A stretched-out 4@4 (with 3 tunes in the 7:+mn. range), a GotchaSKAllipop straight off a band’s website, Ska from Studio 5 and a ska Rocky theme were highlights of Hour 3. Working our way back, Sherwood got funky with some MFSB, El Coco and Milt Jackson in an hour that kicked off with the three Y’s… Yello, YMCK and YMO. What makes ‘em the “Three Y’s”? Just the fact that they’re back-to-back-to-back in the playlist, y’all… and if I find three more Y’s to run consecutively, then they’ll be the three Y’s. Lastly… this was the week we learned of the passing of The Skatalites’ mighty Lloyd Brevett on the upright, so we put together a Skatalites-driven all-star cast in the opening set of the “Ooh”…including the Wailing Wailers, Jackie Opel, The Maytals and Lee Perry. The Lloyds of Kingston are now reunited in the Great Beyond… May Knibb and Brevett Rock (steady) In Peace.
It was one week left ‘til the Lee Perry gig at the Cedar (backed by Subatomic Sound System!) and we bookended the opening set of the “Ooh” with a pair of classic Scratch skas (Wishes of the Wicked and Do the Push Push). We reprised “Suzie’s” Swedish-produced Lolli-knockoff “My Cup of Tea” (and we are starting to ponder just how many MBL-influenced knockoffs (not straight-up covers) actually exist… that’ll take some digging. We wrapped up the hour with summa that ollll’ moooooon stompin’! from Roy Ellis’ old band Symarip before back-announcing over some Ska from Studio 5. …Sherwood careened from Horace Silver to Teddy Mertens… …to Hank Marr to Shiina Ringo on his way to Space Station no. 9 (in a Capsule, of course)… and from there, also to the Moon. Oh, and about the Moon… the home of Neil Armstrong’s famous boot prints also turns up in one of the 4(+1)@4 (“hot ska-naries” this week) in a Cabernet Deneuve song! Sakura & the Quests Twisted the GotchaSKAllipop, Prince Fatty & Mutant Hifi had a Nagila, and Giuliano Palma came in from the cold. ‘Bout time, it’s darn near summer!
All bumpers heard in the “Ooh” were various mixes of our “Ska from Studio 5” thingie… three different mixes, and we yakked and yakked over every one of ‘em! Want a little more ska? Dandy Livingstone’s got whatcha need. In Hour 2, Hal Blaine introduces us to his Flower Society, YMO’s Haruomi Hosono plays Galaga, and coming to us from the Little City in Space, the LCS news theme “Tea-A-Wanna Whistle”_ truly a slice of KFAI history, following hot on the heels of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”, Piero Umiliani style! The theme of the 4(+1)@4 was the Moon… bands with “Moon” in their name, songs with “Moon” in the title, and of course Bucket Hingley’s celebrated Moon Ska Records. We forgot to bring our current crop of Lollipops, so we reprised the mysterious animated character “Fizzy”. And the rest of hour 3 was equally effervescent, so drink up, you’ve got two pints to get through!
In the “Ooh”… Hot on the heels of the Lee Perry/Subatomic performance at the Cedar, we got on the air and did the Push Push one more time, before the guy we like to call Neil “Ska”-daka did the Jellyfish. The King and Queen were there, doing some Warm and Tender Ska in the Middle of the Night… with a Firestick as the only light source! Oh, that Astro ‘Gator? He was out in space, swimming among the stars. It’s all there in the playlist! A 2Tone era (not “label”) set included a guy from Hawkwind, a guy from Mott the Hoople, and some Lambrettas. All of ‘em, actually! The Cap’n took us back to the ’60s with Tracey Dey, Ria Bartok and The Don. Sherwood previewed a tribute to legendary Godzilla soundtrack composers Akira Ifukube and Masaru Sato(h). (We’ve seen the name elsewhere with and without the h. The Ventures, Arthur Lyman, Mike Simpson, Weather Report and Emerson Lake & Palmer also Worked their way into Hour 2, before the back-announce. Where was Ringo? Quadruple-Ringrolling you in Hour 3, of course! See the non-reg playlist for the in-depth details on the 4@4… we went all-out for this! We also proudly debuted our brand-newly-hatched 3-eyed Froggie named Greenhenge, which Dr. Strangedub from Echo Chamber describes as “The Skatalites meet Martin Denny”… ExotiSKA, anyone?
We’re clean outa fresh, unaired Lollies, so we recycled Flamingo Kvintetten’s “Lilla Raringen” and in June, the GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club tucks in the most-covered hit in ska history and bids it sweet dreams. The Club reprises the Don Drummond classic “Confucious” as the June cover subject. The 4@4 s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d o-u-t again, and let’s wind back the clock to the Sherwood hour… an ill-prepared Akira Ifukube/Masaru Sato (Godzilla composers) dual back-to-back birthday tribute resulted in NO Sato being played! Oooops!! Instead we got two Kan Ishii tracks from Gorath. We’ll try this again next week. Oh, well… that’s what happens when Sherwood attempts to prepare a show in the middle of a bugcrap cold-induced, sleepless daze. At least Mr. Funn DID finish with a flourish, banging out Mike Theodore’s “High on Mad Mountain” (all 8:15 worth!) comin’ straight outa Shiina Ringo’s answer to Sinatra’s “New York, New York” (“Kono yo no Kagiri” or, “The End of This World” ft. Junpei, her brother!) The “Ooh” featured lotsa stuff on Justin Yap’s Top Deck label. Yap was the other record producer at 13 Brentford Road a.k.a. Studio 1, and his sides are well-documented by an 8cd series of “Top Sounds from Top Deck” volumes that are an essential part of your ska shelf. The Yap sessions yielded such classics of explosive ska energy as “Confucious”, “Smiling” and “Ska Down Jamaica Way”… Kaboom!!