Our pal Nogood Nick is a cool DJ who swings a hot happy hour affair at Otto’s Shrunken Head called Rip! Rig! Panic! It happens periodically and the Boogaloo Bag writers try to make the scene whenever they can. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to partake as a guest DJ for the January 18th edition.
As the more astute Boogaloo Bag reader may understand, Rip! Rig! Panic! is named after a keen album by the adventurous jazz modernist Roland Kirk. Thus, the evening usually bops along on a heavy jazz tip, but soul, funk, latin beats and all sorts of reet rhythms are also heard. The Boogaloo Omnibus brought all the appropriate records and made sure they were played. This took place in the front room of the club, where all the serious drinking is done. Nancy Gardner made some of her famous vegan brownies and they were devoured accordingly.
Toward the end of the four hour event, Nogood Nick and The Boog alternated playing their records. At one point, they played a pair of records, both of which noted a bird up in a tree, or something like that. Anyway, the evening was a gas; it’s always a gas working with Nogood Nick, since he has such exquisite taste in these kinds of records. Plus, did we mention that Nancy Gardner made some of her signature vegan brownies? They were so good it can not be overstated.
When 10 O’clock rolled around, it was time to stop the Rip! Rig! Panic! event and time to start Rebel Night, which was scheduled to take place from 10 to 4 in the back room. Just like that, Otto swung its Shrunken Head from Mod Jazz to rip roaring rockabilly. Rebel Night has returned to its ancestral home at Otto’s. It was held at the East Village tiki-themed rock club for several years, before it moved to a couple of other locations. Now it is back where it belongs–in Otto’s back room where there is room to dance and the records can be turned up loud. The place was packed and the Rebel Night DJs had a brand new banner they were proudly displaying.
The Boog set his records aside and pulled Miss Nancy into the back room where they twisted away to the rockin’ sounds the Rebel Night crew were putting down. Guest DJ was Mr. Fine Wine. Although he is not a rockabilly enthusiast, he played some fabulously jumping R&B records that got the Rebel Night faithful bopping about.
Then, one of the Rebel Night DJs, Hiromu, approached Phast Phreddie and asked him if he had any records he could play. Perhaps it has not been mentioned in the Boogaloo Bag before, but when he was a wee lad, Phast Phreddie was a Boy Scout. The Scout motto, “Be prepared,” was something he always took to heart. In fact, just in case he was asked to swing, Phast Phreddie brought six up-tempo rockers and was happy and honored to play them.
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Rip! Rig! Panic!:
- Booker T. & the M.G.’s–Melting Pot Part 1 (Stax; France)
- The Lincoln Trio–Garden of Eden Part I (Big Top)
- The Distant Galaxy–Blue Scimitar (Verve)
- [no artist listed]–La Panthere Cosmique (MP2000; France)
- John Lewis Trio featuring John Blair–Humpin’ (JMA)
- Pat Williams and the Band–Eleanor Rigby (Verve)
- The Maze–The Trap [from EP “In” Special Danse Discotheque] (Disques Vogue; France)
- Charles Mingus–Better Git It In Your Soul [from EP Jazz Gallery] (Philips; Netherlands)
- The Mar-Keys–Sack O Woe (Stax)
- Jimi Hendrix Experience–Up From the Skies (Reprise)
- Roland Kirk–Walk on By (Limelight)
- Lulu–Morning Dew (Epic)
- Gabor Szabo–The Beat Goes On (Impulse)
- Marvin Gaye–Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) (Tamla)
- Franky & the Spindles–Memphis Underground (Canyon)
- Ramsey Lewis Trio–The “In” Crowd (Argo)
- Ella Fitzgerald–Savoy Truffle (Reprise)
- Owen Gray–Gonna Work Out Fine (Aladdin; UK)
- The Willows–Outside the City (M-G-M)
- Herbie Mann–Comin’ Home Baby (Atlantic)
- Grant Green–The Battle – Part I (Blue Note)
- Gene Ammons–Son of a Preacher Man (Prestige)
- Sir John Quintet–Un-Ga-La (Josie)
- Bill Black’s Combo–But It’s Alright (Columbia)
- René Touzet and His Orchestra–Ticklish Mambo (Caquillita) (GNP)
- Hommy Sanz Orquesta–Heart Full of Soul (Fonseca)
- Johnny Zamot–Boogaloo Baby (Decca)
- The Afrosound–La Sampuesana (Fuentes; Ecuador)
- The Gaylads–Seven in One (Part One) (Pama Supreme)
- The Doors–Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (Elektra; UK)
- Fleetwood Mac–Black Magic Woman (Epic)
- Waterproof Tinkertoy–Workin’ for My Baby (Laurie)
- Donna Lynn–I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls (Capitol)
- Pat Lundy–Make It for the Door (Heidi)
- Johnny Desmond–Hawk (Columbia)
- Ada Lee–Moanin’ (Atco)
- Calvin Owens’ Show–The Cat (Klondike)
- Shakers–Sing This All Together (See What Happens) (Decca; Belgium)
Here are the records played for Rebel Night:
- The Poor Boys–Wash Board Take 1 (Apollo)
- The Rattles–Mashed Potatoes (Philips; Germany)
- Ronny and the Daytonas–Bucket “T” (Mala)
- James “Red” Holloway–Ala Carte (Mad)
- Big Mama Thornton and Her Houndogs–Wade in the Water (Arhoolie)
- Shadow Lake 8 Orchestra–Power (Em Kay)
None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes so you can dig them on your own time–however, you won’t have Nancy’s excellent vegan brownies!