Rebel Night is New York City’s most rockin’est dance party. The hosts are a bunch of crazy Japanese fellows who like to swing-dance with pretty girls in hoop skirts to rare rockabilly records played really loudly. This attitude is very infections. Everyone who drops by Rebel Night can’t help but join in on the fun. One simply cannot walk away from a Rebel Night event without an enthusiasm for up-beat records from the Fifties and early Sixties. On Friday, January 19, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to join in on the excitement as guest DJ, so he packed some heat in an 8-inch-cubed record tote and made the scene at Diviera Drive in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Boogaloo Bag writers showed up a little early for the gig, but not early enough to partake in the gratis dinner allotted the DJs. By day, Diviera Drive is a four star Italian restaurant. At night, the tables are moved to an empty room and rock’n’roll takes place. The Rebel Night hosts, Seiji, Hiromu and Junichi were all in attendance, as was the other guest, DJ Trash Only. Also on hand was Akinora, who is a long-time friend of the regular Rebel Night hosts; indeed he has been present at every Rebel Night that the Boogaloo Bag writers have ever attended. However, on this night he actually spent some time behind the wheels of steel, playing some great records and keeping the dance floor packed. Aki seems to have taken up the slack after Kikuchi, one of the founders of Rebel Night, moved on to other things a few years ago. This is the first time we heard him play records, and he played some fine ones.
On this night, Junichi didn’t bring records, but Seiji and Hiromu did. These two guys have excellent, raucous recordings and they like to play them at a high volume and jump around.
DJ Trash Only is one of our favorite people. He makes his coin as a clothier in a storied midtown department store. In his free time he hangs out with his ballerina girlfriend and sits around diggin’ the groovy trash he has accumulated through his life in Brooklyn, with a soundtrack of reet, rockin’ 45s. He is lead singer of one of our favorite psychobilly bands, The Memphis Morticians. Until fairly recently, he was a co-host of the Midnight Monster Hop and Chills and Fever. He’s got boss records and he knows how to play them. He sure did at Rebel Night. Dig his set that featured The Sonics and The Wailers; demolished the dance floor!
To honor his friends who hail from the Land of the Rising Sun, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus commenced his first set with an appropriately titled instrumental. He followed that with two “Hole in the Wall” records for no particular reason. Most records that were played ran from around 130 to 210 BPM. They like to bop at the Rebel Night, that’s for sure. Whenever the beat slows a bit, many of the gals will take over the dance floor with what they like to call The Stroll but is really the Electric Slide, or some variation thereof. It’s a sight to behold and such was the case when “The Road Runner” was played.
Here’s a list of all the records spun by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Rebel Night:
- Chuck Fayne and his Hollywood Favorites–Tokyo Stomp (Crest)
- Jimmy Daley and the Ding-A-Lings; vocal by Kip Tyler–Hole in the Wall (Decca)
- Ronnie Gallant–The Hole in the Wall (Warner Bros.)
- Bill Haley y Sus Cometas–Mish-Mash Monkey (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Carroll Brothers–(My Gal Is) Red Hot (Cameo)
- Sugar and Pee Wee–One Two Let’s Rock (Aladdin)
- Eddie Bo–Shake, Rock and Soul (Cinderella)
- Bo Diddley–Road Runner (Checker)
- Jimmy McCracklin–What’s That (Pt. 1) (Mercury)
- Casey Jones and the Governors–Tallahassee Lassie (Golden 12; Germany)
- The Madisons–Bad Baboon (Limelight)
- Ray Sharpe–Monkey’s Uncle (LHI)
- Ba Ba Thomas–Miss Shake It (King)
- The Satelites–We Like Birdland (Palace)
- Ray Vernon & the Raymen–Hold It (Mala)
- The Rattles–Mashed Potatoes (Philips; Germany)
- The Who–Shout and Shimmy (Brunswick; UK)
- Glenn Reeves–Tarzan (Decca)
- Rufus Thomas–Boom Boom [from EP Jump Back With Rufus Thomas] (Atlantic; UK)
- Jesse Lee Turner–Shotgun Boogie (GNP Cresendo)
- The Empires–Punch Your Nose (Epic)
- The Lords–Shakin’ All Over (Columbia; Germany)
- Ronny Kae–Swinging Drums (LEO)
- Louis (Blues Boy) Jones–Come on Home (OKeh)
- Howlin’ Wolf–Do the Do (Chess)
- The Rivingtons–The Bird’s the Word (Liberty)
- J.J. Jackson and the Jackaels–Oo-Ma-Liddi (Prelude)
None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes; click on the links to dig ‘em.