12/12/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


12/12 in a nutshell…

From time to time we like to explore the impact the pioneering ska generation had around the world in their own heyday. In that spirit, in the “Ooh” we shared with skassengers Jamaica’s original ’60s homegrown R&B/jazz/pop groove as it was felt everywhere by musicians from South Africa (rest in peace, Mr. Mandela... freeing a country is hard work!) to Poland to England to Barbados to the US (and in the Home Stretch, this week’s Lollipop was in French, and done by the apostrophe-abusing Les Gam’s. “C’est Toi Mon Idole”, done by at least four different French artists in the ’60s, was one of numerous versions of the song which dispense with the “lollipop” imagery altogether. One Spanish-language version is about an Esquimale, or Eskimo, while the Czech sing about someone named “Bob” and in 1979, the UK’s The Selecter famously turned the song into a ganja anthem for the 2 Tone generation… and you’ve heard ‘em right here since January without repeat!). The Stretch also previewed some holiday goodies in the 5@5:05, including one by the aforementioned Selecter. Now let’s jump back through time to Sherwood’s segment! The psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine had our calendar-album track this week, “Love-In (December)”, both sides of a Joe Loco cha-cha 45 on Imperial got played, and a jazz cd all the way from rat-free Edmonton, Alberta Canada was sent by the artist, Don Berner to our show (thanks, Don!), and from that we heard “Long Green Valley”. From time to time Sherwood likes to slip in a really jazzy ska number (as do we all here at the RSST) and they don’t come much jazzier than upright bassist Joey Altruda, sax legend Plas Johnson, Jamaica’s finest Ernest Ranglin on guitar, and the rest of the Kingston Cocktail Crew. Their tune “Rolando”, after Mr. Alphonso, more than fills the bill, especially with its 7+min. runtime. The archive is up for 2 weeks, so tune in… and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band (JA) - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Hybrid Kids (Morgan Fisher as "the Burtons") (UK) - MacArthur Park (3:02)
Album: ("v.a.") Hybrid Kids - a collection of classic mutants; Label: Cherry Red
Ria Bartok (GER) - Zu Schade Dafür (2:33)
Album: "Neu!" 45; Label: Columbia
The Skatalites (JA) - Ball of Fire (3:06)
Album: (Skatalites & v.a.) Strictly for You; Label: Studio 1
Tajfuny & Alibabki (POL) - Echo Ska (2:04)
Album: 7"ep; Label: Veriton
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires (JA) - Jamaica Ska (2:27)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
The English Beat (UK) - Ranking Full Stop (Peel session) (3:01)
Album: The Complete Beat 5cd box set; Label: Go Feet/SHOUT Factory
Madness (UK) - Cardiac Arrest (2:58)
Album: s-t; Label: Geffen
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Slim & Delroy (JA) - Look Who's Back Again (2:42)
Album: 45; Label: Up Town
Baby Earl & the Trini-Dads (US) - Back Slop (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: S.P.Q.R.
The Beazers (a.k.a. Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds/Cyril Stapleton Orch.) (UK) - The Blue Beat (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Decca
Soweto Stokvel Septette (SA) - Eddie's Ska (2:18)
Album: 78; Label: Stokvel
The Merrymen of Barbados - Ska Medley (4:00)
Album: Sounds with Pressure 7"ep; Label: Merry Disc
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:33)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Fleetwoods (US) - Ska Light Ska Bright (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Dolton
Owen & Leon (JA) - All Day Long (2:49)
Album: 45; Label: Dutchess
The Angels (US) - Jamaica Joe (2:19)
Album: 45; Label: Smash
Prince Buster's All Stars (JA) - One Step Beyond (2:47)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Brigitte Bond & the Blue Beats (UK) - Blue Beat Baby (2:51)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Girl Satchmo & the Les Dawson Combo (JA) - Don't Be Sad (2:15)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Jackie Opel - Say Say Business (2:24)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Melodians - It Comes and Goes (2:35)
Album: 45; Label: FAB
Denise Darlington - War No Right (2:16)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Skatalites - Whole World Doing the Ska (2:24)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Hal Blaine - Love-In (December) (2:18)
Album: Psychedelic Percussion; Label: Dunhill/Harkit
Qaya - Ey Heyat sen ne Qeribesen (time?)
Album: Ey Heyat sen ne Qeribesen; Label: Nurlu Sabah
Joe Loco - Ja-Da Cha Cha (2:23)
Album: 45; Label: Imperial
Joe Loco - Regalama Esta Noche (2:32)
Album: 45; Label: Imperial
Jonah Jones Quartet - Jalousie (2:47)
Album: Jonah Jumps Again!; Label: Capitol
Dick Barlow Orchestra - Swedish Rhapsody (2:29)
Album: Music to Make You Feel a Certain Way; Label: Mercury
Joe Magnarelli - My Old Flame (7:12)
Album: My Old Flame; Label: Give@Go
Matt Wilson's Arts Crafts - The Scenic Route (5:51)
Album: The Scenic Route; Label: Palmetto
Joey Altruda (Kingston Cocktail Crew) - Rolando (7:25)
Album: Kingston Cocktail; Label: Will
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Don Berner Sextet - Long Green Valley (6:16)
Album: Love Letters to a Rat-Free Capital (that being Edmonton, Alberta, CAN _Mr. Funn); Label: s-r
New Cool Collective - Flootie (7:10)
Album: Big; Label: RN Discs
Lonnie Liston Smith - Astral Traveling (6:29)
Album: Astral Traveling; Label: bluebird
Anna Calvi - Love Won't Be Leaving (5:26)
Album: s-t; Label: Domino
Shiina Ringo - Yattsuke Shigoto (5:08)
Album: Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Lord Sitar (a.k.a. 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
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Les Gam's - My Boy Lollipop (French title: "C'est Toi Mon Idole" (2:01)
Album: 45; Label: Mercury
Lester Lanin - West Indies Ska (2:20)
Album: Dancing at the Discotheque; Label: Philips
*Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - You've Got a Friend in Me (2:??)
Album: ; Label: Avex
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Green Hill (?:??)
Album: Saraba Tomoyo single; Label: ?
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Perception (3:09)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Mutant Frogs - Ska of the East (3:51)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
General Jah Mikey - (most of) From Way Back (3:00)
Album: Original Yard Food; Label: Zion High
The Selecter - Skank 'til Christmas (3:45)
Album: A Christmas Fable 45; Label: Vocaphone
The Toasters - Winter Wonderland (2:01)
Album: Christmas-Ska; Label: Moon Ska
Suggs (Madness) - Sleigh Ride (3:10)
Album: The Christmas EP; Label: WEA
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Silver Lining (3:27)
Album: v.a. Reggae with Xmas Lovers; Label: King Japan
Likkle Mai - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (3:14)
Album: v.a. Reggae with Xmas Lovers; Label: King Japan
Gichi Dan's Beachwood #9 - Winter on Riverside Drive (4:56)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
The Slackers - Bo Evil (3:00)
Album: The Great Rocksteady Swindle; Label: Hellcat
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Flying Frog Foo! (4:43)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Prizefighters - Lost At Sea (3:20)
Album: Round 1_ Ska 45; Label: Prizefighter Sound System
Pressure Cooker - Space: 1999 (2:15) (season 1 theme, btw)
Album: I Want to Tell You; Label: pressurecooker.net
Pressure Cooker - Cuando Vaya (3:25)
Album: I Want to Tell You; Label: pressurecooker.net
Public Property - Higher (4:38)
Album: What's Goin Down; Label: s-r
Blechreiz - Ska Fish (CIA) (4:03)
Album: Who Napped JB?; Label: Rude
Coldspot 8 - Whip Wam (4:57)
Album: Get On High; Label: Stubborn
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) The Eye of Cyclophibius (2:??)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
December 12, 2013

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