Earlier this year, it came to light that the government of the United States of America was separating immigrant children from their parents at the border–a policy many of us considered extraordinarily cruel. It aroused a lot of empathy towards the people coming here to try to make better lives for themselves and their families–just as nearly all of our ancestors did many years ago.
One of our friends, Anna Anabolic, decided to do something to support the immigrants, hoping to help in some way. She asked a bunch of her favorite reet music club DJs if they would like to spin a few records for a good cause. She was able to round up more than a half-dozen of them, including Lupe Loop (Robert Bar), Mr. Lee (Dead Flowers Productions), Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU, Botanica, Soul Night), Todd-O-Phonic Todd (WFMU), Mikey Post (Daptone, The Jay Vons), Drew Redmond (Pinball Rock, Brooklyn Soul Society, Sleeze to Please), Yana Lil’ Jerk (Bangarang, Living for Kicks) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Miss Anna was also able to get some really amazing prizes to raffle off, including musical equipment, art, and gift certificates to popular Brooklyn establishments (companies and organizations who donated items for the raffle are listed below). She called the night Spin to Win! An All-Star DJ Revue Benefit–DJs spin boss records; attendees win fabulous prizes.
The Boogaloo Bag writers are happy to report that the fundraiser was a great success. Held on Saturday, August 18 at Hank’s Saloon in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, the club was full of people that showed enthusiasm for the cause. The scene was set when the first DJ of the night, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, played a series of socially aware records that emphasized the theme of the evening. Lupe Loop followed with a program of fabulous funk records then each DJ went into his or her own thing, including hostess Anna Anabolic. Some of the DJs also worked within the benefit’s theme. Todd-O-Phonic Todd, for instance, played garage rock songs that were all sung in Spanish–mostly from acts who hail from south of the border. Mikey Post played The Honey Drippers’ popular “Impeach the President,” which has skyrocketed in value since the rigged election a couple years ago. Many of them played a song or two by Aretha Franklin, who had passed away just two days prior.
MC for the evening, was Dave Hill, a comedian who has a funny show on WFMU. He announced the raffle prizes and kept the banter light and fun.
Anna Anabolic should be whole heartedly congratulated for assembling such an amazing selection of prizes (see below) and so many fine DJs who worked for free in order to support the cause. Nearly $2,500 was raised and the money has gone to the ACLU, which is working to get the families back together, and an organization called Make the Road that works locally to help immigrants succeed in this city. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was very happy to have been a part of Spin to Win. Sure, in the grand scheme of things, $2,500 doesn’t seem like a lot of money; but it is something. What have you done?
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Spin to Win:
- Marion Williams–I Pity the Poor Immigrant (Atlantic)
- Gil Scott-Heron with Pretty Purdie & the Playboys–The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Flying Dutchman)
- Nina Simone–Revolution (Part I) (RCA Victor)
- Sons of Slum–Right On (Stax)
- Thee Midniters–Chicano Power (La Raza)
- Della Reese–Compared to What (AVCO Embassy)
- Marlena Shaw–Brother Where Are You (Cadet)
- Timmy Thomas–Why Can’t We Live Together (Glades)
- Syl Johnson–Is It Because I’m Black (Twinight)
- The Salem Travelers–Give Me Liberty or Death (Checker)
- James Brown–World (Part 1) (King)
- The Impressions–This Is My Country (Curtom)
- The Honey Drippers–Impeach the President (Alaga)
- Aretha Franklin–Respect (Atlantic)
None of these records are for sale. Some have links to the youtubes clips so you can check their heavyosity!
Amazing raffle prizes were donated by these fine people; thank you fine people:
- Academy Records
- Beacon’s Closet
- Brooklyn Bowl
- Brooklyn Tattoo
- Criterion Films
- Daptone Records
- Dunlop Guitar Gear
- EarthQuaker Devices
- Element Natural Healing Arts
- ESP-Disk’ Records
- Eventide Audio
- Gowanus Wine Merchants
- Grade A Fancy
- Greenlight Books
- Valter Guevarra, artist
- Guild Jetstar Guitars
- La Newyorkina
- Merge Records
- Orange Amp
- Luke Ratray Photography
- Recording King
- Worship Vintage