For several years, our Upstate pal DJ Pete Pop has been hosting a DJ night called Do the 45 at a groovy joint called Quinn’s in beautiful downtown Beacon, NY. When the Trump virus hit and the whole world stopped working for a couple years, his operation was put on hold. Recently, he has been able to get his action back together. A couple months ago, the Boogaloo Bag writers, who last year moved up to the Mid Hudson Valley, were able to attend one of the come-back gigs when the great Gaylord Fields was guest DJ. They observed a scene that was mean and clean with folks dancin’ and a-carryin’ on. So it was with delight that Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus agreed to be a guest DJ at the last minute when Mr. Pop’s scheduled guest DJ, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, could not come north for the gig due to the crummy weather (there had been about five or six inches of snow that morning).
The Boog received the invitation to swing around five in the afternoon. Start time was 8:00 PM. He barely had enough time to gather about fifty or so 45s into a box and run out the door.
Do the 45 is DJ Pete Pop’s flagship dance night featuring rock and soul music. Pete produces premium Pop power with his psychedelic lights, groovy movies and boss records. Folks come from all over the area to partake in Quinn’s food—it is a restaurant that features what it calls Japanese comfort food, with its specialty being Ramen noodles. While they are there, folks often get up and shake a little action during one of Pete Pop’s nights.
With the absence of the marquee guest DJ, Pete Pop also invited a couple of local DJ’s to help out with the musical selections: DJ Stately Wayne Manor and DJ Hardly Quinn. These two have been working pretty steadily, lately, what with a gig at Otto’s Shrunken Head the very next night. They served up the goods, that’s for sure. Between the four DJs, the cool music kept the club warm from the chilly winds outside.
Everyone was asking, “Where’s Todd-O-Phonic Todd?” With any luck, Todd-O-Phonic Todd will actually be on hand for Do the 45 in March—the event takes place on the last Friday of the month—and you know the Boogaloo Bag writers will be there.
Meanwhile, these are the records that Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was able to scare up and play for his emergency session at Do the 45:
• Lorenzo Holden–The Wig (Cee-Jam)
• The Jimmy Ed Trio—Baby, Baby, Oh Baby (Yan-G)
• Hank Diamond–Soul Sauce (Wachi Wara) (World Pacific)
• The Second Coming–She Has Funny Cars (Steady)
• Donnie Elbert–This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak for You) (Mojo; UK)
• Ricardo Ray–Nitty Gritty (Roulette; UK)
• Little Tony and the Hawks–Do What You Did (Original Sound)
• Norman T. Washington–Tip Toe (SLD; France)
• The Weedons–Shimmy Shimmy (Metronome; Germany)
• The Shirelles–Boys (Scepter)
• Normie Rowe—Shakin’ All Over (Jubilee)
• Sandy Nelson–Casbah (Imperial)
• Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band–Diddy Wah Diddy (A&M)
• The Magnificent (7)–Stubborn Kind of Fellow (Lemco)
• Pierre Perpall–Shotgun (Citation; Canada)
• Sugarpie Di Santo–The Whoo Pee (Brunswick)
• The Atlantics–Tequila (CBS; Italy)
• The Dee-Jays–Bama-Lama-Lou (International Polydor; Sweden)
• The Satelites–We Like Birdland (Palace)
• Mack Kissoon–Get Down With It/Satisfaction (Young Blood; Germany)
• Johnny Hallyday–Noir C’est Noir (Philips; France)
• The Liberty Belles–Shing-A-Ling Time (Shout)
• La Lupe–Touch Me (Roulette)
• The Majestics–Tighten Up (Unique; Germany)
• Owen Gray–Help Me (Island; UK)
• James Brown–Out of Sight (Smash)
• The Combinations–Bump Ball! (RCA Victor)
• The Apaches–Geronimo (Mercury)
• The Playboys–Boogie Children (Jewel)
• The Johnny Burnette Trio–The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Coral)
• Vince Taylor and His Playboys–Brand New Cadillac (Chiswick; UK)
• Elvis Presley–Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On) (RCA Victor)
• Los Crazy Birds–La Noche (Night Time) [from EP Napoleon] (Orfeon; Mexico)
• The Baskerville Hounds–Space Rock – Part 2 (Tema)
None of these records are for sale.