After two nights in a row of spinning boss soul, funk and organ groove recordings with Nogood Nick, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was ready for the New York Night Train Sunday Soul Scream, hosted by Jonathan Toubin and featuring Reyes Rodriguez and Sheila B. This fabulous event was scheduled to take place in the early evening of Sunday June 5 at a club called Our Wicked Lady–on the rooftop, to be exact. This was going to be a fabulous night of dancing and swinging in the open air of industrial East Williamsburg with four boss DJs.
However, it rained. It rained pretty good, too, coming down pretty hard. So the event was moved indoors, into the dry confines of the actual club. The rooftop, of course, was a key draw for the event and, with the rain, attendance was low. But enough people showed up to make it fun and all the DJs played great records. As the early evening advanced, more and more people arrived for the festivities, turning the Sunday Soul Scream into a groovy happening.
Reyes Rodriguez is a hep cat daddy from El Paso, Texas. He has a regular DJ night–the fourth Saturday of the month–at the Bootleg Bar. Also, he works for the good people at Norton Records and is often seen hanging around Rebel Rouser, the groovy record boutique in Bushwick everyone is talking about. At the Soul Scream, his choice of soul and greasy R&B records was impeccable.
Sheila B has become one of the most popular DJs on the scene since her return to New York City a couple of years ago. Her Friday afternoon show Sophisticated Boom Boom on radio station WFMU is listened to by thousands of people around the world (thanks to its live stream over the interwebs) and her monthly DJ night Sh’Boom is held on the third Friday of the month at this very same club, Our Wicked Lady. At the Soul Scream, Miss B started her set with Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come the Girls,” than preceded to slay the place with a selection of sassy female soul singers.
Jonathan Toubin–well, what’s left to say about him? His New York Night Train series of events are always spectacular and he is one of the best DJs of reet music in town. At the Soul Scream he played some fabulous records–some of them coveted by The Boog–and in the middle of all that, he played Clarence Carter’s great record, “Slip Away.” Man, it was good to hear that one again.
For this occasion, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented a program of some of his most favorite soul and R&B records. Indeed, only three of the records he played that night had never before been played at any of his DJ nights–and that’s because they are fairly recent acquisitions. Here’s a list of them all:
- La Bert Ellis–Batman Theme (A&M)
- The Soul City–Everybody Dance Now (Goodtime)
- Dorothy Berry–Shindig City (Planetary)
- Richard Anthony and the Blue Notes–The Boston Monkey (Swan)
- Chubby Checker–Karate Monkey (Parkway)
- Benny Gordon and the Soul Brothers–A Kiss to Build a Dream On (RCA Victor)
- Sam Dees–Soul Sister (Lo Lo)
- Jack Costanzo Mr. Bongo–Chicken and Rice (Discomoda; Colombia)
- The Wailers–The Jerk (Island UK)
- Los Rockin’ Devils–Soy Feliz (I Got You) (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Pierre Perpall–Stop Il Faut Arreter (Citation; Canada)
- The Jewels–Papa Left Mama Holding the Bag (Dynamite)
- Loleatta Holloway–Bring It on Up (Galaxy)
- Brothers and Sisters–The Ali Shuffle (Capitol)
- Freddy Scott–Pow City (Marlin)
- The Aces–Reggae Motion (The Loco-Motion) (Sire)
- Gunga Din–Crabcakes (Valise)
- The Earthworms–Mo’ Taters (Bobbin)
- Wendy Rene–Bar-B-Q (Stax)
- Erma Franklin–I Don’t Want No Mama’s Boy (Epic)
- Barbara George–Something You Got (Seven B)
- (Little 12-Year-Old) Patrice Holloway–Do the Del Viking (Part 1) (Taste)
- Cecil Garrett & the Fascinations–Bearcat (Part I) (Calla)
- Ace Cannon–Drunk (Hi)
- Gene Waiters–Shake and Shingaling (white label test pressing)
- Nathaniel Mayer with the Fortune Braves–From Now On (Fortune)
- The Five Royales–I Like It Like That (Smash)
None of these records are for sale.