11/28/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


11/28 in a nutshell…

Happy Skanksgiving and Gobble Gobble! The RSSTTurkey Day Edition opened the “Ooh” with a set of food, drink, ‘n’ good-company-related oldies from down Yard way, including Bunny & Skitter’s timeless drunk-driving warning to “Mr. Chauffeur” that needs to be heeded whether or not it’s holiday season. By the time the Captain had “Chauffeured” us across space to Sherwood’s Planet, Mr. Funn had “Happy Big 3-5 Shiina Ringo, Pt. 2” waiting in the wings… but first, those wings! They included the infectious “Tak Boom” from Uzbekistan’s Yulduz Usmanova, as well as “Summer Sun”, Yukimi Nagano’s warm antidote to brain-numbing nighttime winter chill, found on Koop.‘s debut Waltz for Koop. Anna Calvi was also in the mix. Instrumentalists in the warm-up set included George Russell, Gary McFarland and The Raybeats. After the back-announce, it wasShiina time big-time! So, “where’s heaven?” as “Tengoku e Youkoso’s” official English song-title asks?… If you believe SR’s currently-disbanded Tokyo Jihen bandmates, it’s either in Tokyo Bay (in the parenthetically-titled “Tokyo Bay Version” heard here) or on the streets of Rio during Carnaval, if you go by the explosive samba groove that propels this jazzy arrangement straight into orbit. Waitaminnit: ORBIT… that’s a third possibility! This week, we also find Ringo in the company of her longtime orchestrator Saito Neko, glossy funk/fusioneers Tomita Lab, Takayuki Hattori & his orchestra (and being remixed by a certain Kobori to boot), and Soil & “Pimp” Sessions. By the time Sherwood was through, the Home Stretch was running 10 minutes late! Aaahhh, the Home Stretch… it was Laura Lee’s “Lollipop” this week, and at 5:05 we had ska (or at least ska-influenced) tunes by five Japanese outfits not known for their ska, including (Ringroll!) the Jihen version of “Mayonaka”, from the live Electric Mole dvd, plus a pre-Yasutaka Nakata Perfume, whose bouncy, steel-drum-happy tech-tone stomper “Kareshi Boshuu Chuu” was one of their first singles distributed only in and around the girls’ hometown of Hiroshima (and these days worldwide on the Web). We topped off the show with a set of 3 different funk outfits doing ska: Brick (the term “funksteady” popped into my mind when I first heard “Happy”), Captain Funk and Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Funk in and stay funked!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook w./ Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Bunny & Skitter - Mr. Chauffeur (2:38)
Album: 45; Label: Rolando & Powie
Baba Brooks with Drumbago's Orchestra - Night Food Ska (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Andy & Joey - Love Your Company (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: C and N
Mango Jones & his Orchestra - Coffee Street Ska (2:01)
Album: Expolsive New Dance Rhythm! The SKA; Label: Vee Jay
Eric "Monty" Morris - No. 1 (3:03)
Album: 45; Label: Dutchess
Jerry Jackson - Shrimp Boats Is A Comin' (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Columbia
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Granville Williams Orchestra - Nutty Buddy (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Winston Samuels - My Angel (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Prince Buster All Stars - Time Machine (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Prince Buster/Voice of the People
Lord Creator a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick - Golden Love (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Lynn Hope - Shocking (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Rough Bark (3:23)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Go Feet
Baba Brooks Band - Portrait of My Love (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Roland Alphonso - You Can Depend On Me (2:41)
Album: v.a. Mark Lamarr presents Duke Reid the Trojan - Nuclear Weapon; Label: Trojan
The Skatalites - You're So Delightful (3:25)
Album: Strictly for You ; Label: Studio 1
Fay & Gabby - Sweeter and Sweeter (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Worldisc
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Guns of the Martian Giants (3:51)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive (cd reissue packaged with Vulcans "Star Trek"); Label: Trojan
The Skatalites - Guns of Navarone (3:12)
Album: v.a. Rough & Tough; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The English Beat - Hands Off... She's Mine
Album: I Just Can't Stop It; Label: Go Feet
The English Beat - Click Click
Album: I Just Can't Stop It; Label: Go Feet
The English Beat - Ranking Full Stop
Album: I Just Can't Stop It; Label: Go Feet
The Rudies - The Split (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Trojan
Tommy McCook - Smooth Sailing (3:00)
Album: 45; Label: Rio
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Combustible Edison - Guadaloupe (2:47)
Album: I, Swinger.; Label: Sub Pop
Yulduz (Usmonova) - Tak Boom (3:24)
Album: s-t; Label: Double T
Koop. - Summer Sun (ft. Yukimi Nagano) (3:48)
Album: Waltz for Koop.; Label: Quango
George Russell & his Orchestra - Waltz from Outer Space (6:59)
Album: Jazz in the Space Age; Label: Decca/Chessmates
Gary McFarland - I Will Wait for You (3:25)
Album: Today; Label: Skye
Anna Calvi - Suzanne and I (4:09)
Album: s-t; Label: Domino
The Raybeats - Tone Zone (3:17)
Album: Guitar Beat; Label: don't fall off the mountain/PVC
Oorutaichi - Futurelina (6:18)
Album: Cosmic Coco; Label: Out One Disc
Serani Poji - Sugar Boo (3:25)
Album: Merry Go Round Jailhouse; Label: Wave Master
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ocean Moon (5:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Tokyo Jihen (& friends) - Tengoku e Youkoso (Tokyo Bay Ver.)
Album: Hard Disk 8cd box set (cd #8 - Recovery Disc); Label: Toshiba/EMI
Shiina Ringo - Kareha (Autumn Leaves) (6:30)
Album: Utaite Miyouri ; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Tokyo Jihen - Uten Kekkou (live) (2:46)
Album: Ultra C concert dvd; Label: EMI Japan
Towa Tei - Apple (ft. Shiina Ringo) (3:55)
Album: Lucky; Label: Warner Japan
Shiina Ringo/Saito Neko - Karisome Otome (2:49)
Album: Heisei Fuzoku; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Tomita Lab - Wonderworld (ft. Hara Yuuko, Shiina Ringo, Ken Yokoyama, Sakai Yuu) (6:13)
Album: Joyous; Label: Victor Japan
Kobori/Ringo/Jihen/Takayuki Hattori Orchestra - Fly Me to Heaven (Kobori's Remix) (4:51)
Album: download; Label: soundcloud.com
Tokyo Jihen - Tadanaranu Kankei (3:02)
Album: Shinya Waku; Label: Universal
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - My Foolish Heart (Crazy on Earth)
Album: 6; Label: Victor Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Big Bad Rhino (3:16)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Cassini at Titan (2:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Laura Lee - My Boy Lollipop (1:53)
Album: 45; Label: Cannon
Steve Alaimo - I Don't Want to Cry (2:33)
Album: Starring...; Label: ABC/Paramount
Begona Bang Matu & Orquesta Kingston - Autumn Leaves (3:38)
Album: The World's Most Exciting Songs - Magia Negra; Label: Liquidator
Shena Ringo (as it's spelled on the sleeve art) - Mayonaka wa Junketsu (ft. the band that would become Tokyo Jihen Phase 1) (4:13)
Album: Electric Mole; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Perfume - Kareshi Boshuu Chuu (4:42)
Album: cd single; Label: Beehive
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Mottai Nightland (3:58)
Album: cd single; Label: Warner Japan
Rie Tomosaka - Tokai no Manner
Album: Toridori; Label: Universal
Akiko Yano - Tong Poo (4:23)
Album: Gohan ga Dekitayo; Label: Midi Inc.
Oriental Magnetic Yellow - Maruhi Plays (2:50)
Album: XO Breeds; Label: Pony Canyon
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Multiplies
Album: X oo Multiplies; Label: Restless/Alfa
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ska of the East (3:53)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ska from Studio 5 (3:21)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Brick - Happy (4:20)
Album: s-t; Label: Bang!
Captain Funk - Kung Fu Ska (6:26)
Album: Bustin' Loose ep; Label: Sublime
Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Ska Ka-Bop (4:51)
Album: In the Buzzbag; Label: Shanachie
The Special Beat - Tears of a Clown (3:09)
Album: Live in Japan; Label: Dojo
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
November 28, 2013

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