September 2013 Rocket Ship Ska Trip Archives

9/5 in a nutshell…

I can’t do the Ska… and he can’t do the Blue Beat… so you do it! Now do it some more… and more… and now this time with bongos! THAT was the highlight of the “Ooh” this week, as delivered by The Zodiacs, Dinah Lee, Mark Thatcher, Graeme Summers and the Rockin’ Rebels. Mr. Funn aired what we thought was a lost (read: gone from YouTube) Shiina Ringo/Saito Neko collab, “Marunouchi Sadistic” big-band style, on the telly_ “NHK Songs” to be exact. Glad it was there! “Big” Jim Sullivan was in full Lord Sitar effect on “Emerald City”, and Hal Blaine got us going by being “Soulful” for his September calendar-album track. “The Lollipop” was quite late this week, but well worth waiting for… Ljiljana Petrovic doing it as “Moj Decko Lilihip”. We did a 5(x2)@5:05 simply by pouring doubles, and we got to hear Skye’s version (from Sound Soldier) of the Armstrong/Sweetnam collab “Into Action” …followed up by Tim’s version from A Poet’s Life. They sound great together, I think! Well, that’s all for now… tune in and stay tuned!

9/12 in a nutshell…

By way of celebrating The Selecter’s Fri. the 13th appearance at the Cedar, the “Ooh” stepped about a decade-and-a-half out of character and blasted the show wide open with a set of classic 2Tone-era oldies, including one from The Specials’ BBC sessions which drops a colorful British expression meaning “good ‘n’ plowed”. Interestingly enough, The Home Stretch also included a 5(+1)@5:05 that consisted of bands whose names start with ‘P’. Honest, the connection only hit me after the fact! While we’re hop-skip-n-jumping through the playlist, let’s hit Sherwood’s long enough to note that Mr. Funn reprised his tribute to the late, great Little City in Space to commemorate the fact that The Echo Chamber’s Dr. Strangedub and our alter-ego d.j. babyswiss were mistaken by a caller for a couple of the Post-Void honchos responsible for launching the Little City into orbit all those decades ago. Which two, we’re not quite exactly sure… okay, truth be told, we haven’t the foggiest! We fondly remember the music, though… from the Satellite Singers (opening theme) to the Tokyo Happy Coats (“news” bed) to Henry Mancini (“sports” and “job line” themes), these tunes will never die so long as our hearts beat. Long live LCS (and live it does, thanks to online audio archives)! But back to business… Emil Richards’ calendar track “Sapphire (September)” figured into Sherwood’s playlist, and the Stretch shoved off with the second instro-Lolly in as many weeks. Oh, and the RSST’s intro is finally starting to morph to reflect the fact that we’ve been 2:-6: instead of 2:-5:a.m. for quite a while now!We just have to re-record our intro spiel now… tune in and stay tuned!

9/19 in a nutshell…

Ooh, did we play a solid hour of recent YouTube finds this week? Not really, as we’ve definitely mixed Jimmy Cliff’s “Miss Jamaica” into his sequel “Miss Universe” on these airwaves before but we had a nice batch of RSST debuts this week. Including, from the short-lived US ska craze of the ’60s, one Jimmy Griffin, then-future Bread co-founder (what on EARTH was he thinking!?) with “Try”. Including Fay & Gabby with a thinly-disguised Bobby Day cover (“Over and Over” …re-titled “Sweeter & Sweeter”). Including Stranger & Patsy singing “Gee”, not by the Crows. Also including a “Sly Mongoose” and a “Big Foot” (named “Lou” btw). A short, sweet 2Tone set took over at the top for the next 20, and then we docked with the Voov, where Sherwood B. Funn was holding forth. He had us floating to choice tracks from La Lupe, Koop. (Yukimi Nagano singing “Summer Sun” is always a welcome sound to these ears), Tipsy, Combustible Edison and more. Back on the Home Stretch, to this day we are clueless as to just who the fictional animated pop star Fizzy really is, but she sang the “Lollipop” this week. The 5@5:05 was British-but-not-2Tone, and just 2 songs before that, The Selecter, currently on Vocaphone, delivered “Doors Ever Open” which, all by itself, is reason enough to check out this week’s audio archive! String Theory is the band’s current calling card, and “Doors” is a stand-out among stand-outs on it. You can also hear Cabernet Deneuve do an entire song called “Half”, and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra do footballing anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (it’s the adopted theme of FC Tokyo, in addition to being Liverpool’s theme from 1963 forward thanks to the Gerry & the Pacemakers version (and you get to hear this DJ make a monkey out of myself on-air by identifying the song with Man Utd., for which I stand duly corrected!) Now I’m gonna wrap this thing up, post it, and get ready to go see Jimmy Cliff at 1st Av. tonight. With any luck, “One More” will be the encore (“D’ya want ONE MORE???”) See ya there! Tune in and stay tuned.

9/26 in a nutshell…

Listen during the Ooh for the funk/ska set containing the groovy “Happy”, Brick’s example of what could accurately be described as “funksteady”. Also heard in that set: Carlos Malcolm & the Fireburners, the UK’s Milwaukee Coasters (not Wisconsin’s, oddly enough!), Jennifer Lara and Cynthia Schloss making her RSST debut. During Sherwood’s Planet, look for back-to-back “Waltzes” by Pete Rugolo and Raymond Scott, with this caveat: Mr.Rugolo’s contribution to the ole 3/4 has good chunks of hard-driving 4/4 swing in it! Shiina Ringo sang one of Sherwood’s favorite arrangements of “Autumn Leaves” followed by a YMCK 3-song set. Helsinkian Marion Rung launched the Home Stretch with our weekly dose of Lollipoppery, continuing the RSST’s weekly string of no-repeat-since-January covers of a certain regional Barbie Gaye hit made famous worldwide by Millie Small. 5:05 saw us launch into 5 Unicorn-label goodies, followed up by 2 Selecter gems, “London’s Burning” from String Theory and the Real to Reel cut “Shock to the System”. We’re also quite delighted to have surprised the hell out of at least one listener with Jimi Hendrix remixed into ska: the Bost & Bim mix of “Crosstown Traffic”. Yes, skassengers, that really was Jimi his bad self, making his posthumous Pirates-label debut. As for the rest of the show, tune in… and stay tuned!