All for the Love of the 45!

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Stephen Gritzan is an avid Boogaloo Bag reader. He is also one of the nice people who put on the Record Riot series of record shows—including our favorite, the Brooklyn Record Riot. Also, he runs a groovy little record shop in the heart of Jersey City, New Jersey called Iris Records. The Iris Records staff have recently prepared several thousand 45s to be put on sale, and to celebrate, they decided to hold a party on Valentine’s Day afternoon called For the Love of the 45. They had snacks and soda pop and they invited a bunch of DJs to come spin records during this event, including Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

When the Boogaloo Bag writers arrived on the scene, there were all kinds of folks in the store flipping through the 45s bins, including WFMU DJ Joe Belock, the king of the Batman record Pat Longo, and later Miss Kiki and Greg Tormo. Our pal Todd-O-Phonic Todd was whipping the room into a frenzy with the records he played from excellent DJ booth.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd swings at Iris Records as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on!

Todd-O-Phonic Todd swings at Iris Records as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on!

The next DJ to spin played a whole hour of silky smooth seventies soul songs that featured soaring falsetto male lead vocals with a group backing: The Stylistics, The Intruders, The Delfonics, Blue Magic. Romantic ballads were very appropriate for the day.

However, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, soon took that mood and smashed it to pieces with an hour-long set of weird shit! At one point, he played an audio test record over a break-beat record! His third DJ gig in four days, The Boog must have been losing his mind!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus lost his mind at Iris Records!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus lost his mind at Iris Records!

Following The Boog was a cat who played mostly soul and funk records from the seventies, but cutting and scratching them into a fine rhythmic and artistic effect. It was cool.

It is very possible that the best customers that day were the DJs! Indeed, The Boog purchased a few records himself—including a hip rocker called “Drive In Movie” by Mickey Gilly for fifty cents—and he wished he could have stuck around to dig the other DJs, but it was Valentine’s Day, and his lovely date, Nancy Jeannie Gardner—an official Boogaloo Bag photographer—was keen on grabbing some Indian food back in Brooklyn.

And hey, if Mr. Gritzan had stuck around, he would have gotten his photo into the Boogaloo Bag!

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

None of these records are for sale. Photos by Nancy Jeannie Gardner.

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The Return of the Sophisticated Boom Boom!

Sheila Be and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the DYNAGROOVE: SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM!!

Sheila Be and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the DYNAGROOVE: SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM!!

This year, the February DYNAGROOVE landed on the day before Valentine’s Day. Host DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus thought it would be a perfect time to showcase the artistry of the many fabulous female acts that have recorded through the ages, and thus declared the night another SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM with guest DJ Sheila B—the internationally renown queen of the girl group record!

Sheila B produces maximum groove at the DYNAGROOVE!

Sheila B produces maximum groove at the DYNAGROOVE!

The Boogaloo Bag writers first observed DJ Sheila B in action at a Smashed!Blocked! event some time after the turn of the century. She was able to keep the dance floor jumping with high-energy, female-sung pop songs. Her Cha Cha Charming interweb thingie is among the most intelligent and interesting of all personal websites/blogs. One of her greatest achievements is to have been the associate producer and liner note writer for One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds—Lost & Found (Rhino), a wonderful 4-CD collection that comes in a package shaped like a hat box. She is also quite keen on international releases, especially those from England, France and Japan. “Japan?” you may ask? Dig these excellent compilations of women Japanese singers that Miss B assembled for Big Beat/Ace UK records! Also, Sheila B has recently commenced her own DJ night, Sh-Boom!, a collaboration with our pal Josh Styles that takes place at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus adds a little Boom to SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus adds a little Boom to SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM!!

Phast Phreddie’s contribution to the evening included several female jazz vocalists and even instrumentalists, along with the usual thrushes from the sixties. Who can resist the version of “Watermelon Man” by Miss Elsie Smith, especially when she is noted as “Queen of Sax” right on the label? At any rate, women artists from many walks of life were duly saluted—as they should be! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:

 

None of these records are for sale. Photos by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner.

Love that Copycat Cover Song Night!

DJ Xerox and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night tribute to Arthur Lee and Love

DJ Xerox and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night tribute to Arthur Lee and Love

It has been said over and over on the digital pages of the Boogaloo Bag (and before that, the Boogaloo Blog), that Copycat Cover Song Night is one of the most fun nights there is in New York City. The evening works like this: Copycat host DJ Xerox picks an artist and invites local bands to come play several songs by this artist during their respective sets. A guest DJ is invited to come play records associated with the artist and/or cover songs by anyone. On February 11, the artist being honored was Arthur Lee and Love—somehow appropriate a few days before Valentine’s Day. The acts paying tribute to Mr. Lee that night were Michael Lynch, Wonderbug and Madam Robot & the Lust Brigade. The guest DJ was Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Michael Lynch swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Michael Lynch swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Michael Lynch opened the show. He is a respected musician who has been on the scene for several years. His knowledge of songs from the sixties is pretty deep. He played a dude-on-a-stool (ie, him and acoustic guitar) set of Arthur Lee-penned songs—culled mostly from Love’s recordings from the Elektra label—and did a spectacular job of it.

Wonderbug swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Wonderbug swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Wonderbug was not necessarily a cup of tea that can be easily sipped by the Boogaloo Bag writers, but it did perform a cool version of “Stand Out” that was outstanding.

Madam Robot swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Madam Robot swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Madam Robot & the Lust Brigade, on the other hand, came on like gangbusters: seven out of its eight songs were Arthur Lee compositions, each played with enthusiasm and excitement–in spite of the fact that the group’s regular drummer could not make the gig and the drum chair was capably filled by Mike the guitarist for Quitty & the Don’ts! With lead singer Oweinama Biu, himself a modern day version of the psychedelic African-American (much like Arthur Lee was), the group knew exactly what it was doing. And the guitarist with the wild Afro-looking hair, man he can really play—every time he coaxed feedback out of his instrument, goose bumps appeared on the back of the necks of the Boogaloo Bag writers!

For his part DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played according to the rules. He played some key Arthur Lee tracks at crucial moments and mostly played covers of songs that were happening during the mid-sixties when the group Love was happening on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, or songs by acts from that period and place or some combination of the two. Or just a cover song because it was Copycat Cover Song Night! Here’s a list of all the records played by his Phastness:

None of these records are for sale.

Out of Sight!

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Nogood Nick swings at Out of Sight!

Out of Sight is a groovy new weekly soul dance affair hosted by our friend DJ Xerox every Thursday night in the back room of the Beauty Bar in Manhattan. Although Xerox doesn’t himself DJ on these nights, he invites his favorite soul music DJs to come play their favorite soul 45s all night long. In the short period Out of Sight has been taking place—about a month—such fine soul DJs as Connie T Empress, Sheila B, Handsome Van Zant, Girlsoul, Ursula 1000, Charles Gaskins and  Drew Redmond,  have already spun records at the party or are slated to do so in the near future.

DJ Xerox swings Out of Sight!

DJ Xerox swings Out of Sight!

As you know, DJ Xerox knows how to put on a party. His Copycat Cover Song Night, held twice a month at Otto’s Shrunken Head, is one of the most fun nights in town. He also hosts Turtleneck, an evening of spy beats and tiki treats, also held at the Beauty Bar. On February 5, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to work the room and invite another DJ to join him. It just so happened that just a few weeks before, one of the Boog’s favorite DJs mentioned to him that he had a bunch of newly acquired soul records and would like to play them out right away. This DJ was Nogood Nick, and it was his shoulder that was tapped to be the second DJ at Out of Sight on this particular night. Nogood Nick, as the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, is often seen swingin’ at Dynagroove nights. Indeed, he is one of the city’s most versatile DJs, as he has jazz records, mod records, R&B records and, of course, soul records. At his own night, called Rip Rig and Panic which is held once a month at Otto’s Shrunken Head, Nogood Nick audibly paints the atmosphere with cool sounds, providing an excellent atmosphere for downing frozen drinks with umbrellas sticking out of them. As a soul DJ, Nogood Nick knows how to keep a dance floor jumping, as he has often done so when guesting at Subway Soul Club. At this Out of Sight, Nogood Nick did not disappoint. He played some fabulous soul records as dancers swirled on the dance floor, including our pals Bunny Punch and Friar Popwell (who will be DJing the Out of Sight on February 26)! Although it was one of the coldest nights in memory outside, the back room was heated with Nogood Nick’s outstanding selections. Everyone in attendance was pleased, as we are sure that host Xerox was and will have Mr. Nick back soon. Below is a list of records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Out of Sight:

None of these records are for sale.

Psycho Serenade!

When Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus asked DJ Josh Styles to join him at the turntables during his January gig at The Commodore, only one thing could have taken place: PSYCHO SERENADE!!!

Josh Styles at the controls!

Josh Styles at the controls!

That’s right, Josh Styles, one of the finest reet music DJs in the City—indeed, perhaps the world!—joined The Boog at The Commadore on Friday January 23 for an evening of way-out papa-oo-mow-mow! These two cats played all kinds of rockin’ stuff, from fifties rockabilly and doo wop to early seventies glam with much hotcha inbetween; like fuzzed-out freakbeat, salacious soul, Bo beat blues, groovy girl groups and all sorts of wham-o-rootie!

 

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at PSYCHO SERENADE!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at PSYCHO SERENADE!

During one set The Boog was playing, he started feeling nostalgic for the old days when he used to play Stooges, Velvet Underground and Mott the Hoople records at keg ‘n’ Quaalude parties in Carson, Califorinia back around 1973; back when The Boog got his start spinning records and getting the kids to jump around on tables and dance. Oh, to be young again, eh?

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For his part, Josh Styles showed the packed club why he is considered the cream of the boss DJ scene. Man, he just played one top jam after another, each with a pounding beat that was so sweet you just had to move your feet!

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Sweaty humans were hopping all night long while out in the night a little snowstorm was playing out. Nothing to get excited about, really, but it did make getting home an adventure.

 

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

 

 

None of these records are for sale.