1/30/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


1/30/14 in a nutshell…

Even the RSST universe was impacted by the recent passing of Pete Seeger, and the “Ooh” found us saluting the newly-late folk hero with 3 different ska covers of “If I Had a Hammer” from the early ’70s… Nicky Thomas, Cat Campbell (toasting on the Nicky Thomas cut and issued as “Hammering Version”) and Freddie Notes’ old skinhead outfit The Rudies. Thanks to KFAI’s Jackson Buck for providing the Rudies and Nicky Thomas cuts; the Cat Campbell version we found on YouTube. Now, let’s head over to the Voov… Sherwood found a swinging big-band performance by Yasutaka Nakata’s trio of techno angels Perfume, and followed that up with an example of the production prowess of multi-talented queen-of-kawaii Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (a choice cut from her all-instrumental Ghibli Studio-themed various-artists tribute album identified on the playlist). So, just how kawaii (cute) is Kyary? Well, if kawaii were a martial art, Ms. KPP would by now have been awarded ownership of the black-belt factory! OK, it’s now time for the Home Stretch. First, the Lollipop: as we’re sure you’ll agree, one good “C’est Toi” deserves another, so we answered Jacques Desrosiers’ “Mon Cibole” from last week with a “Mon Idole” this week from Donna Hightower, just before launching into Rockers Express’s spirited take of “Phoenix City” (last of five for January; new GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection to be determined next week!) A space-themed 5(+1)@5:05 was marred by a glitchy cd player, so we bumped “Landing on the Moon” by Peter Thomas up into deck 1 where the cut tracked flawlessly. Now let’s drop the big one: we’ve learned that on March 15th, the aforementioned Perfume will take the stage at NHK Hall in Tokyo, out in front of… are you ready?… Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra! Even though we’ve got about as much chance of being there as a cow has of jumping over the moon (oh, where’s Raymond Scott and Dorothy Collins when you really NEED ‘em??? XD) we’re still pumped-as-all-getout that this future gig even exists! To celebrate, we couldn’t resist spinning “Anyakouro” and “Kareshi Boshuu Chuu” back-to-back. What ska-licious news nuggets will we learn by next week? Tune in… and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Jimmy Griffin - Try (1:57)
Album: 45; Label: Reprise
Carlos Malcolm - Ghost Riders (3:12)
Album: 45; Label: Up Beat
Nicky Thomas - If I Had a Hammer (3:05)
Album: 45; Label: Gibbs
Lester Lanin - West Indies Ska (2:20)
Album: Dancing at the Discotheque; Label: Philips
The Upsetters - A Live Injection (3:13)
Album: 45; Label: Upsetter
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Nicky Thomas/Cat Campbell - Hammering Version (3:05)
Album: 45; Label: Pressure Beat
Mango Jones & his Orchestra - Balahu Ska (2:13)
Album: Explosive New Dance Rhythm - The SKA; Label: Vee Jay
The Skatalites - Old Broadway (3:01)
Album: 45; Label: Prince Buster
Lloyd Charmers - Soul of England (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Escort
Selwyn Baptiste - Mo'Bay (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Black Swan
Mighty Vikings - Up and Down (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Caribou
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - I Won't Let You Go (2:13)
Album: Dance The Ska; Label: BMN
Ken Boothe - Don't Cry Little Girl (2:57)
Album: Mr. Rock Steady; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Greenhenge (2:55)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Rudies - If I Had a Hammer (2:42)
Album: 45; Label: Grape
The Melodians - Sweet Sensation (3:52)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
The Beazers (a.k.a. Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds) - The Blue Beat (2:25)
Album: 45; Label: Decca
The Locomotive - Rudi's In Love (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Parlophone
Al Barry & the Cimarrons - Morning Sun (2:53)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Buster's All Stars - Mules Mules Mules Mules (2:55)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Jacckie Opel - Push Wood (2:29)
Album: Best of...; Label: Studio 1
Suzie (b. Maria Paraboom) - My Cup of Tea (1:40)
Album: (movie) Asa Nisse i Popform; Label: Svensk Talfilm
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Ocean Moon (?:
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT - ?:>>>>
Perfume - Disney big band medley (4:10)
Album: Minna wo Tsunagu Mahou no Melody ("The Magic Melody that Connects Us All") tv special ; Label: NHK
Maid Boys - Jinsei no Merry Go Round (3:24)
Album: v.a. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu no Ghibli Set ; Label: Asobi/Universal
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:37)
Album: v.a. Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
Errol Garner - Affinidad (2:55)
Album: 45; Label: MGM
Bucky & the Strings - Lolita's On the Loose (2:41)
Album: 45; Label: Strand
Tomita Lab - Wonderworld (ft. Hara Yuuko, Shiina Ringo, Ken Yokoyama, Sakai Yuu) (6:13)
Album: Joyous; Label: Victor
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Oyasumi (4:37)
Album: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution; Label: unBORDE/Warner Japan
Piero Piccioni - It's Possible (ft. Catherine Howe) (4:51)
Album: Il Dio Sotte la Pelle; Label: Easy Tempo
(bumper) Carr/McWheele Orchestra - Time Beings (4:29)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Perfume - Zero Gravity (4:51)
Album: Triangle; Label: Tokuma
Ahmad Jamal - Bogota (3:56)
Album: macanudo; Label: Argo
Peggy Lee - Snealin' Up on You (2:20)
Album: Pass Me By; Label: Capitol
David Carroll & his Orchestra - Blue Blazer (2:30)
Album: Happy Feet; Label: Mercury
Sauter/Finegan Orchestra - Chant of the Weed (5:03)
Album: Under Analysis; Label: RCA
John Barry - Christella (2:00)
Album: The EMI Years 1957-1960; Label: Scamp/EMI
The Fathoms - The Haunted Shore (2:49)
Album: Overboard; Label: MuSick
Tokyo Jihen - SSAW (3:54)
Album: Variety; Label: Toshiba/EMI
m-flo (m-flo ♥s Chara) - Love to Live By (5:36)
Album: CosmiColor; Label: Rhythm Zone
Giorgio Moroder (as "The Beepers") - Love Is You (3:23)
Album: (Moroder & v.a.) On the Groove Train vol. 2 1974-1985; Label: Repertoire
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Donna Hightower - C'est Toi Mon Idole (1:51)
Album: 45; Label: London (also Delta)
Rockers Express - Phoenix City (2:57)
Album: 45; Label: Korova
The Rudies - Split (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Trojan
Tommy McCook & the Supersonics - Smooth Sailing (3:00)
Album: 45; Label: Caltone
Azie Lawrence - Pempelem (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Lord Creator a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick - Evening News (2:22)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Jungles of the Galaxy (6:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Riddimates - Galaxy is In Oneself (4:50)
Album: Too Much Blowing is Just Right; Label: Ska in the World
Pressure Cooker - Space: 1999 (2:13)
Album: I Want to Tell You; Label: pressurecooker.net
Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (2:32)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Landing on the Moon (glitchy, oh well... ) (2:22?)
Album: sdtk. Space Patrol Orion; Label: BSM
The Little Elephant - Marvelous Trip to the Planets (6:04)
Album: second fruits; Label: RD
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:37)
Album: v.a. Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Landing on the Moon (3:06)
Album: sdtk. Space Patrol Orion; Label: BSM
The Cat Empire - Still Young (4:14)
Album: Steal the Light; Label: fontana/Two Shoes
The Moon Invaders - Red Tail Hawk (2:46)
Album: The Fine Line; Label: Grover
The Slackers - Bo Evil (3:00)
Album: The Great Rocksteady Swindle; Label: Hellcat
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Anyakouro (4:12)
Album: Stompin' on Down Beat Alley; Label: Avex
Perfume - Kareshi Boshuu Chuu (4:41)
Album: cd single; Label: Momiji
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (over half of) Ska of the East (3:30)
Album: v.a. Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
January 30, 2014

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