Our new friend The Fortyfiveologist, as his name suggests, is an all-45s-all-the-time DJ who swings in and around the Capitol District of New York State. He runs a cool soul/funk/dance night of reet music called The Collar City* Hustle. He was recently introduced to Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus by the nice people at Stupefaction. The Fortyfiveologist instantly secured a night at a club called No Fun in Troy, NY and invited The Phast Man to come up and play a few records.
That was accomplished on Saturday August 13.
One may wish to know that Phast Phreddie lived in the area—Albany—about 30 years ago. It didn’t quite turn out to be the homecoming that Boogaloo Bag photographer and Boogaloo Baker Nancy Gardner was hoping for—mostly because very few things were remembered! However, some excellent Mexican food was ingested before the gig. The place, Oaxaquena Triqui, is a small Mexican market that has a little diner in the back room and a kitchen where the food is made fresh. Food was very good and the women who ran the place were very helpful.
It was confusing getting to the gig. Seems that some movie company had rented out the street and all the storefronts were changed to represent a Brooklyn street at the turn of the last century! Luckily, The Fortyfiveologist had a sandwich sign out front marking the event.
And, what an event. The Fortyfiveologist knows his stuff. He played some incredible records. The Boogaloo Omnibus tried his hardest to keep up with him. The place, No Fun, had a large dance floor with plenty of room for everyone. It also had some crazy murals on the walls. Nancy made some fudge that was consumed during the evening. Plus, she go-go danced nearly the whole night!
The following is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Collar City Hustle:
- Keith Mansfield & His Orchestra–Boogaloo (Epic)
- Comparsa Universitaria de La Laguna–Boogaloo en Tijuana (RCA Victor)
- Nat Kendricks and His Band; vocal by J.D. Bryant–Here It Is (The Philly Dawg) Part I (Sew City)
- Phil Flowers & the Flower Shop–Like a Rolling Stone (A&M)
- J.J. Barnes–Day Tripper (Ric-Tic)
- The Shirelles–Boys (Scepter)
- Ripp Tide–Dynamite (Josie)
- King Coleman–Show Me What You Got – Part 1 (Big Apple)
- Cliff Nobles & Co.–Is It the Way (J-V)
- Tony Mason–(We’re Gonna) Bring the Country to the City (RCA Victor)
- Donnie Elbert–This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak for You) (Mojo; UK)
- Carl ‘Little Rev’ Lattimore–Carl’s Dance Party (Capitol)
- Gene Cooper and the Voices–Go Go Inn (Hi-Q)
- Quincy Jones and His Orchestra–Soul Bossa Nova (Mercury)
- Dave Collins–Ride Your Pony (Capitol)
- The Maytals–Sweet and Dandy (Mango)
- Freddie & the Kinfolk–Mashed Potato Pop Corn (Dade)
- Della Reese–It Was a Very Good Year (ABC)
- Buzzie–Stone Soul Booster (Gordy)
- Martha Reeves & the Vandellas–Yo Necesito de Tu Amor (I’m Ready for Love) (Tamla/Motown; Spain)
- Tony Roman Cinq–Mickey’s Monkey (Canusa; Canada)
- Chuck Edwards–Downtown Soulville (Punch)
- John Paul–I’m a Bad Son-Of-A-Gun (Philips)
- The Minx–Something We Got (Mercury)
- The Moon People–Hippy Skippy Moon Strut (Opus #1) (Roulette)
- Grupo Sta. Cecilia; canta: Sergio Ruíz–1 – 2 – 3 Hustle (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Wynder K. Frog–I’m a Man (United Artists)
- Assemblage–Satisfaction (Westbound)
- Alan Copeland–Mission: Impossible Theme / Norwegian Wood (ABC)
- The Andrew Oldham Orchestra–I Get Around (Parrot)
- Los Johnny Jets–Cul Jerk (Cool Jerk) (Discos Columbia)
- Los Rockin’ Devils–Soy Feliz (I Got You) (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Nino Ferrer–Les Cornichons (Monkey) (Riviera; Canada)
- Peaches & Herb–Satisfy My Hunger (Date)
- Danny White–Keep My Woman Home (Atlas)
- Bill Doggett–The Worm (Columbia)
- Beverly Ann Gibson–Do the Monkey (Jubilee)
- The Debutantes–Shake a Tail Feather (Standout)
- Pierre Perpall–Stop Il Faut Arreter (Citation; Canada)
- James Brown and the Famous Flames–Night Train (King)
None of these records are for sale.
* It should be pointed out that Troy, NY is called “The Collar City” because of its history as a place where removable collars were made back in the days when removable collars were a thing.