12/19/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


12/19 in a pinecone…

“Adam and Eve went up my sleeve and they never came down until Christmas Eve,” so Merry Skanxmas all you cats! Ol’ Cozy Claws has the skaliday goodies to perk up yer ears, with Sir Lord Comic leading the way. Bob Andy turns life into a symphony, Roland Alphonso dreams of being a bell, and those cannibal kids (tee-hee-hee) from the Gable Hall School Choir are still feasting on Santa the Candy Man. Our joy ride through ska oldie-dom leads, as always, to the fabulous flying party palace known across space (at least in the hyperactive imaginings of Sherwood’s Planet DJ Sherwood B. Funn) as the Voovie Doo Lounge, where we learn who’s birthday Dec. 25th really is… why, it's Pete Rugolo's, of course, and he's heard here doing “Snowfall” and “Skyliner” with Billy May’s “Snowfall Cha-Cha” in the middle of that sandwich. Billy later outs himself as Santa Claus! Listen also for the Nutcracker, as cracked open by Les Brown, Duke Ellington, and the Hot Club of San Francisco (doing the Duke’s “Sugar Rum Cherry” a la French Gypsy Swing). A Christmas present the RSST crew made for KFAI yields up songs with titles like “Winter Love”, “Sno King”, "Winter’s Tale” (written as an ad jingle for Sapporo beer by Hiroshi Takano) and “Snowbound”, that last one being a 7+min. slow-funker by Steely Dan vet Donald Fagen, produced by fellow Danster Walter Becker. In the Home Stretch, Israeli Gila Adari served up this week’s Lollipop, “Od Daka Achat” from a mid-60s 7“ep. The rest of the Stretch delivered wintertime cheer from The Selecter, The Dualers, Bad Manners, The Toasters, Suggs (from Madness), August Darnell as his character Kid Creole, his associate Gichy Dan and more. Remember, Gina… he’s just a ski instructor! The rest of you… tune in, and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Sir Lord Comic & his Cowboys - Ska-ing West (3:00)
Album: 45; Label: BMN
Bob Andy - Life Could Be a Symphony (3:29)
Album: Bob Andy's Song Book; Label: Studio 1
Roland Alphonso - If I Were a Bell (2:29)
Album: 45; Label: DDarling
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ska Bump (3:25)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The SkaTet - Sleigh Ride (3:07)
Album: unrl. live Artists Quarter (the o-o-o-l-l-l-d-d-d one at 26th&Nicollet ); Label: -
Gable Hall School Choir - Candy Man (2:41)
Album: 45 ; Label: Trojan
Cedric Bravo - Merry Christmas (2:09)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Cedric Bravo - Sugar Baby (2:03)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
The Skatalites - Beard Man Ska (Live It Up) (3:01)
Album: Best of...; Label: Studio 1
Granville Williams Orchestra - Santa Claus is Ska-ing to Town (2:28)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Dudley Williamson - Anything You Want (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Gayfeet
Jackie Opel - A Little More (2:13)
Album: 45; Label: Ska Beat
Prince (Buster) & Millie (Small) - Hello My Dear (2:47)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Gloria & the Dreamlets - Really Now (2:18)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Baba Brooks (ft. an MC named "Cuttings" - Duck Soup (2:29)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Azie Lawrence - Pempelem (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
The Wailers - One Love (3:22)
Album: One Love at Studio One; Label: Heartbeat/Studio 1
Byron Lee/Danny Davis - Ska Dee Wah (2:08)
Album: 45; Label: MGM
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Joy Ride (2:29)
Album: Dance the Ska; Label: BMN
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Bunny & Skitter - Mr. Chauffeur (2:38)
Album: 45; Label: Rolando & Powie
Granville Williams Orchestra - Nutty Buddy (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Flying Frog Foo! (4:10)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Fabulous Poodles - Toy Town People (2:04)
Album: Unsuitable; Label: Pye
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:03)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Pete Rugolo - Snowfall (3:07)
Album: Music for Hi-Fi Bugs; Label: EmArcy
Billy May - Snowfall Cha-Cha (2:25)
Album: v.a. Mambo Santa Mambo; Label: Rhino
Pete Rugolo - Skyliner (3:14)
Album: 10 Saxophones and 2 Basses; Label: Mercury
Al Caiola/Riz Ortolani - Holiday on Skis (2:30)
Album: v.a. Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails vol. 1; Label: Capitol
Bob Atcher/the Dinning Sisters - Christmas Island (2:27)
Album: v.a. Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails vol. 2; Label: Capitol
Billy May - Do You Believe in Santa Claus (2:31)
Album: v.a. Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails vol. 3; Label: Capitol
Les Brown & his Band of Renown - Nutcracker Suite (6:31)
Album: v.a. Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails vol. 1; Label: Capitol
Duke Ellington - Arabesque Cookie (5:43)
Album: Three Suites; Label: Columbia
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ocean Moon (5:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Don Armando's 2nd Ave. Rhumba Band - Winter Love (6:30)
Album: Deputy of Love; Label: ZE
Urszula (Dudziak) - Sno King (4:27)
Album: s-t; Label: Arista
Original Love - Winter's Tale (5:10)
Album: early complete; Label: EMI
Donald Fagen - Snowbound (7:06)
Album: Kamakiriad; Label: reprise
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Jungles of the Galaxy (6:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Pink Martini - Ocho Candelikas (2:17)
Album: Joy to the World; Label: Heinz
Hot Club of San Francisco - Sugar Rum Cherry (3:35)
Album: Cool Yule; Label: Azica
The Puppini Sisters - Santa Baby (3:23)
Album: Christmas with...; Label: Verve
Tokyo Jihen ( ...& friends?) - Tengoku e Youkoso (Tokyo Bay version) (3:47)
Album: Hard Disk box set - cd8, "Recovery Disc"; Label: Universal
Tokyo Jihen - Uten Kekkou (live) (2:46)
Album: .Ultra-C; Label: .EMI Japan
Gila Adari - Od Daka Achat ("Lollipop" by any other name... ) (1:47)
Album: 7"ep (also Haneshiki Harishona ep anthology); Label: Hataklit
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Dualers - Miss Santa Claus (2:30)
Album: Get Festive vol. 1; Label: Galley
The Dualers - Jack Frost (3:14)
Album: Get Festive vol. 1; Label: Galley
Likkle Mai - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (3:18)
Album: v.a. Reggae with Xmas Lovers ep; Label: King (Japan)
Mutant Frogs (Froggie fossil!) - Jingle Bells (2:04)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Rough Bark (3:20)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Selecter - Skank 'til Christmas (3:40)
Album: single; Label: Vocaphone
The Toasters - Winter Wonderland (starring Sledge as Louis Armatrong) (2:03)
Album: Christmas-Ska; Label: Moon ska
Smerins Anti-Social Club - Walking in the Air (3:11)
Album: Nemone's BBC6 Music radio show; Label: BBC
The Downsetters - Rudolph was a Rude Boy (4:01)
Album: download single; Label: bandcamp.com
Suggs (Madness) - Sleigh Ride (3:10)
Album: The Christmas EP; Label: WEA
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Perception (3:09)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Hepcat - Country Time
Album: Scientific; Label: BYO
Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Gina Gina (3:51)
Album: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places; Label: Sire
Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 - Winter on Riverside Drive (4:55)
Album: s-t; Label: RCA
Bad Manners - Christmas Time Again (2:59)
Album: 12"; Label: Blue Beat
Little Tempo - Shake It Up Baby (4:03)
Album: Super Tempo; Label: Speedstar International
Begoña Bang Matu & Orquesta Kingston - Smiles in December (4:11)
Album: Magia Negra; Label: Liquidator
Stingers ATX/Sledge (the Toasters) - What a Wonderful World (2:56)
Album: (the Cap'n's mashup of 2 source materials... Sledge's "Louie-fried" vocal take as released by Represent cd audio magazine, and the Stingers ATX dub version); Label: Represent/Jump Up
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) (dj mix) Theme from the Hatchlab/Jungles of the Galaxy (3:19)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
December 19, 2013

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