February 2012 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

(2/2 in a nutshell… )
An RSST debut of a brand-spankin-new Pinstripes track in Hour 3, and it’s a goodie… “Alright, Baby” from I on a label we haven’t heard of called Collective Culture. We also kicked off an entire month of Japanese “Lollies” as we like to call ‘em around here, whether it’s “My Boy” “My Girl” “My Collie” or who- or what- ever it is that inspired any given singer to cover the ‘Pop. This week: Yukari Ito. The 4(+1)@4 is some Prince Buster-related sides, Sherwood spun one of the ‘b’s on Shiina Ringo’s Carnation single in addition to meandering down Jade Warrior’s “Dark River”, and listen to the tail end of the “Ooh” for this really cool ’60s ska oldie… all the way from Soweto, SA! ‘Til next time, keep unearthin’…

2/9 in a nutshell
We’ve plugged “skeatles” on this show before, but this week, prepare to meet the real thing! The Skeatles, much like Ringo Ska, are an all-Beatles-covers ska band, this one HQ’d in Groningen, Netherlands, where this live gig recording originated. Our “fab” 4(+2)-in-a-row also had Ringo Ska in it, as well as Skapontas. GotchaSKAvered’s J-Lollipops week 2 was sung by Mie Nakao, we had another new Pinstripes track, Sherwood reprised Perez Prado’s epic “Voodoo Suite”, and the “Ooh” belatedly celebrated the same-day (this past Monday Feb. 6) birthdays of Bob Marley and Derrick Harriott. Jerk to the Ska!

2/16 in a nutshell…

Working our way back from Hour 3 as usual:
It was our late Skalentine’s special, so the 4(+1)@4 theme was a no-brainer… 5 tunes not-at-all connected in any way to our overarching theme! GotchaSKAvered’s February Japanese lollipop was by The Dreamlets, and it was the mixed English/Japanese version never aired on the RSST until this very episode! Sherwood belatedly celebrated the birthday of Tina “Ginger” Louise with that “Honeybees” favorite from Gilligan’s Island, “You Need Us”, introduced by (the late) Jim “Thurston Howell III” Backus. In the “Ooh”, Neil “Ska”-daka had some advice on how to attract every “Cinderella”… just Do the Jellyfish! Actually, some of those poolside Jellyfishers look like they’re actually doing the Ska… Do it!

(2/23 in a nutshell… )
Big 3rd-hour highlight from Lolli-land… we here a the RSST have managed to score the Ernest Ranglin 1964 instrumental backing track to Millie (Small)‘s hit My Boy Lollipop… wheee, did we have fun with THAT! Steve Alaimo covered The Blues Busters, Suggs from Madness did “Oranges and Lemons Again” with the Jools Holland Orchestra, Sherwood rediscovered Al Hirt’s Maxwell House-inspired “Perky”, and as the show aired, Shiina Ringo’s band was a week away from becoming history, so a track from their final studio ep “Color Bars” seemed natural. In 16 years, we’ll be marking the 4th anniversary of the breakup… The “Ooh” couldn’t get enough of that Soweto Stokvel track “Eddie’s Ska”, near the beginning of a set that included Millie Small, Baba Brooks, Bob Marley and Donatella.
All over the map is just how we like it… travel broadens the mind!