This was a good week for back-to-backs in the “Ooh”… back-to-back Marleys (Rita’s “Pied Piper” and Bob’s “Judge Not”), back-to-back Roland Alphonsos (“Bali Hai” and “How Soon”) and back-to-back “Soon You’ll Be Gones” (by The Blues Busters and Steve Alaimo). Sherwood continued hearing double in the “Voov” with two apiece by Jimmy Giuffre & his Music Men and Piero Umiliani, and three by Raymond Scott (yep… triple!) as well as a pair of spaced-apart Ken Nordines. Also appearing twice is Shiina Ringo. In the Home Stretch, Miss Finland 1977 Armi Aavikko sang the Lollipop (in the early ’80s), the 5 were 7+min. stretchouts with the TSPO (featuring Hiromi!) clocking in mere seconds short at 6:56, and David Hillyard going long for 9:57. Want some great slow ska? “Don’t Forget” about SOJA, from their mostly-reggae Born in Babylon release. ‘Til next week, Tune In… and Stay Tuned!
After kicking off the “Ooh” with a “Ska Craze” set that also included the Twist (Owen Gray), The Jerk (Derrick Harriott) and even some Mashin’ It (Gray again), we had a short, unintended skankin’ geography lesson which took us to the “South China Sea,” “(Man From) Carolina” (North or South? Neither the song title nor the voiceover makes that clear…) and good ol’ KC… “Kansas City.” Then we almost got slammed into by a slightly-too-tipsy “Mr. Chauffeur”! Sherwood delivered the psychedelically percussive Hal Blaine’s “calendar album” cut “Trippin’ Out (June)” and a three-way mango collision involving Francis Bay, Rosemary Clooney/Frank Comstock (and NOT Perez Prado, our own sloppy research to the contrary notwithstanding… OOPS!) and Shiina Ringo/Saito Neko. We’re sure the visitor from Venus dug it. Oh, and the Night Sky Turned Blue on Sherwood’s watch as well! The Home Stretch highlights included Flamingo Kvintetten’s “Lilla Raringen” (a Lollipop by any other name), a 5@5:05 featuring the following fine bands from well-outside Minnesota who’ve graced Mpls.-area stages in the past: The Skatalites, Westbound Train, The Slackers, The Specials and Bad Manners. Another 2Tone-era band, Madness, came out with a great new album last year that we’ve been missing out on ‘til now! We heard “Misery”. Listen for more fresh Madness in coming weeks! ‘Til then, remember… Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da! Oh, and as usual, tune in… and stay tuned.
We here in the Rocket Ship/Mutant Frogs universe like to occasionally unleash half-baked versions of future bumper tunes on all you skassengers so you can hear them develop over time, and sometimes they’re not even titled yet! That’s the case with the “Newly-Untitled Ska/Techno/Disco Thingie” that got used as a bumper twice tonight. You’ll hear this thing evolve in the next couple of weeks… this week, we sandwiched it between Azie Lawrence and Jennifer Lara during the “Ooh”, and between Buford O’Sullivan and an all-*Froggie* 5 (none officially released yet!) in the Home Stretch. Also in our third segment, Kid Vinil and his band Magazine “Meu Bem’d” the Lollipop in Portuguese, lifting arrangement parts from the Bad Manners version we’ll get around to next week. Then, some local action featuring The Prizefighters (who conveniently left a couple of brand-spankin’ new own-label 45s lying around the studio) and Megalith artists The Dropsteppers, who we’re happy to report have an every-Monday-night house gig at Nye’s Polonaise Room, just across the river from downtown Minneapolis… so now you’ll know where d.j. Cozy’s hangin’ out Monday nights! Now, let’s not forget to mention Sherwood’s Planet. In addition to dropping Herbie Hancock’s electronic/acoustic weirdie “Rain Dance” into the mix, Mr. B. Funn also grooved with some bossa nova, Quincy Jones style, and we don’t mean the track that re-hit when Austin Powers came out (even tho’ that’s on the same album!) …and also check out the cuts by Les Baxter, Jun Togawa, and Sylvia Love peppering the playlist. ‘Til next time, Tune In… and Stay Tuned!
Our attempt at a Treasure Isle label tribute in the “Ooh” ran off the rails when we misplaced some of our source materials, and To The Rescue came Decca (Jamaica’s Own Vagabonds), Caltone (Chuck Jacques and The Cool Cats) and even our own Skankworks/IMT (Mutant Frogs), and we were able to resume the Treasure tribute with the hot Baba Brooks cooler “Joe Snow Cone”. Just the kind of thing you want on a warm summer ska night: a “hot cooler”! Well, like they say… one foot in a bucket of burning coals, the other in a bucket of dry ice, on average you’re “comfortable” …so just who is this they, anyway?? Sherwood debuted a new Mutant Frog hatchling to kick off a “Planet” that careened from Sil Austin to the MJQ to the MFSB (and “TLC” at that!) More alphabet soup, you say? Try the double-shot of TSPO that preceded Caravan Palace (Tue. 7/2 the Cedar!) in The Home Stretch, which by the way led off with *Bad Manners'* doing the "Lollipop" arrangement lifted-from last week by Brazil's *Magazine.* We had a 55:05 consisting of ska bands from across the Pacific which don’t happen to be Japanese: Gerhana Ska Cinta (Malaysia), Spaceflower Show (Phillipines), Kingston Rudieska (South Korea), the Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Australia) and Jeepney Joyride (Phillipines again). Toss in some local action by The Prizefighters and The Dropsteppers and it’s all the more reason to tune in… and stay tuned!