Todd-O-Boogaloo at the Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa!

Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the RAMA LAMA FA FA FA!!!

Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the RAMA LAMA FA FA FA!!!

The RAMA LAMA FA FA FA took place at the Commodore on Friday January 24. What is a RAMA LAMA FA FA FA, you ask? RAMA LAMA FA FA FA is Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus playing wild, greasy rock ‘n’ roll records as folks drink and jump and drink and jump and drink and jump all night long.

In other words, it is like a WANG DANG DOODLE, but with Todd-O-Phonic Todd instead of Dave the Spazz!!

Todd-O-Phonic Todd did not disappoint! In fact, he may have played some of the bossest recordings ever committed to wax—and I do mean “committed!!” He showed up a bit late but when he got down to business, what he played was all the way great! Todd-O-Phonic Todd knows a bit about boss records. He is a long time collector of truly insane rock’n’roll records, plus, he used to own and book the legendary Hoboken nightclub Maxwell’s and he’s a fill-in DJ at WFMU.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd is also one of The Boog‘s oldest friends on the East Coast, having met him during a trip to New York City in 1977–when The Boog also met Miriam Linna (Norton Records), The Hound, Lydia Lunch and saw The Cramps and The Feelies. At the RAMA LAMA FA FA FA, Todd-O-Phonic Todd spun some extraordinary platters such as these (click on the thumbnails to see them big-O-nized:

Host DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played a couple records, too, including all of these:

  • The Tip Tops–Rama Lama (Kapp)
  • The Mar-Teks–Mar-Tek-Ing (Crystal)
  • Jackie and the Giants–Ford G.T. (Hit)
  • The Johnny Otis Show–Ring-A-Ling (Capitol)
  • Rufus Thomas–Chicken Scratch (Stax)
  • John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers–Crocodile Walk (Decca; UK)
  • Bill Johnson–You Got Soul (Jocida)
  • Carl Holmes and the Commanders–I Want My Ya Ya (Parkway)
  • Kitty Love–You Gotta Change (Dade)
  • The Tyrones–Blast Off (Decca)
  • Little Eva–Let’s Start the Party Again (Dimension)
  • Marty Manning & the Cheetahs–Tarzan (Tarzan’s March) (CBS; UK)
  • Flavor–Yeah I’m Hip (Columbia)
  • The Flamingos–The Boogaloo Party (Philips)
  • Ted Taylor–Daddy’s Baby (OKeh)
  • Larry Williams with Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and the Stormville Shakers–Slow Down (Decca; UK)
  • Terry & the Bunnys–Jingle Bells (King; Japan)
  • The Lafayettes–Nobody But You (RCA Victor)
  • Marie La Donna–Georgie Porgie (Gateway)
  • Billy Ward and His Dominoes–Jennie Lee (Liberty)
  • Gene Simmons–Be Her #1 (Hi)
  • Count Popeye–Nosey Rosey (Kent)
  • Bill Doggett and His Combo–Oops (Columbia)
  • The Staple Singers–I’ll Fly Away (Bishop)
  • Irma Thomas–Break-A-Way (Imperial)
  • Les Baronets–Hello Je T’Aime (Canusa; Canada)
  • Ian Whitcomb–Good Hard Rock (Tower)
  • The Everly Brothers–You’re My Girl (Warner Bros.)
  • Bill & Will–Goin’ to the River (Checker)
  • Dino Desi and Billy–It’s Just the Way you Are (Reprise)
  • Floyd Cramer–Let’s Go (RCA Victor)
  • Jimmy Dee and the Offbeats with the Montclairs–Don’t Cry No More (Dot)
  • The Monterays–Push-Em Up (Ultima)
  • Kenny Hamber–Show Me Your Monkey (De Jac)
  • Ruby Johnson–Jerk Shout (Neb’s)
  • The Shells–Whiplash (Conlo)
  • The Capitols–Patty Cake (Karen)
  • Bobby Gregg–Walk On (Epic)
  • The Dartells–Dance Everybody Dance (Dot)
  • The Iketts–Camel Walk (Modern)
  • Tito Puente and His Orchestra–A La Salud (God Bless You) (RCA Victor)
  • Charles Hodges–Charles’ Sing-A-Ling (Alto)
  • Frank Armstrong and the Stingers–Feel Like I Want to Holler (Modern)
  • Count Sidney & His Dukes–Do Your Stuff (Goldband)
  • Simtec Simmons & Wylie Dixon–Socking Soul Power (Toddlin’ Town)
  • Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra–Watermelon Man (Mercury)
  • Winston Groovey–Funky Chicken (Jackpot; UK)
  • Leroy Jones–C’Mon and Swim (Hit)
  • Harold Nicholas–Loco-Motion (Barclay; France)
  • Little Richard–Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Vee Jay)
  • Elvis Presley–Tutti Frutti (RCA Victor)
  • Bocephus–Splish Splash (Verve)
  • Zoë–C’est Cet Air de Guitare (Monte-Carlo; Fance)
  • Don Gardner with the Alteers–Let’s Get a Thing Goin’ (G-Clef)
  • Jay Stutes and the Swamp Pickers–Sugar Bee (Goldband)
  • The Puddle Jumpers–Snake Charmer (Federal)

None of these records are for sale.

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