CHEETAH BEAT!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Sir Charles Gaskins swing at the CHEETAH BEAT!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Sir Charles Gaskins swing at the CHEETAH BEAT!

The CHEETAH BEAT is another in a growing line of WANG DANG DOODLE presentations—this one featured the top DJ skills of Sir Charles Gaskins. He’s been in several bands, runs Killer Diller Records, works on the cool Bananas magazine and on the last Friday of the month he DJs Finger Lickin’ Fridays at the Grand Victory—which usually keeps him from swingin’ at The Commodore on the fourth Friday of every other month, when Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus holds down the DJ booth with various friends.

However, with a rare fifth Friday in May, Mr. Gaskins was free to swing on May 23, when clientele of The Commodore were treated to the super boss sounds of The CHEETAH BEAT! Mr. Gaskins played the perfect combination of raunchy R&B, sizzling soul and grungy garage records that go over so well at The Commodore. Indeed, the place was jumping all night, with dancers, prancers and romancers filling the dance floor, spilling drinks and eating the super fine fried chicken that The Commodore is so famous for.
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 Above photos by Nancy Gardner

Speaking of dancers, also on the scene was The Boogaloo Bag’s favorite Go-Go dancer, Nancy Gardner. In fact, it was her birthday and she chose to spend it doing the watusi at The CHEETAH BEAT! DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus used this opportunity to play some of her favorite songs (surf music) and artists (The Ventures!), theme songs from TV shows that she digs so much and other songs that may refer to her in obvious (“Oh Pretty Woman”) and perhaps not so obvious ways!

Here’s a list of everything that The Boog played that night:

  • Bob Crane and His Orchestra–Get Smart (Epic)
  • Billy Strange–Theme From The Munsters (G.N.P. Crescendo)
  • The Clee-Shays–The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Triumph)
  • The Marketts–Out of Limits (Warner Bros.)
  • The Frogmen–Underwater (Candix)
  • D.D.T. and the Repellents–The Fly Swatter (RCA Victor)
  • The G.T.O.’s–She Rides With Me (Claridge)
  • Bill Deal & the Rhondels–May I (Heritage)
  • Al Erik–Put Your Mini Skirt On (Johnson)
  • Otis Redding–The Huckle-Buck [from EP Excerpts from his new Volt album The Dock of the Bay] (Volt)
  • Dee Glascoe–Mouse in the House (RSVP)
  • Lord Sitar–Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadow? (Capitol)
  • J.J. Cale–It’s a Go-Go Place (Liberty)
  • Sandy Nelson–Sock It To ‘em J.B. (Imperial)
  • Jimmy Hanna With the Dynamics–Busybody (Seafair Bolo)
  • Little Wayne Anthony–Hey Naw (Vee Jay)
  • The Lone Twister–The Lone Twister (Atlantic)
  • The Troggs–Gonna Make You (Atco)
  • ? & the Mysterians–I Need Somebody (Cameo)
  • Jay Bee Bryant–Bony Maronie (Josie)
  • The What Four–I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy (Columbia; Canada)
  • Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart–I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight (A&M)
  • The Outsiders–Lost in My World (Capitol)
  • Carrie Grant and the Grandeurs–Mish-Mash (Newtown)
  • The Tammys–Egyptian Shumba (United Artists)
  • The Guitar Ramblers–Surf Beat (Columbia)
  • Sandy Nelson–(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [from EP Satisfaction] (Imperial; Japan)
  • The Rolling Stones–It’s All Over Now (London)
  • Mandala–Love-Itis (Atlantic)
  • John Smith and the New Sound–Ain’t Nothin’ but a Houseparty (Disques Vogue; France)
  • Moe Adrian & the Sculptors–Shotgun (Columbia)
  • The Vows–Buttered Popcorn (V.I.P.)
  • The Four Blazers–Peanut Butter (Buddy)
  • The Four Sounds–Mama Ubangi Bangi (Ran-Dee)
  • The Ventures–Pedal Pusher (Dolton)
  • Eddie Cochran–Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie (Liberty)
  • Roy Orbison and the Candy Men–Oh’ Pretty Woman (Monument)
  • The Byrds–Have You Seen Her Face (Columbia)
  • The Tempos–Monkey Doo (Fairmount)
  • The Rockin’ Rebels–Donkey Twine (Swan)
  • The Lancers–Doing the Snatch (Blue Rock)
  • Eddie Bridges and His Lowriders–Peekaboo (Romark)
  • Don Covay–Wiggle Wobble (Cameo)
  • Mary Lue & the Temptees–Wobble Wobble One More Time (Everlast)
  • Ronnie Dio & the Prophets–The Oo-Poo-Pah-Doo (Atlantic)
  • Wilson Pickett–New Orleans (Atlantic; France)
  • Henry Boatwright–Git It (Genesis)
  • Pop Corn & the Mohawks–Shimmy Gully (Motown)
  • Billy Hines and Band–Doing the Hunch (Wa-Tusi)
  • The Coral Reef–Cherry Cherry (Epic)
  • Bobby & the Dukes–Come on Along With Me (Philips)
  • Les Brown Jr.–Swingin’ & Surfin’ (G.N.P. Crescendo)
  • The Ventures–Escape (Liberty; Japan)
  • The Apostles–Six Pack (Kapp)
  • Les Pirates avec Dany Logan–Le Jet (Bel-Air; France)
  • The Cliff Dwellers–The Ho-Ho Laughing Monster (Liza)
  • The Dartells–The Scoobie Song (Dot)
  • The Left Banke–Lazy Day (Smash)
  • Davie Allan and the Arrows–Shape of Things to Come (Tower)
  • The Bikinis–Bikini (Roulette)
  • The Pyramids–Pyramid’s Stomp (Best)
  • Tico and the Triumphs–Motorcycle (Amy)
  • The Hollywood Tornadoes–The Gremmie (Part I) (Aertaun)
  • The Ventures–Bird Rockers (Dolton)
  • René and His Alligators–The Alligators Dance (Fontana; Netherlands)
  • Stu Phillips presents The Golden Gate Strings–Last Train to Clarksville (Epic)

None of these records are for sale.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus poses with birthday girl and Go-Go dancer Nancy Gardner at the CHEETAH BEAT!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus poses with birthday girl and Go-Go dancer Nancy Gardner at the CHEETAH BEAT!

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