Many years ago, at a bar called Matchless, in far off Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there was a night that consisted of a rotating crew of DJs who would come in and swing, called Hot Dog Night. Someone–was it DJ Jumpy?–got the idea to recreate that magic at Diviera Drive. Our pal Drew Redmond made it happen. It is called Two for Tuesday, because it features two drinks for the price of one at the garage bar where the DJ booth is located. The first gig was July 31. Some of the fine DJs who have signed on for this gig are Mike Crash, Mikey Post, Eric Davidson, Mr. Vacation, The Wig Doctor and Peanutbutter Brown. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus took August 28 with Todd Colberg. The Boog was hoping to do an early shift, then flake off home to get his beauty sleep for the next day at work.
Long-time Boogaloo Bag writers may know that The Boogaloo Omnibus is involved with the Zen Softball League. The league is currently in its playoffs mode, with The Boog’s team, The People, up against the first place team Plan B. The Zen League playoff schedule can be fluid, to put it mildly, and there is rarely a game on Tuesday nights. However, the first of a three-game series was suddenly scheduled for August 28. The Boog, therefore, arranged with his co-DJ to go on later in the evening, allowing The Boog to pitch his game to victory. The Boog gets so wound up at these games that he often can’t sleep after them, anyway, so he may as well go somewhere and play his records.
Well, The Boog pitched, but unfortunately, not to victory. Suffice it to say, Plan B is not the first place team for nothing. After the game, he quickly biked home, showered, grabbed his records and made his way to the Drive.
What records did Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus play for Two for Tuesday? Funk! The Boog has a bunch of these records that have been collecting dust, so he decided to break them out for this occasion.
When he got to the club, The Boog met Todd Colberg–for the first time? Who can remember? The Boog meets so many people and his mind is most likely not firing on all eight cylinders like the olden days–if it ever did! But Todd was a nice guy, from North Carolina, who was wearing a cool Joe Belock Three Chord Monte T-shirt and played the kind of records one may hear on Mr. Belock’s show: Garage records, old and new, and some soul records. It was cool–especially the version of “Light My Fire” by Jackie Wilson! Man, the Boogaloo Bag writers dug that.
After a while, Mr. Colberg received a message that the L Train that would take him home was closing down in 30 minutes, so he begged off early. As one may guess, a Tuesday night at Diviera Drive is not always the most exciting. As the evening grew late, The Boog had a gas playing records for Spencer the bartender, our pal Eugene and some young women attempting to play pool. The Boog played nine “Thing” records in a row, then played a few “Bump” records. Spencer was diggin’ it and was kind enough to make a ginger-infused, tutti fruiti mocktail for his troubles. Thank you, sir.
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Two for Tuesday:
- Lyn Taitt–Out on a Funky Trip (Randys)
- Curtis Mayfield–Freddie’s Dead (Theme from ‘Superfly’) (Curtom)
- The Fatback Band–Njia (Nija) Walk (Street Walk) (Perception)
- Johnny Griffith accompanied by Billy Sha-Rae’s Band–Do It (Triple ‘B’)
- The Vibrations–Expressway to Your Heart (Neptune)
- Inez Foxx–Watch the Dog (That Brings the Bone) (Volt)
- Al Green–Right Now Right Now (Hi)
- Don Covay–Everything I Do Goin’ Be Funky (Atlantic)
- Don Julian and the Larks–Shorty the Pimp – Part 1 (Money)
- Gwen McCrae–Leave the Driving to Us (Columbia)
- Lloyd Hendricks–Keep on Moving (Mala)
- O’Jays–For the Love of Money (Philadelphia International)
- Maceo & the Macks–Cross the Track (We Better Go Back) (People)
- Babatunde Olatunji–Takuta (Paramount)
- Smokey Johnson & Company–The Funkie Moon (Intrepid)
- The Maskman and the Agents–Stand Up (Vigor)
- Maxine Brown–Treat Me Like A Lady (Avco)
- Aretha Franklin–Pullin’ (Atlantic)
- Sugar Billy–Super Duper Love – Part 1 (Are You Diggin’ on Me) (Fast Track)
- Everyday People–I Like What I Like Part 1 (Paramount)
- James Brown–Part Two (Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn) (King)
- Ed Robinson–Hey Blackman – Part 11 (Cotillion)
- King Floyd–Groove Me (Chimneyville)
- Keith Richards–The Harder They Come (Rolling Stones)
- Eddy Senay–Hot Thang (Sussex)
- Willie Hobbs–Do Your Own Thing (Seventy 7)
- The Soul Children–Tighten Up My Thang (Stax)
- The Electric Express–It’s the Real Thing – Pt. I (Linco)
- The Unemployed–Funky Thing – Part 1 (Cotillion)
- B.B. Jones–The Real Thing (Magic Touch)
- The People’s Choice–Let Me Do My Thing (Phil-L.A. of Soul)
- The Isley Brothers–Pop That Thang (T-Neck)
- The Electric Express–I Can’t Believe We Did (The Whole Thing) (Linco)
- Fred Wesley & the JB’s–Watermelon Man (People)
- The Three Degrees–There’s So Much Love All Around Me (Roulette)
- The Impressions–(Baby) Turn on to Me (Curtom)
- Millie Jackson–All I Want Is a Fighting Chance (Spring)
- Tyrone Chestnut–The Bump (Intrepid)
- Top Hat & Little Jeff–Mississippi Bump (C.J.)
- Oliver Sain–Booty Bumpin’ (The Double Bump) (Abet)
- Kool & the Gang–Funky Granny (De-Lite)
- Hi-Fi White–Bulldog Pt. I (Sandman)
- Vernon Garrett–You Blew My Mind (Kapp)
- Marvin Gaye–You’re the Man (Part 1) (Tamla)
- Masters of Soul–Right On (Ovide)
- Fred Wesley & the J.B.’s–Rockin’ Funky Watergate Part I and Part II (People)
None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have youtubes links in order to provide the reader with a little rhythm.