March 2010 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

This week, we read the Evening News with Lord Creator, hung with Mango Jones his band down on Coffee Street, and got in some Fishbone and English Beat (live together at The Cabooze 3/4), while Sherwood listened to the Call of the Space Siren with Combustible Edison and Danced Uptown to the sounds of Stephane Grappelli, and watched Shorty Rogers morph into Boots Brown under the influence of some Cerveza… but the real highlight was the myska hour, the twin themes of which were bands we’d never played before, and the still-thriving ska party going on in in myspace (we’d been reading online that ska had gone extinct there, but the evidence we’ve unearthed strongly suggests otherwise)! Lollipop-in-reruns: Live Bad Manners.

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We here at the RSST like to do ska/lounge follow-ups to the previous night’s Echo Chamber’s occasional theme shows, and in that spirit, we proudly present Women (mostly, anyway) Of Ska! (And space-age lounge, exotic jazz, ping-pong stereophonic hijinks, etc.) The 1st hour kicks off with Blue Beat Babies (including Brigitte Bond), the 3rd hour launches into 4 Women of Moon Ska in a row, Sherwood’s set careens from Shiina Ringo to Stereolab and from Koop. to Combustible Edison, taking in Debbie Harry and Dr. Buzzard along the way, and (the non-Rod Stewart) Maggie Mae sings all about her Boy Lollipop in this week’s LOTW repeat. Sweet!

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Blast off with us for another trip across the Skalaxy, Mr. Eastwood!! Move Your Feet in the general direction of Paradise, but watch out for that Dance Crasher along the way. Be quick, ‘cuz the walls are about to come tumbling down… it’ll be Shocking, and that’s just the oldies set! When we dock with Sherwood’s Orbiting Party Palace, you can Waltz with Koop. (the dot’s part of the name) before kicking back and Lounge-ing to sounds ranging from Arthur Lyman to Senor Coconut, Jimmie Haskell to Victor Feldman, you get the picture… and we kick off your flight back home with four Ladies of Ska who didn’t make last week’s set before encountering a rogue Moon blasted out of Earth orbit by its own nuclear waste dump way back in ’99, delaying this week’s Lolli rerun (Ernest Ranglin, O.D., with Alana Davis). Skabrazooka!

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Welcome back to the RSST! This week, a mostly-moldies 1st hour somehow manages to wind up in the 21st Century with a track from Public Property. Then, Sherwood B. Funn hangs out in the ’70s and ’80s with the likes of The Coconuts (think Kid Creole), Art Of Noise, Tom Waits and Yellow Magic, chucking in a late-‘90s Combustible Edison nugget before winding up in moldie-ville himself with a little Mancini here, some Tadd Dameron there.
Then Cap’n and Cozy (with a little help from Sherwood) pump up the ’80s ska machine with a 2Tone set, reprise youngest-Lollipopper-ever Beverly Staunton, and kick it into the End-zone with some English Beat, Bim Skala Bim and Madness. Crayzeee!

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