King of Surf!

Dick Dale, the King of the Surf Guitar, displays incendiary riffs at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Dick Dale, the King of the Surf Guitar, displays incendiary riffs at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Dick Dale can still play a mean guitar, that’s for sure. On Friday August 21 he did just that for about an hour of ear-splitting, echo-drenched jam at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Mr. Dale—known around the world as “The King of the Surf Guitar”—has been in ill health recently. The Brooklyn Bowl date was the last show of about sixty that he needed to do in order to pay his bills. At any rate, once Mr. Dale is on the stage with his trusty Fender strapped to him, it is as if all is right with the world as he wails away!

After the performance, our pal Josh Styles headed up a team of DJs who presented the official after-show party called Surf City. Mr. Styles, Avi Spivak (Human Being Lawnmower) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus each took turns playing appropriate records: mostly guitar-driven instrumentals and songs about fun in the sun. Around one o’clock in the morning or so, a limbo dance contest was held and The Boog was happy to supply the soundtrack for that with a stack of calypso and jungle-beat 45s. As last year, the host of the limbo contest was cult horror film director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage). Once the winner was chosen, The Boog instantly switched gears to lead off the dance party portion of the evening by playing The Beach Boys’ bossest record, “Dance Dance Dance.” In the middle of his first set, The Boog spun a bowling record (complete with bowling sounds!), that got the Brooklyn Bowl staff very excited!

Josh Styles and Frank Henenlotter discuss the finer points of the film "Frankenhooker" at Surf City!

Josh Styles and Frank Henenlotter discuss the finer points of the film “Frankenhooker” at Surf City!

Josh Styles and Avi Spivak also took turns playing great records all night. Mr. Styles, of course, is known internationally as a fabulous DJ and the drummer of a great teen combo called Daddy Long Legs. Mr. Spivak is the founding editor of an amazing cartoon-vibed music fanzine called Human Being Lawnmower. They both have great taste in reet recordings and proved it with the selections they played. Not only are these two fine examples of humanity excellent DJs, but together they run a cool little shop in Downtown Bushwick called Rebel Rouser. It’s a must-stop for all Boogaloo Bag readers.

Josh Styles and Avi Spivak swing at Surf City!

Josh Styles and Avi Spivak swing at Surf City!

 

Go-Go dancer Bettina May swings at Surf City!

Go-Go dancer Bettina May swings at Surf City!

Also, let’s not forget the artistic and lovely gyrations of Go-Go dancer Bettina May, who worked wonders with the beach balls, as she shimmied to wild surf music.

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

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Film maker Frank Henenlotter oversees the Limbo Contest at Surf City!

Film maker Frank Henenlotter oversees the Limbo Contest at Surf City!

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Kid Congo Swings at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Kid Congo swings at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Kid Congo swings at WHAM-O WATUSI!

WHAM-O WATUSI is quickly becoming a welcome new addition to the heavy, heavy Reet Music Scene of North Brooklyn and surrounding areas. The WHAM-O is an evening of wild, rockin’ sound recordings, each with a diameter of seven inches and (most of them) rotating at 45 revolutions per minute. When it happens, it takes place at Bushwick’s Bootleg Bar, which has turned much of it’s weekend nights over to the playing of reet music (including nights hosted by our pals Drew Redmon and Josh Styles). This second WHAM-O featured the ultra-fine, ultra-hip record-spinning of ultra-beatnik Kid Congo Powers.

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Many Boogaloo Bag readers will be familiar with Mr. Powers for his guitar-slinging prowess. He has played in several outstanding teen combos, including The Cramps, The Gun Club and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His current outfit, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkeybirds, is as good as any band he’s ever been in. (Next time the band comes to your town, go see it—highly recommended by the Boogaloo Bag. The group often includes songs by The Cramps and/or The Gun Club… and why not? Who else has the pedigree to play these songs in an authentic rock’n’roll manner?)

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The Kid is also a fabulous DJ. This guy hung out with Lux Interior and Jeffrey Lee Pierce, for chrisakes, so you know some good taste got rubbed off on Mr. Powers. Indeed, at WHAM-O WATUSI, The Kid played some fabulous tracks (some of them noted below) that delighting attendees who danced the night way with glee and ecstasy!

This was a reunion of sorts for The Kid and WHAM-O host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. They have known each other since 1976, when the teen-aged Mr. Powers ran the West Coast Ramones fan club and the Phastman was trying to run his fanzine Back Door Man. They were introduced by one of the most fabulous human beings who ever walked this planet: Sue Sawyer. She was employed by ABC Records (distributor of Sire Records and The Ramones at the time). She wanted BDM to feature The Ramones (which it did) and she insisted Phast Phreddie meet the future Kid Congo Powers. Kid and Phast Phreddie have been pals since—perhaps not the best of pals, but they always appreciated each other’s endeavors and enjoyed seeing each other whenever fate placed them in the same room. Which, over the years, has not been often enough.

Here’s a story: During 1980, Phast Phreddie was a regular DJ at Madam Wong’s West in Santa Monica, CA. Sometimes, bands played in the room where he spun his records. Once, he was able to get The Gun Club a gig there. Lux and Ivy of The Cramps—as well as members of The Blasters and several other LA luminaries—attended the show. Soon after, The Kid was bangin’ guitar for The Cramps, that greatest of all psycho trash’n’roll bands!

Kid Congo and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus make WHAM-O WATUSI jump!

Kid Congo and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus make WHAM-O WATUSI jump!

On August 14, Kid and Phast celebrated their evening together by playing super boss records all night long, diggin’ each other’s scene and wowing each other as well as those in attendance at WHAM-O WATUSI. It was a total gas. Recently, Mr. Powers has moved closer to The City and so readers can expect him to make appearances in the Boogaloo Bag—and at WANG DANG DOODLE events—with more regularity.

Also, the Bootleg Bar folks were so enthralled with the WHAM-O WATUSI that it asked that it return on the fifth of September. Be there and dig the happening, with super guest DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd!!!

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

  • The Bikinis–Crazy Vibrations (Top Rank)
  • Jack Costanzo–Barracuda (Liberty)
  • Coo-Coo Rachas–Track Down (Capitol)
  • Ronnie Isle & the Yo Yo’s–Hassie (OKeh)
  • Theresa Blake–I Quit My Knockin’ (Excello)
  • Jaycee Hill–Bump! (Epic)
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama–Satisfied With Jesus (Gospel)
  • Bob Landers with Willie Joe and His Unitar–Cherokee Dance (Specialty)
  • Lowell Fulson–Can She (Checker)
  • Bo Diddley–Do the Frog (Checker)
  • The Dappers–Chicken Twist (Foxie)
  • The Satellite Band–Party at Vern’s (Delcro)
  • The Midnighters–Work With Me Annie (Federal)
  • Rick & the Ravens featuring Ray Daniels–Henrietta (Aura)
  • Chris Montez–No, No, No (Monogram)
  • The Campus Queens–Do the U.T. – Part I (Gone)
  • Sorensen Brothers–Do the Ska (With Me) (Tip)
  • The Jesters–Do the Twirl (Al-Stan)
  • Little Joe & the Thrillers–Let’s Do the Slop (OKeh)
  • Vince Taylor and his Playboys–Jet Black Machine (Palette; UK)
  • Larry Williams with Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and the Stormville Shakers–Slow Down (Decca; UK)
  • Johnny Jay–Sugar Doll (Mercury)
  • Pat Hunt–Why Do You Do Me Like That (Grand)
  • Boots Brown y Sus Blockbusters–Cerveza (RCA Victor; Mexico)
  • Ruth Brown and her Rhythmakers with Orchestra–Mambo Baby (Atlantic)
  • Joe Liggins and His Orchestra–They Were Doin’ the Mambo (Mercury)
  • The Frantics–The Whip (Dolton)
  • Cannibal and the Headhunters–Nau Ninny Nau (Rampart)
  • R. Sayre – The Vacant Lot–Don’t You Just Know It (LTD.)
  • The Night Caps–Keep on Runnin’ (Arc)
  • The Teemates–Moving Out (Audio Fidelity)
  • King Coleman–The Boo Boo Song (Part 1) (King)
  • J.J. Jackson and the Jackaels–Oo-Ma-Liddi (Prelude)
  • Trini Lopez–Sinner Not a Saint (United Modern)
  • Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads–The Goo Goo Muck (Audan)
  • Sammy Lee and the Summits–Hey Joe Where You Gonna Go? (Rampart)
  • Las Moscas–Vamos a Nadar (C’mon and Swim) (CBS; Peru)
  • Los Rockin’ Devils–Gritos (Shout) (Orfeon; Mexico)
  • Los Johnny Jets–Fiebre (CBS; Mexico)
  • The 4 Seasons–Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Vee Jay)
  • Fat Daddy Holmes–Where Yo Is (Jet)
  • The Invictas–The Hook (Sahara)
  • Wanderlea–Vou Lhe Contar (CBS; Brazil)
  • The Yardbirds–I’m Not Talking (Epic)
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs–Go-Go Girl (M-G-M; Greece)
  • Link Wray and His Ray Men–Jack the Ripper (Swan)
  • The Primitives–The Ostrich (Pickwick)
  • Ambertones–I Can Only Give You Everything (Rayjack)
  • Dave Clark Five–All Night Long (Epic)
  • Dick and Libby Halleman and Their Society Orchestra vs Tom and Ray–Pizza Sure Is Good (Summit)
  • Little Richard–Jenny Jenny (Specialty)
  • The Dave Clark Five–Don’t Let Me Down (Epic)
  • The Wailers–Dirty Robber (Golden Crest)
  • The Panics featuring Sonny Richards–Bony Moronie (Chancellor)
  • Billy Ward and His Dominoes–Have Mercy Baby (King)
  • Chuck Berry–Reelin and Rocking (Chess)
  • The Dartells–Hot Pastrami (Dot)
  • The Uptowns–Loud and Clear Part II (Shangri-La)
  • Jerry Palmer–The Ice Cream Man (Gaiety)
  • Tony Valletta Trio–Garbage Man (Fantasy)
  • Sam Butera and the Witnesses–She’s a Kookamunger (Nice Talkin’ to You Baby) (Dot)
  • Bill McElhiney & His Orchestra–Tequila (M-G-M)
  • The Who–I Can’t Explain (Decca)
  • The Troggs–Lost Girl (CBS; UK)
  • The Sonics–Don’t Believe in Christmas (Norton)
  • The Dave Clark Five–Any Way You Want It (Epic)
  • The Premiers–Annie Oakley (Warner Bros.)
  • Nat Kendrick and the Swans–Dish Rag Part – 2 (Dade)
  • Bobby Davis–Damper Down (M-Pac)
  • Joe Penny–Bip a Little Bop a Lot (Federal)
  • The Beatniks–Beatnik’s Blues (Roulette)

None of these records are for sale. The following photos are of some of the records played by Kid Congo Powers at WHAM-O WATUSI. Click on them and they will big-o-fi via an exclusive electronic process:

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Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy "Jeannie" Gardner swings as Kid Congo spins a rocker at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner swings as Kid Congo spins a rocker at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Out of Sight V

Leah Lugosi swings at Out of Sight!

Leah Lugosi swings at Out of Sight!

Out of Sight—that groovy soul dance night that takes place every Thursday at the Beauty Bar in Manhattan and hosted by our pal DJ Xerox—continues to roll right along. On Thursday August 13, everything happened without DJ Xerox (who was in California jumping around at Tiki Oasis!) but with guest DJs Leah Lugosi and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus who kept the room boppin’ with the playing of around one hundred boss soul records.

[For those keeping score, this is the fifth Out of Sight that has employed The Boog]

Leah Lugosi is highly regarded at the Boogaloo Bag. Not only is she a super fine DJ of reet sounds—she was often a guest DJ at Smashed!Blocked! and Subway Soul Club—but she is intelligent and talented. She was a member of the late, lamented Dansettes and then Nouvellas, and now PMS & the Mood Swings. Currently, she is an artistic gilder of metals and a recent commission took her to Europe, where she also DJ’d in London, Glasgow and Berlin. This pretty and petite woman is indeed a powerhouse of wonderment!

The Boogaloo Bag writers are not the only folks singing her praises. Toward the end of the night, three of the city’s finest DJs walked in: Jonathan Toubin, Josh Styles and Sophie Thunder. They hung out and stayed until the end, when all they could do is wax fabulous about what a fine DJ Leah Lugosi is!

Although she doesn’t have a regular DJ night, the Boogaloo Bag strongly urges its readers to pay attention to the Reet Music DJ Night Scene, because you will not want to miss the next time she spins records!

Here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Out of Sight!

None of these records are for sale.

Rip! Rig! Panic! Boogaloo!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Nogood Nick swing at the Rip! Rig! Panic! Allnighter!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Nogood Nick swing at the Rip! Rig! Panic! Allnighter!

One of the Boogaloo Bag’s favorite DJs is Nogood Nick. His musical tastes lean heavily on modernistic stylings. He hosts a semi-regular happy hour DJ night called Rip! Rig! Panic! at Otto’s Shrunken Head, where he can be heard spinning danceable Mod Jazz, R&B, Northern Soul and Rocksteady records. His reputation is such that a new club called Splitty asked him to present an all-night Rip! Rig! Panic! on Saturday August 1. It took place with guest DJs One Take Jake and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Up until that night, the Boogaloo Bag had not witnessed One Take Jake in action. He walked into the club with a crate full of LPs—a rare sight in the reet music scene, where the 7” 45 RPM record is king. Mostly he stuck to playing funk stuff, but it was cool and his funk beat kept the place hoppin’.

One Take Jake is at work at the Rip! Rig! Panic! Allnighter!

One Take Jake is at work at the Rip! Rig! Panic! Allnighter!

Mr. Nick played his regular trash—that is to say, if you don’t dig his act you don’t dig nuthin’! Nogood Nick can really swing. Let’s hope that Mr. Nick will be able to make the Rip! Rig! Panic! all-nighter happen every month at Splitty, which is neat little club located along the western edge of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

For his part, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played a bunch of funky jazz records, organ grooves a few soul bits—some old favorites, some new acquisitions and several that have been hiding in his collections waiting for just such a night to be aired out. Here’s a list of all the records played by The Boogaloo Omnibus:

None of these records are for sale.

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Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Boogaloo!

Young people swing at Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down!

Young people swing at Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down!

On Thursday July 30, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was sent an urgent email from mogul/DJ Jonathan Toubin asking if The Boog could be his guest DJ at JT’s great Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down. Sure, when? Tomorrow!!!!

Well, they don’t call him “Phast” for nuthin’! The Boog was able to round up some of his favorite records and make the scene. And what a scene! Not only was Shakin’ in full effect when The Boog walked through the doors of Home Sweet Home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan—with folks dancin’ and carryin’ on to the groovy records played by Mr. Toubin—but also birthdays were being celebrated by two of our favorite people: Steve Myers and Alana Amram.

Happy birthday Steve!

Happy birthday Steve!

Steve Myers has been noted before in the pages of the Boogaloo Bag—mostly for his cool rock band The Mighty Fine. Mr. Myers is a New Orleans cat who now lives in Brooklyn. By day he is an agent for celebrity speakers. At night he dresses up and goes out on the town—often to Wang Dang Doodle events. He is also a member of the touring Afghan Whigs. Meet him and be dazzled by his smile and his hip threads.

Happy birthday, Alana!

Happy birthday, Alana!

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Alana Amram is a very talented singer/songwriter of the alternative country variety. Her haunting voice and beautiful melodies will make you a fan. She is the daughter of the forward-thinking composer David Amram and recently moved to Los Angeles where she continues to make music with her most excellent band: Alana Amram & the Rough Gems. We are happy to see her whenever she is in town—doubly happy when she attends one of our events.

The Boogaloo Bag wishes Steve and Alana the happiest of birthdays!

Meanwhile, Jonathan Toubin (who actually celebrated his birthday a couple days earlier!) continues to be Jonathan Toubin: DJ extraordinaire. His keen sense of that which is reet is easily discernable whenever he is at the wheels of steel. His Friday nights at Home Sweet Home are truly exciting and spectacular. The club is always full of young people dancing up a storm to records made before their parents were born! Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus tells us that it is always a pleasure to be his guest DJ, but on some nights, Mr. Toubin just over-powers the room with super boss records. The Boog tries his hardest to keep up with the Toubin Dynamo!

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Jonathan Toubin swings at Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down on July 31, 2015:

None of these records are for sale.

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Ursa Major swings at Boogaloo Movement!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Ursa Major swing at Boogaloo Movement!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Ursa Major swing at Boogaloo Movement!

As all regular readers of the Boogaloo Bag know, the fourth Friday of every other month is the time when Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus brings a fantabulous DJ night to The Commodore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Over the last few years, there has been some really boss nights. This most recent event, held on July 24, was certainly one of them. Called Boogaloo Movement, it featured the most excellent 45 rpm record-spinning of Ursa Major—a swingin’ hepcat with an amazing record collection.

When it comes to DJing, Mister Major has been around the block a few times. He used to guest DJ at the Subway Soul Club, plus he often hosts a night of his own, at the Banter Bar, the Grand Victory and other swell joints around town. Ursa Major is part of a DJ collective known as Legio SPQR, and as such, has traveled internationally playing his records. Also, Ursa Major is the drummer for a hot Oi! punk band called The Templars, a group that has made records and toured Europe.

Ursa Major and some of his pals enjoy a night of wompin' good music at Boogaloo Movement!

Ursa Major and some of his mates enjoy a night of wompin’ good music at Boogaloo Movement!

Mostly, when Mister Major swings it is with his ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul records—of which he has thousands. He also has some of the finest freakbeat records you’ll ever hear—plus some cool French stuff. At Boogaloo Movement, he delighted the crowd with all that and more. Place was jumpin’ all night long. In fact, before the end of the night, drinks were spilled and glass was broken: another exciting Wang Dang Doodle event took place!!!

For his part, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus also went with an international flavor, playing records from such countries as Japan and Jamaica, Canada and Germany, Spain and France, England, Holland and Italy! It was a groovy night, to say the least. Make sure you, dear Boogaloo Bag reader, are able to make it to the next Commodore night—September 25—because it, too, will be boss. Make your plans now.

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

None of these records are for sale.

The Commodore has a new tropical fish tank!!

The Commodore has a groovy new tropical fish tank!!

WHAM! BAM! WHAM-O WATUSI!!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Rata swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Rata swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

WHAM-O WATUSI is a whole new scene, concocted in the Wang Dang Doodle laboratory by crazy people. It is the playing of old 45 RPM records containing all sorts of reet sounds: in other words—folks bangin’ on shit and screamin’!!! Wham-O Watusi will take place at the Bootleg Bar in downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn, whenever host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus gets a night there (hint: next Wham-O Watusi will take place on Friday August 14).

The first Wham-O Watusi happened on July 10, with guest DJ Rata.

DJ Rata hosts several fine dance events around town. The most spectacular, of course, are his late afternoon Shake It Up Sundays at Rockaway Beach during the summer. He also hosts Mambo Jambo, a swingin’ affair held at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Mr. Rata has a strong collection of reet music: jump blues, surf, R&B, garage, rock’n’roll. He is from Venezuela, so he comes fully equipped with mambo records, too, which he played in abundance. The Boog, likewise, spiced his sets up with a few mambos and records with bongos and even some sung in Spanish, just to make DJ Rata feel at home. There was no need. When Rata was working the turntables, he was on fire, playing some absolutely fabulous records. Dig a few here:

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Here is a list of records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the very first ever Wham-O Watusi:

None of these records are for sale.

Note: Although this post is out of chronological sequence, Wham-O Watusi should not be overlooked. It is a happening event and you should be part of the next one…happening on Friday August 14 at the Bootleg Bar. Be there and get Wham-O-fied!!

Wham-O-Fication of Bushwick begins!!!

Wham-O-Fication of Bushwick begins!!!