5/8/2014 Rocket Ship Ska Trip

 

5/8 in a nutshell…

In 1964, the BBC unleashed This Is Ska on the world, a documentary considered in some circles to have been the Dance Craze of the original ska era. Watch, and you get step-by-step instructions for a variety of ska dance moves, as well as footage of enthusiastic clubbers ska-ing the night away at the Sombrero Club to a live performance of Byron Lee & the Dragonaires backing a who’s who of first-generation ska stars including Jimmy Cliff, the Blues Busters, Stranger Cole, Eric “Monty” Morris, Roy (Panton) & Yvonne (Harrison) and… the lone Prince Buster appearance, a buru/nyahbinghi-driven “Wash Wash” quite different from the official record release, making its RSST debut on this week’s show. Buster performed or produced over half the total back-catalogue of the original Blue Beat Records, our opening hour featured label this week and next. Hey, let’s skip over to the feature-rich Home Stretch. This month’s GotchaSKAvered selection, Mongo Santamaria’s “El Pussy Cat,” got the live Skatalites treatment down in Buenos Aires, Argentina, wound up on “In Orbit, vol. 1,” and made this week’s GotchaSKAvered installment. Theme of the 5@5:05 was Name That Ska… a buncha ska tunes with people’s names in the title. “Donatella,” “Jeanette,” “Cleopatra,” “Marcel Pierre,” and “Rosetta” were all at the party, but it doesn’t stop there… we had The Butlers and sequel band Lions Club (containing many of the same members) playing Dueling TV and Movie Themes, and who should turn up but “Perry Mason,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Magnum” (P.I.), “Charlie” (think “Angels”), “Inspector Gadget” (don’t know ‘is first name) and “Rocky” to deliver the KO! Now, the “Sherwood’s Planet” segment. Back-to-back horror soundtrack nuggets in the late going… Budy Maglione’s disco-fied “NYC Main Title” from Cannibal Ferox and the Tubby Hayes Quintet (as the “Biff Bailey Combo”) performing the announced “Ancient Voodoo Tune.” This was actually released as an extremely limited (666 copies!) vinyl 7” in ’09 on Trunk Records (on which the tune is identified simply as “Voodoo”), but we prefer the tune drenched in the sonically chaotic “supernaturally-besieged-nightclub” atmosphere you get with the actual movie (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors) the tune originally appeared in. Also aliasing was Francis Bay (as “John Evans”) on the Directional Sound label with “Lisbon Antigua.” Well, more merry musical hi-jinks next week… tune in and stay tuned!

 

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Prince Buster - Wash Wash (2:13)
Album: "This Is Ska" BBC doc; Label: BBC
Joey Lewis & the Skalettes - Voodoo Ska (3:18)
Album: Blue Beat; Label: RCA
Lord Tanamo - Rest Yourself (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: SEP
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Ska Dance from Jamaica (1:57)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - So Long As I can Hear the Ska (2:04)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Buster's All Stars - Devil's Daffodil (2:21)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Derrick Morgan - You Never Know (2:17)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Prince Buster - Hello My Dear (ft. a certain "Millie" who carries the first verse by herself) (2:47)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Beresford Rickets & the Blue Beats - I've Been Walkin' (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
(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
Granville Williams Orchestra - Honky Tonk Ska (2:52)
Album: 45; Label: GWO
Desmond Dekker - King of Ska (2:40)
Album: Rudy Got Soul anthology; Label: Trojan
Prince Buster - It's Burke's Law (2:33)
Album: 45; Label: Prince Buster
Baba Brooks - Sly Mongoose (3:13)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Lloyd Clarke - Big Foot Lou (2:48)
Album: 45; Label: Moo's
Jimmy Sinclair/Tommy McCook & the Supersonics - Crazy Beat (2:42)
Album: 45; Label: Star
Soul Bros. - Soul Serenade (3:21)
Album: 45; Label: Rio
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Pro-Pleasure Gas - Capt. 2much Freetime's Ska Mutation (3:15)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth (2:31)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
Cavaliers Orchestra - I Man (2:42)
Album: 45; Label: Randy's
Soul Bros. - On the Town (Wings of a Dove rdm. inst.) (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Tommy McCook (w/ unk. vocs.) - My Girl (not the Tempts' song) (2:44)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Delroy Wilson - Tear Us Apart (2:35)
Album: 45; Label: Coxsone
Lord Creator a.k.a. Kentrick Patrick - Rhythm of the Blues (2:17)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
The Soulettes - La La Lover (2:14)
Album: 45; Label: Coxsone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Earl "Fatha" Hines & his New Sounds - The Web (3:08)
Album: s-t 10"; Label: Nocturne
Jan August - Siboney (3:04)
Album: Accent! - Latin Piano by...; Label: Mercury
Mike Simpson - Open Discussion (in Percussion) (2:13)
Album: Discussion in Percussion; Label: Mercury
"John Evans" (alias of Francis Bay) Orchestra - Lisbon Antigua (2:07)
Album: Exciting Percussion - Brilliant Brass; Label: Directional Sound
Stanley Black - By the Waters of Minnetonka (3:04)
Album: Exciting Percussion; Label: London/Phase 4
Jackie Davis - Rain on the Roof (2:19)
Album: Hammond Gone Cha-Cha; Label: Capitol
The 18th Century Concepts - Penny Lane (2:16)
Album: Off on a 20th Century Cycle; Label: Sidewalk
Freddie Sateriale's Big Band - Every Day is Ladies' Day (2:05)
Album: Broadway Latin American Party; Label: Spin-O-Rama
Command All Stars - Badinage (2:05)
Album: Reeds & Percussion; Label: Command
Laurie Johnson Orchestra - Bali Ha'i (2:16)
Album: England's New Big Band Sound; Label: Colpix
Budy Maglione - (NYC main title) Cannibal Ferox (2:20)
Album: (2 sdtks.) Cannibal Ferox/Zombie; Label: Blackest Heart Media
Tubby Hayes Quintet (as "Biff Bailey Combo") - Ancient Voodoo Tune (3:08)
Album: (movie) Dr. Terror's House of Horrors; Label: Amicus
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - New York at Dawn (3:54)
Album: ...Goes to Washington; Label: Elektra
Yukihiro Takahashi - Curtains (3:36)
Album: Neuromantic; Label: Alfa
(Bebu) Silvetti - A Smile at Dawn (4:37)
Album: Spring Rain; Label: Salsoul
Lalo Schifrin - Danger (2:39)
Album: music from Mission: Impossible; Label: Dot
Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet - Ginza Samba (10:57)
Album: s-t; Label: Fantasy
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - 5 Fingers of Ska (4:01)
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Transkalactic (
Album: "It's One Of Ours"; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Tokyo Jihen - (live) Uten Kekkou (2:46)
Album: Ultra-C; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett - Grow Your Own (4:51)
Album: s-t; Label: Atlantic
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime (3:08)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Skatalites - (live) El Pussy Cat (5:38)
Album: In Orbit vol. 1; Label: Grover
The Selecter - Secret Love (3:16)
Album: String Theory; Label: Vocaphone
Runa Miyoshida - Tonari no Totoro (3:42)
Album: Ska Flavor Loves Ghibli Songs; Label: @Lounge
The Slackers - The Mummy (3:22)
Album: The Question; Label: Hellcat
The Slackers - Motor City (4:00)
Album: The Question; Label: Hellcat
(Donatella) Rettore - Donatella (3:13)
Album: 45; Label: Ariston
The English Beat - Jeanette (4:09)
Album: 12"; Label: Go Feet/IRS
Rico - Cleopatra (ft. The Zoot) (5:31)
Album: (Rico & v.a.) Japa Rico; Label: Phantom
Fast Food Orchestra - Marcel Pierre (4:41)
Album: Mangrooves; Label: 37 Surfers
The Silver Sonics - Rosetta (3:20)
Album: v.a. Big Shot presents Ska Clash; Label: Sony
The Butlers - Perry Mason (4:08)
Album: Wanja's Choice; Label: Grover
Lions Club - Mary Tyler Moore (3:34)
Album: TV and Movie Themes; Label: Pork Pie
The Butlers - Magnum, P.I. (4:37)
Album: Wanja's Choice; Label: Grover
Lions Club - Charlie's Angels (3:08)
Album: TV and Movie Themes; Label: Pork Pie
The Butlers - Inspector Gadget (4:06)
Album: Wanja's Choice; Label: Grover
Lions Club - Rocky (5:18)
Album: TV and Movie Themes; Label: Pork Pie
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Cozy's Groove (2:33)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - (excerpt) The Rough Bark (?:
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
May 8, 2014

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