2/6/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


2/6 in a nutshell…

To do the RSST on the very day (Feb. 6) of the birthdays of Bob Marley, Derrick Harriott and Yasutaka Nakata is the stuff of dreams for this crew, and it happens on the order of once every 7 years, so I’m pleased as punch despite the occasional technical glitchery (Deck 3 spontaneously freezing up mid-track, etc.) and other distractions. In addition to Bob, Rita Marley also found her way into the mix, and Derrick Morgan got playlist space in close proximity to Mr. Harriott. Harmonica ace Roy Richards rode The Wailers’ “Let Him Go” riddim with a tune called “Green Collie,” in addition to singing Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover.” As we’ve noted here before, Green Collie’s not a dog… Sherwood got in an extended salute to Mr. Nakata featuring tracks by many of the numerous artists Nakata’s worked with/produced over the years, including Capsule (of whom he’s also a performing member), copter4016882, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume. Incidentally, yes he produces MEG as well, but he did NOT produce “Wear I Am,” the title track of her album of the same name. That was the work of Miura Koshi, whose stuff we really need to find more of, as the higglety-pigglety all-over-the-mapness of that track is something we love around here! Turns out he records for Ryuichi (YMO) Sakamoto’s Commmons label, among others. So how did “Autumn Leaves” figure into the set? After all, autumn did just that (leave) way back in December… that’s just what it does… but the real reason was that at 6:30, Shiina Ringo’s cover of the famous French tune was just the right length to take us back aboard the Ska Ship for the Home Stretch at 4:40. We commenced the Stretch with a Lollipop all the way from Spain, by Los Antifaces (The Masks), called “Mi Chico Bombon”, which as i type this up, I’ve just learned is on a compilation called Skanish Sounnd – Jamaican-Influenced Music from Spain 1964-1972, on the Vampi Soul label. Back in the day, “Bombon” was the leadoff track on a 4-song 7” which also had “Dulce Guillermo” (Sweet William) on it. The GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection for February is “Exodus”, this week done up by Bad Manners. Ska Goes Jazz on the 5@5:05, and elecro-swingers Caravan Palace are making a return trip to the Cedar Cultural Center (Sat 4/5), and this time I ain’t missin’ it for the world. We played their “Maniac” (not whatshisname’s) in the Stretch while Sherwood got in “Star Scat” and “Suzy.” Congrats are in order for Melbourne Ska Orchestra, who were awarded Album Of The Year in a Reggae Steady Ska webzine poll. Cool ‘zine, as I’ve found out! I’m gonna wrap-up this write-up and read some more of it… so ‘til next time, tune in and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Robert Marley (pre-Wailers) - Judge Not (2:23)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Love and Affection (2:35)
Album: The Birth of a Legend; Label: Epic/Calla
Derrick Harriott - Do the Jerk (2:26)
Album: v.a. Derrick Harriott & friends - Step Softly; Label: Trojan
The Wailing Wailers - Simmer Down (2:21)
Album: s-t; Label: Studio 1
Rita Marley - Pied Piper (2:12)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Robert Marley (pre-Wailers) - Do You Still Love Me (2:29)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
The Wailers - Mr. Chatterbox (2:37)
Album: Best of...; Label: Beverley's
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ocean Moon (5:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Rough Bark (3:20)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Roy Richards - Green Collie (2:02)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Buster's Group - Baby Face Nelson (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Buster Wild Bells
Roy Richards - Dream Lover (2:56)
Album: s-t; Label: Studio 1
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Walk like a Dragon (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Rita Marley - A De Pon Dem ("Choosy Lover" _Smokey Robinson) (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
Owen Gray - Mash It! Pts. 1 & 2 (4:09)
Album: v.a. Jamaican R&B 3cd box set; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ska of the East (3:53)
Album: v.a.Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
Frederick (pre-"Toots") Hibbert - Old Flame (2:09)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Granville Williams Orchestra - Nutty Buddy (2:43)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Raymond Harper - Cool Breeze (2:19)
Album: v.a. Coconut Ska; Label: King Edwards
The Two Kings - Rolling Stone (2:14)
Album: 45; Label: Island
Stranger Cole - We Are Rolling (2:27)
Album: Bangarang anthology; Label: Trojan
Bobby Ellis & the Crystalites - Step Softly (3:40)
Album: v.a. Derrick Harriott & friends - Step Softly; Label: Trojan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Hal Blaine - Flashy (February) (2:23)
Album: Psychedelic Percussion; Label: Dunhill/Harkit
Emil Richards - Amethyst (2:01)
Album: Stoned; Label: Uni
Boyd Rayburn - Soft and Warm (ft. Ginnie Powell) (3:12)
Album: Man with the Horns; Label: Savoy
Arthur Lyman - Eden's Island (2:00)
Album: Blowin' in the Wind; Label: Hifi/Life
Joe Loco - Happy Days are Here Again (2:43)
Album: Loco Motion; Label: Columbia
Capsule - Oyasumi (3:53)
Album: Plastic Girl; Label: Yamaha
Capsule - Cosmic Tone Cooking (ft. copter4016882) (3:49)
Album: phony phonic; Label: contemode
Caravan Palace - Star Scat (3:50)
Album: s-t; Label: Wagram
Caravan Palace - Suzy (3:03)
Album: s-t; Label: Waagram
Zeuxis & the Painted Grapes - Blissed Out (dubble dipped mix) (4:13) (
Album: v.a. in there - mutant pop hybrids; Label: Pi
copter4016882 - G.C.O.C. (3:14)
Album: Perfect Joke; Label: contemode
copter4016882 - Fall (3:33)
Album: Perfect Joke; Label: contemode
MEG - Wear I Am (5:07)
Album: Wear I Am; Label: Starchild/King
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Jungles of the Galaxy (6:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Super Scooter Happy (5:51)
Album: Nanda Collection; Label: unBORDE/Warner Japan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Point of View (3:31)
Album: Invader Invader single; Label: unBORDE/Warner Japan
Perfume - Linear Motor Girl (4:03)
Album: Complete Best; Label: Tokuma
Perfume - Inryoku (3:32)
Album: Complete Best; Label: Tokuma
Shiina Ringo - Autumn Leaves (6:30)
Album: Utaite Miyouri; Label: Toshiba/EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Los Antifaces - Mi Chico Bonbon (1:59)
Album: 4tk. 7"ep; Label: Belter
Perfume - Clockwork (4:27)
Album: Level 3; Label: Universak J
Bad Manners - Exodus (2:38)
Album: Forging Ahead; Label: Magnet/Epic
The Peeping Toms - I Made a Mistake (3:41)
Album: 'same'; Label: Grover
Rude & Visser - Shake and Shiver (4:12)
Album: Red Rum ep; Label: Grover
Jazz Jamaica - Butterfly (4:27)
Album: Double Barrel; Label: Hannibal
The Ska-Flames - Star Eyes (4:45)
Album: Damn Good; Label: Sunshot
Roland Alphonso - Something Special (3:26)
Album: something special:ska hot shots; Label: Heartbeat/Studio 1
Open Season - Elephant Walk (5:56)
Album: Hot and Fire; Label: Megalith
Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers - Yardbird Suite (3:40)
Album: moodsteady; Label: cutting edge
*Bim Skala Bim - On the Dance Floor (3:10)
Album: Chet's Last Call; Label: BiB ("Big indie Beat")
*Bim Skala Bim - Summer of Ska (3:17)
Album: Chet's Last Call; Label: BiB
Caro Emerald - Tangled Up (Lokee remix) (3:25)
Album: online single; Label: Grand Mono/soundcloud
Bonnie Pink/The Miceteeth - Don't Get Me Wrong (3:32)
Album: 45; Label: Duck Soup Prod.
The Prizefighters - Night Breeze (3:38)
Album: Round 1 - Ska 45; Label: Prizefighter Sound System
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Ai Ga Arukai? (4:22)
Album: Arkestra; Label: cutting edge
Caravan Palace - Maniac (4:09)
Album: Panic; Label: Wagram
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Lygon St. Meltdown (4:21)
Album: s-t; Label: four | four
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
February 6, 2014

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