Boogaloo gives Satisfaction!!

DJ Zerox and The Boog swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to the Rolling Stones!

DJ Zerox and The Boog swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to the Rolling Stones!

As every Boogaloo Bag reader should know by now, Copycat Cover Song Night is always a good time. Hosted by our pal DJ Xerox, who picks an artist and invites bands and DJs to come to Otto’s Shrunken Head and honor that artist one way or another. Each band will add several songs by that artist in its respective set. Sometimes a band will form in order to perform only songs by that artist. The guest DJ usually plays songs that pertain to the artist in one way or another—or at least cover songs of some sort.

On Wednesday June 10, the honored artist was The Rolling Stones. The bands were:

LadyJanes

The Lady Janes—formed just to play a set of Stones songs.

 SaintRocco

Saint Rocco

 ElectricPeople

Electric People

 

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was guest DJ and he only played Rolling Stones songs as performed by everyone but The Rolling Stones! He took requests from the floor—name a Rolling Stones song (preferably one from the sixties)—and he was able to play a version of it; sometimes instrumental, sometimes in a funny language. Although The Boog usually plays only 7” 45 RPM records, he played a few cuts from LPs as some tracks only exist in that format. Also, a full dozen of the 60 records he played were from the Norton Records Rolling Stones cover song series. Norton Records continues to be one of modern music’s secret weapons. It regularly releases great reissue titles (the recent Soul Clap series of hits hand-picked by our pal Jonathan Toubin is essential), as well as new music by such fabulous current stars as Daddy Longlegs and Miriam. The Rolling Stones series is a genius concept where a different act presents its rendition of a Rolling Stones song on each side of a 7” single. The 12 songs played by The Boog at Copycat Night is just a taste of the 32 releases—66 songs in all, counting the four songs on the Their Hispanic Majesties Request two-disc set of songs sung in Spanish! This extensive Norton action was intended to salute Norton head honcho Billy Miller, who has been experiencing some health issues recently. Get well soon, my friend!

The fun did not stop there! One of the greatest songs in all Rock’n’Roll is “Satisfaction”—officially titled “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The opening riff is one of the most identifiable pieces of music of the last fifty years. It may be no exaggeration to say that it has been recorded more than a hundred times. After the bands played, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played 26 versions of the song in what can only be described as a Super Rock Mega Mix! When it was all over, everyone in Otto’s could easily state that they had received some sort of “Satisfaction!”

Here’s a list of all the songs presented by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the fourth annual Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to The Rolling Stones:

None of these records are for sale.

Love that Copycat Cover Song Night!

DJ Xerox and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night tribute to Arthur Lee and Love

DJ Xerox and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Copycat Cover Song Night tribute to Arthur Lee and Love

It has been said over and over on the digital pages of the Boogaloo Bag (and before that, the Boogaloo Blog), that Copycat Cover Song Night is one of the most fun nights there is in New York City. The evening works like this: Copycat host DJ Xerox picks an artist and invites local bands to come play several songs by this artist during their respective sets. A guest DJ is invited to come play records associated with the artist and/or cover songs by anyone. On February 11, the artist being honored was Arthur Lee and Love—somehow appropriate a few days before Valentine’s Day. The acts paying tribute to Mr. Lee that night were Michael Lynch, Wonderbug and Madam Robot & the Lust Brigade. The guest DJ was Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Michael Lynch swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Michael Lynch swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Michael Lynch opened the show. He is a respected musician who has been on the scene for several years. His knowledge of songs from the sixties is pretty deep. He played a dude-on-a-stool (ie, him and acoustic guitar) set of Arthur Lee-penned songs—culled mostly from Love’s recordings from the Elektra label—and did a spectacular job of it.

Wonderbug swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Wonderbug swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Wonderbug was not necessarily a cup of tea that can be easily sipped by the Boogaloo Bag writers, but it did perform a cool version of “Stand Out” that was outstanding.

Madam Robot swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Madam Robot swings at Copycat Cover Song Night

Madam Robot & the Lust Brigade, on the other hand, came on like gangbusters: seven out of its eight songs were Arthur Lee compositions, each played with enthusiasm and excitement–in spite of the fact that the group’s regular drummer could not make the gig and the drum chair was capably filled by Mike the guitarist for Quitty & the Don’ts! With lead singer Oweinama Biu, himself a modern day version of the psychedelic African-American (much like Arthur Lee was), the group knew exactly what it was doing. And the guitarist with the wild Afro-looking hair, man he can really play—every time he coaxed feedback out of his instrument, goose bumps appeared on the back of the necks of the Boogaloo Bag writers!

For his part DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played according to the rules. He played some key Arthur Lee tracks at crucial moments and mostly played covers of songs that were happening during the mid-sixties when the group Love was happening on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, or songs by acts from that period and place or some combination of the two. Or just a cover song because it was Copycat Cover Song Night! Here’s a list of all the records played by his Phastness:

None of these records are for sale.