April 2012 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

4/5 in a nutshell…
RSST Pledge Drive week 2…
We introduce our new bumper “Ringmod Skank” 3 songs in.
Then, between half and 2/3rds way through, the Opening Oldies Hour gets invaded! The Prizefighters alternate tunes with The Dropsteppers to get all you skassengers pumped up for their double-bill coming up 4/14/12 at the Triple Rock on Cedar on the West Bank. Sherwood bumpers a short new Carr/McWheele creation between Earl Bostic and Joe Sherman, eventually stretching out to Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder”, sandwiched between David Seville and Shiina Ringo. The 4+@4 are all not Beatles compositions, as isn’t the Lollipop. But from there to “The End”, it’s straight-up Fab Ska… by The Skeatles, Ringo Ska, Easy Star, ARTS, The Brass Circus, Ernest Ranglin and The Skatalites… yeah, yeah, yeah!

4/12 in a nutshell…
Tro-Tone? 2jan? Whatever you call the “Ooh” this week, it was made up of Trojan oldies compilation tracks and 2Tone-era goodies… and our *brand-new unreleased (“unrl.”) custom bumper-timed bumpers. Sherwood then took us into orbit around his world for an hour of the likes of Hal Blaine, YMCK, Frank Comstock and Masaru Sato(h) (and we’ve seen it spelled elsewhere both with and without the ‘h’), and the trip back home included an upcoming-gigs set (Umbrella Bed opening for English Beat at the Cabooze 4/15, Prizefighters and Dropsteppers warming up Deal’s Gone Bad at Triple Rock the night before_ wish we’d brought the DGB), and continued with an instrumental sax-led GotchaSKAllipop leading into a Return-Of-Winter set commemorating 2 nights of sub-freezing lows. Freeze, ‘skeeters!

4/19 in a nutshell…
HOLY MEA MAXIMA CULPA, BATMAN!!!
The runaway highlight of this week’s RSST has got to be yours truly making a complete monkey out of myself mis-remembering the night “Live from Studio 5” airs… and repeatedly! ‘5’ comes on Wednesday night before “In Your Ear”, NOT Thursday night before “Voice Cried Softly”! A little parallel timestream seepage while wide-awake dreaming, perhaps… anyway, skassengers were exposed to “Ska from Studio 5”, Mutant Frogs’ gift to Doug The Thug and his merry band of mischief-makers, holding forth as they do every Wednesday night 10:-mid. before Angie hits the airwaves. The GotchaSKAllipop was dubbed live on the Echo Chamber by d.j. babyswiss and slightly re-dubbed by Cozy here on RSST, and a Russian theme dominated the 4(+1)@4. Sherwood caught Lounge Disco Fever, and the “Ooh” actually premiered the “Ska from Studio 5” in custom bumper-timed edit form, henceforth known as “CBTE”. We needed more alphabet soup around here, anyway…

4/26 in a nutshell…

Ya want Mutant Frogs? Ya got ‘em! Our gift to Live from Studio 5’s Doug the Thug, titled Ska from Studio 5, leads off a 4(+1)@4 consisting mostly of tracks from the Frogs’ debut Warts ‘n’ all. The GotchaSKAllipop for 4/26 is the creation of Erikka & Margarita Brogier, from their album Koritsia tis Epohis. We’re lovin’ the Prince Fatty & the Mutant Hifi release Return of Gringo, which provided us with three of our 3rd-hour’s rockin’est cuts! If Los Straitjackets were a ska band… well, you get the picture! Sherwood B. Funn re-discovers Ken Nordine in hour 2, tossing “Looks Like It’s Going to Rain” into a wonderfully bizarre mix involving The Ventures’ (In Space, of course… ) “Fear (main title from One Step Beyond)” which we’re sure to reprise one of these weeks. The “Ooh” got caffeinated by the Mango Jones Orchestra (“Cof-feeee Streeee-eet!”) …as if The Techniques’ hyperactive “I Love You” weren’t energetic enough to do the job!

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