8/15/2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip


8/15 in a nutshell…

In light of the upcoming Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival this Sunday, the RSST Crew this week conspired to salute Japan… even in the “Ooh”, despite there being precious little ska music from ’60s Japan. All the examples we’re aware of are versions of “My Boy Lollipop”, covered in the Opening Oldies Hour by Mie Nakao. A more recent rocksteady take by The Dreamlets gets the Home Stretch off to a mellow start. Anyway, the Ooh kicked off to the tune of Lloyd Clarke singing “Japanese Girl”, followed by “Ringo Oiwake”, not once but twice, The Skatalites and their sequel Studio 1 in-house band band Soul Bros. being the responsible parties. The “Lost Ska Decade” is represented by a pair of mid-‘70s pre-YMO Haruomi Hosono efforts, Tin Pan Alley’s presciently-titled “Yellow Magic Carnival” and Bon Voyage Co.‘s “Exotica Lullaby (Ska Beguine)”. In the Voovie Doo, Sherwood got in a third “Ringo Oiwake”, this one by Arthur Lyman, before taking us into the heart of that big round red sun with YMCK, Serani Poji and the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra themselves. Yasutaka Nakata brings us both Capsule and Perfume, and Shiina Ringo sang “Kuki” just prior to our being serenaded by those legendary Mothra Twins The Peanuts, singing Yuji Koseki’s “Mothra” end title (not the far-more-widely-known “Mo-Su-Raaaaaaaaa-Ya!” that helped make them famous worldwide). The Home Stretch brought us the last-week-promised 10@5:05... ten dudes in a row vocalizing everything from sparse sparse shouts and chikitup-ing to full-blown singing...  everything from Kagoshima’s ARTS (“Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska” in case you wondered) to TSPO to Boston’s Pressure Cooker. Boston, you ask? Well, it just so happens the the mighty Cooker are headed up by one Craig Akira Fujita, heard in fine form on “Holly-O”. As I type this up, I’m learning just now that Craig and company busted out  “There You Go”, new as of last October, and THAT’S great news to these ears. I’ll try to get some of that on this air before too long… tune in and stay tuned!

Playlist Tracks: 
Tommy McCook with Baba Brooks Band - Rocket Ship (2:39)
Album: 45; Label: Treasure Isle
Lloyd Clarke - Japanese Girl (2:29)
Album: 45; Label: Island
The Skatalites - Ringo ("Ringo Oiwake") (2:09)
Album: Ska Boo Da Ba; Label: Top Deck
Soul Bros. - Ringo ("Ringo Oiwake") (3:09)
Album: Carib Soul; Label: Studio 1
Tin Pan Alley - Yellow Magic Carnival (3:30)
Album: Caramel Mama; Label: Crown Japan
Bon Voyage Co. - Exotica Lullaby (Ska Beguine) (3:47)
Album: Taian Yoko; Label: Crown Japan
Mie Nakao - My Boy Lollipop (1:57)
Album: v.a. New Rhythm of the Golden 50s-60s; Label: Victor Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Cozy's Groove (2:31)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - The Rough Bark (3:20)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Raymond Harper - Safari (3:06)
Album: 45; Label: Doctor Bird
Rita Marley - Pied Piper (2:12)
Album: 45; Label: Studio 1
Delroy Williams - Don't Play That Song (3:14)
Album: 45; Label: Joes
The Sensations - War Boats (2:17)
Album: 45; Label: Techniques
Don Drummond - Jet Stream (2:55)
Album: 45; Label: Rolando & Powie
Roland Alphonso - If I Were a Bell (2:29)
Album: 45; Label: DDarling
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Ska of the East (3:52)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - Ska-de-Wah (2:08)
Album: Dance the Ska; Label: BMN
Stranger & Patsy - Hold Me (2:11)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
Roland Alphonso - Sai Pan (3:32)
Album: 45; Label: Merritone
Jimmy Cliff - King of Kings (3:23)
Album: v.a. Island 40 Volume One - 1959-1964 The Ska's the Limit; Label: Island
Jimmy Cliff/Beverley's All Stars - King of Kings (2:30)
Album: 45; Label: Beverley's
(non- Froggie bumper) Baba Brooks Band - Bank to Bank (Pt. 1) (2:04)
Album: v.a. Island 40 Volume One - 1959-1964 The Ska's the Limit; Label: Island
Eric ("Monty") Morris - Penny Reel (2:28)
Album: v.a. Intensified! Original Ska 1962-66; Label: Island
Buster's All Stars - Mules, Mules, Mules, Mules (2:53)
Album: 45; Label: Blue Beat
The Sharks w./ Federal Studio Orchestra - You Made Me Warm (2:28)
Album: 45; Label: Kentone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Greenhenge (2:53)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Sherwood's Planet (3:01)
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Arthur Lyman - Ringo Oiwake (3:01)
Album: Taboo; Label: hfi/Ryko
YMCK - Shojikimono no yo Ni (7:07)
Album: Songs before 8-Bit; Label: Avex
Serani Poji - Time Is Flowing Slowly (110416 Rock) (5:15)
Album: Manamoon Remix - Tribute to Serani Poji; Label: Nippon Crown
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Simoon (6:00)
Album: s-t; Label: Restless/Alfa
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Interstellar Teakettle (3:37)
Album: v.a. Echo Chamber - Around the World in Dub vol. 3 & 4; Label: Dan Dada
Martin Denny - Sake Rock (1:58)
Album: Quiet Village; Label: Liberty
Little Tempo - Yukemuri Dub (4:58)
Album: Kedaco Is Born; Label: cutting edge
The Ventures - Kono-Tenohirani-Aio (2:33)
Album: Pops In Japan; Label: Liberty
Capsule - Cosmic Tone Cooking (ft. copter4016882) (3:50)
Album: phony phonic; Label: contemode
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Jungles of the Galaxy (6:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Perfume - Counter Attraction (3:27)
Album: fan service - bitter DVD; Label: Tokuma
Shiina Ringo - Kuki (3:49)
Album: Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana; Label: Toshiba/EMI
Yuji Koseki - (end title) Mothra (ft. The Peanuts) (1:32)
Album: sdtk. Mothra; Label: Toho
(non-Froggie bumper) Barry Gray - Force of Life
Album: tv sdtk. Space: 1999; Label: Silva America
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Theme from The Hatchlab (1:18)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - That Was Now, This Is Then
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Haruomi Hosono - Galaga (4:17)
Album: Video Game Music; Label: Yen
Little Dragon - Test (live @ Jazz.Re:Found (5:20)
Album: promo video; Label: Peacefrog
m-flo - (most of) Cosmic Night Run (ft. Nomiya Maki & Crazy Ken Band) (4:07)
Album: Astromantic; Label: Rhythm Zone
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - One for Freetime
Album: Warts 'n' all; Label: Skankworks/IMT
The Dreamlets - My Boy Lollipop (rocksteady) (3:33)
Album: 45; Label: Gaz's Rockin'
ARTS (Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska) - Day Tripper (2:53)
Album: Discover the Ska!; Label: Geneon
The Brass Circus - Strawberry Fields Forever (4:09)
Album: v.a. Skankin' Beatles (Blue); Label: Geneon
Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers - Ice Ball (ft. Kaori Takeda) (4:40)
Album: mood inn; Label: cutting edge
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Family Tree (4:54)
Album: Answer; Label: Avex
ARTS (Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska) - New Scooter (4:25)
Album: Rhythm & Blue Beat; Label: Shelter
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Ryusei to Ballad (ft. Tamio Okuda) (4:34)
Album: World Ska Symphony; Label: Avex
Pressure Cooker (w. Craig Akira Fujita) - Holly-O (3:25)
Album: s-t; Label: pressurecooker.net
Riddimates - Galaxy Is In Oneself (4:50)
Album: Too Much Blowing is Just RIght; Label: Ska in the World
The Little Elephant - The Fits is On Me (3:27)
Album: Little Ones; Label: RD
Silver Sonics meet Fireball (Criss & Truthful) - Falcon Shirogane (3:11)
Album: Silver Sonics meet Fireball Re-mixes 45; Label: GemTone
Rico - L-O-V-E (backed by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra) (3:
Album: Japa Rico; Label: Phantom
A Million Bamboo - Brother (5:28)
Album: promo video; Label: M.O.P.
The Miceteeth - Sleep on Steps (2:53)
Album: cd single; Label: JVC
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Theme from Enter the Dragon (4:02)
Album: Full-Tension Beaters; Label: Avex
Prince Buster & the Determinations - Hard Man fe Fead (3:48)
Album: Prince of Peace - Prince Buster with Determinations Live in Japan; Label: Drum and Bass/Rock A Shaka/Universal Japan
(bumper) Mutant Frogs - Perception (3:08)
Album: unrl.; Label: Skankworks/IMT
(non-Froggie bumper) SKAndalous All Stars - The End (3:03)
Album: Age of Insects; Label: Shanachie
Air Date: 
August 15, 2013

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