We noticed The Night Sky Turning Blue during the Home Stretch, and we broke out our favorite Buford O’Sullivan song, which will have greater longevity on this year’s playlists due to the extra hour we didn’t have at this time last year. The 5(+1)@5:05 was strictly East Coast-themed, and opened with Boston greats The Void Union and Bim Skala Bim, and also included New York legends The Toasters. Margherita’s “Tu Sei Pallido”, one of two Italian “Lollipops” in our possession (the other being the feisty Rita Pavone’s), comes from a record whose overly long title misidentifies the geographical origin-point of “Ska” (U.S.A. according to the 45 sleeve… ), but nevertheless isn’t actually a bad version of the song. Sherwood changed his meteorological pitch up, observing the wet weather with Ken Nordine (“Looks Like It’s Going to Rain”) instead of the Soil & “Pimp”/Shiina Ringo collab usually heard here when we’re “feelin’ a change in the air”. Ringo still mentioned rain, though… it turns up in her “Suberidai”, which we heard just before Walter Wanderley launched into “Song of the Jet”. May’s “calendar album” tracks were Emil Richards’ “Emerald” and “Flower Society” by the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine. The “Ooh” spun ska oldies mostly Jamaican, but also from Mexico (Toño Quirazco), South Africa (Soweto Stokvel Septette), the US (Lester Lanin) and the UK (Colonel Elliott & the Lunatics). Tune in… and stay tuned!
Let’s cut straight to the middle segment this week… Sherwood sent a musical shout-out to KFAI’s “The Nighthawk” who’d done a prerecorded announcement invoking KFAI’s much-missed “Little City in Space”. The RSST’s very short, very incomplete LCS soundtrack included fondly-remembered music from The Satellite Singers, Tokyo Happy Coats, Harry James, Henry Mancini… AND an “ad” for UF-No aerosol flying saucer repellant (from the makers of “Torna-Go” brand tornado repellant!) Things got really spaced-out when the Orb (“We’re Pastie to Grill You” from Pomme Fritz) took its own sweet time mixing into Mutant Frogs (“Pro-Pleasure Gas – Sherwood’s Voovie Doo Dub” from It’s One Of Ours) with the two tracks running simultaneously for a good 3+ minutes! The Home Stretch kicked off with Mari Umeki’s “Boy Lollipop”, GotchaSKAvered took over the 5@5:05, and skipping backwards over the middle segment, the “Ooh” gave us ’60s ska covers of “Stardust”, “Do the Jerk”, “A Rockin’ Good Way” and “Kiddy-O”, as well as opening with a freshly unearthed 1971 Zap Pow goodie from Revolution, “Get Up”. Of course, if you were listening at airtime, chances are good you were already up! ‘Til next time, tune in… and stay tuned.
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