As the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, The WHAM-O WATUSI takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar. However, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was called to action in San Francisco–with DJ work at the Internet Archive and Forbidden Island on October 3rd and 4th, respectively. Originally, our pal Drew Redmond–who also swings at the Boot–was going to do the 6th, but he had to rescind his offer due to a previous engagement.
This left the The Boog in a bind. What to do? Well, since he was scheduled to return to New York City at 10 pm on the night of the scheduled WHAM, he thought, “If I get two really boss guest DJs to swing the night, I may be able to make the scene around midnight. That way, if the jet is delayed, the night will still be a groove.”
The two really boss DJs selected were Nogood Nick and Yana Lil-Jerk. Both have been mainstays on the reet music scene for several years. Nogood Nick with his fabulous Rip! Rig! Panic! events and Miss Yana with her equally fabulous Bangarang, both of which take place at Otto’s Shrunken Head. These two fine, fine, super fine DJs were able to keep the Bootleg Bar swingin’ for the early part of the evening, trading sets of their super fine records. The Boog regrets that he was unable to be there to dig it.
As it happened, The Boog’s flight was delayed by thirty minutes. Plus, with the MTA working on the subways, The Boog was unable to arrive until about 12:45AM. But he got there, and he was happily greeted with cheers and yummy pumpkin-filled, mummy-looking truffles made by Boogaloo Bag’s official photographer (and baker) Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Miss Yana was at the turntables selecting top-notch stuff to play for the punters. Although he was exhausted from his trip–zombified, in fact, much like the seasonal ghoul hanging from the ceiling of the Bootleg Bar— Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was soon at home in the DJ booth where he played records for almost an hour; records from the previous two nights (or their B-sides) and others purchased at Rooky Ricardos Record Shop in San Francisco just a few days earlier. At about 2:00 or so, the WHAM-O WATUSI went into high gear when the three DJs traded turns at the decks, each playing a song, then making way for the next. This was a gas.
Also, The Boogaloo Bag writers were very pleased to see that several of our friends were in attendance. This always makes them happy. In the house: Kirstyn Soles, Sophie Thunder (Virgo Slam IV), Josh Styles (Daddy Long Legs), Lady Dawn (Subway Soul Club), Shelly Paus (Lunar Orbits), Sanford Santacroce (Telecommand), Mr. Vacation (Robert Bar)… did we forget anyone? Oh, yeah, ace photographer Miss Lauren Krohn, who was happy to eat a few of the vegan brownies that Miss Nancy also brought.
Thank you too much to Nogood Nick and Miss Yana for holding down the fort until The Boogaloo Omnibus could arrive on the scene. There was always a chance that his flight would get cancelled, or that it would crash, or he may have been too burned out to come to the club. But having watched Tomb Raider on the flight, he was invigorated enough to brave the A-Train to the L-Train to an L-Train shuttle in order to get to the Bootleg Bar. Due to the zombification caused by the flight, plus the long night at the Boot, The Boog did not make it to his Sunday softball pick-up game. Ya can’t do everything!
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the October WHAM-O WATUSI:
- El Chicano–Coming Home Baby (Kapp)
- Sir Raleigh and the Coupons–Somethin’ (A&M)
- Jean Battle–Love Making (Red Lite)
- Dusty Springfield–Love Power (Philips; Portugal)
- King Coleman–Do the Booga Lou (Part 1) (Port)
- Peggy March–Let Me Down Hard (RCA Victor)
- Ernie Maresca–I Can’t Dance (Seville)
- Robin Hart–I’ll Get You Yet (Challenge)
- Gary (U.S.) Bonds–Take Me Back to New Orleans (Legrand)
- The Wailers–Simmer Down (CoxSone; Jamaica)
- The Joe Cuba Sextet–Bang Bang (Tico)
- LaVerne Baker–You’d Better Find Yourself Another Fool (Atlantic)
- The Cavaliers–Summertime (Josie)
- Connie Francis–Don’t Ever Leave Me (M-G-M)
- Roy Orbison–Swingers for Coke (Coca-Cola)
- Anthony & the Imperials–Anthem (Grow, Grow, Grow) (Veep)
- The Honey Drippers–Impeach the President (Alaga)
- Pigmeat Markham–Here Comes the Judge (Chess)
- The Majestics–(I Lover Her So Much) It Hurts Me (Linda)
- The Moon People–Hippy, Skippy, Moon Strut (Opus #1) (Roulette)
- Damaso Perez Prado y su Orquesta–Mexico 70 (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Gladys Knight & the Pips–Friendship Train (Soul)
- Aretha Franklin–Rock Steady (Atlantic)
- Joe Tex–I Should Have Kissed Her More (Dial)
- Donnie Brooks–Hush (Happy Tiger)
- King Curtis & the Kingpins–Changes – Part II (Atco)
- The International Bongo Band–Hey Mr. Bongo Man (Challenge)
- The Selective Service–Shake (Main Line)
- The Time Keepers–Nasty (Generation)
- Prince Buster’s All Stars–Al Capone (Blue Beat; UK)
- Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez with Lonnie Youngblood and His Bloodhounds–Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Norton)
- Ricky Nelson–Mighty Good (Imperial)
- The Madisons–Stagger (Jomada)
- Davey Summers–Calling All Cars (Vim)
- The Organites–Hot, Funky & Sweaty (Hot Funky & Sweaty; UK)
- Les Yper Sound–Too Fortiche (Fontana; Italy)
- Skip and Flip–Fancy Nancy (Brent)
None of these records are for sale. Dig the links to the youtubes clips on some of them. Records played at the previous two gigs that were already linked, will not be linked here.You can go to the main Boogaloo Bag page to find them.
NOTE: The next WHAM-O WATUSI will take place on November 17th (with guest DJ One Mint Julep (ie, Honky Tonk Radio Girl, WFMU) instead of the 3rd, in order for him to participate in the Keystone Soul Weekender–as should you, as well. On the 3rd, Drew Redmond will hold court with his Sleaze to Please action at the Bootleg Bar. That will be cool, too.