Wow, it’s been about a year and a half since Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has spun a record in public! That means that there have been very few Boogaloo Bag entries. All of this is due to the world-wide pandemic that was prolonged by an inept president who failed to take it seriously and who was completely incapable of leading America out of the pandemic. He was rewarded with catching the plague himself, plus losing his re-election bid last November. With a shiny new president, America is slowly emerging from the pandemic, making it possible for boss DJ gigs to resume. Hallelujah!
Our pal DJ Rata has already secured a regular DJ gig on the first Friday of the month at a cozy neighborhood bar called Izzy Rose in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. His birthday is June 29, but it was celebrated on July 2 there at the Izz in fine style, with guest DJs Mr. Fine Wine, Tony El Salvage and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus for a very special Mambo Jambo event.
Rata is one of our favorite DJs. He swings with mean R&B and the heavy, heavy mambo beat. On this night he spiced up his regular fare with some hot cumbias. The birthday boy had the joint jumpin’, that’s for sure.
Mr. Fine Wine is quite possibly the best soul music DJ on the planet. He’s got the best records and he knows how to play them. Don’t believe me? Just check out his radio show on WFMU every Friday night. He’s been doing it for more than 25 years and still going strong. For about that long he has also had a residency Wednesday nights at the Botanica Club on Houston Street, but of course, the pandemic put an end to that. Rumor has it that Mr. Fine Wine may be back at the Botanica soon. When he returns, you gotta go and dig his scene because it is clean!
Tony El Salvaje is another fine DJ we dig. Like Rata, he likes to swing with a mambo record or two—but he also pops with rockabilly and R&B records. His action is happening in a major way and always gets the locals hoppin’ with his uptempo fare.
Gee, it’s been over a year since many of us had DJ’d in public and, as one may expect, a few mis-cues were witnessed. However, there was no mis-cue with the fabulous chocolate cupcakes made by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Those were Good with a capitol “G!” She also brought some vegan brownies and chocolate fudge—all of which was devoured by Rata’s faithful followers!
In order to help set the scene, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus brought the Bat Signal and played these groovy records:
- The Ventures–Batman Theme (Liberty; Japan)
- Maxwell Davis and the Harlem Brass–Green Hornet (Kent)
- The Bandidos–The Mark of Zorro (Elkay)
- Merv Griffin–House of Horrors (Mercury)
- Dave Bartholomew–Shrimp & Gumbo (Imperial)
- Willie Rosario and His Orchestra–Watusi Boogaloo (Atco)
- Wganda Kenya–Tipit Hayed (Peerless; Mexico)
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band–Abba Zabba (Buddah)
- Howlin’ Wolf–Do the Do (Chess)
- The Foundations–Jerking the Dog (Pye; Spain)
- Roy Ward–Horse With a Freeze Part 1 (Seven B)
- Harlem Kiddies with King George–Boog-A-Loo (Sonet; UK)
- The Shangaans–Taboo (Columbia; UK)
- Damaso Perez Prado y su Orquesta–Mexico 70 (Orfeon; Mexico)
- The Tammys–Egyptian Shumba (United Artists)
- Le Trio Sourire–Satisfaction (Rusticana; Canada)
- The Happy Cats–These Boots Are Made for Walking (Omack)
- Ellie Greenwich–Niki Hoeky (United Artists; Philippines)
- Nicoletta–Vis Ta Vie (Riviera; France)
- Lou Courtney–Skate Now (Riverside)
- Los Crazy Birds–La Noche (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Perez Prado Y Su Orquesta–Mambo de King Kong (Infopesa; Peru)
- Upsetters–Cold Sweat (Fontana; UK)
- The Maytals; Prince Buster All Stars–Pain in My Belly (Prince Buster; Jamaica)
None of these records are for sale.