Time for the annual RSST Skalloween Spooktacular, skassengers! Ooh, look… we have spiders, a fly, a ghost, Dracula, a Devil (who brought both a Daffodil and a Dub), a killer Jellyfish, Lon Chaney and even hard man fe deadPrince Buster… it’s utter Madness (even if it isGeorgie Fame!) Now I ask you, what more could the wicked wish for? Well, how ‘bout what Sherwood brought to the Voovie Doo Lounge… including more spiders (thank you Ken Nordine), some Mooncussers, an evil 3min:18sec. Minute, the 4th Dimension, Voodoo, Godzilla and Bernard Hermann! Heck, The Fathoms even beamed in their own Haunted Shore! And don’t forget the Home Stretch, which introduces November’s GotchaSKAvered selection Monkey Man (The Specials this week), in addition to two Mummies, four Monsters, a Werewolf (from Paris, ‘cuz the one from London got lost on his way here), a Skull Collector, Baron von Skankin’ Frank andSix Feet Deep’s Boneyard, where there’s sure to be both Skankin’ and Bonediggin’ going on. Somebody skweeeeeeeem!
The “Ooh” managed to include an accidentally-programmed four consecutive tunes with “ska” in the title, sandwiched between Roland Alphonso’s “If I Were a Bell” and Kingston All Stars’ “Happy Hunter”. Later, a couple of Lost Decade pre-2Tone tracks managed to work their way into the mix, leading into English Beat’s “Jeanette”. By the time we got to Sherwood’s, Mr. Funn had Azie Lawrence cued up, with Owen Bradley on deck, and a first-name-only known as Charlie waiting in the wings, with a cute-sounding Japanese King-label 45 called “Hawaii Cha Cha” cribbed from YouTube some years back. From there, it’s disappeared… and I currently can’t find it anywhere on the internet, other than my own playlists! Anybody out there know more about this guy? capt2much @ yahoo . com would love to find out! Also in the mix: surfing Finns Rocket Motors’ salute to Neil Armstrong, and a Shiina Ringo number that absolutely belongs on a killer James Bond soundtrack. When, oh, when will the Broccoli franchise discover this supernova? Now, the Home Stretch… including Toots Hibbert with No Doubt collaborating on Monkey Man, five 45s on the Ska Beat label, and The Slackers covering The Beatles, among other fine things, such as The Pepper Pots and Little Tempo, baby! Tune In… and Stay Tuned!
Let’s work this thing outward from the middle (Sherwood’s Planet) this week, just because… you just know it’s a Town Without Pitney when you’re hearing Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass do Gene’s famous song, kicking off a whole string of tunes with “town” somewhere in the title, followed up by a batch of tracks with actual names of towns (Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, New York, Calcutta, etc.) in their titles! The psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s November selection is “Wiggy”, and YMCK’s “Kira Kira” is delightfully frantic. Back in the “Ooh”, speaking of frantic, how ‘bout The Angels’ hypercaffeinated “Jamaica Joe” for openers? Perhaps a couple of Dr. Don Drummond’s “Dew Drops” will mellow things out… Skipping over into The Home Stretch, GotchaSKAvered is conspicuous by its absence this week (two Monkey Men next week, we promise!) and the 5@5:05 had its 2nd consecutive single-label feature… 5 cuts culled from a series of v.a. releases on the SKANK label, reissued by Dojo. Long-term Ska fans might remember these: Licensed to Ska, Ska for Ska’s Sake, and 10 Commandments of Ska. The 10 were expanded to 15 for the cd reissue, and the cd reissues are what we brought. Earlier in the Stretch, Moon Hop did not cover David Bowie; instead they wrote their very own “Under Pressure”, and it sounds mighty fine to us here at the RSST. ‘Til next time, Tune In… and Stay Tuned! More on that next week!
Sherwood and the Cap’n & Cozy got their Ringo on this week, to celebrate big 3-4 for the creator of Mayonaka wa Junketsu, Shiina Ringo’s Tokyo Ska -fueled stomper from ’01. Which, of course, we Ringrolled you with, as we like to do every now and then, following with Tokyo Jihen’s contribution to J-Ska, the Tomosaka Rie -sung Tokai no Manner. As promised last week, we gave you two Monkey Men, the Jazz Jamaica version from Double Barrel, and The Specials’ Peel session take. Happy GotchaSKAvered! What we seem to have left out of the mix this time is a 5@5:05. How’bout a whopping 10 next show? We can swing that. Meanwhile, in Sherwood’s airspace (“Spacespace”?) a label called Real Gone Jazz got the big bump, as they’ve been issuing “Eight Classic Albums” packages like crazy, or maybe we’re just late to the party. Anyway, Sherwood got his paws on Sun Ra, Les Baxter (at last… the Space Escapade album!) and Cal Tjader. And of course, lotsa Shiina Ringo-related stuff to celebrate her birthday Sunday, including Tokyo Jihen’s last released song Tadanaranu Kankei, official English title “And the Beat Goes On”. And of course, the “Ooh” gotcha off to a good start with 75 minutes of classic ska oldies… hip, hip, hip, hip!!
As promised last week, we busted out a 5:05 5×2 this week, all ska Beatles covers… or “Skeatles” as we used to call ‘em_ til we found out (we found out!)… there’s an actual band by that name. Naturally, they kicked off the set, which also included Ringo Ska, ARTS, Brass Circus, The Skatalites and more. During the “Ooh”, we teased that we were going to spin an actual current hit during the last 1/2-hour of the Home Stretch. That cut happens to be Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party”, which rides a loop of Toots & the Maytals’ “Funky Kingston” bumped up to a ska tempo… oh, and by the way, it smokes, boss. And, speaking as we were of Toots, we also had two Monkey Men in the mix, one each by Melt-Banana and The (live) Uptones. Sherwood kicked off the weekly orbit of his Planet with a slice of KFAI history… the “News” theme from the long-gone Little City in Space show. It’s a King-label 45 by the Tokyo Happy Coats called “Tea-A-Wanna Whistle”. Listen later for Raymond Scott, featuring the chipmunked vocals of Dorothy Collins, and all sorts of wonderfully silly nonsense about a cow, the Moon, a dish, a spoon, jumping and running away. So much of this that it takes two songs to tell it all! Sherwood also answered the first hour’s “Marjie” (the Blues Blasters on Studio 1) with a “Margie” (same song) by Cy Seymour and his group on Golden Crest. And speaking of different spellings, we also had Rico and Reco (same cat) blowing his trademark trombone licks on two different 45s. And that, dear skassengers, is the tip o’ the iceberg… don’t sink!
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