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.
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!
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.
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:
- The Strangers–Rockin’ Rebel (Titan)
- The Royaltones–Little Bo (Jubilee)
- The Misfits–Mess Around (Agar)
- K.J. Knight and the Niteriders–Mo-Jo (Live at the Upper Deck of the Rooster Tail) (Sound Patterns)
- The Creations–Shang Shang (Jamie)
- The Sonics–Money (Norton)
- King Size Taylor and the Dominoes–Bad Boy (Decca; UK)
- Andy and the Classics–Wilma (Hurd)
- The Standells–I’ll Go Crazy (Liberty)
- MC5–Back in the USA (Atlantic; Germany)
- Jerry Lee Lewis–I’m on Fire (Smash)
- Dave Phillips & the Hot Rod Gang–Tainted Love (Rockhouse; Netherlands)
- Los Sirex–El Tren de la Costa (Vergara; Spain)
- Warren Smith–Ubangi Stomp (Sun)
- Kip Tyler and His Flips–Jungle Hop (Challenge)
- Eddie Clearwater–Twist Like This (Federal)
- The Time Keepers–3 Minutes Heavy (Generation)
- The Bandidos–The Mark of Zorro (Elkay)
- The Undertakers–Mashed Potato (Pye; UK)
- Bern Elliott and the Fenmen–Nobody But Me (Decca; UK)
- Hollywood Hurricanes–Have Love Will Travel (Prima)
- Big Mama Thornton and Her Houndogs–Wade in the Water (Arhoolie)
- Erma Franklin–I Don’t Want No Mama’s Boy (Epic)
- The Lovers–Security (Checker)
- Link Wray and His Raymen–The Shadow Knows (Swan)
- Les Ombres–Teen Age Letter (Olympia; Belgium)
- The El Cobras–Oh Yeah (Last Night) (Essar)
None of these records are for sale