¡Ritmos Bailables! That’s what they called it. For the gringo reader, that means danceable rhythms. On Saturday January 2—a mere two days into 2016—WHAM-O WATUSI presented a very special program of danceable rhythms. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played host to two special DJs: Moisés Underground, a hep gato from Mexico City and Nogood Nick, who every BOOGALOO BAG reader should be familiar with by now.
It all took place at the Bootleg Bar of Bushwick, Brooklyn—home of the cool breeze!
As noted, Moisés Underground is a DJ from Mexico City, but he is more than that. He is a presenter of Mod Music shows (including Chewing Gum Weekender and Oh Yeah! Rhythm Club); he also runs a cool record company called Chez Nobody; he is a singer in a band called Los Ramparts; he is a writer about music (currently working on a book about the great sixties Mexican punk rock band Los Ovnis); and manufactures and/or distributes groovy Moderniste-oriented accessories (including travel bags, buttons and t-shirts). Somehow he found time to come to Brooklyn and play some boss records for the WHAM-O WATUSI faithful.
Nogood Nick presents a fine, fine super fine happy hour DJ night at Otto’s Shrunken Head from time to time. Called Rip! Rig! Panic!, man, it really swings. The BOOGALOO BAG writers try to make that scene as often as possible. Nogood Nick has been a friend of Señor Moisés for some time; he has even traveled to Mexico City to DJ at some of his events.
Both guest DJs played some hot grooves: Mr. Nick had the place jumping with the boss organ movers he is known for, and Mr. Underground rocked the joint with some fabulous Mexican punk rock records from the sixties.
Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played some of his usual trash, peppered with selections from his own Spanish language rock’n’roll records. Everybody was happy and everybody was dancing to los ¡Ritmos Bailables!
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at WHAM-O WATUSI – ¡Ritmos Bailables!
- Frankie Questa at the Organ–The Wham-O Bird (Cub)
- The Ventures–The 2,000 Pound Bee – Part 2 (Dolton)
- The Lively Set–Dippity-Do (Mercury)
- Ruby Johnson–Jerk Shout (Neb’s)
- The Monkees–(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Colgems)
- The Impacs–Your Mama Put the Hurt on Me (King)
- The Untouchables–Deacon’s Walk (Lawn)
- Howlin’ Wolf–Well That’s Alright (Sun)
- Nathaniel Mayer and the Shanks–Ride in My 225 (Norton)
- Aaron Neville–Ape Man (Safari)
- The Pigeons–Stick in My Corner Baby (Musicor)
- Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez–Hot Chocolate (Roulette)
- Grupo 15–El Olé (Regal; Spain)
- Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets–Qué Mala! (Spinout)
- The Mops–Asamade Matenai (Can’t Wait) (Victor; Japan)
- Lacy Gibson–I Am Gonna’ Unmask the Batman (Repetto)
- Ronnie Kole Trio–Batman Theme (White Cliffs)
- Byron Lee and the Ska Kings–Last Night Ska (Atlantic)
- Cannibal and the Headhunters–Nau Ninny Nau (Rampart)
- Gene Burks–Shirley Jean (Arock)
- Don Coavay & the Goodtimers–Teen Life Swag (Columbia)
- Val-En-Tines–Gettin’ With the Twist (Bethlehem)
- Los Strwck–W-A-Loo (Discos AZA; Mexico)
- Maytals–Monkey Man (Trojan; UK)
- The Jaguars featuring Tony Davis–Banana Fanna (Cap City)
- Young Guitar Red–Red Hot Red (Formal)
- Wanderlea–Prova de Fogo (CBS; Brazil)
- Los Beats–Eres Tu (Orfeon; Costa Rico)
- Los Rockin’ Devil’s–La Pequeña Lupe Lu (Little Latin Lupe Lu) (Orfeon; Mexico)
- The Easybeats–Gonna Have a Good Time (United Artists)
- The Rockin’ Vickers–I Don’t Need Your Kind (Columbia)
- Los Brillos–Sookie Sookie (Falcon)
- Ronnie Bird–N’´Ecoute Pas Ton Coeur (Philips; France)
- Los Talayotts–Sha La La La Lee (Polydor; Spain)
- The Who–Daddy Rolling Stone (Brunswick; UK)
- Hommy Sanz Orguesta–Heart Full of Soul (Fonseca)
- Johnny Laboriel–Cafe Del Rock (Orfeon)
- Jackie Lee–Bongo Shuffle Boogie (Sure)
- The Dave Clark Five–Chaquita (Epic)
- Cannibal & the Headhunters–La Bamba (Date)
- Pedrito Ramirez con Los Yogis–Louie Louie (Discos Angelo; Mexico)
- The Swingin’ Brothers–Shake ‘Em Up Baby (Tomak)
- The Cadillacs–Groovy Groovy Love (Capitol)
- The ‘5’ Royales–Messin’ Up (King)
- The Ventures–The Savage (Dolton)
- Gary Webb–Drum City – Pt. 2 (Donna)
- Los Johnny Jets–Dracula A Go Go (Discos Columbia)
- Los Rockin Devil’s–Mi Carcachita (Honky Tonk Women) (Orfeon; Mexico)
- The Lovers–Licor de Contrabando (Bootleg) (Picaro; El Salvador)
- The Four Lovers–Honey Love (RCA Victor)
- Los Brincos–Flamenco (NoVoLa; Spain)
- The Carnabeats–Give Me Lovin’ (Philips; Japan)
- Los Johnny Jets–Cul Jerk (Cool Jerk) (Discos Columbia)
- Kip Tyler and His Flips–Jungle Hop (Challenge)
Note that WHAM-O WATUSI is held on the first Saturday of the month. Next one will be on February 6. However, the March WHAM-O will take place on Saturday March 19, in order to accommodate the Subway Soul Club, which will take place on March 5.