12/5/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


12/5 in a nutshell…

For those of you who missed the Cabooze’s recent English Beat show, here’s fessin’ straight up: I’m one of you! I had a hankerin’ for a taste of what I missed, so on went their “Jeanette” 12” to launch the “Ooh” this week. Following that, what exactly does old-school U.S. dance-craze kingpin Arthur Murray have to do with “Jamaica Ska” you ask? Ask the Hip City Five, who contributed their Byron Lee cover to a Murray-branded and “discotheque”-themed 7“ep on RCA back in ’65. A partymaking round-up of ’60s and ’70s ska later, we find ourselves orbiting Sherwood’s Planet, where Mr. Funn opens with the Emil Richards calendar-album track “Turquoise (December)” and follows-up with singer Druid Chase before serving up a “Mint Julep” while “Boogie Woogie Cha Cha”-ing straight outa “Perdido”. Appropriately for December, we hear Robert Drasnin’s “Three Views of Havana” premiered live at the Fine Line by an outfit calling itself ICE (a.k.a. the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble). Interesting fact: “Three Views” was written specifically for the Fine Line gig, and Mr. Drasnin is known to have performed his piece with the Ensemble on occasion, though I can’t prove he’s actually on the Fine Line take, despite my previous playlist entries from years past indicating that (i thought) he was. Anyway, the Tokyo Bay Samba (really known as “Tengoku e Youkoso” or, “Where’s Heaven”, which isn’t a translation, "incidentally") graced this week’s Planet for the third time in as many weeks! We must be lovin’ that thing around here. And, a track apiece by Tipsy and Messer Chups make their Sherwood’s debuts. Check ‘em! Die Tornados kick off the Home Stretch with their lick of the ole "Lollipop", brand-new Umbrella Bed tunes made an appearance (as well as old fave “I Remember You”) and we did an all-local 5@5:05. Oh, and those Tornados came back for seconds, covering Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”. We reprised most of the night-closing last DJ set ever at the late, great King & I Thai restaurant, made up of tunes by, among others, The Kinks, Madness, Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9 and Bad Manners. We’ll roll this set again on the 19th (2 days past the closing anniversary), this time in its entirety, ‘cuz I miss the King. Tune in and stay tuned…

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
The English Beat - Jeanette (4:09)
Album: 12"; Label: Go Feet
Hip City Five - Jamaica Ska (2:44)
Album: v.a. 6-tk. 7"ep Arthur Murray Presents Discotheque Dance Party; Label: RCA
Carlos Malcolm & the Fireburners - Pound for Pound #1 (2:54)
Album: 45; Label: Ahmad Jamal Prod.
(Donatella) Rettore - Donatella (3:13)
Album: 45; Label: Ariston
Jennifer Lara - Impossible (2:47)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Flying Frog Foo! (2:00)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Roy Richards - Dream Lover (2:56)
Album: s-t; Label: Studio 1
GG Allstars - Man from Carolina (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: GG/Trojan
The Melodians - Sweet Sensation (3:52)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
The Skatalites - Dr. Kildare (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Island
The Skatalites - Sucu Sucu (2:12)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Come (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Shenley Duffus - Rukumbine (2:45)
Album: 45; Label: Island
The Upsetters - A Live Injection (3:14)
Album: 45; Label: Upsetter
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Rita Marley - A De Pon Dem (2:37)
Album: v.a Ska Bonanza ; Label: Heartbeat/Studio 1
Derrick Harriott - Reach Out (I'll Be There) (3:05)
Album: 45; Label: Crystal
Byron Lee/Danny Davis - Ska Dee Wah (2:04)
Album: 45; Label: MGM
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Joy Ride (2:31)
Album: Dance the Ska; Label: BMN
The Monarchs/Drumbago All Stars - All Of Me (but not THAT "All Of Me") (2:38)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
Selwyn Baptiste - Mo' Bay (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Black Swan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:33)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes - Rub Up, Push Up (2:45)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Laurel Aitken - Jericho (1:54)
Album: 45; Label: Rio
Neville Hinds - Kingston West (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Dynamic
Steve Alaimo - I Don't Know (2:28)
Album: Starring...; Label: ABC/Paramount
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Emil Richards - Turquoise (December) (2:18)
Album: Stones; Label: Uni
Druid Chase - Take Me In Your Garden (2:51)
Album: v.a. Circus Days vol. 3; Label: Blueprint
Joe Loco Quintet - Perdido (2:43)
Album: Cha Cha Cha; Label: Fantasy
Jan August - Boogie Woogie Cha Cha (2:24)
Album: Cha Cha Charm; Label: Mercury
Xavier Cugat - One Mint Julep (3:03)
Album: Cugi's Cocktails; Label: Mercury
Stephane Grappelli - Uptown Dance (5:45)
Album: Uptown Dance; Label: Columbia
Sammy Kaye - Talk to the Animals (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Decca
ICE (Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble - Three Views of Havana (written by Robert Drasnin for the Ensemble) (6:33)
Album: I Dig (live@the Fine Line); Label: innova
Tokyo Jihen - Tengoku e Youkoso (Tokyo Bay Version) (3:47)
Album: Hard Disk 8cd box (cd#8 - Recovery Disc); Label: Toshiba/EMI
Ahmad Jamal - Bogota (3:56)
Album: macanudo; Label: Argo
Peggy Lee - Sneakin' Up On You (2:21)
Album: Pass Me By; Label: Capitol
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ocean Moon (5:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Lydia Lunch - A Cruise to the Moon (3:54)
Album: Queen of Siam; Label: ZE/XXX/Atavistic
Tipsy - See the Beauty, Touch the Magic (3:04)
Album: Buzzz; Label: ipecac
Arthur Lyman - Vera Cruz (3:05)
Album: Bwana a; Label: Hifirecord
Messer Chups - Twin Peaks Twist (2:52)
Album: Heretic Channel; Label: Copasedisques
The Ventures - The 4th Dimension (2:15)
Album: ...In Space; Label: EMI/Dolton
"Joltin'" Joe Roland - Garrity's Flight (3:05)
Album: s-t; Label: Savoy
Herbie Hancock - Actual Proof (9:41)
Album: Thrust; Label: Columbia
Shiina Ringo - Mikan no Kawa (cond. by Saito Neko) ( :19)
Album: Ringo Expo '08; Label: Toshiba/EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Die Tornados - My Boy Lollipop (1:57)
Album: Heidi ep; Label: Höhnie
The Skeletones - Ravers (4:44)
Album: Bump; Label: Rivercidal
*Umbrella Bed - Gone Away (2:29)
Album: Refill ep; Label: Mad Butcher
*Umbrella Bed - Got It Wrong (2:58)
Album: Refill ep; Label: Mad Butcher
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Jounetsu no Ibara (2:55) (ft. Silva)
Album: Hinotama Jive ep; Label: Avex
Umbrella Bed - I Remember You (2:26)
Album: one small skank for man...; Label: Mad Butcher
Umbrella Bed - Dub Away (2:46)
Album: Refill ep; Label: Mad Butcher
The Prizefighters - Karma (3:21)
Album: Follow My Sound; Label: Prizefighter Sound System
Secondhand Ska Kings - Good Dog All Day (3:33)
Album: Cocktails before Funerals; Label: s-r
The Jinkies - Turn Around (3:50)
Album: s-t; Label: Kingpin
P. Lacquers - When the Moon Came Out Today (3:08)
Album: Awkward Party; Label: s-r
Mutant Frogs - Ska of the East (3:51)
Album: v.a. Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
The Slackers - Reach Out (I'll Be There) (2:55)
Album: The Radio; Label: Whatevski
The Liptones - Moon Ska (3:58)
Album: In English; Label: AMTY/808
Die Tornados - Heart of Glass (3:01)
Album: Go Out and Dance; Label: Safari
The Kinks - Come Dancing (4:13)
Album: 12"; Label: Chrysalis
Madness - Cardiac Arrest (2:54)
Album: s-t; Label: Geffen
Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 - Winter on Riverside Drive (4:48)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
Bad Manners - Exodus (2:38)
Album: Forging Ahead; Label: Magnet/Epic/Portrait
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Cozy's Groove (2:?)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
December 5, 2013

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