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.

Finger Lickin’ Spook-a-Loo!

Los Straitjackets swing at The Bell House on Halloween!

Los Straitjackets swing at The Bell House on Halloween!

Halloween night can be a drag. Or it can be the most fun in the world: especially when The Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets and Finger Lickin’ Friday are involved. On Halloween night, 2014, all of these ingredients were most definitely in full effect: The Fleshtones and Los Straitjackets split a bill at The Bell House, and Finger Lickin’ Friday also took place that evening at the Grand Victory, with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus signed on as guest DJ.

Deke Dickerson swings with Los Straitjackets at The Bell House on Halloween.

Deke Dickerson swings with Los Straitjackets at The Bell House on Halloween.

The fun and excitement commenced upon walking into the main show room of The Bell House, where our pal Todd-O-Phonic Todd was spinning spooky records as the crowds waited in anticipation of the appearance of the world’s greatest Super Rock band, The Fleshtones. The ‘Tones did not disappoint—the group played a super fine set of favorites and new songs and rockin’ stuff and all sorts of great-googly-moogly! Included in the show was the Boogaloo Bag favorite “Dance With the Ghoul Man” that was resurrected just for the occasion.

The be-masked Los Straitjackets are one of America’s greatest Rock ’n’ Roll instrumental groups of all time. Their brand of souped-up, super-sonic surf music is simply sensational! When a fabulous vocalist augments the group, such as the case on this night in the personage of Deke Dickerson, the group just takes off into outer space. Mr. Dickerson was in the guise of an undead Elvis and added blood-curdling screams in the night!

The festivities at The Bell House came to an end when Peter Zaremba and Keith Streng (donning a wolf’s head mask) of The Fleshtones sang “Que Monstrous Son” with Los Straitjackets. What can top that?

C.Gaskins

Charles Gaskins swings at Finger Lickin’ Friday!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus wings at Finger Lickin' Friday!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Finger Lickin’ Friday!

Then it was off to Williamsburg and the Grand Victory for Finger Lickin’ Friday, which was already in progress. For those unhip to the scene, Finger Lickin’ Friday is a cool DJ night hosted by our pals Charles Gaskins and Drew Redmond. These two boss jocks play the wildest in rock’n’roll, R&B and such all night long, as Brooklyn Babydoll shakes her thing on the stage. Not only was this event happening on Halloween (several people were dressed as animals!), but it was also billed as a tribute to The Cramps. Indeed, as the Boogaloo Bag writers entered the venue, guest DJ Señor Dos Platos was blastin’ a Cramps track and then one that they covered.

Since Finger Lickin’ Friday takes place on the last Friday of the month, it often conflicts with Phast Phreddie’s nights at the Commodore. However, with no Commodore action in October, The Phast Man was able to make the scene with a box of 45s, including a couple with a distinct Cramps-like vibe, spooky Halloween thrillers and some out-and-out rockers. Here’s a list of all the records Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played (with links for you to dig most of them!!:

Peter Zaremba of The Fleshtones does the Frankenstein Walk at The Bell House!

Peter Zaremba of The Fleshtones does the Frankenstein Walk at The Bell House!

None of these records are for sale.

Peter Zaremba swings with Los Straitjackets at The Bell House!!!

Peter Zaremba swings with Los Straitjackets at The Bell House!!!