Halloween night can be a drag. Or it can be the most fun in the world: especially when The Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets and Finger Lickin’ Friday are involved. On Halloween night, 2014, all of these ingredients were most definitely in full effect: The Fleshtones and Los Straitjackets split a bill at The Bell House, and Finger Lickin’ Friday also took place that evening at the Grand Victory, with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus signed on as guest DJ.
The fun and excitement commenced upon walking into the main show room of The Bell House, where our pal Todd-O-Phonic Todd was spinning spooky records as the crowds waited in anticipation of the appearance of the world’s greatest Super Rock band, The Fleshtones. The ‘Tones did not disappoint—the group played a super fine set of favorites and new songs and rockin’ stuff and all sorts of great-googly-moogly! Included in the show was the Boogaloo Bag favorite “Dance With the Ghoul Man” that was resurrected just for the occasion.
The be-masked Los Straitjackets are one of America’s greatest Rock ’n’ Roll instrumental groups of all time. Their brand of souped-up, super-sonic surf music is simply sensational! When a fabulous vocalist augments the group, such as the case on this night in the personage of Deke Dickerson, the group just takes off into outer space. Mr. Dickerson was in the guise of an undead Elvis and added blood-curdling screams in the night!
Then it was off to Williamsburg and the Grand Victory for Finger Lickin’ Friday, which was already in progress. For those unhip to the scene, Finger Lickin’ Friday is a cool DJ night hosted by our pals Charles Gaskins and Drew Redmond. These two boss jocks play the wildest in rock’n’roll, R&B and such all night long, as Brooklyn Babydoll shakes her thing on the stage. Not only was this event happening on Halloween (several people were dressed as animals!), but it was also billed as a tribute to The Cramps. Indeed, as the Boogaloo Bag writers entered the venue, guest DJ Señor Dos Platos was blastin’ a Cramps track and then one that they covered.
Since Finger Lickin’ Friday takes place on the last Friday of the month, it often conflicts with Phast Phreddie’s nights at the Commodore. However, with no Commodore action in October, The Phast Man was able to make the scene with a box of 45s, including a couple with a distinct Cramps-like vibe, spooky Halloween thrillers and some out-and-out rockers. Here’s a list of all the records Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played (with links for you to dig most of them!!:
- Randy Fuller–Wolfman (Mustang)
- The Habits–Elbow Baby (Decca; UK)
- The Other Half–Mr. Pharmacist (GNP Crescendo)
- The Cramps–Let’s Get F*cked Up (The Medicine Label)
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band–Abba Zabba (Buddah)
- The Fleshtones–Screamin’ Skull (I.R.S.; UK)
- Mike Evans–Gruesome (A&M)
- Wailers–Out of Our Tree (Etiquette)
- The Fire Escape–Love Special Delivery (GNP Crescendo)
- The Castle Kings–You Can Get Him – Frankenstein (Atlantic)
- The Bandidos–The Mark of Zorro (Elkay)
- El Bandido–El Lobo Feroz (The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin) (Decca)
- Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra–Gesundheit (A-Choo! A-Choo!) (RCA Victor)
- The Five Blobs–The Blob (Columbia)
- The Green Slime–The Green Slime (M-G-M)
- [no artist listed]–Dance the Slurp (7-Eleven)
- Brian Auger & the Trinity–Black Cat (Atco)
- Them–Mystic Eyes (Parrot)
- The Sparkles–Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help) (Hickory)
- The Duvals–Ferny Roast (Prelude)
- The Jay-Hawks with Earl Palmer and Band–The Creature (From Outer Space) (Aladdin)
- Dwight Pullen–Sunglasses After Dark (Carlton)
- Merv Griffin–House of Horrors (Mercury)
- The Tammys–Egyptian Shumba (United Artists)
- The Gamblers–Moon Dawg! (World Pacific)
- Prince Buster’s All Stars–One Step Beyond (Blue Beat; UK)
None of these records are for sale.