Hot Rebel Night Action

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On Friday April 15, A.B.C. Rebel Night took place at the Grand Victory bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus received the call to perform guest DJ duties. Rebel Night got off to a late start, due to the fact that the big punk show that was held earlier went late into Rebel Night time. The headlining veteran punk rock group M.D.C. played a good 20 minutes after its cut-off time of 11 PM. As soon as the last of M.D.C.’s feedback noise disappeared, Rebel Night host Hiromu was at the turntable booth setting up. He got the rockin’ sounds going as soon as he could.

Usually it is our pal Seiji who runs the Rebel Night show. However, that weekend was the big rockabilly weekender in Las Vegas and Seiji, along with Rebel Night den mother Katie Bickert–and apparently a LOT of the Rebel Night regulars–were at the event, known as Viva Las Vegas. However, there were plenty of folks who hung out after the M.D.C. show to make the Rebel Night a success. A few of the punks even danced, but most of the them remained in the bar area where they drank their beer and bopped their heads to the beat. One would hope they were thinking that this Rebel Night music is where the whole punk rock thing started–because it would be true! Also, there were plenty of folks who didn’t make the scene in Las Vegas but were happy to do the stroll in Williamsburg.

DJ Hiromu cues a hot bopper at Rebel Night!

DJ Hiromu cues a hot bopper at Rebel Night!

Our pal DJ Jumpy was another guest that night. He surprised folks by playing some fine records we never heard him play  before. It was a gas listening to his set. From time to time, he would play a particularly rockin’ record, and he would come out from behind the DJ booth and bop along to it. That’s our Jumpy!

DJ Jumpy selects a rockin' record from his box of discs at Rebel Night!

DJ Jumpy selects a rockin’ record from his box of discs at Rebel Night!

For the Boogaloo Bag writers, the treat of the evening was when DJ Junichi took to the turntables. He is one of our favorite people on the planet. Although he was one of the founders of Rebel Night, lately he has not been DJing much at events held at the Grand Victory, since his day job often finds him working nights. But somehow he was able to make the scene and selected a set of wild rock’n’roll and rockabilly records for the Rebel Night faithful.

DJ Junichi swings at Rebel Night!

DJ Junichi used a magic touch at Rebel Night!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented two sets of rock’n’roll 45s: a couple old favorites, a couple R&B things, a couple of crazy things–most of them over 200 BPM–and an awesome Link Wray record.

A.B.C. Always Be Cool! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Rebel Night:

None of these records are for sale

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WHAM-O WATUSI swings on!

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

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

April started out with a bang for Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. It all began with a trip to Allentown, Pennsylvania for the Original World Famous Semi-Annual 45/78 Only Record Expo, hosted by Surround Sound Productions at the Merchants Square Mall. This event actually took place on Saturday April 2, but The Boog, along with Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, Yana Lil’ Jerk and Miss Melissa went up a day early to work the hotel room scene: Dozens of dealers in a nearby hotel set up little record stores in their respective rooms, buying and selling from each other, and any record collector who drops in. Man, did they buy records!

The Boog was able to pick up a few garage rock records (“Psycho” by The Swamp Rats, “Fight Fire” by The Fantastic Dee Jays), boss R&B (Bo Diddley’s very rare EP on Chess with the cardboard cover, all in most excellent shape!), some European pressings of Motown singles that feature tracks not available in the US, a few soul records, and some twist records, among other things. The Boog continuously purchases 45s in order to ensure that each DJ night is a unique experience and attendees are not subjected to the same dozen or so records at every event.

On the day of the Record Expo, more records were obtained; in all, a stack of 45s measuring about 6 and a half inches. Also, five 78s were picked up and they will be in the box for the next BIG TEN INCH.

On the night of April 2, The Boog was due to DJ at the Bootleg Bar: WHAM-O WATUSI, after driving all the way from Allentown back to Brooklyn. There was a little time to eat and unlax before driving out to Downtown Bushwick for the DJ gig. Guest was DJ Rata, a heavy, heavy cat with heavy, heavy records. In accordance with the recent international nature of the WHAM, Rata was born in Venezuela. Adding to that, he was accompanied by a young lass from Ireland!

DJ Rata in action at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

DJ Rata in action at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Rata has his own night, Mambo Jambo, held at Otto’s Shrunken Head on the third Saturday of the month. Acording to the Otto’s web-o-site, “Resident DJ Ratta bring you a Night dedicated to Blues, R&B, Mambo, Cha Cha’s, Rock & Roll, Mento , Ska, Rocksteady, Surf, Rock & Roll, Exotica, Boogaloo, Doo Wop, Soul and more…” Huh? “And more?” What else is there!!! He’s named just about every reet sound you can think of! This is what makes the Mambo Jambo so groovy: it has it all! Also, this is what makes DJ Rata such a fine selector: he plays it all! He sure did so at the WHAM-O WATUSI, and we’d like to thank him for it.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus selects a record to play at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus selects a record to play at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Below is a list of the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, including 17 that he picked up in Allentown. Expect to hear further new acquisitions at upcoming Boogaloo Omnibus events.

 

None of these records are for sale.

Easter Eggs made of shellac!

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DJ Andy Upsetter FC played this cool Laurel Aitken 78!

DJ Andy Upsetter FC played this cool Laurel Aitken 78!

The BIG TEN INCH has settled into its regular time-slot: the fourth Sunday of every other month. March’s BIG TEN INCH fell on Easter, so it should be no surprise that some of the folks who came to dig the shellac were dressed up like bunnies! Hi-Fi Bar looked like a rabbit farm!

Easter Bunnies swing at BIG TEN INCH!

Easter Bunnies swing at BIG TEN INCH!

78s were played by those who brought them: Jukebox Jonny (Grade A Fancy), Alex De Lazslo, Tony Salvaje, Malcolm Tent (Trash American Style), Michael McMahon (Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die), Adam Lore (50 Miles of Elbow Room), Ted Barron, Andy Upsetter FC and newcomers Heather McCabe and Red Wing Mark.

Wonderful records were played. (See the gallery below for a sampling. Click on the image and it will scientifically Big-O-Fi.) Occasional swing dancing broke out. Pizza was devoured, as were the most excellent chocolate chip cookies that were baked by BOOGALOO BAG photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Our friend and frequent BIG TEN INCH attendee Karen McBurnie brought pretzels and robins eggs, which likewise disappeared quickly.  Here’s hoping that snacks such as these are at all future BIG TEN INCH events!

Adam

Adam Lore

Alex

Alex De Laszlo

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Andy Upsetter FC

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus

Heather

Heather McCabe

JukeJointJonnie

Juke Joint Jonny

Malcolm

Malcolm Tent

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Michael McMahon

RedWingMark

Red Wing Mark

Ted

Ted Barron

TonyS

Tony Salvaje

 

Here’s a list of all the 78s played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the BIG TEN INCH held on Easter Sunday:

 

None of these records are for sale.

78_Bird 78_Chano 78_EMiller 78_FerlinH 78_FrankieLee 78_LIghtnin 78_Marlene 78_Me-ow 78_RoyBrown 78_SonnyBoy 78_Teichiku