WHAM-O breaks a record!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presents DJ Hiromu at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On Saturday, January 13, the 30th WHAM-O WATUSI was held at the Bootleg Bar and hosted by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. On hand for guest DJ duties was Hiromu Yanagiya–one of the resident DJs for Rebel Night, the rockin’ party hosted by three Japanese DJs whose taste in rockabilly records is most excellent.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Hiromu swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI.

Mr. Yanagiya was born in Hawaii and has lived in Brooklyn for over 10 years. He is also the bass player for a punk rock band called Vandalizer. At the WHAM-O he played some great stuff: the rockabilly records one would expect to hear at Rebel Night, for sure, but also jumpin’ R&B, soul and even some modern recordings; and it was all very boss.

For his part, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus hoped to make DJ Hiromu and his date, the lovely Aya Ishihara, comfortable by playing several Japanese records, and by introducing him to the Bootleg audience by preceding his first set with “Hawaiian War Rock.” During the course of the evening, The Phastman even presented Hiromu with a copy of “Blue Comets ’66” by The Blue Comets–a very hip surf instrumental by a Japanese Group Sound band.

Aya and Phast discuss the time he visited her home town of Kyoto, Japan.

The person who really made the night swing, though, was Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, who provided freshly baked caramel thumbprint cookies. (She doesn’t really stick her thumb into each cookie. What happens is, once the cookie dough is set in the pan, she presses the back of a spoon into each one, creating a little dip. Once the cookies are cooked, she pours some yummy caramel into the dip, then drizzles some melted dark chocolate on top of that.) Folks, the cookies were out of sight and were the hit of the evening!

Miss Nancy’s cookies!

The evening went along swimmingly, except for one thing: a record was broken! In his haste to close his record box in order to make way for one of DJ Hiromu’s sets, The Boogaloo Omnibus snapped a piece out of his copy of “Campus Rock” by The Tyrones. It’s a jumpin’ little record by a white rhythm & blues combo from about 1956. The record is not very common, yet it doesn’t go for much money. However, it is very difficult to find records like this in the near mint condition this copy was in. Once this blog has been posted, Phast Phreddie is going to go to his room and cry.


Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the 30th WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Click on the links to dig them.

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