Won’t See Me”), among others, and then it was all-over-the-map time (including Jimmy Cliff’s “One More” and Tim “Timebomb” Armstrong covering “Too Much Pressure”, and by the way absolutely DO check out the eclectic treasure trove of online “45s” Tim and friends have posted to YouTube!) ‘Til next time, tune in… and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Tracey Dey - Ska Doo-Dee-Yah (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Amy
Trojan All Stars - Yorkie Special (2:16)
Album: v.a. British Reggae 3cd box set; Label: Trojan
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore - South China Sea (3:10)
Album: 45; Label: Top Deck
Stephen Cheng - Always Together (2:46)
Album: 45; Label: Sunshine
Ernie Freeman - Live It Up (1:50)
Album: 45; Label: Imperial
The Skatalites - Beardman Ska (3:01)
Album: Best of...; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:34)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Rita Hovink - De Blue Blue Beat (1:56)
Album: 45; Label: CNR/Moonglow
The Selecter - The Whisper (2:58)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis
Cedric Im Brooks & the Divine Light - Schooling the Duke (2:28)
Album: From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music; Label: VP/17 North Parade
Slim Smith - The New Boss (2:33)
Album: Born to Love; Label: Studio 1
Bob Andy - Stay in my Lonely Arms (ft. Marcia Griffiths) (2:40)
Album: Bob Andy's Song Book; Label: Studio 1
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Jamaica Ska (2:27)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
The English Beat - Hands Off... She's Mine (2:55)
Album: I Just Can't Stop It; Label: Go Feet
The English Beat - Jeanette (4:09)
Album: 12"; Label: IRS/Go Feet
Jennifer Lara - Impossible (2:47)
Album: Studio One presents...; Label: Studio 1
The Renegades - Mr. Hops (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Merritone
Prince Buster - Ganja Plant (3:28)
Album: 45; Label: FAB
Count Suckle with Freddie Notes & the Rudies - Please Don't Go (2:56)
Album: 45; Label: Q
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:34)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Lymedison (4:30)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Alton Ellis & the Flames - Dance Crasher (2:38)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Cosmic Bust 2:49)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive; Label: Trojan
Mango Jones & his Orchestra - Coffee Street Ska (2:01)
Album: Explosive New Dance Rhythm - The SKA; Label: Vee Jay
Delroy Williams - Don't Play That Song (3:14)
Album: 45; Label: Joe's
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Omar Khorshid - Hebbina Hebbina (2:50)
Album: With Love; Label: Voice of Lebanon
Chan Pao Chu - Catwoman (Side 2) (... which sounds suspiciously like "Wooly Bully"!) (2:45)
Album: 45; Label: Pathe/EMI
Damascus Music Group - Nadia (3:21)
Album: Kanoun in the Night - Spectacular Rhythm; Label: Byblos
Skip Martin & orchestra - Mambo #5 (2:56)
Album: perspectives in percussion vol. 2; Label: Somerset
Benny Bennet & his Orchestra - El Canario (2:23)
Album: Let's Go Latin; Label: Seeco
Cal Tjader Quintet - A Minor Goof (3:45)
Album: s-t; Label: Fantasy
Francis Bay & his Orchestra - Begin the Beguine (3:46)
Album: Francis Bay's Latin Beat; Label: Philips
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Disjointed (1:17)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Johnny Guitar - Sri Nuon (2:25)
Album: Suphan Nahong; Label: Lucky Bamboo
The Stylers - Dragon Theme (2:34)
Album: s-t 7" ep; Label: Polar Bear
All Star Orchestra - Sukiyaki (2:25)
Album: Off Beat Cha Cha; Label: Columbia
All Star Orchestra - He Pan Xiang Si (2:21)
Album: Off Beat Cha Cha; Label: Columbia
The Quests - Hur Pi Tzu Shau Hsiang (2:37)
Album: v.a. Steam Kodok; Label: Grey Past
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:37)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Ben, his Tumba & Orchestra - Love in Portofino (2:27)
Album: Let's Cha Cha Cha; Label: Mercury
Ben, his Tumba & Orchestra - Porque no (2:11)
Album: Let's Cha Cha Cha; Label: Mercury
Dick Schory & the Percussive Art Ensemble - Omoo (3:28)
Album: Re-Percussion; Label: Concert-Disc
Joe Loco Quintet - Perdido (2:43)
Album: Cha Cha Cha; Label: Fantasy
(bumper) Carr/McWheele Orchestra - Time Beings (4:29)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
copter4016882 - Polly's Flying Hat (3:32)
Album: contemode v.a.; Label: contemode
Emil Richards & the Microtonal Blues Band - Maharimba (2:51)
Album: Journey to Bliss; Label: impulse!
Tokyo Jihen - Konya wa Karasawagi (3:40)
Album: Color Bars; Label: Toshiba/EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworkd/IMT
Teresa Brewer - My Boy Lollipop (1:54)
Album: Golden Hits of 1964; Label: Philips
Jimmy Cliff - One More (3:24)
Album: Rebirth; Label: Sunpower/Universal
Tim Timebomb & friends (specifically, The Interrupters) - Too Much Pressure (3:42)
Album: online single; Label: Hellcat
Fishbone - I'm a Weed Plant (3:26)
Album: v.a. Steady Sounds from the Underground; Label: Simmerdown Prod.
Lester Lanin - West Indies Ska (2:20)
Album: Dancing at the Discotheque; Label: Philips
The Dualers - Jack Frost (3:14)
Album: Get Festive vol. 1; Label: Galley
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - Coming In from the Cold (4:34)
Album: The Album; Label: Universal/V2
Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers - Ice Ball (ft. Kaori Takeda) (4:40)
Album: mood inn; Label: cutting edge
Gichi Dan's Beachwood #9 - Winter on Riverside Drive (4:54)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Perception ( :40)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
ARTS (Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska) - Hello Goodbye (2:51)
Album: v.a. Skankin' Beatles (Blue); Label: Geneon
The Brass Circus - Strawberry Fields Forever (4:09)
Album: v.a. Skankin' Beatles (Blue); Label: Geneon
Ernest Ranglin - You Won't See Me (4:16)
Album: a Mod a Mod; Label: K&K
The Skatalites - Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (3:54)
Album: Foundation Ska; Label: Heartbeat/Studio 1
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - I'll Get You (4:11)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: Universal/V2
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Greenhenge (2:55)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Rudies - The Split (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Trojan
Azie Lawrence - Pempelem (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Lord Creator (a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick) - Evening News (2:28)
Album: 45; Label: Prince Buster
Jazz Jamaica - Dewey Square (4:16)
Album: Double Barrel; Label: Hannibal
Zap Pow - Wild Honey (3:03)
Album: 45; Label: Trojan
Bim Skala Bim - Diggin' a Hole (3:42)
Album: v.a. Mashin' Up the Nation vols. 1 & 2; Label: Square
The Little Elephant - Marvelous Trip to the Planets (6:05)
Album: second fruits; Label: RD
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Penguin on Vacation (4:42)
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: 
March 21, 2013

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