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.

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2 thoughts on “Love that Copycat Cover Song Night!

  1. cheers …this is Davey the leader of the WonderBug band … just to fill in some gaps in your sentence about our group…5 out of the 7 songs we played were Arthur Lee compositions from Out Here(the other two were originals, as per the copy cat protocol)those songs were You Are Something,I’m Down,Run To the Top,Stand Out,and Nice To Be … actual footage should be available soon… …thanks for the pic…-peace

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