Utica Club Boogaloo!

Drew Redmond, Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone swing at Utica Club!

Drew Redmond, Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone swing at Utica Club!

On Friday July 22, the WANG DANG DOODLE presented UTICA CLUB at The Commodore of Williamsburg. This event was entitled “Utica Club” because special guest DJ was Drew Redmond, who hails from Carthage, New York. Where is Carthage, you may ask? It’s about 70 miles north of Utica, New York, home of Utica Club lager. Plus, there is a cool record of the Utica Club theme song that Mr. Redmond played that night.

 

Drew Redmond recalls his days in Utica, NY!!!

Drew Redmond recalls his days in Utica, NY!!!

Drew Redmond came to Brooklyn several years ago, and quickly became one of the most popular DJs on the reet music front. He was co-host of Finger Lickin’ Fridays with our pal Charles Gaskins at the Grand Victory until that club closed for good on July 31. He swings at Midnight Offerings, a night of American garage rock records that he co-hosts with Josh Styles and he hosts his own Sleaze to Please—both at the mighty Bootleg Bar. Plus, he is often found DJing at all kinds of events all over town. It’s always a gas to dig what he is putting down.

At the UTICA CLUB, he presented a program of wild, rockin’ R&B and garage rock records that got the room chewing the fine Commodore fried chicken in rhythm with the records! It was magical.

In order to keep up to speed with Mr. Redmond, UTICA CLUB host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played nine chicken records—six of them in a row!

Several of our pals dropped by to dig the scene, including Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone. All night long, The Commodore was jumpin’. By the end of the night, beer was spilled, bottles were broken, fun was had and the DJs were paid—which is all we really care about, anyway!

Here’s a list of every record played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at UTICA CLUB:

None of these records are for sale.

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Please Kill Me 20th Anniversary Tour!

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Has it really been twenty years since the first publication of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, the excellent and fascinating collection of interviews with punk rock icons as assembled by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain? That would make punk rock itself about forty years old! But none of that matters. What matters is that Please Kill Me was first published about twenty years ago and a new special edition of it has been published by Grove Press and, in order to publicize it,  Mr. McNeil and Ms. McCain were sent on the road to read from it, with a party being thrown at each location–an event room at an Ace Hotel.

The Boogaloo Bag writers will take it for granted that all readers have already read Please Kill Me. (If you have not read it,  you should immediately google it in order to see what an important work of literature it is. We’ll wait.)

Well, ok, a little background: Legs McNeil, along with John Holmstrom, founded Punk Magazine, a cool fanzine that coincided with the underground rock scene then developing in the East Village of New York City during the mid-seventies, especially at clubs like CBGB’s. So you know that this fellow knows about what was going on and who was doing it. Gillian McCain is a published poet who has worked with the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, so you know that she is smart and knows how to put together a story. And what a story! The book traces the development of punk rock music from its roots to its explosion. From The Velvet Underground, The Doors and The New York Dolls up through The Ramones and The Sex Pistols.

It’s time to replace your old, beaten up copy of Please Kill Me with the new edition, which has some new material, including many more photosgraphs.

Suffice it to say, the publication of the 20th anniversary edition provided a great opportunity to throw a most excellent party at  Ace Hotel in Manhattan, and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was invited to DJ the event, held on July 13. As folks were entering the Liberty Hall, The Boog played some, shall we say, lower energy underground rock records for about thirty minutes.

The master of ceremonies was Michael Des Bares–the Boogaloo Bag writers remember him from his days in the seventies British glam rock group Silverhead and he currently hosts a show on Sirius XM Radio.

 

Michael Des Bares introduced Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil at the Please Kill Me - 20th Anniversary Tour event.

Michael Des Barres introduced Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil at the Please Kill Me – 20th Anniversary Tour event.

After Mr. Des Barres introduced Mr. McNeil and Ms. McCain, the authors proceeded to read passages from the book.  Then Mr. Des Barres engaged them in a question and answer period. After that, the authors signed books as The Boog played more raucous punk rock records, starting with “I Wanna Be Your Dog!”

 

Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil sign autographs at the Please Kill Me - 20th Anniversary Tour event.

Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil sign autographs at the Please Kill Me – 20th Anniversary Tour event.

Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Please Kill Me 20th Anniversary Tour event at Ace Hotel*:

  • Patti Smith–Pissing in the River (Arista)
  • Television–Little Johnny Jewel Part One (Ork)
  • The Velvet Underground and Nico–I’ll Be Your Mirror (Verve)
  • The Doors–Wild Child (Elektra)
  • Pere Ubu–30 Seconds Over Tokyo (Hearthan)
  • Lester Bangs–Let It Blurt (Spy)
  • Talking Heads–Love Goes to Building on Fire (Sire)
  • Mink De Ville–Let Me Dream if I Want to (Atlantic; Germany)
  • Iggy Pop–Sister Midnight (RCA; Germany)
  • The Velvet Underground–What Goes On (M-G-M)
  • Suicide–Rocket U.S.A. [from LP Suicide] (Red Star)
  • Television–Marquee Moon Part I (Elektra; UK)
  • the stooges–i wanna be your dog (Elektra)
  • New York Dolls–Personality Crisis (Mercury)
  • Ramones–Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Sire)
  • The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed–Sweet Jane (Atlantic; Germany)
  • David Bowie–The Jean Genie (RCA Victor)
  • Richard Hell & the Voidoids–Blank Generation [from the LP Blank Generation](Sire)
  • Television–Ain’t That Nothin’ (Elektra)
  • Sex Pistols–Pretty Vacant (Columbia; Japan)
  • The Damned–Neat Neat Neat (Stiff; UK)
  • Ramones–Blitzkreig Bop (Sire)
  • New York Dolls–Jet Boy (Mercury; UK)
  • The Undertones–Teenage Kicks (Sire; UK)
  • The Jam–In the City (Polydor; UK)
  • The Radiators From Space–Enemies (Chiswick; UK)
  • The Saints–(I’m) Stranded (Power Exchange; UK)
  • The Primitives–The Ostrich (Pickwick City)
  • 999–Homicide (United Artists; UK)
  • Talking Heads–Psycho Killer (Sire)
  • The Adverts–Gary Gilmore’s Eyes (Anchor; UK)
  • Blondie–Rip Her to Shreds (Chrysalis; UK)
  • Magazine–Shot By Both Sides (Virgin; UK)
  • The Clash–White Riot (CBS; UK)
  • Lou Reed–Vicious (RCA; UK)
  • The Feelies–Fa Cé La (Rough Trade; UK)
  • The Only Ones–Lovers of Today (Vengeance; UK)
  • Heartbreakers–Born to Lose [from LP L.A.M.F.] (Track; UK)
  • Zeros–Don’t Push Me Around (Bomp!)
  • Damned–Sick of Being Sick (Stiff; UK)
  • Eater–Thinkin’ of the U.S.A. (The Label; UK)
  • The Jam–News of the World (Polydor; UK)
  • X-Ray Spex–The Day the World Turned Day-Glo (EMI International; UK)
  • MC5–Human Being Lawnmower [from LP Back in the USA] (Atlantic)
  • Iggy and the Stooges–Shake Appeal (Play Back)
  • The Weirdos–Destroy All Music (Bomp)
  • The Cramps–Drug Train (Illegal)
  • Dead Boys–Sonic Reducer [from LP Young Loud and Snotty] (Sire – test pressing)
  • Johnny Thunders–You Can’t Put Your Arms Round a Memory (Real; UK)

 

*unlike most lists, the order on this list is approximate due to the LP tracks not being noted when they were played, so their playing order is estimated here. None of these records are for sale.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Please Kill Me - 20th Anniversary event.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Please Kill Me – 20th Anniversary event.

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Bobby and the Boogaloo!

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If it is July—and sure has been hot enough to be July—then it must be time for Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to make a guest DJ appearance at Lincoln Center’s fantabulous Midsummer Night Swing series of dance concerts held in Damrosch Park in Midtown Manhattan. Last year—and especially the year before—The Boog’s MSNS night was rained on. This time the weatherman went the other way: a very clear sky with hot, hot heat that made one burning, swingin’ night!

Eva Carrozza leads a crew of dancers as they teach the Lindy hop at Midsummer Night Swing!

Eva Carrozza leads a crew of dancers as they teach the Lindy hop at Midsummer Night Swing!

On July 6, the evening started with a DJ set by The Boog that included some jumpin’ and swingin’ numbers. Then dance instructor Eva Carrozza and her crew broke quite a sweat as they taught the audience how to Lindy hop. Once the folks on the dance floor were fully in command of their dance steps, The Boog returned to the turntables as they were able to Lindy hop to more jump and swing music, commencing with the great Wynonie Harris’ version of “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (and including Joe Turner’s “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” in a small tribute to Doc Pomus, who was honored at last year’s rainy event).

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Midsummer Night Swing!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Midsummer Night Swing!

The headliner for this evening was the pre-Beatles, Philadelphia teen sensation Bobby Rydell.

From 1959 to 1963, Mr. Rydell released more than two dozen teen pop hits, including “We Got Love,” “Swingin’ School” and “Forget Him.” But Bobby Rydell—much like all the “Bobbies” of the time: Bobby Darin, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Vee—aspired to be a vocalist in the mold of Frank Sinatra. (Even the “anti-Bobby,” Bob Dylan, eventually had such aspirations!) Thus, ably backed by Philadelphia’s City Rhythm Orchestra, Mr. Rydell presented a set of mostly songs from the great American songbook, sung in a very Sinatra-like manner.

Bobby Rydell swings at Midsummer Night Swing!

Bobby Rydell swings at Midsummer Night Swing!

If you are familiar with Bobby Rydell from just a handful of his hits (“Kissin’ Time,” “I Dig Girls,” “Ding-A-Ling”) you may scoff at the idea. Don’t. Mr. Rydell has a commanding voice and he was able to carry this off much better than any lounge singer. Although he did not sing any of our favorites (“The Fish,” “The Cha Cha Cha,” and his cool version of The Kinks’ “When I See That Girl of Mine”), he did perform “Wild One” and “Sway,” ending his portion of the show with “Volare.” Once he was off the stage, The City Rhythm Orchestra continued to swing for another half hour or so, much to the delight of the dance floor inhabitants. When the big band was through, soaking with sweat every one of them, The Boog barely had time to play four more songs.

Here’s a list of all the 45s played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at this year’s Midsummer Night Swing event:

None of these records are for sale.

Bobby Rydell and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus greet after Bobby's performance at Midsummer Night Swing!

Bobby Rydell and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus discuss the finer points of early sixties Philadelphia pop music after Bobby’s performance at Midsummer Night Swing!

Friends and Fireworks on the Fourth of July!

Ol' Stark and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Artists and Fleas on the Fourth of July!

Ol’ Stark and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Artists and Fleas on the Fourth of July!

Fourth of July is always a fun time and on this Fourth there were two things made it even better: 1. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to DJ at the Artists and Fleas room at the Chelsea Market by Ol’ Stark, who sells records and groovy threads there. 2. Our old pal Marty Jourard was in town and dropped by to make the scene.

As the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, it was just a couple days prior to the Fourth that Ol’ Stark joined Phast Phreddie the Booogaloo Omnibus at the Bootleg Bar in Bushwick for the WHAM-O WATUSI. That spirit of camaraderie carried over to the early evening of the Fourth of July when the Phast Man showed up at Ol’ Stark’s booth with a box full of surf instrumentals. Ol’ Stark passed out wine (The Boog had a diet soda), bags of salty cheddar cheese-flavored snacks and Artists and Fleas tote bags to those in attendance, making it a very festive occasion.

Marty Jourard and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Artists & Fleas on the Fourth of July!

Marty Jourard and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Artists & Fleas on the Fourth of July!

Marty Jourard, as the perceptive trainspotter will tell you, is the keyboard/saxophone player for the cool L.A. new wave band The Motels. The Boogaloo Bag writers have known him since the late seventies, and indeed, he often played saxophone with Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions. Marty also hosts a website that pays tribute to a saxophonist that both he and the Phast Man admire: Earl Bostic. Marty took part in the festivities, even going so far as to purchase a pair of sharp looking shoes from Ol’ Stark’s booth.

After The Boog played all 26 records he brought, he and his buddies hung out a bit, then he and Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, Marty Jourard and his gal-pal Natalie walked not too deep into the West Village to an eatery called The Bus Stop, where dinner was served.

It was great catching up with Marty. He has been touring with The Motels recently. Also, he has just written a book about the music scene of his hometown Gainsville, Florida called Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town. He was clearly excited about the good reviews and fine reception it has received. The Boog has just ordered a copy, and it comes highly recommended to Boogaloo Bag readers. After dinner, the group walked up to the High Line Park, back in Chelsea. Although it was on the wrong side of Manhattan to properly see the fireworks, some pyrotechnics were observed between the buildings as it gently sprinkled.

The Fourth of July, as seen from the High Line Park.

The Fourth of July, as seen from the High Line Park.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Ol’ Stark’s Fourth of July shindig at the Artists and Fleas room in the Chelsea Market:

None of these records are for sale.

The Phast and the Phrench!!!

Ol' Stark and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Ol’ Stark and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

On July 2nd, the WHAM-O WATUSI returned to its internationalist theme with guest DJ Ol’ Stark. He is a Frenchman with some super boss international records, and man, did he play them!

Ol' Stark places another hot disc into rotation at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Ol’ Stark places another hot disc into rotation at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

If you have been reading the Boogaloo Bag (and before that, the Boogaloo Blog), you will know that Ol’ Stark is one of our favorite DJs. He has been a popular guest DJ at Subway Soul Club and his own Let’s Boogaloo was one of our favorite DJ nights. Currently, he provides the music for the Artists and Fleas room at the Chelsea Market (where he also sells records and groovy threads). He has access to records from around the world, and he played a bunch of them at the WHAM.

Ol' Stark ques a boss record as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on!

Ol’ Stark ques a boss record as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on!

WHAM host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus tried to help Mr. Stark feel at home by playing a whole slew of French language records (though many of them were from Canada!) and we think that the Bootleg Bar may have served more Burgundy wine that night than any other!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:

None of these records are for sale.

Please note: The next WHAM-O WATUSI will take place on Saturday August 20 instead of August 6. In September it will return to the first Saturday of the month.

 

 

Sunday Soul Screamin’!

Jonathan Toubin swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Jonathan Toubin swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

After two nights in a row of spinning boss soul, funk and organ groove recordings with Nogood Nick, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was ready for the New York Night Train Sunday Soul Scream, hosted by Jonathan Toubin and featuring Reyes Rodriguez and Sheila B. This fabulous event was scheduled to take place in the early evening of Sunday June 5 at a club called Our Wicked Lady–on the rooftop, to be exact. This was going to be a fabulous night of dancing and swinging in the open air of industrial East Williamsburg with four boss DJs.

However, it rained. It rained pretty good, too, coming down pretty hard. So the event was moved indoors, into the dry confines of the actual club. The rooftop, of course, was a key draw for the event and, with the rain, attendance was low. But enough people showed up to make it fun and all the DJs played great records. As the early evening advanced, more and more people arrived for the festivities, turning the Sunday Soul Scream into a groovy happening.

Reyes Rodriguez swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Reyes Rodriguez swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Reyes Rodriguez is a hep cat daddy from El Paso, Texas. He has a regular DJ night–the fourth Saturday of the month–at the Bootleg Bar. Also, he works for the good people at Norton Records and is often seen hanging around Rebel Rouser, the groovy record boutique in Bushwick everyone is talking about. At the Soul Scream, his choice of soul and greasy R&B records was impeccable.

Sheila B swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Sheila B swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Sheila B has become one of the most popular DJs on the scene since her return to New York City a couple of years ago. Her Friday afternoon show Sophisticated Boom Boom on radio station WFMU is listened to by thousands of people around the world (thanks to its live stream over the interwebs) and her monthly DJ night Sh’Boom is held on the third Friday of the month at this very same club, Our Wicked Lady. At the Soul Scream, Miss B started her set with Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come the Girls,” than preceded to slay the place with a selection of sassy female soul singers.

Jonathan Toubin–well, what’s left to say about him? His New York Night Train series of events are always spectacular and he is one of the best DJs of reet music in town. At the Soul Scream he played some fabulous records–some of them coveted by The Boog–and in the middle of all that, he played Clarence Carter’s great record, “Slip Away.” Man, it was good to hear that one again.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Sunday Soul Scream!

For this occasion, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented a program of some of his most favorite soul and R&B records. Indeed, only three of the records he played that night had never before been played at any of his DJ nights–and that’s because they are fairly recent acquisitions. Here’s a list of them all:

None of these records are for sale.

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Wham-O with Soul!!

Nogood Nick and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented a program of mostly soul records at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Nogood Nick and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented a program of mostly soul records at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Day Two of the great DJ cultural exchange program took place on Saturday June 4 when Nogood Nick was guest DJ at WHAM-O WATUSI, hosted by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Bootleg Bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The WHAM is a little more raucous than Rip! Rig! Panic!, which took place the night before. At the WHAM, the DJs play a lot of jumpin’ R&B, garage rock and rock’n’roll records. On this night, inspired by the presence of Nogood Nick, a fine soul music DJ, an extra helping of stomping soul records were played. Indeed, at one point, Mr. Nick turned to The Boog and declared, “I’m going into my Northern set here…” and he proceeded to play some slammin’ records. Man, you should have been there!!

Nogood Nick swings at WHAM-O WATUS!

Nogood Nick swings at WHAM-O WATUS!

Everyone who attended the two days of this DJ cultural exchange can attest that it was a great success and there were many requests for it to happen again. This will depend on quirks in calendars and schedules, of course, but who knows, perhaps it can happen again soon.

 

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus adeptly plays the new pinball machine at the Bootleg Bar!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus adeptly plays the new pinball machine at the Bootleg Bar!

 

Meanwhile, chew on this–a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at WHAM-O WATUSI:

 

None of these records are for sale.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus displays his yellow Bobby Darin record at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus displays his yellow Bobby Darin record at WHAM-O WATUSI!

 

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