On July 29 DJ Pete Pop’s smashing shindig Do The 45 returned to Quinn’s in Beacon, NY. Over the years, Pete Pop has accumulated some fantastic 45s and he knows how to play them. At his Do The 45 Rock and Soul dance parties he brings a bunch of them, selects some great ones and lets them spin: garage rock, soul, R&B, rockabilly, boogaloo—you name it, if it’s reet, you can count on Pete to have it and play it! Plus, he sets up his hustle at Quinn’s with a screen showing some cool videos of folks dancing, psychedelic lights are in effect and Pete’s posters are hung with care. He’s got a whole scene and, man, it is clean!
Meanwhile, folks are coming into Quinn’s to eat (its ramen noodles are celebrated up and down Main Street) and to cop a brew. Many who were in attendance were not expecting to hear the boss sounds that DJ Pete puts down but they dig it anyhow. It’s a sight to see: a bunch of folks boppin’ their heads to the beat as they slurp down their noodles.
On this Friday night, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was once again called upon to be DJ Pete Pop’s guest DJ. He brought a box of cool rekkids and some of Miss Nancy’s vegan brownies and her new item, mint swirl chocolate cookies. Miss Nancy couldn’t be there in person but her baked goods made sure that her presence was felt. It was great to see so many friends—old and new—at the club, chowing, chatting, swigging and wigging out on the dance floor!
Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Do The 45:
On this occasion, the weather fully cooperated and the festivities were able to take place in the beautiful Mama Roux back yard. The DJ booth was set up in a little nook and folks from all over the Mid-to-Lower Hudson Valley dropped in to dig the brunch food and the hot toons that DJ Pete Pop and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus were laying down.
Speaking of food, soon after they walked in, The Boog and Boogaloo Bag photographer Miss Nancy were presented with some excellent quiche with a pastry on the side. Well, they had to pick out the ham parts, but other than that, it was an excellent quiche. Once the brunch was over, the chef pulled out a pasta dish of some sort along with a salad and all the staff members—which included the DJs and photographer—enjoyed it.
Here are all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Funky Broadway Brunch:
Boogaloo Bag enthusiasts are certainly aware that DJ Pete Pop swings the Funky Broadway Brunch at Mama Roux in beautiful downtown Newburgh every Sunday. What the reader may not know is that on the last Sunday of the month, the brunch is taken over by drag queens who present two colorful shows at each Funky Drag Brunch. On Sunday, June 26, Mr. Pop had some personal affairs to tend to and needed a substitute DJ for the day. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was called.
Mr. Pop was able to have things all set up for the event. He showed The Boog how to cue the music for the drag queen show—which uses modern technology. This is important because none of the songs the drag queens utilize during their performances are on 45 RPM records—the usual format for the Funky Broadway Brunch. Once everything was ready to go, Mr. Pop departed for his other situation.
The drag queen show consists of men dressed as women lip syncing to popular songs—usually by a female singer—as the performer walks up and down the aisle of the restaurant, primping, vogueing, strutting and dancing, with an occasional somersault, back-flip or, in one case, a cartwheel (which nearly took out one of Mama Roux’s chandeliers!). All the while, spectators hand dollar bills to the performers. It is great fun. Did I mention that both shows were sold out? Yes, for the Funky Drag Brunch there is a cover charge; there is no admission for non-drag Funky Brunches (which makes it even less of a drag!!).
Here are a few photos of the dragsters that will give the Boogaloo Bag reader an idea of what goes on during a Funky Drag Brunch at Mama Roux…
Oh, and let’s not forget the fine food at Mama Roux. The Boogaloo Bag writers—and photographer Miss Nancy—partook in some most excellent cuisine: gumbo ya-ya and burrata shakshuka. The gumbo is the best this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, that’s for sure. The food was so good that photos weren’t taken until it was gone!
For the music part of the event, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented much of the music usually played during a regular Funky Broadway Brunch, but with more hit records than he would normally play thrown in. This seemed to work, as tippage for the DJ was very generous! Here’s a list of everything played:
Hello GO Mechanism enthusiast. In order to fully appreciate this post, it helps if you read it as you listen to GO Mechanism Number Nine simultaneously; preferably as it is being aired for the first time on Saturday July 2 at 7:00 PM (West Coast) or 10:00 PM (East Coast)—or in what ever time zone you happen to be in—on Luxuria Music. It is presented as part of the Saturday Night Special series, where a different DJ plays music each week. From time to time, the Luxuria Musics plays host to The GO Mechanism.
Here are the notes for GO Mechanism Number Nine. If the GO Mechanism had a real DJ, he would discuss this stuff on the air. But the GO Mechanism producers would rather play music than talk, thus we have notes here in the Boogaloo Bag. After all, the “G” stands for groove, and yappin’ can get in the way of it; especially when so much O’Rooney is in the mix!
This edition’s Science Corner*** features the bongo player Preston Epps. He’s known mostly for “Bongo Rock,” a 1959 hit recording. In the early seventies, the song was re-hitted by The Incredible Bongo Band. Mr. Epps made several records and most of them are pretty cool. GO Mechanism Number Five featured his “Afro Mania,” a tremendous percussion-laden jam. In 2014, Preston Epps appeared at Tiki Oasis—the fabulous tiki culture festival held each summer in San Diego. It was there at Tiki Oasis where the Boogaloo Bag writers were able to catch Mr. Epps in action (and get his autograph on “Afro Mania!”). When Mr. Epps got into his groove, he would close his eyes and become one with the rhythm.
The three selections of Preston Epps’ music heard in this edition of The GO Mechanism are not typical of his recordings. The first is from an album called Calypso Trinidad that, for the most part, is just vocalist Louis Polliemon and Epps’ bongo playing. It was recorded maybe two years before “Bongo Rock.” The next track, “Watusi Bongo,” was recorded in the early sixties for the Donna Record Company, but it was not released until the British label Ace Records added it to a Donna/Del-Fi Records anthology. It may be one of his best recordings from the period and it’s a shame it went unreleased at the time. The third has a vocal by Andre Franklin. “Say Yeah” is a hot gospel-flavored R&B number that has become a big dance-floor favorite in reet music circles.
Cootie Williams was an outstanding trumpet player who became famous for his growling style and his use of a toilet plunger for a mute while he was a member of Duke Ellington’s Famous Orchestra. Cootie was in the band from 1929 to 1940, when he joined the big band of Benny Goodman before starting his own orchestra about a year later. His orchestra was both swingin’ and far-sighted. It employed young musicians such as Charlie Parker and Bud Powell who would soon make names for themselves in Bebop; as well as Eddie (Cleanhead) Vinson and Willis (Gator Tail) Jackson who became popular in the rhythm & blues field. Williams was the first established band leader to record songs by Thelonious Monk, such as the version of “Epistrophy” heard here. It was titled “Fly Right” at the time but it remained unreleased until Columbia Records issued a three-record compilation celebrating the big band era called The Sound of Harlem. Cootie’s orchestra also recorded the first ever version of Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” in 1944. Luckily, that one was issued soon after it was recorded. Later in the forties and early fifties, Williams also cut some fine R&B-oriented tracks.
Where did acid rock come from? The very first reference to L.S.D. on a rock ’n’ roll record is most likely this 1959 recording by the The Gamblers called “LSD-25.” The other side of the record is “Moon Dawg,” which is often considered the very first example of guitar-based surf music. The members of the band were its leader Derry Weaver, Bruce Johnston, Elliot Ingber, Larry Taylor and Sandy Nelson. Weaver left only a few recordings of The Gamblers as examples of his genius, but all of the other band members had significant careers in music.
Speaking of surf music: It is a little-remembered fact that early surfers listened to jazz records. Thus it is not surprising to see that trombonist Kai Winding titled his 1963 album Soul Surfin’. It was later re-titled More after that song (a theme from the Italian movie Mondo Cane) became a Top Ten hit. However, the photos of surfers remained on the cover and “Soul Surfin’” remained the title as per the back cover! Record business shenanigans for sure.
Maximillion at the Piano is Max Crook, who played keyboards on Del Shannon‘s early records. His solo in the middle of “Runaway” is played on a musitron, an electronic instrument Crook invented.
Does anybody know who Rolley Polley is? His Mad Drums album on Capitol is a pretty good example of exotic percussion, with “Swingin’ the Samba” included in this show. The liner notes on the back cover mention only that Mr. Polley grew up in Texas and now lives in Hollywood (or did at the time of the recording). No matter, the album swings and we’ll hear more of it on future GO Mechanisms, that’s for sure.
The Boogaloo Bag writers recently witnessed a live performance by the Mexican group Son Rompe Pera. The band consists of a bass player, a drummer, a fellow who plays bongos on a stand—similar to a timbales player—and two guys who bang away on the same very long marimba. Their music is sort of a rocked-up mutant cumbia. Indeed, their moto is “Cumbia is the new Punk.” The show was very high energy and it was shocking how well the concept worked. The Boogaloo Bag writers bought the album, and a song from it is included in this show, but there is nothing like seeing this act live. If Son Rompe Pera comes to your town, stop what you’re doing and check the group out. You’ll buy a t-shirt, too.
“One O’Clock Jump” is a famous swing number first recorded by Count Basie & His Orchestra in the thirties. It was very popular and several big bands of that era, as well as eras that followed, have performed it. The GO Mechanism presents a version by Chuck Berry. It is another track that was unreleased at the time it was recorded—probably because it was a warm-up number during a recording session. However, it shows how well Chuck Berry and his band could swing. For those keeping a score card, that’s Johnny Johnson on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, Fred Below on drums and J.C. Davis on tenor sax. Berry mostly plays rhythm on this, after he takes a brief solo near the beginning. Most of the show belongs to Davis, a talented saxophonist who also worked with Hank Ballard and James Brown. His string of singles on Chess are terrific R&B instrumentals, with “Monkey” being a favorite.
This is probably the shortest version of “Light My Fire” you will ever hear.
“Shotgun” is another Motown recording with its lead vocal track missing. See the Science Corner in GO Mechanism Number Six for more on that.
Gétatchèw Mèkurya was an Ethiopian saxophonist who mixed modern jazz with traditional Ethiopian music. His music came to the GO Mechanism producers’ attention when it was included in the Éthiopiques series of CDs that culled some incredible music from that country. There are about thirty volumes and the music ranges from very interesting to absolutely fantastic. Collect ‘em all!!
GO Mechanism Number Nine closes with a song from the super fine songwriter Peter Case. “Put Down the Gun” was written while he was on his first tour as a solo artist in 1986 and it was recorded for his second solo album. It is as timely now as the day it was written—maybe more so now.
Once again we have asked the New York City musician Oweinama Biu to recite the poetry for The GO. He does an excellent job of reading “The Bombardment,” a World War One era poem by Amy Lowell. The poem is a little lengthy, so it was broken up and delivered at several important intervals during GO Number Nine. The background music for the poem is “In C” by Terry Riley.
Here is a complete track listing of the records played during The GO Mechanism Number Nine:
Earl Bostic—Lester Leaps In (King)
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra—G Is for Groove (from LP The Private Collection Volume Three – Studio Sessions New York 1962; Saja)
Cootie Williams & His Orchestra—Fly Right (Epistrophy) (from LP The Jazz Odyssey Volume Three: The Sound of Harlem; Columbia)
Terry Riley—In C (from LP In C; Columbia Masterworks)
The Three Suns—Danny’s Inferno (from LP Movin’ ’n’ Groovin’; RCA Victor)
Curtis Mayfield—Freddie’s Dead (Boogaloo Edit) (Curtom)
Peter Case—Put Down the Gun (from LP The Man With The Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar; Geffen)
The Bonzo Dog Band—Slush (United Artists)
As noted above, GO Mechanism Number Nine will be blasted over the interwebs via the Luxuria Musics for the first time on Saturday July 2, 2022. After that, it will be available as a podcast on the Luxuria Musics website—look for the Saturday Night Special dated 7/3/2022. After a few weeks, it will magically appear on the Boogaloo Omnibus Mixcloud hustle and also right here in the Boogaloo Bag.
Thanks goes out to the nice people at the Luxuria Musics who, in spite of everything, keep hosting The GO Mechanism on its website. Luxuria Music is a wonderful music streaming radio service. It is free. It has cool music. All of its DJ programs are unique and worth listening to. Also, please donate to them if you have the means to do so. They don’t make a lot of money, but it costs a lot to stay on the interwebs. Be a listener sponsor or buy something from its store.
Older GO Mechanisms can be found on the Boogaloo Omnibus Mixclouds and/or earlier posts here in The Boogaloo Bag. Go to The Boogaloo Bag home page and either scroll down or search for “GO Mechanism” to dig.