Subway Soul Club Stikes Again!

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The Subway Soul Club Crew swings at Lucille’s… Warren Boogaloo, Jeff Valle, Lady Dawn, Val Palmer and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Although The Subway Soul Club only seems to operate twice a year these days, it truly is the premier soul music dance party in New York City. Saturday October 3 was plenty of proof. In order to liven things up a bit, hostess Lady Dawn invited some of her British buddies to come be guest DJs, including Val Palmer, Warren Boogaloo and Jeff Valle to join resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus in the making of the joyful noise.

But wait, the day didn’t start for Phast Phreddie at 10:00 PM when the first needle was dropped on a cool BB King record. No! It started much earlier… The Boogaloo household was buzzing with activity by 5 o’clock that morning, as it was the day of the most holiest of record collectors’ holy days: The Allentown 45s and 78s-Only Record Show in Allentown, PA, which commences at 8:00 AM and is a good hour and 45-minute drive from the greater Brooklyn area.

The record fair proved to be a fruitful one—as it always is. The Boog picked up more than three dozen 45s without going into his emergency money! Among the records he brought home were twist records (“Twistin’ Pony” by The Hi-Lites, “The Dribble Twist” by The Magnificents), blues records (“Wild Cherry” by Leroy Washington, “Hype You Into Sellin’ Your Head” by Bobby Davis), wild R&B (“Looby Doo” by Bobby Byrd, “Brassette Rock” by The Brassettes), doo wop (“Bermuda Shorts” by The Delroys, “There’s a Love” by The Del-Rios), jazz (“Walk on By” by Roland Kirk, “Dragnet” by Stan Kenton), boss instrumentals (“Scratch My Back” by B.J. and the Geminis, “Plunkin’ by The Musclemen) and some frat rock stompers (“Work With Me Annie” by The Explosions, “Part Time Job” by Mark Valentino). Here are a couple of odd things he picked up: “Harpoon Man” by Charlie McCoy and the Escorts (a cool Bo Diddley-influenced rocker backed with a version of Muddy Waters’ “I’m Ready;” McCoy was the primary Nashville studio harmonica player during the sixties and seventies, so this sort of exuberant R&B tinge is not expected of him) and a very hip garage rock version of Gary U.S. Bonds’ “Working for My Baby” by John Frogg. Of course some soul records were picked up and four of them (noted by an asterisk* below) were played that very night.

After a quick dinner, The Boog and Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, the lovely Boogaloo Bag photographer, rushed to Times Square for the evening’s main event.

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Soul music enthusiasts swing at Subway Soul Club!

British Night at Subway Soul Club is always special. The last one was held back at Rififi—wow, a long time ago! Lady Dawn has been trying to organize another ever since, but timing and distance were always an issue. Somehow she was able to get it together with three of the DJs who appeared last time.

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Val Palmer selects another fabulous track to play at Subway Soul Club!

Val Palmer is quite possibly one of the finest female soul music DJs in the world. She really knows her stuff. She has been DJing regularly at the 100 Club in London since the eighties. She blew people’s minds the last time she worked the Subway Soul Club and she did it again this time. Man, that gal can swing!

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Warren Boogaloo and Val Palmer swing at Subway Soul Club!

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Jeff Valle swings with the legendary Northern Soul DJ Dave Withers at Subway Soul Club!

Speaking of swingin’—Waren Boogaloo is no slouch, either. He blends the sixties soul 45s we all know and love—as well as some pretty great ones we’ve got to find!—with Latin soul and Boogaloo records in order to present a very highly rhythmic mix. He’s based in London, but he works all over Europe, much to the delight of Europeans!

Back in December 2001, Jeff Valle was one of the founders of Subway Soul Club, along with Dr. Scott and Lady Dawn. The three of them created a really great scene, one that basically filled the gap created when the legendary Empire State Soul Club stopped operating around that time. During the summer of ’02, he returned to London from whence he came. So it is like a homecoming when Jeff blows into town and plays a few records for us.

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Jeff Valle and Warren Boogaloo discuss the finer points of a great sixties soul record at Subway Soul Club!

Subway Soul Club, presented in conjunction with our friends at Cavestomp, was held once again at Lucille’s, the groovy nightclub that is adjacent to BB King’s Blues Club on 42nd Street in Manhattan. With it’s great big wooden dance floor and plenty of room at the bar, the room is the perfect place for these kinds of events. Lady Dawn was very much on the scene, chattin’ up attendees, taking pictures with the Boogaloo Bag camera, and you know she was out on the dance floor!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and his fan club swing at Subway Soul Club!

Resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, although not hailing from England, also played a few soul records—all of which are listed below:

None of these records are for sale.

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The Boog swingin’!!! Photos were taken by Lady Dawn, Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

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Return of TWIST ALL NIGHT!

DJ Rata swings at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

DJ Rata swings at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Friday September 25 was a busy night for Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

One of our pals is the great DJ Mr. Fine Wine. For the last several years, his radio show on radio station WFMU Downtown Soulville (Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 PM) has been mandatory listening for the Boogaloo Bag writers and readers. In fact, he’s been on the air for the last 21 years! A celebration of this 21st anniversary took place on that very same Friday September 25 with a great big soul party held at Monty Hall, the elegant showroom located in the WFMU Tower in Jersey City.  Mr. Fine Wine and his guest DJs played great soul records from 7:00 until 10:30 PM, with the 8 to 9 hour aired over the WFMU airwaves. The Boog could not miss this—even though he had a DJ night later that night at The Commodore.

One Mint Julep, Mr. Fine Wine and Gaylord Fields swing at the DOWNTOWN SOULVILLE TURNS 21 party at Monty Hall!

One Mint Julep, Mr. Fine Wine and Gaylord Fields swing at the DOWNTOWN SOULVILLE TURNS 21 party at Monty Hall!

The party proceeded with Mr. Fine Wine playing his excellent records, along with his two guest DJs: One Mint Julep and Gaylord Fields. Both of these folks are also WFMU DJs. One Mint Julep has a super-fine show (Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 PM) called Honky Tonk Radio Girl where she plays country, hillbilly and rockabilly records. Mr. Fields’ show (Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM) is an eclectic mix of groovy sounds. Both of these folks also have superb soul music records and they sure as heck can play them, as was seen at this here party of which we are writing. It seemed that just about everyone in attendance was a personage of some importance in the local Hep Cat Daddy scene, including WFMU DJs Sheila B, Joe Belock and Todd-O-Phonic Todd; Juke Joint Jonny (Susquehanna Tool and Die Co.), Karen McBurnie (Grade “A” Fancy, Goofballs), Paul Lukas (Uni Watch), Matt Clarke (Quitty & the Don’ts, The Above), author P.J. Lozito, Mr. Robinson (Dig Deeper) and Heather Propes (daughter of über record collector Steve Propes). There were so many that there is no way the Boogaloo Bag writers can remember them all, so if your name is missing, we offer humble apologies! (Better yet, let us know and we will add it!!)

Why wouldn’t all these important people be there? Mr. Fine Wine is one of the world’s foremost soul music DJs and is an inspiration to us all. His long-lived radio show and his long-lived residency Wednesday nights at Botanica are two of the things that make living in the New York City area so fabulous. Indeed, anytime Mr. Fine Wine is playing records—and he also does so regularly at The Commodore and Friends & Lovers in Brooklyn—it is the best place in the world to be! PLUS, he compiles box sets called Hip Shakers, each containing 10 seven-inch singles of hot R&B recordings culled from the vaults of King Records, for the cool Spanish label Vampi Soul. One can say that Mr. Fine Wine is heavily involved in the music he loves.

So is Gaylord Fields! On the evening being discussed herein, he had to leave the party early, as he was scheduled to be guest DJ at TWIST ALL NIGHT!—a great DJ night presented by the WANG DANG DOODLE people—at The Commodore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He drove TWIST ALL NIGHT host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus back to the City in order to make the scene. There they met up with fellow guest DJ Rata and the three of these folks made a super boss noise all night long playing their favorite 45 RPM recordings for the Commodore faithful.

Gaylord Fields and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus display groovy jackets at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Gaylord Fields and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus display groovy jackets at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

As mentioned earlier, Gaylord FieldsWFMU program is very eclectic. He can swing with a French chanteuse, a be-bop jazz number, mellow sunshine pop or a recent recording by Yo La Tengo. At TWIST ALL NIGHT, he presented non-stop stomping R&B and garage rock gems. Gaylord Fields is a very heavy cat!

DJ Rata and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus display groovy head-gear at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

DJ Rata and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus display groovy head-gear at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

DJ Rata is also a very heavy cat. He’s from Venezuela, where he was one of the top party DJs in Caracas until he moved to Brooklyn a few years ago. His Mambo Jambo nights at Otto’s Shrunken Head are always a gas and the summers around here have been intensely improved by his Sunday afternoon DJ sessions at Rockaway Beach. He plays boss R&B records, as well, but spices up his sets with top mambo and Latin soul numbers—perfect for TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus (who ate some of The Commodore’s fabulous fried chicken!!) knew that he had to pull out some pretty bitchen records in order to stay in the same league as these two heavy cats! Here is a complete list of every record he played at TWIST ALL NIGHT! Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to judge for yourself…

None of these records are for sale.

Nuggets Copycat Cover Song Night Mach III

Peter Zaremba, Carlos Grasso and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Third Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to Nuggets!

Peter Zaremba, Carlos Grasso and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Third Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to Nuggets!

Everybody always has a great time at Copycat Cover Song Night, hosted by DJ Xerox and held at Otto’s Shrunken Head in Manhattan. When it pays tribute to the great garage rock compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965 – 1968 the boss quotient is immeasurably magnified. Such was the case on September 23rd when the third tribute to that great compilation album was held. As per the others, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to be guest DJ. Also, at the last two the creator of Nuggets Lenny Kaye was a special guest DJ. However, he couldn’t make the scene this time. In his stead there was someone who many regard as one of Lenny Kaye’s greatest disciples, a man who definitely studied the Nuggets album and used those lessons to create a whole new scene called Super Rock. We are talking about Peter Zaremba of The Fleshtones.

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The bands that played were Giant Fingers

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The Unaccounted Four, which was formed just for the occasion, played ALL garage rock and freakbeat favorites, and featured some of our favorite local musicians and personalities…

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For his part, Peter Zaremba played a wide variety of garage rock-styled records from Ohio, Detroit, Canada and France. In keeping with the “cover song” theme of the night, he played the fine version of “The Green Slime” by The Fuzztones! Also, our pal Carlos Grasso was in town. Mr. Grasso is a hip video director who we first met when he was the producer of the MTV program The Cutting Edge back in the eighties. At one point, Mr. Grasso grabbed the official Boogaloo Bag camera and took some art shots of Peter Z and The Boog as they spun records and goofed off.

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

None of these records are for sale!

Danny Says: Let there be Boogaloo!!!

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Danny Fields is an unsung, non-musician, heroes of modern rock ‘n’ roll. He is the kind of guy who seems to have been at the right place at the right time and smart enough to know what he was doing. During the mid-late sixties, he was involved with the Andy Warhol scene, which then included Nico and The Velvet Underground; he had a radio show on WFMU during its early days pioneering the free-form format; he was involved with getting rock musicians on the covers of teen magazines; he worked at folk-oriented Elektra Records when it was becoming more involved with rock music; at Elektra, he helped publicize Judy Collins and The Doors (according to legend, it was Mr. Fields who suggested to Elektra that an edit of the seven-minute song “Light My Fire” would be a hit), and he got The Stooges and the MC5 signed to the label; he worked with The Modern Lovers; and he discovered The Ramones, even managed them during their early years.

That’s not all. He was a friend of Linda Eastman before she married Paul McCartney. He managed a young folk singer from Mississippi named Steve Forbert. He is an author and a photographer. And now he is the subject of a documentary called Danny Says—titled after a Ramones song that name-checks him. The film was recently completed and had its New York premier on Tuesday September 22 at the Players Theater in the West Village. Check here for more information on the movie.

After the premier, a reception for the movie was held at 49 Grove—an elegant, dimly lit, exclusive nightclub just a few blocks away from the theater. Hosted by the authors of the New York Punk Rock Bible Please Kill Me Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil. Asked to DJ the party was none other than Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, who was honored to do so.

Unfortunately, due to the location of the DJ booth in the club—literally a hole in the wall that could easily be overlooked—The Boog was unable to identify most of the luminaries in attendance—except the tall Mr. Thurston Moore, who towered over everyone in the room. Other notable attendees were a whole bunch of folks who currently DJ at free-form radio station WFMU, including Todd-O-Phonic Todd, Miss Shiela B, Joe Belock and Dave the Spazz, as well as the Boog’s old pal and ex-WFMU DJ The HoundDanny Fields, of course, was too hip to be at his own movie premier and/or reception! The photos appearing in this post were mostly taken from inside the DJ booth (click on the photos and they will big-o-fi).

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For his part, Phast Phreddie played all sorts of records that were appropriate for the evening, which started when he played The Ramones’ “Danny Says”—which was played about three or four more times during the evening, as the occasion necessitated. Here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the reception for the film Danny Says:

  • Ramones–Danny Says [from LP End of the Century] (Sire)
  • Bob Thiele and his New Happy Times Orch. with Gabor Szabo–Light My Fire (Impulse)
  • The Velvet Underground and Nico–All Tomorrow’s Parties (Verve)
  • Patti Smith–Piss Factory (Mer)
  • Tim Buckley–Aren’t You the Girl (Elektra; UK)
  • Mott the Hoople–All the Young Dudes (Columbia)
  • T-Rex–The Groover (EMI; UK)
  • Steve Forbert–Goin’ Down to Laurel (Nemperor)
  • The Doors–Take It as It Comes (Elektra; UK)
  • Lou Reed–Vicious (RCA; Germany)
  • The Stooges–Real Cool Time (Elektra; France)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico–Femme Fatale (Verve)
  • Mink DeVille–Soul Twist (Capitol; UK)
  • The Byrds–Mr. Spaceman (Columbia)
  • The Rolling Stones–Get Off of My Cloud (Decca; UK)
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay–Kicks (Columbia)
  • The Monkees–A Little Bit Me a Little Bit You (Colgems)
  • The Ramones–I Wanna Be Sedated (RSO)
  • The Velvet Underground–White Light/White Heat (Verve)
  • Eddie & the Hot Rods–Do Anything You Wanna Do (Island; UK)
  • Television–Venus (Elektra; Japan)
  • The Modern Lovers–Roadrunner (Beserkley; UK)
  • The Fleshtones–Remember the Ramones (Yep Roc)
  • Ramones–Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Sire)
  • The Flamin’ Groovies–Shake Some Action (Sire; UK)
  • MC5–Looking at You (A Square)
  • New York Dolls–Who Are the Mystery Girls? (Mercury)
  • Patti Smith–Ask the Angels (Arista)
  • The Doors–Break on Through (Elektra; UK)
  • Les Baronets–Hello Je T’Aime (CanUSA; Canada)
  • La Lupe–Touch Me (Roulette)
  • Blondie–X Offender (Private Stock)
  • The Shangri-Las–Give Him a Great Big Kiss (Red Bird)
  • Martha & the Vandellas–Nowhere to Run (Gordy)
  • David Johansen–Funky But Chic (Blue Sky)
  • Talking Heads–Life During Wartime (Sire)
  • Roxy Music–Do the Strand (Warner Bros./Back to Back Hits)
  • Alice Cooper–Under My Wheels (Warner Bros.)
  • The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed–Sweet Jane (Atlantic; Germany)
  • MC5–Kick Out the Jams (Elektra)
  • The Stooges–I Wanna Be Your Dog (Elektra)
  • Ramones–Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue [from LP Ramones] (Sire)
  • Andy Wharol’s Velvet Underground–I’m Waiting for the Man (M-G-M; Germany)
  • The Rolling Stones–Mothers Little Helper (London)
  • The Equals–Police on My Back (RCA; Japan)
  • Elliott Murphy–Last of the Rock Stars (Polydor)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience–All Along the Watchtower (Reprise)
  • Love–Little Red Book (Elektra)
  • The Doors–Soul Kitchen (Elektra)
  • Lou Reed–Walk and Talk It (RCA)
  • Pretenders–The Wait (Real; UK)
  • The Beatles–Helter Skelter (Capitol)
  • Iggy & the Stooges–Penetration (Columbia)
  • The Move–Brontosaurus (A&M)
  • The Doors–Not to Touch the Earth (Elektra; Portugal)

None of these records are for sale.

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Gillian McCain (Please Kill Me) and James Marshall (The Hound) swing at the reception for the “Danny Says” movie.