Boogaloo in Otto’s Grotto!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Otto Von Stroheim swing at Otto’s Grotto!

Otto Von Stroheim is the brains and main maestro (along with his lovely wife, Baby Doe) behind one of the most fabulous weekenders in the world–Tiki Oasis, a celebration of tiki culture. Because of that, he is one of the most fabulous people currently living on this planet. Mr. Von Stroheim is obsessed with the world of tiki, Polynesian paraphernalia, atomic living and things that are reet.

Mr. Von Stroheim is also a DJ, who swings on the first Thursday of the month at Forbidden Island, a wonderful tiki bar on Alameda Island in the East San Francisco Bay. On October 4, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to be his guest DJ.

The Phast Man has worked with Mr. Von Stroheim before–he has selected records for several Tiki Oasis events, each one being momentous and thrilling. Mr. Von Stroheim’s nights at Forbidden Island, called Otto’s Grotto, are much more low key than the sensational Tiki Oasis; but it is still one fun night.

The Boog was in the S.F. area to DJ the party at the Internet Archive the night before, and picked up this gig as an add-on. He was planning to play many, if not all, the same records (or their B-sides) he had played in The City.  However, The Boog was able to pay a visit to Rooky Ricardo’s Record Store in San Francisco to spice up his Thursday night set with some fresh vinyl.

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Otto in his Grotto!

If any Boogaloo Bag reader lives near the East Bay you should know that Otto’s Grotto is an excellent night out. Forbidden Island is tastefully decked-out with all sorts of tiki regalia throughout the venue, including it’s spacious outdoor patio. The bartenders were able to concoct for The Boog an excellent beverage that was tangy, fruity and minty. The DJ booth is right next to a lovely little waterfall, so Otto really is in his grotto! Mr. Von Stroheim played a pleasing selection of exotica, mambo, mod jazz and provocative pop records for his many friends who showed up to dig his action. The Boog was visited by some friends, as well, including Brooke Wentz (Seven Seas Music) who drove over the Oakland Bay Bridge; and Darla Hitchcock, a friend from way back! Miss Darla used to attend Phast Phreddie’s DJ nights at the Starwood in Hollywood back in the late Seventies; so good to see her.

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Darla Hitchcock visited with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Otto’s Grotto!

Early in his first set, The Boog played a record by Pete Rodriguez. Soon after, he received a request for his “I Like It Like That.” Luckily, it was on the other side–so it was played! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Otto’s Grotto:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to dig! (Some songs were played the night before and may have links to them in that Boogaloo Bag post and are not re-linked here.)

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Jumpin’ at the Archive!

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A groovy mural was drawn by Ju Young Ku for the Internet Archive Celebration.

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering millions of free books, movies, & audio files, plus billions of saved web pages in the Wayback Machine. It has been doing this for 21 years. For the last two years, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been asked to DJ at its annual party. On October 3, he did so for the third time. (Phast Phreddie hooked up with the Internet Archive a few years ago via a partnership with his day job, as an archivist for The Archive of Contemporary Music.)

The annual Archive celebration runs like this:

Around five o’clock, folks start showing up. All around the Archive building on Funston Avenue in San Francisco there are about a dozen booths that are  managed by Archive employees. Each booth is an example of the work that the Archive does. Many of them are hands-on, giving attendees an opportunity to understand Archive operations. Most of them are fun; for example, this year temporary tattoos were made out of GIFs that have been collected by the Archive or one was able to play a virtual reality game. Many of the booths were educational; one could see how a book is digitized. This year, a booth was set up to register people to vote and hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution. Tacos are served via taco trucks parked on the street in front of the building. Starting last year, during these first two hours of the event our friend Chas Gaudí spins 78 RPM sound recordings in the back yard–swing, pop, bop, hillbilly, blues, R&B, rock’n’roll. He made sure to play one by the great bluesman Otis Rush, who had recently passed away.

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Voters were registered at the Internet Archive party!

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DJ Chas Gaudi swings with some old 78s at the annual Internet Archive Celebration!

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DJ Chas Gaudi played his signed copy of an Otis Rush 78!

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At seven o’clock, folks are asked to step into the Great Room–a huge auditorium that holds about a thousand people. It is always full. There, Archive people present a show-and-tell regarding the different activities they have been involved with and the assorted collections it has acquired over the year. It is hosted by Jason Scott, and founder Brewster Kahle always talks up the exciting things the organization has done or will be doing in the future. This year’s theme was Building a Better Web, and the evening was a showcase of how the Internet Archive was helping.

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A crazy person dressed in a patriotic costume at the Internet Archive party!

Around eight o’clock or so, folks are handed an ice cream sandwich (Three Twins–the best!) and a gift (this year a handy IA tote bag) and directed to the back yard, where cocktails are served and they can dance to the boss rhythms of 45 RPM records, as selected by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. He always plays songs that people know–but not how they know them. This time, he threw in some Latin boogaloo records, some hit songs and a few weird things.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive party!

Thanks goes to Caitlin Oslon, Katie Barrett and all the groovy Internet Archive folks who requested the return of DJ Phast Phreddie. Here’s hoping we can all be back next year for more. The playlist of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the annual Internet Archive Celebration is as follows:

None of these records are for sale. Some may have links to the youtubes for your edification.

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Subway Soul Club Swings Again!

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Everyone swings at Subway Soul Club!

Can your heart stand it? Three Subway Soul Club events in one year! It looks as if the SSC is back for good, firmly nestled into its new home at the lovely Club Ceremony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Although it will only operate on a limited basis–perhaps three or four times a year–it looks as if Subway Soul Club enthusiasts can count on it taking place fairly regularly from now on, now that it has found a new home.

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Club Ceremony swings!

On September 29, some of the magic from the Subway Soul Club’s time at Rififi was resurrected with its two guest DJs, Mr. Robinson and Miss Shingaling, who both hail from those glory days. Indeed, Subway Soul Club hostess with the mostest Lady Dawn swears that Club Ceremony is the best venue that SSC has had since then. Ceremony has a fabulous dance floor, a wonderful sound system and friendly bartenders that know how to pour a drink.

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Mr. Robinson swings at Subway Soul Club!

The guest DJs came armed with their respective soul 45s. Mr. Robinson–who was co-host of the legendary Dig Deeper soul music events of a few years ago–owns some of the rarest soul records in the world, and boy, did he play them! He’s got records so rare that he may have the only copy in existence; we’re talking about acetates, children. When he was in the DJ booth, the happy dancers were shakin’ it to records that they will most likely never hear again!

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Miss Shingaling swings at Subway Soul Club!

In total contrast, Miss Shingaling came to the party bearing a large assortment of Motown hits and misses. Most of her sets were comprised of familiar tracks that we all love and enjoy dancing to. Since she moved out of the New York City area (where she was actually Mr. Robinson’s roommate for a while), she has lived somewhere in the South, Buffalo and now San Francisco. It’s been a very long time since she has even been able to attend a Subway Soul Club event, much less DJ at one; so the Subway Soul Club management was very happy to have her on board. Judging by the crowded dance floor, so were the attendees.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Subway Soul Club!

For his part, resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played some old favorites, some new acquisitions and even a few records that he had forgotten he had in his collection all these years. He played the Don Gardner song to honor the man who had recently passed away; his “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” is one of the greatest records of all time. Three songs by Aretha Franklin were played. She passed in August and served as the poster girl for this event. Even a track by her sister Carolyn was spun to joyful effect.

Lady Dawn, Mr. Robinson, Miss Shingaling and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Subway Soul Club!

Of course, what made the event even sweeter was the distribution of pumpkin-flavored cookies made by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. She insists on cooking up something yummy nearly every time Phast Phreddie hosts an event. These cookies did not disappoint!

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DJ Honky, Mr. Robinson, Miss Shingaling, Lynne K and Lady Dawn swing at Subway Soul Club!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Subway Soul Club fall event:

None of these records are for sale. Dig the links for hot youtubes action!

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Wham-O con Rata!

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Yana Lil’ Jerk, Mr. Vacation, Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, Lauren Krohn and DJ Rata swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI.

The September WHAM-O WATUSI was one of our favorites. Now into its third year, the Boogaloo Bag writers and host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus are always happy to see our friends show up and groove at the Bootleg Bar on the first Saturday of the month for the WHAM-O. On September 1, there were plenty of pals on hand: Mr. Vacation, Reyes Rodriguez, Lauren Krohn, Yana Lil’ Jerk, Oweinama and Ryan Skeleton Boy are among the fine folks who dropped by to swing. Plus, they were well fed, as Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner–official baker of Boogaloo Omnibus Productions–made chocolate chip cookies, maple fudge and vegan brownies for the occasion.

 

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Helping out behind the wheels of steel was DJ Rata, who played his usual fare of hot Mambo and R&B records. It is always a gas working with him, since his rhythmic sense is so acute. Dig his Mambo Jambo nights at Otto’s Shrunken Head on the third Saturday of the month. Lately, he’s been bringing the same spice to Friday night happy hour at Diviera Drive for Ran Kan Kan.

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DJ Rata swings the pinball machine at the Bootleg Bar during WHAM-O WATUSI.

At the end of the night–for the final hour or so–The Boog and Rata played DJ ping-pong with each taking turns spinning a record. At times it was sublime, such as when Rata played a banana record, The Boog answered with a banana calypso record, Rata spun another food record, then The Boog played “Fat Man!” Such is the way of the WHAM!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings with DJ Rata at the WHAM-O WATUSI

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the 38th WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes to be used for the reader’s edumification.

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Out on a Funky Trip!

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Todd Colberg swings with his Jackie Wilson LP at Two for Tuesday!

Many years ago, at a bar called Matchless, in far off Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there was a night that consisted of a rotating crew of DJs who would come in and swing, called Hot Dog Night. Someone–was it DJ Jumpy?–got the idea to recreate that magic at Diviera Drive. Our pal Drew Redmond made it happen. It is called Two for Tuesday, because it features two drinks for the price of one at the garage bar where the DJ booth is located. The first gig was July 31. Some of the fine DJs who have signed on for this gig are Mike Crash, Mikey Post, Eric Davidson, Mr. Vacation, The Wig Doctor and Peanutbutter Brown. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus took August 28 with Todd Colberg. The Boog was hoping to do an early shift, then flake off home to get his beauty sleep for the next day at work.

Long-time Boogaloo Bag writers may know that The Boogaloo Omnibus is involved with the Zen Softball League. The league is currently in its playoffs mode, with The Boog’s team, The People, up against the first place team Plan B. The Zen League playoff schedule can be fluid, to put it mildly, and there is rarely a game on Tuesday nights. However, the first of a three-game series was suddenly scheduled for August 28. The Boog, therefore, arranged with his co-DJ to go on later in the evening, allowing The Boog to pitch his game to victory. The Boog gets so wound up at these games that he often can’t sleep after them, anyway, so he may as well go somewhere and play his records.

Well, The Boog pitched, but unfortunately, not to victory. Suffice it to say, Plan B is not the first place team for nothing. After the game, he quickly biked home, showered, grabbed his records and made his way to the Drive.

What records did Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus play for Two for Tuesday? Funk! The Boog has a bunch of these records that have been collecting dust, so he decided to break them out for this occasion.

When he got to the club, The Boog met Todd Colberg–for the first time? Who can remember? The Boog meets so many people and his mind is most likely not firing on all eight cylinders like the olden days–if it ever did! But Todd was a nice guy, from North Carolina, who was wearing a cool Joe Belock Three Chord Monte T-shirt and played the kind of records one may hear on Mr. Belock’s show: Garage records, old and new, and some soul records. It was cool–especially the version of “Light My Fire” by Jackie Wilson! Man, the Boogaloo Bag writers dug that.

After a while, Mr. Colberg received a message that the L Train that would take him home was closing down in 30 minutes, so he begged off early. As one may guess, a Tuesday night at Diviera Drive is not always the most exciting. As the evening grew late, The Boog had a gas playing records for Spencer the bartender, our pal Eugene and some young women attempting to play pool. The Boog played nine “Thing” records in a row, then played a few “Bump” records. Spencer was diggin’ it and was kind enough to make a ginger-infused, tutti fruiti mocktail for his troubles. Thank you, sir.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Two for Tuesday:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have youtubes links in order to provide the reader with a little rhythm.

Spin to Win!

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Lupe Loop, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Drew Redmond and Mr. Lee swing at Spin to Win!

Earlier this year, it came to light that the government of the United States of America was separating immigrant children from their parents at the border–a policy many of us considered extraordinarily cruel. It aroused a lot of empathy towards the people coming here to try to make better lives for themselves and their families–just as nearly all of our ancestors did many years ago.

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Anna Anabolic hosted Spin to Win! An All-Star DJ Revue Benefit at Hank’s Saloon.

One of our friends, Anna Anabolic, decided to do something to support the immigrants, hoping to help in some way. She asked a bunch of her favorite reet music club DJs if they would like to spin a few records for a good cause. She was able to round up more than a half-dozen of them, including Lupe Loop (Robert Bar), Mr. Lee (Dead Flowers Productions), Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU, Botanica, Soul Night), Todd-O-Phonic Todd (WFMU), Mikey Post (Daptone, The Jay Vons), Drew Redmond (Pinball Rock, Brooklyn Soul Society, Sleeze to Please), Yana Lil’ Jerk (Bangarang, Living for Kicks) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Miss Anna was also able to get some really amazing prizes to raffle off, including musical equipment, art, and gift certificates to popular Brooklyn establishments (companies and organizations who donated items for the raffle are listed below). She called the night Spin to Win! An All-Star DJ Revue Benefit–DJs spin boss records; attendees win fabulous prizes.

The Boogaloo Bag writers are happy to report that the fundraiser was a great success. Held on Saturday, August 18 at Hank’s Saloon in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, the club was full of people that showed enthusiasm for the cause. The scene was set when the first DJ of the night, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, played a series of socially aware records that emphasized the theme of the evening. Lupe Loop followed with a program of fabulous funk records then each DJ went into his or her own thing, including hostess Anna Anabolic. Some of the DJs also worked within the benefit’s theme. Todd-O-Phonic Todd, for instance, played garage rock songs that were all sung in Spanish–mostly from acts who hail from south of the border. Mikey Post played The Honey Drippers’ popular “Impeach the President,” which has skyrocketed in value since the rigged election a couple years ago. Many of them played a song or two by Aretha Franklin, who had passed away just two days prior.

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Comedian Dave Hill was the MC at Spin to Win.

MC for the evening, was Dave Hill, a comedian who has a funny show on WFMU. He announced the raffle prizes and kept the banter light and fun.

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Anna Anabolic should be whole heartedly congratulated for assembling such an amazing selection of prizes (see below) and so many fine DJs who worked for free in order to support the cause. Nearly $2,500 was raised and the money has gone to the ACLU, which is working to get the families back together, and an organization called Make the Road that works locally to help immigrants succeed in this city. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was very happy to have been a part of Spin to Win. Sure, in the grand scheme of things, $2,500 doesn’t seem like a lot of money; but it is something. What have you done?

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Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Spin to Win:

None of these records are for sale. Some have links to the youtubes clips so you can check their heavyosity!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus working at Spin to Win!

Amazing raffle prizes were donated by these fine people; thank you fine people:

 

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Wham-O-Phonic Watusi!

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Todd-O-Phonic Todd prepares to introduce PMS & the Mood Swings with Leah Lugosi at the Union Pool.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd is one of the hardest working men in show business. He has been a presenter of fabulous Rock’n’Roll events seemingly before any of us were born. For many years he made Maxwell’s of Hoboken the swingin’est place in New Jersey. He was responsible for such super boss reissue LPs as Shakin’ Fit, What a Way to Die, Bug Out, Bo Did It and Wail on the Beach. His Telstar Records put out important platters by The Mummies, The Pussywillows, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Fleshtones and The Woggles. Over the last several years, he has had his own show on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 on radio station WFMU. If you dig hot Rock’n’Roll records, it’s the show for you.

On August 4, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, also known as the Boss Groover, was slated to swing his boss records at the WHAM-O WATUSI at the Bootleg Bar. He also had a show he was running earlier that afternoon at Union Pool, part of its Summer Thunder series. The show featured some very fabulous talent: Miriam and Nobody’s Babies, The Jay Vons and PMS & the Mood Swings. Plus, it was being broadcast in the Boss Groover’s radio show’s time slot–though he was not actually hosting his show. In his stead was Amanda Nazario. She has a couple of shows on WFMU, too, one of which is on the “Give the Drummer Some” interweb stream, and she fills-in from time to time. Mr. O’Phonic was running around making sure the bands got on stage on time and eating tacos.

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Amanda Nazario hosts The Todd-O-Phonic Todd Show while Todd-O-Phonic Todd hosts Summer Thunder.

Speaking of tacos, as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus entered the building, he was accosted by Matt Fiveash, another WFMU DJ (his blues show on Tuesday nights is super) and the bass player in Miriam’s Nobody’s Babies. He saw The Boog and insisted that he have a couple of chits to get free tacos. Said the band had way more than they needed and who wanted them to go to waste? At the Union Pool–a place that, before gentrification came to Williamsburg, was actually a place that sold swimming pool supplies and equipment–there is a big yard in which is parked a taco truck vending tacos. Good tacos! Who can resist? Thank you Mr. Fiveash.

The bands were originally supposed to play in the yard, but a late morning thunder storm necessitated a change of scene. The bands played in the Union Pool’s concert hall. Inside the hall, Ms. Nazario was playing records and making announcements for the folks listening to the broadcast at home. Around 3:15pm or so, Miriam and Nobody’s Babies took the stage. Miriam Linna does it all: record company mogul for Norton Records, book publisher for Kicks Books, drummer, local personality, and now fronting her own band. Plus, she’s on a one-woman crusade to wangle The Kinks into getting back together! At the Union Pool the band rocked. Then The Jay Vons played; one of our favorite local bands. Closing the show was PMS & the Mood Swings (which featured our friend Leah Lugosi who guest DJed at the WHAM-O WATUSI a while back). Each band was unique, did its own thing, and was boss!

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The Jay Vons

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Miriam & Nobody’s Babies

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PMS & the Mood Swings

The Boog headed home, unlaxed for a while, had a little grub, then grabbed his box of rekkids to go back out to the wilds of Bushwick in order to swing at the WHAM. He arrived at the Bootleg Bar just before 10:00PM, set up everything and was soon playing his records. Guest DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd arrived shortly thereafter. As one would expect out of a man with such impeccable taste, he played some fabulous records. Our friends Peanutbutter Brown, Matt Clarke and Alex DeLaszlo showed up to groove to the Boss Groover’s jams.

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Matt Clarke and Peanutbutter Brown discuss the fabulousness of the records Todd-O-Phonic Todd was playing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Folks, the Boogaloo Bag writers cannot emphasize enough what a cool radio show Todd-O-Phonic Todd has. Every Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 (unless he’s vacating in Wildwood, NJ with his lovely wife Siss-O-Phonic Cheryl) the Boss Groover swings with some extremely hip sounds. He plays all kinds of Rock’n’Roll records, just the good stuff, from every era; he has had some cool interviews with folks such as Graham Gouldman, Kid Congo, Chris Stamey, Eric Carmen and David Aguilar; and live bands like The Posies, Yo La Tengo, Los Vigilantes, The Whips, The Muffs and Daddy Long Legs. This is mandatory listening for all Boogaloo Bag readers!

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Todd-O-Phonic Todd re-sleaves another boss jam at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

For this occasion, Miss Nancy made some most excellent cinnamon cookies to complement the vegan brownies she likes to make. Always snacks and finger-snappin’ music at every WHAM-O WATUSI! A very tired Todd-O-Phonic Todd left the scene a bit early–who could blame him after all that action he provides, plus he had two rivers to cross to get home to Jersey City–so the Boogaloo Omnibus was able to play a few more songs than usual.

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Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus prepare to consume more of Miss Nancy’s yummy cinnamon cookies at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the August WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes, so you can dig ‘em yerselves!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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