4/17/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


4/17 in a nutshell…

Happy eclipse, skassengers! To celebrate, the Home Stretch’s 5@5:05 expanded to 7… seven choice cuts from the late, great Moon Ska label, that is, including two from Moon founder Rob “Bucket” Hingley’s band The Toasters. In the GotchaSKAverred, Jazz Jamaica All Stars sent this week’s “Ball of Fire” plummeting through the atmosphere. Working our way back through Sherwood’s Planet, Margot Blanche, who would’ve sounded fabulous out in front of any of Duke Ellington’s legendary orchestras, entirely has her way and the highway with Duke’s “The Mooche,” reinventing it as “Material Love” in the process. A highlight among many in the Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour), meanwhile, would be Hybrid Kid Morgan Fisher’s 2Tone-ization of "MacArthur Park"… released, incidentally, in January of ’79… half a year before the actual July launch of 2Tone! “MacArthur” follows the Specials’ stompin’ Peel Session take of “Stereotype.” Earlier, we had the Martian Giants of Navarone (Colonel Elliott mixed into The Skatalites) and a slow, mellow ska-steady boogie-jazz number called "Soul Junction" by The Soul Vendors. That's the way it was...

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
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 Soul Vendors - Soul Junction (4:39)
Album: v.a. More Scorcha from Studio One; Label: Studio 1
Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics - Guns of the Martian Giants (3:51)
Album: Interstellar Reggae Drive (bonus album w./ Vulcans' "Star Trek"; Label: Trojan
The Skatalites - Guns of Navarone (3:12)
Album: v.a. Rough & Tough - The Story of Ska 1960-1966; Label: Trojan
The English Beat - I Can't Get Used to Losing You (4:16)
Album: 12"; Label: IRS/Go Feet
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 60Hz. Ska (2:43)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Wailers - Maga Dog (P. Tosh, lead) (3:01)
Album: The Birth Of A Legend; Label: Epic/Calla
The Bodysnatchers - Too Experienced (2:20)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Bobby Jay & the Hawks - Tea for Two (2:28)
Album: Everybody's Doing It vol. 2 - The SKA; Label: WB
Carlos Malcolm & his Afro-Jamaican Rhythms - Hunch Back (2:49)
Album: Ska Mania; Label: Up Beat
The Specials - Rat Race (3:06)
Album: More Specials; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Jah Malla - Bad Moon Rising (3:29)
Album: s-t; Label: Atco/Modern
Jackie Mittoo - Wives & Lovers (3:01)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Specials - Stereotype (Peel session version) (6:13)
Album: BBC Sessions; Label: EMI/BBC
Hybrid Kids (Morgan Fisher) - MacArthur Park (3:02)
Album: "v.a." Hybrid Kids; Label: Cherry Red
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) Baron von Skankin' Frank (
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Swinging Cats - Away (3:09)
Album: 45; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
Desmond Dekker - Wise Man (2:16)
Album: Rudy's Got Soul anthology; Label: Trojan
The Locomotive - Rudi's In Love (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Parlophone
Prince Buster - To Be Loved (3:08)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
The Renegades - Mr. Hops (2:40)
Album: 45; Label: Merritone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Herbie Hancock - Actual Proof (9:40)
Album: Thrust; Label: Columbia
Martini Kings ft. Crazy Al & Kimberly Rose - Quiet Village (live@Tiki Oasis 10) (9:10)
Album: YouTube upload; Label: s-r/You Tube
The Fathoms - The Haunted Shore (2:50)
Album: Overboard; Label: MuSick
Shiina Ringo - Koroshiya Kiki Ippatsu (ft. Soil & "Pimp" Sessions) (2:34)
Album: Ukina; Label: Unicversal
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - My Foolish Heart (Crazy on Earth) ft. Shiina Ringo (4:20)
Album: 6; Label: Victor
Señor Coconut - Suavito (2:42)
Album: Gran Baile con...; Label: Emperor Norton
Tipsy - Big Business (3:03)
Album: Buzzz; Label: ipecac
The Dualers - Jack Frost (3:14)
Album: Get Festive! vol. 1; Label: Galley
Original Love - Winter's Tale (5:10)
Album: early complete; Label: EMI
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Jungles of the Galaxy (6:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Messer Chups - Difficult Love (3:06)
Album: Coctail Draculina; Label: Solnze
Margot Blanche - Material Love (on Ellington's "The Mooche") (4:47
Album: Pages in my Diary; Label: Oriole
Echo - Night and Day (4:37)
Album: s-t; Label: New Line
Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet - Ginza Samba (10:57)
Album: s-t; Label: Fantasy
m-flo - (excerpt) Cosmic Night Run (ft. Nomiya Maki & Crazy Ken Band) (3:26)
Album: AstroMantic; Label: Rhythm Zone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Jazz Jamaica All Stars - Ball of Fire (7:50)
Album: Massive; Label: Dune
Riddimates - Galaxy Is In Oneself (4:50)
Album: Too Much Blowing is Just Right; Label: Ska in the World
Rita Marley - A De Pon Dem (cover of Smokey's "Choosy Lover") (2:39)
Album: Wailers & friends; Label: Heartbeat/Studio 1
The Selecter - Deep Water (4:02)
Album: Celebrate the Bullet; Label: Chrysalis
Bad Manners - Lager Delirium (2:39)
Album: Heavy Petting; Label: Moon Ska
The Skalars - Mixed Blessing (4:33)
Album: Change Up; Label: Moon Ska
Regatta 69 - Virtual Brain Boy (3:58)
Album: Prime Time; Label: Moon Ska
Mobtown - Jump Up (2:32)
Album: Cactus Juice; Label: Moon Ska
Dr. Ring Ding & the Senior All Stars - Got My Boogaloo (3:28)
Album: Dandimite!; Label: Moon Ska
The Toasters - Rude Rude Baby
Album: Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down; Label: Moon Ska
The Toasters - Big Red
Album: Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down; Label: Moon Ska
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Flying Frog Foo! (4:44)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters - Tutta Mia la Citta (3:38)
Album: Boogaloo; Label: V2/Universal
Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Gina Gina (3:51)
Album: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places; Label: Sire
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - You'll Never Walk Alone (4:00)
Album: Paradise Blue; Label: Avex
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
April 17, 2014

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