Super Rock meets Super Boogaloo!

The Fleshtones!

The Fleshtones!

The Fleshtones have been called “America’s Garage Band.” The Boogaloo Bag hereby postulates that The Fleshtones are THE WORLD’S GARAGE BAND! The group’s appeal is universal. The band even records songs in French and Spanish. Indeed, the group will be touring in Europe around the time this is posted. Correct us if we are wrong, but this group is the only one, born from the mid-seventies NYC punk scene (though never really embraced by it) that has continued to perform and make records since the band’s inception. There has been a book written about them (Sweat) and a documentary made about them (Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard Is Full). It is one of the great mysteries of the universe that this group is not playing sold-out shows three weeks in a row at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, The Fleshtones played Coco 66, one of our favorite Brooklyn rock clubs, on Friday September 19, 2014—with opening acts The Garden State Social Club and Sean Coleman & the Quasars, with DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, who played records before, between and after the bands.

The Garden State Social Club

The Garden State Social Club

The show kicked off in and insanely righteous manner with The Garden State Social Club—a wacked out bunch of kids who performed mostly (if not all) cover songs, but in a revved up, modified manner. The group featured our pals Crystal Durant and Lynne Von Pang on vocals and guitarist Mike Edison, who supplied a boss Theremin solo in the middle of “River Deep Mountain High.” The group’s sound includes a baritone saxophonist (Steve Greenfield, who also plays with The Fleshtones).

Sean Coleman & the Quasars

Sean Coleman & the Quasars

Sean Coleman & the Quasars were also cool, and also included a baritone saxophonist. The Quasars have a cool rockabilly-influenced sound, but the addition of the reed instrument adds a hot R&B spice. Sean Coleman’s gritty vocal is sufficiently snot-nosed-sounding enough to be considered in garage/punk territory. In other words, this band rocks!

The whole evening was delightfully wild, with The Fleshtones playing an especially enthusiastic set of classic, as well as new, Super Rock originals and a few covers. Perhaps the night was so electrically charged because three of the band members—Peter Zaremba, Keith Streng and Bill Milhizer—all have birthdays within a few days of the gig. (Can you believe it? Peter Zaremba has turned 60!!!!)

After about an hour and a half of pure, unadulterated Fleshtones mania, the band came off the stage. When it returned for its well-deserved encore, a cake was produced to celebrate the birthdays (yummy carrot cake). The band then played for another 45 minutes in order to continue the celebration, which only ended when the band marched out of the club. The Fleshtones may be getting old, but they have not slowed down one bit, and this was among one of the finest shows The Boogaloo Bag writers ever witnessed!

(Don’t be shut out; The Fleshtones will be playing with Los Straight Jackets at the Bell House on Halloween. Get your tickets NOW!)

The following is a list of the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at this magnificent event:

  • The Johnny Gibson Trio–Swanky (Laurie)
  • Bill Justis and His Orchestra–Flea Circus (Philips)
  • Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville–Fizz (Tower)
  • Aesops Fables–I’ve Got Troubles (Atco)
  • Hoyt Axton–Double Double Dare (Vee Jay)
  • Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson–We Got Our Bag (SSS International)
  • Mogen David & the Grapes of Wrath–Little Girl Gone (Norton)
  • Flavor–Heart-Teaser (Columbia)
  • Neal Ford and the Fanatics–(I’ve Got A) Brand New Girl (Hickory)
  • The Midnight Rebels–Groovin’ Is Easy (Mr.)
  • Chosen Few–Nobody But Me (Autumn)
  • The Detours–Who Do You Love (Atco)
  • Les Hou-Lops–Pas Besoin D’un Docteur (I Don’t Need No Doctor) (Apex)
  • The Chambermen–Shotgun II (Amigo)
  • Del Shannon–From Me to You (Big Top)
  • Jimmy Gordon–Test Pattern (Challenge)
  • Butterfield Blues Band–Come On In (Elektra)
  • The Bubble Puppy–Hot Smoke & Sasafrass (international Artists)
  • Walter Vandell–The Charge – Part 2 (Tempo)
  • Nino Ferrer–Le Telefon (Riviera; Canada)
  • Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas–I’ll Be Doggone (Imperial)
  • The Buffalo Springfield–Mr. Soul (Atco)
  • The Doors–Soul Kitchen (Elektra)
  • Masking Sound–Une Fille Comme Ca (Trans-Canada; Canada)
  • Count Five–Teeny Bopper Teeny Bopper (Double Shot)
  • The Fortunes–Fire Brigade (United Artists)
  • Billy Lee Riley–Valley of the Dolls (Mojo)
  • Dion & the Wanderers–Two Ton Feather (Columbia)
  • Harbinger Complex–I Think I’m Down (Brent)
  • The Tow-Away Zone–Searchin’ (Epic)
  • The Searchers–I Can Tell (Mercury)
  • The Champs–Switzerland (Challenge)
  • Sayre – The Vacant Lot–Don’t You Just Know It (Ltd.)
  • Cliff Richard & the Shadows–Do You Want to Dance (Columbia; UK)
  • Demetriss Tapp–Ring Dang Doo (Brunswick)
  • Los Bravos–La Moto (Columbia; Spain)
  • Los Canarios–Get on Your Knees (Calla)
  • Levon and the Hawks–He Don’t Love You (And He’ll Break Your Heart) (Atco)
  • ? & the Mysterians–Girl (You Captivate Me) (Cameo)
  • The Pussycats–I Want Your Love (Columbia)
  • Small Faces–Whatcha Gonna Do About It (Decca; UK)
  • Thee Headcoats–Fatback (Munster; Spain)
  • Bo Diddley–Gun Slinger (Checker)
  • The Candy Johnson Show featuring Candy Johnson’s Exciters–Hound Dog (Canjo)
  • Vince Taylor and His Playboys–Brand New Cadillac (Chiswick; UK)
  • Rico and the Ravens–Don’t You Know (Rally)
  • The Kingsmen–The Climb (Wand)
  • Roy Head–You’re (Almost) Tuff (Back Beat)
  • The Pacers featuring Bobby Crafford–Diddley Diddley Daddy (Razoback)
  • The Clungels–Do the Dog (Artone; Netherlands)
  • Just Brothers–Sliced Tomatoes (Music Merchant)
  • Albert Collins–Thaw-Out (Hall)
  • Combo Kings–Do the Slow Fizz (Jamie)
  • The Wolf Men–Watusi Beat (Bobbette)
  • The Premiers–Get Your Baby (Faro)
  • The Wailers–Mau Mau (Golden Crest)
  • The Roamers–I Want Candy (Hit)
  • Alvin Cash & the Crawlers–Twine Time (Mar-V-Lus)
  • The Remo Four–Mickey’s Monkey (Star-Club; Germany)
  • Ricardo Ray–Mony Mony (Alegre)
  • The Ikettes–Da Doo Ron Ron (Modern)
  • Tina Britt–Sookie Sookie (Veep)
  • The Del-Rays–Fortune Teller (Atco)
  • The Blazers with Li’l Ray Armstrong–Boom Boom (Empire)
  • The Animals–Don’t Bring Me Down (M-G-M)
  • Randy & the Radiants–My Way of Thinking (Sun)
  • The Pastel Six–The Milkshake (Zen)
  • The Bonniwell Music Machine–Bottom of the Soul (Warner Bros.)
  • The Mystery Trend–Johnny Was a Good Boy (Verve)
  • The Pickwicks–Little by Little (Warner Bros.)
  • Les Problèmes–Si c’est la nuit (Disques Vogue; France)
  • The Blues Project–I Can’t Keep From Crying (Verve Folkways)
  • Jackie & the Cedrics–Silent Night Rumble (Norton)

None of these records are for sale.

On the pictures of The Fleshtones below, click on them to make them Big-O-Fied!


Nogood Nick swings at the DYNAGROOVE!

Nogood Nick and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the DYNAGROOVE!  (photo by Nancy "Jeannie" Gardner)

Nogood Nick and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the DYNAGROOVE! (photo by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner)

The DYNAGROOVE is always happy to have Nogood Nick as a guest DJ. His solid sense of swing and what’s hip is impeccable—perfect for the DYNAGROOVE Scenesters. Friday September 12 was no exception. Nogood Nick came and laid down a perfect blend of organ grooves, Mod jazz, Latin Boogaloo and smooth soul records that delighted everyone who was enjoying the all-you-can-eat Friday night fish fry at Teddy’s Bar & Grill. Indeed, several times host DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus got up from his meal to inquire as to the record Nogood Nick was playing.

Nogood Nick recently returned from a vacation in Colombia, so The Boog spiced up his selections with a few cumbias—though from Mexico, Peru and Panama! Also, The Boog noted the passing of the fine reggae singer Hopeton Lewis by playing a favorite track.

At the end of the night, Nogood Nick took turns with The Boog playing funk and soul records—as well as a couple odd things. Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:

  • Slim Gaillard et son Orchestre–Popity Pop (Pacific; France)
  • Chris Powell–Mr. Sandman (Grand)
  • Miles Davis–It Ain’t Necessarily So (Columbia)
  • The Beach Boys–The Warmth of the Sun (Capitol)
  • The Notables–Surfside (Big Top)
  • Horace Silver Quintet–Sister Sadie (Blue Note)
  • Rudy Brynac Trio–Marijana (Balkan)
  • B.B. King and his Orchestra–Night Life (ABC)
  • Chuck Berry–That’s My Desire (Chess)
  • Bunny Wailer–Dreamland (Island)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings–Money (Daptone)
  • Charles Lloyd–She’s a Woman (Columbia)
  • Fireballs–Torquay (Top Rank International)
  • The Left Banke–Walk Away Renee (Smash)
  • Johnny Lytle–The Loop (Tuba)
  • Chuz Alfred and His Combo–Caravan (Savoy)
  • Dave Van Ronk with the Red Onion Jazz Band–If I had to Do It All Over Again (Prestige)
  • Sonora en Bogata de Cesar Pompeyo–Pescao (Son Art; Mexico)
  • Hopetown Lewis–Good Together (Dynamic; UK)
  • Johnny Colon & Orchestra–Boogaloo Blues (Part I) (Cotique)
  • Benny Poole–Hi-Heel Sneakers Part I (The Cascade Sound)
  • Orchestre Zaiko Langa-Langa–Zaiko Wawawa 2 (African; France)
  • Dick Hyman–Green Onions (Command)
  • The Kinks–Apeman (Reprise)
  • Cal Tjader–Soul Bird (Tin Tin Dao) (Verve)
  • Love–Orange Skies (Elektra)
  • Los Mirlos–La Danza de los Mirlos (Dinsa; Peru)
  • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires–Soul Serenade (Duke; UK)
  • Lonnie Smith–Think (Blue Note)
  • Le Grand Mellon–Summertime (Columbia)
  • Jessie Powell–Cool (Tru-Sound)
  • Bop-A-Loos–Bongo Mambo (Mercury)
  • Manfred Mann–My Little Red Book (Ascot)
  • Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra–Watusi Trumpets (RCA Victor)
  • Bana–Desobriga (Philips; Portugal)
  • Fernandito Villalona y su Orq.–Tabaco y Ron (Prodim; Panama)
  • Buddy Morrow–Needles and Pins (Epic)
  • The Hollywood Persuaders–Eve of Destruction (Original Sound)
  • Sonny–Laugh at Me (Atco)
  • Marty Gold and His Orchestra–A Hard Day’s Night (RCA Victor)
  • Maori Hi-Five–Putti Putti (Vee Jay)
  • Miss Toni Fisher–The Big Hurt (Signet)
  • Bill Black’s Combo–The Funky Train (Columbia)
  • The Tornados–Life on Venus (Decca; UK)
  • Leon Haywood–Ain’t No Use (Fish)
  • Ted Taylor–River’s Invitation (Atco)
  • Ramsey Lewis–Dancing in the Street (Cadet)
  • Jimmy Nolen–Swingin’ Peter Gun – 1 (Fidelity)
  • Terry and the Chain Reaction–Keep Your Cool (United Artists)
  • Ben E. King–The Record (Baby I Love You) (Atco)
  • Jimmy Jones–39-21-40 Shape (Bell)
  • Richard Anthony–I Don’t Know What to Do (Columbia; France)
  • Brenda Lee–Is It True (Decca)
  • The Blue Orchids–I’ve Got That Feeling (London)
  • The Hollies–If I Needed Someone (Parlophone; Netherlands)
  • Skip Battyn–She Acts Like We Never Have Met (Groove)
  • Lulu–Morning Dew (Epic)
  • Ann Peebles–Somebody’s on Your Case (Hi)
  • The Willy Cole–Right On (Phil-L.A.)
  • Lloyd Price–Little Volcano (Turntable)
  • T.S.U. Toronados–Nothing Can Stop Me (Ovide)
  • The Supremes–Everything Is Good About You (Motown)
  • Red Prysock–I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Chess)
  • Hugo Montenegro–Theme From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (RCA Victor)
  • Tommy James and the Shondells–Out of the Blue (Roulette)
  • Johnny Rivers–Blue Skies (Chancellor)
  • Vincent Bell–Eleanor Rigby (Decca)
  • The Beatles–I Feel Fine (Parlophone; UK)
  • The Pickwicks–I Took My Baby Home (Warner Bros.)
  • Perez Prado and his Orchestra–Mambo No. 5 (RCA Victor)
  • Doug Fowlkes and the Airdales – vocal: Rocker Roberts–Hit the Road Jack (Barclay; France)
  • Baby Washington–Work Out (Neptune)
  • Dee Dee Sharpe–You’re Just a Fool in Love (Atco)
  • Jimmy Brown–Chain of Fools (A-Bet)
  • Truman Thomas–Respect (Veep)
  • Little Walter Hammond–We Go Together, Yes We Do (Duo Disc)
  • Smoke–Choose It (Part I) (Uni)
  • The Poets–Devil’s Den (Part 1) (Try Me)
  • Bob and Earl–Harlem Shuffle (Marc)
  • James Brown presents His Band–Hold It (King)
  • The First Edition–Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (Reprise)
  • The Shirelles–Love Is a Swingin’ Thing (Scepter)
  • Donald Byrd–Black Byrd (Blue Note)
  • Sharon Jones–You Better Think Twice (Desco)
  • Alvin Cash & the Crawlers–Twine Time (Mar-V-Lus)
  • Candy & the Kisses–The Last Time (Scepter)
  • Buddy Rich–Sister Sadie (Pacific Jazz)
  • Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers–Hey Jude (Atlantic)


None of these records are for sale.