The GO Mechanism Number Six

Here are the notes for GO Mechanism Number 6, which is scheduled to be aired on Luxuria Music’s streaming radio site on Saturday February 5 during its “Saturday Night Special” program.

The Science Corner in this installment of The GO Mechanism will feature three backing tracks created in the Motown Records recording studio—known as the ‘Snake Pit’ because of all the cables strewn around it. Motown had a fairly regular group of musicians as a house band and they played on most of the records made during the sixties. When playing these records, the listener often concentrates on the vocalist—no sin there, many of the Motown singers (ie, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves) were spectacular. On these tracks heard in The Science Corner, the lead vocals have been stripped and the listener can key-in on the music played by the band, known as The Funk Brothers. Several years ago, they were the subject of a good documentary called Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In the film, the musicians discuss how the tracks were produced and give insights on recording so many hit songs.

Many of the band members of The Funk Brothers were pulled from the jazz nightclubs of Detroit by Barry Gordy, Motown’s owner. One such musician was Johnny Griffith, a pianist who played on many of Motown’s hit records. He also cut an album, simply titled Jazz, for a short-lived Motown subsidiary label called Workshop Jazz. GO Mechanism Number 6 leads off with a track from that album. In the seventies, Griffith made some cool funk records under the name Johnny Griffith Inc.

As noted in GO Mechanism Number 4, Daptone Records has lately been branching out into the world music kingdom. In GO 6 we present an example of Moroccan music that the label released last year by a group called Innov Gnawa.

For this installment of The GO Mechanism, its producers were able to add some of their all-time favorite records into the mix. At one point, there are four in a row—music by Eddie Lovette, Jan Davis, Jack Costanzo (Mr. Bongo) and Dave Bartholomew.

“Shrimp and Gumbo” by Dave Bartholomew is quite simply one of the greatest records ever made. It came to the attention of the GO Mechanism producers during the eighties when it appeared on a French compilation of his music. It had been on the top of our want-list ever since—until it was finally obtained about ten years ago via a heavy, heavy record deal with noted radio personality and record collector Mr. Fine Wine.

Another contemporary act presented in GO 6 is Los Disco Duro, an Oakland, California-based group of electronic musicians who breathe fresh life into the ethnic rhythms of South America. Presented here is the group’s version of “Cumbia Sampusana,” a very popular cumbia from Colombia. This new version is as good as any of the four or five other versions in the Boogaloo Omnibus library.

“Big Nick” is an excellent organ groover by the New Orleans musician James Booker. The exact melody was used by Italian-born, French singer Nino Ferrer for his song “ Les Cornichons” and it is one of our favorites by him. Don’t worry, the French people gave Booker a co-writing credit on the song. Most likely, the Ferrer version will be played in a future GO Mechanism.

James Booker got co-writing credit for the Nino Ferrer vocal version of his song! Yayy!!

The same can not be said for Hommy Sanz, who took songwriting credit for his cool mambo version of The Yardbirds’Heart Full of Soul.” Is it too late for the real writer, Graham Gouldman to call his lawyer?

Did Hommy Sanz write this song?

In 1958, M-G-M records released an album of spoken word called The Weary Blues With Langston Hughes. On one side of the album Langston Huges recites his poetry and and makes observations over the playing of some traditional jazz musicians, with compositions by the writer Leonard Feather. The other side presents Huges’ eloquence backed by Charles Mingus’ band playing Mingus’ compositions, but under pianist Horace Parlan’s leadership for contractual purposes. The last track on the album is this version of “Jump Monk,” sans Hughes.

Jimmy McCracklin‘s fabulous rocker “What’s That” has become quite a sensation on R&B dance floors over the last several years. A truly boss song, the version heard here in The GO was unreleased until it appeared on a Bear Family CD compiling all of McCracklin’s Mercury recordings in 1992. There are some great songs on that disc, so expect to hear more from Jimmy in future GOs.

In the early sixties, popular R&B organ player Bill Doggett featured a young singer named Charles Hatcher in his live act. Although Doggett recording prolifically, he very rarely recorded with a vocalist. However, Hatcher was allowed to record as a percussionist, and is heard on this track, “Oo-Da” from Doggett’s LP Wow! that was first issued on ABC-Paramount in January 1965. Soon after, the frustrated Hatcher left the band, changed his name to Edwin Starr and recorded one of the greatest records ever made, “Agent Double 0-Soul.” In 1969, Doggett released an excellent instrumental version of Starr’s hit song “Twenty-Five Miles.”

John Coltrane’s “Tranesonic” was recorded on February 15, 1967 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. It was never released until it was issued on an album called Stellar Regions in 1995.

Call Me Mr. Tibbs” is the name of a movie that starred the great actor Sidney Poitier. He passed away in January and The GO Mechanism salutes him by playing the title song by Quincy Jones.

Mary Lou Williams photo by William P Gottlieb

It seems inconceivable how the great Mary Lou Williams could go from the swingin’ “Froggy Bottom” to the groovy funk number presented at the end of GO Mechanism Number 6. However, in between she made a bunch of great records, including “Walkin’ and Swingin’” (with Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy), “Yes We Have No Bananas,” “Kool Bongo,” “Gemini,” “Oo-Bla-Dee.” We may revisit Ms. Williams in a future Science Corner.

Here is the official track listing for GO Mechanism Number Six:

•Earl Bostic—Lester Leaps In (King)
•Johnny Griffith—Unknown Minor (Jazz Workshop) – LP Jazz
•Jack Daniels Orchestra—The Loop (Jerden)
•The Atlantics—Beaver Shot (Rampart)
•James Carter—Caravan (DIW/Columbia) JC on the Set
•Màalem Hassan Ben Jaadfer – Innov Gnawa—Chorfa (Daptone) Lila
•Los Teenagers—Cumbia Sinceleja (Discos Fuentes; Colombia) Cumbias y Gaitas Famosas
•Eddie Lavette—Boomerang (Steady)
•Jan Davis—Watusi Zombie (Holiday)
•Jack Costanzo—Chicken and Rice (Boogaloo edit ending) (GNP Records stereo version)
•Dave Bartholomew—Shrimp and Gumbo (Imperial)
•Cracker Jacks commercial
•Gary Mure—Crack Up (Verve)
•Bunky Green—Orbit 6 (Cadet) Testifyin’ Time
•Chocolate Watch Band—Expo 2000 (Tower)
•Los Disco Duro—Cumbia Sampuesana (Discos Mas)
•Roland Alphonso—James Bond (Studio One) Something Special: Ska Hot Shots
•Tito Puente—Cuero Pelao (RCA Victor)
•Earl Bostic—La Bossa (King)
•The Big Game Hunters—See the Cheetah (Uni)
•James Booker—Big Nick (Peacock)
•Horace Parlan with Charles Mingus—Jump Monk (Verve) Weary Blues With Langston Huges reissue
•••The Four Tops minus one—Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (Motown)
•••The Supremes minus one—You Keep Me Hanging On (Motown)
•••The Isley Brothers minus one—Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me for a Little While) (Tamala)
•Hank Jacobs—Elijah Rockin’ With Soul (Call Me)
•Art Blakey—A Night in Tunisia (Part 1) (Blue Note)
•Milton DeLugg—Rise Robots Rise (Mainstream)
•Jimmy McCracklin—What’s That (Part 2) (Mercury/Bear Family CD)
•Bill Doggett—Oo-Dah (ABC-Paramount) Wow!
•Hommy Sanz y su Orquesta—Heart Full of Soul (Fonseca)
•Dave & Ansil Collins—Doing Your Thing (Techniques; UK)
•Dyke & the Blazers—The Wobble (Original Sound)
•John Coltrane—Tranesonic (alternate take) (Impulse) Stellar Regions
•Quincy Jones—Call Me Mister Tibbs (United Artists)
•David Alexandre Winter—Qu’est-ce Que J’ai Dansé!
•Etta James—Plum Nuts (Argo) Second Time Around
•Curtis Mayfield—Freddie’s Dead (Boogaloo edit)
•Mary Lou Williams—Let’s Do the Froggy Bottom (Mary)
•Bonzo Dog Band—Slush (United Artists)

Recited poetry:
Alec Guinness—O The Sun Comes (by e.e. cummings) (RCA Victor)
Gregory Corso—Sun – A Spontaneous Poem

After its original air-date, February 5, this GO Mechanism will be available as a podcast on the Luxuria Music website. It can be found among the Luxuria Music podcasts for the Saturday Night Special programs and this one will be dated 2/6/2022.

This episode of The GO Mechanism Experience is now available here

Previous GO Mechanisms are available at the Mixclouds. Dig it here!

The GO Mechanism Number Five: Now with more O’Rooney!

Thank you for starting your new year listening to The GO Mechanism. Number 5 will be aired on January 1, 2022 on Luxuria Music’s music streaming website. Here are notes on some of the songs:

In the Science Corner, which takes place during the second hour of the show, the music of the Japanese guitarist Takeshi Terauchi is featured. Starting in the early sixties, Takeshi was one of Japan’s greatest rock’n’roll guitarists. He was inspired to make mostly instrumental music after seeing The Ventures, who were very popular in Japan.

For the most part, Takeshi made music with two or three bands—depending on how you count them. In 1962, he formed The Blue Jeans. He left that band around 1966 and formed The Bunnys. Then, about two or so years later, he formed another band which he also called The Blue Jeans. The recordings presented in this edition of The Science Corner, although all of them are with The Bunnys, are fairly representative of his music. The first one, which he calls “Fate,” is a re-working of the famous theme from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Do we need to remind GO People that Electric Light Orchestra was not the first non-classical act to borrow from classical music? The concept had been around. B. Bumble & the Stingers used a theme from The Nutcracker Suite for its hit “The Nut Rocker.” Hadda Brooks incorporated themes from classical music into her boogie woogie instrumentals during the forties. A year after “Fate,” the British freak beat group Love Sculpture recorded a similar guitar-workout with its version of “Sabre Dance.”

Takeshi also took ancient Japanese folk melodies and served them up as frantic guitar showcases. Our second selection is such a recording. Called, “Kanjincho,” it comes from either a samurai or a kabuki tradition—depending on the translation you read.

“Test Driver” is a fabulous rock’n’roll guitar instrumental. An original composition, it is as good as anything by The Ventures, Link Wray, Jeff Beck or any guitarist you care to name. At the end of The GO Mechanism a fourth track will be played—another re-working of a Japanese folk melody.

Takeshi Tarauchi passed away in the middle of 2021 with little notice here in the U.S.A. A recent NPR article on its website of internationally renown musicians who died that year doesn’t even mention him.

Get more better information about him—in English—at these websites:

No Recess
Fancy Magazine
Perfect Sound Forever

Or in Japanese here:

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Takeshi Tarauchi

This installment of The GO Mechanism leads off with a composition by David Rex, an Australian saxophonist whose album Collision Course was released in 1998. It is very modernistic and suggested listening for GO Mechanism enthusiasts.

The Oliveira Trio is a musical ensemble from Porto, Portugal. Featured here is a groovy version of the theme song to the TV show Knight Rider. The group also does a great version of our favorite Bill Doggett song, “The Worm.”

James Brown recorded many instrumentals during his career. One was aired on GO Mechanism #4. The GO Mechanism producers hope to present many more in future episodes. The one presented on GO #5 serves as the background music to a reading of the first three paragraphs of “A Chase (Alighieri’s Dream)”, a short story by Leroi Jones, later known as Amiri Baraka. It is aptly read by Oweinama Biu exclusively for The GO Mechanism and is not available in stores.

Our pal and hero, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, has a cool show that airs on WFMU on Saturday afternoons. The Rubinoos recorded a fabulous theme song for him, which he plays about 30 minutes into his show each week. The GO Mechanism producers were able to track down an instrumental version of the song and it is presented here. We hereby challenge Todd-O-Phonic Todd to play The GO Mechanism theme song, “Lester Leaps In” by Earl Bostic on his show!!

Ronnie Kole was a New Orleans-based pianist. No, he is not in the Professor Longhair/Fats Domino/James Booker tradition. Kole was associated with Al Hirt and Pete Fountain—THOSE New Orleans musicians. That’s why this version of “The Batman Theme” is so unexpected; it is a favorite here at the Tree Frog Studios where The GO Mechanism is conceived.

The version of “Caravan” heard on this edition of The GO Mechanism is by Ralph Marterie, a band leader in the swing music tradition. During the early fifties, Marterie had great success with “Caravan.” The GO Mechanism producers have chosen his early sixties re-recording of the song that has a twist beat—thus the song is called “Caravan Twist.” Manny of Marterie’s records are rather square, covers of pop hits, but some of them are actually, unexpectedly, rockin’. Perhaps a future Science Corner pin-pointing his hip tracks is in order.

“Man on the Moon” by Ornette Coleman was only released as a single.

“The Groovy Line” is from the album Learn How to Dance. It is a two-record set of cheesy and very square dance tunes (waltz, foxtrot, Irish jig, charleston, etc.). One is expected to do the frug to “The Groovy Line.” Jack Hansen is credited as the musical director. I pray that this track is on a single somewhere so I can ditch the album.

Apparently, nearly every copy of the Lee Harris record, “Skate, Boogaloo and Karate Too,” has had its labels scratched off. The copy in The GO Mechanism library is no exception. According to legend, this was done at the record company itself, perhaps because someone wasn’t happy with the credits on the label. Further, The GO Mechanism producers are currently researching Karate records for a future Science Corner.

Lee Harris–“Skate, Boogaloo and Karate” (Forte): Nearly every copy of this record has both its labels rubbed off!

Official GO Mechanism track listing:

Earl Bostic – Lester Leaps In (King)
David Rex Quintet – Collision Course (Jazzhead; Australia)
Ahmad Jamal – Rico Pulpa (Epic)
Los Salvajes – Al Capone (Regal; Spain)
Cannonball Adderly – Marabi (Blue Note)
Lord Flea and His Calypsonians – Out De Fire (Capitol)
Oliveira Trio – O Justicero (Knight Rider Theme) (Dinamite; Portugal)
James Brown – The Chicken (King)
Mwana Amin – Africa Kung Fu (Zeida; Guatamala)
Ondatrópica – Pig Bag (Soundway; UK)
The Rubinoos – Todd-O-Phonic Todd Show Theme Song (Toddoprise)
Ronnie Kole Trio – Batman Theme (White Cliffs)
King Coleman – Do the Booga Lou (Port)
The Jaguars – Roundabout (Epic)
Big Jay McNeely – 3-D (Federal)
The Plimsouls – When You Find Out (Planet)
Preston Epps – Afro Mania (Jo-Jo)
Professor Longhair – Cuttin’ Out (Ron)
Pud Brown Trio – Take the A Train (Capitol)
The Golden Cups – Hiwa-Mata-Noboru (Capitol; Japan)
Freddy King – High Rise (Federal)
Astor Piazzola – Tanguedia III (American Clavé)
The Buddies – The Beatle (Swan)
Ralph Marterie – Caravan Twist (United Artists)
–Takeshi Terarauchi & the Bunnys – Fate (Symphony #5) (Seven Seas; Japan)
–Takeshi Terarauchi & the Bunnys – 勧進帳 [Kanjincho] (King; Japan)
–Takeshi Terarauchi & the Bunnys – Test Driver (King; Japan
The Teemates – Nightfall (Audio Fidelity)
The Phoenix Authority – Journey to the Center of the Mind (Mainstream)
Los Guacharacos – Esperma y Ron (Discos Fuentes; Colombia)
Olatunji – Akiwowo (Chant to the Trainman) (Columbia)
Ornette Coleman – Man on the Moon (Impulse)
Mikis Theodorakis – The Jet (20th Century)
Perez Prado – Sexomania (Orfeon; Mexico)
Charly Antolini – Charly’s Drums (BASF/Cornet; Germany
The Ventures – Nightstick (Cathy’s Theme) (Dolton)
Nick Venet & Orchestra – Theme from ‘Out of Sight’ (Decca)
Nino Ferrer – Cornichons (Riviera; Canada)
Jack Hansen – The Groovy Line (HRB Music)
The Sugarman Three—Soul Donkey (Daptone)
Lee Harris – Skate, Boogaloo and Karate Too (Forte)
Curtis Mayfield – Freddie’s Dead (Boogaloo edit) (Curtom)
Terry & the Blue Jeans – Kuroda Bushi (King; Japan)

Spoken bits:

•The Road Not Taken read by Robert Frost
•A Chase (Alighieri’s Dream) by Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) – read by Oweinama Biu exclusively for The GO Mechanism

Thanks for diggin’!!

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Sunday Soul Screeeeeeeeeem!!!!

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Our pal Jonathan Toubin, truly a premier DJ of reet music if ever there was one, hosts the groovy Sunday Soul Scream on the rooftop of Our Wicked Lady through the summer months. He is a very busy man. On Sunday July 1, he was scheduled to be in Los Angeles for a series of events and could not make the Scream. To host the night, he roped in Haley Griffin and Bailey Leiter to make sure the evening ran smoothly. One of Brooklyn’s bossest bands The Othermen agreed to appear. Our new  friend The Wig Doctor was signed on to spin records before the band played. Post band DJs picked for this occasion were Avi Spivak of Rebel Rouser and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. The night was warm and humid–indeed, everyone was sweatying–and Our Wicked Lady responded with an assortment of frozen cocktails. The moon was out and a lot of our friends showed up to swing with us.

The secret of the evening is the room on the ground floor which is air conditioned. The music from the rooftop is piped in, so no one missed a single needle-drop. Phast Phreddie‘s favorite thing: they have an excellent ginger beer on tap!

On the Googles, Our Wicked Lady is noted as a “hip music venue, arts complex & roof bar.” And so it is. Although the bar itself is of average size, the rooftop area is fairly sizable, allowing for a stage on one end and a bar, with DJ setup, on the other. It is situated in a very industrial area of East Williamsburg where few people live. Thus it can have loud music playing well into the night with nobody complaining. At about five minutes from the Morgan Avenue L Train stop, it is in a very convenient location.

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Bailey & Haley swing at the Sunday Soul Scream

As Mr. Toubin so aptly put it, Haley and Bailey are “two snazzy babes.” After being on the scene and witnessing things going down for several years, they started their own event Je T’Aime Oh No, which takes place every Monday at Berlin. These gals know how to party, that’s for sure.

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Bailey & Haley introduce The Othermen at the Sunday Soul Scream.

The Othermen is a grunge rock band in the pure sense of the word (having absolutely nothing to do with the so-called grunge rock movement of the early Nineties). At dictionary.com, “grunge” is defined as “dirt, filth, rubbish.” That’s exactly what this group sounds like, in the most fabulous way imaginable. With every instrument played at levels that achieve stunning audio distortion, this group makes a righteous, rockin’ noise unlike any other–with the optimal word being “noise” and the noise is boss! Highly recommended.

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The Othermen in action!

The Boogaloo Bag writers first met The Wig Doctor when they DJed together at one of DJ Rata’s Shake It Up Sundays last summer. He played some heavy, heavy mambos and cumbia records that we all dug. He is often seen working on Thursdays at Friends and Lovers in Prospect Heights and spins at Our Wicked Lady fairly regularly. He also pals around with Drew Redmond and they often DJ together, such as their Gettin’ Ugly night at the Beauty Bar. On this night, The Wig Doctor mixed it up with an eclectic set of rock, soul, funk, mambo and several other exotic styles. It was a gas.

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The Wig Doctor swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

Besides being an incredible artist, Avi Spivak is a cat with a bunch of boss trash. He swings at the Rebel Rouser, a cool record and groovy stuff store. LPs, 45s, books, horror magazines, underground comix, and weird cult movies are all there for the buying. Located on Broadway, near the edge of Bushwick, it may seem small, but everything the place sells is gear. Rebel Rouser has hosted Rebel Rouser Club House nights at Ceremony with Josh Styles, William Martin, usually a rockin’ band and always Avi Spivak. A solid good time.

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Avi Spivak swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

The rooftop space was place was full of folks to dig The Othermen, and most of them stayed to dance to the solid sounds laid down by the two late-night DJs. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus did not fool around by playing any lukewarm jive. Every record he played had super Go-Go Beat excitation. He must have gotten hungry around three quarters through the night as he played five food records in a row. Six if you count the Phil Flowers record (“…having to scrounge your next meal”)!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Sunday Soul Scream:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to dig.

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Danny Says: Let there be Boogaloo!!!

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Danny Fields is an unsung, non-musician, heroes of modern rock ‘n’ roll. He is the kind of guy who seems to have been at the right place at the right time and smart enough to know what he was doing. During the mid-late sixties, he was involved with the Andy Warhol scene, which then included Nico and The Velvet Underground; he had a radio show on WFMU during its early days pioneering the free-form format; he was involved with getting rock musicians on the covers of teen magazines; he worked at folk-oriented Elektra Records when it was becoming more involved with rock music; at Elektra, he helped publicize Judy Collins and The Doors (according to legend, it was Mr. Fields who suggested to Elektra that an edit of the seven-minute song “Light My Fire” would be a hit), and he got The Stooges and the MC5 signed to the label; he worked with The Modern Lovers; and he discovered The Ramones, even managed them during their early years.

That’s not all. He was a friend of Linda Eastman before she married Paul McCartney. He managed a young folk singer from Mississippi named Steve Forbert. He is an author and a photographer. And now he is the subject of a documentary called Danny Says—titled after a Ramones song that name-checks him. The film was recently completed and had its New York premier on Tuesday September 22 at the Players Theater in the West Village. Check here for more information on the movie.

After the premier, a reception for the movie was held at 49 Grove—an elegant, dimly lit, exclusive nightclub just a few blocks away from the theater. Hosted by the authors of the New York Punk Rock Bible Please Kill Me Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil. Asked to DJ the party was none other than Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, who was honored to do so.

Unfortunately, due to the location of the DJ booth in the club—literally a hole in the wall that could easily be overlooked—The Boog was unable to identify most of the luminaries in attendance—except the tall Mr. Thurston Moore, who towered over everyone in the room. Other notable attendees were a whole bunch of folks who currently DJ at free-form radio station WFMU, including Todd-O-Phonic Todd, Miss Shiela B, Joe Belock and Dave the Spazz, as well as the Boog’s old pal and ex-WFMU DJ The HoundDanny Fields, of course, was too hip to be at his own movie premier and/or reception! The photos appearing in this post were mostly taken from inside the DJ booth (click on the photos and they will big-o-fi).

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For his part, Phast Phreddie played all sorts of records that were appropriate for the evening, which started when he played The Ramones’ “Danny Says”—which was played about three or four more times during the evening, as the occasion necessitated. Here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the reception for the film Danny Says:

  • Ramones–Danny Says [from LP End of the Century] (Sire)
  • Bob Thiele and his New Happy Times Orch. with Gabor Szabo–Light My Fire (Impulse)
  • The Velvet Underground and Nico–All Tomorrow’s Parties (Verve)
  • Patti Smith–Piss Factory (Mer)
  • Tim Buckley–Aren’t You the Girl (Elektra; UK)
  • Mott the Hoople–All the Young Dudes (Columbia)
  • T-Rex–The Groover (EMI; UK)
  • Steve Forbert–Goin’ Down to Laurel (Nemperor)
  • The Doors–Take It as It Comes (Elektra; UK)
  • Lou Reed–Vicious (RCA; Germany)
  • The Stooges–Real Cool Time (Elektra; France)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico–Femme Fatale (Verve)
  • Mink DeVille–Soul Twist (Capitol; UK)
  • The Byrds–Mr. Spaceman (Columbia)
  • The Rolling Stones–Get Off of My Cloud (Decca; UK)
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay–Kicks (Columbia)
  • The Monkees–A Little Bit Me a Little Bit You (Colgems)
  • The Ramones–I Wanna Be Sedated (RSO)
  • The Velvet Underground–White Light/White Heat (Verve)
  • Eddie & the Hot Rods–Do Anything You Wanna Do (Island; UK)
  • Television–Venus (Elektra; Japan)
  • The Modern Lovers–Roadrunner (Beserkley; UK)
  • The Fleshtones–Remember the Ramones (Yep Roc)
  • Ramones–Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Sire)
  • The Flamin’ Groovies–Shake Some Action (Sire; UK)
  • MC5–Looking at You (A Square)
  • New York Dolls–Who Are the Mystery Girls? (Mercury)
  • Patti Smith–Ask the Angels (Arista)
  • The Doors–Break on Through (Elektra; UK)
  • Les Baronets–Hello Je T’Aime (CanUSA; Canada)
  • La Lupe–Touch Me (Roulette)
  • Blondie–X Offender (Private Stock)
  • The Shangri-Las–Give Him a Great Big Kiss (Red Bird)
  • Martha & the Vandellas–Nowhere to Run (Gordy)
  • David Johansen–Funky But Chic (Blue Sky)
  • Talking Heads–Life During Wartime (Sire)
  • Roxy Music–Do the Strand (Warner Bros./Back to Back Hits)
  • Alice Cooper–Under My Wheels (Warner Bros.)
  • The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed–Sweet Jane (Atlantic; Germany)
  • MC5–Kick Out the Jams (Elektra)
  • The Stooges–I Wanna Be Your Dog (Elektra)
  • Ramones–Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue [from LP Ramones] (Sire)
  • Andy Wharol’s Velvet Underground–I’m Waiting for the Man (M-G-M; Germany)
  • The Rolling Stones–Mothers Little Helper (London)
  • The Equals–Police on My Back (RCA; Japan)
  • Elliott Murphy–Last of the Rock Stars (Polydor)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience–All Along the Watchtower (Reprise)
  • Love–Little Red Book (Elektra)
  • The Doors–Soul Kitchen (Elektra)
  • Lou Reed–Walk and Talk It (RCA)
  • Pretenders–The Wait (Real; UK)
  • The Beatles–Helter Skelter (Capitol)
  • Iggy & the Stooges–Penetration (Columbia)
  • The Move–Brontosaurus (A&M)
  • The Doors–Not to Touch the Earth (Elektra; Portugal)

None of these records are for sale.

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Gillian McCain (Please Kill Me) and James Marshall (The Hound) swing at the reception for the “Danny Says” movie.

Out of Sight V!

Moses Funk swings at Out of Sight!

Moses Funk swings at Out of Sight!

On September 17, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus returned to the Beauty Bar in Manhattan to swing at Out of Sight—the goovy soul dance party hosted by our pal DJ Xerox every Thursday night. This time his co-guest DJ was Moses Funk.

Mr. Funk is from Boston, where he hosted two fabulous dance nights: Cheap Thrills a’ Go-Go—a montly sex-a-dellic Go-Go party that the Boog once guest DJed at—and the Mambo Beat Club—a bi-weekly soul music event. He now lives in Brooklyn where a few years ago he started the Brooklyn Soul Club, which is currently on hiatus while Moses Funk develops some sort of scientific turntablist project. For Out of Sight, Moses Funk came armed with a box of old soul 45s and he played the hell out of them, too!!

Here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:

  • Pieces of Eight–Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (A&M)
  • Hank Jacobs–Monkey Hips & Rice (Sue)
  • The Cooperettes–Don’t Trust Him (Brunswick)
  • Naomi Davis Shelton & the Knights of Forty First Street–Forty First Street Breakdowne (Desco/Daptone)
  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas–I Gotta Let You Go (Gordy)
  • Joe and George–You’re Gonna Miss Me (Now)
  • The Passions–Hi Jacked Part I (Tower)
  • The Sweethearts–This Couldn’t Be Me (Kent)
  • Bobby Wilson–Feels Good (Volt)
  • Gene Chandler–I Can’t Save It (Constellation)
  • Rose Batiste–That’s What He Told Me (Golden World)
  • The Glories–No News (Date)
  • Herbie Mann (vocals by Little Milton, Swee-Tea and Percy)–It’s a Funky Thing – Right On (Part 2) (Memphis Underground) (Atlantic)
  • John Roberts–Sockin’ 1-2-3-4 (Duke)
  • Johnny Tolbert–Check Your Battery Part I (Jasman)
  • Jerry Washington–Set Your Soul on Fire (Excello)
  • The Exception–You Don’t Know Like I Know (Capitol)
  • Buddy Miles Express–Memphis Train (Mercury)
  • Lorraine Ellison–Call Me Anytime You Need Some Lovin’ (Mercury)
  • Smokey Robinson & I Miracles–Non Sono Quello Che Tu Vuoi (Tamla/Motown; Italy)
  • Pat Lewis–Can’t Shake It Loose (Golden World)
  • Roy Head–I Want Some Action (Mercury)
  • Charles Bradley & Larose Jackson–Luv Jones (Dunham)
  • Aretha Franklin–Pullin’ (Atlantic)
  • Judy White–Somebody Been Messin’ (T-Neck)
  • Frankie Newsome–My Lucky Day – Part I (GWP)
  • James Brown–I Love You (King)
  • The Hot Tamales–Out of Sight (Diamond)
  • Gary (U.S.) Bonds–Copy Cat (Legrand)
  • George Jackson–Tossin’ and Turnin’ (Mercury)
  • Paul Peek–Rockin’ Pnewumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu (Columbia)
  • Maurice Simon and the Pie Men–The Git-Go (Carnival)
  • Jimmy McQuade and the Unique Echos–Bongo Talk (Swan)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips–Cloud Nine (Soul)
  • The Delights Orchestra–Do Your Thing (Atco)
  • King Solomon–The Moon Walk (Highland)
  • Tommy Strand & the Upper Hand–The Trik (R)
  • J. Hines and the Boys–Funky Funk (Part 1) (Nation-Wide)
  • ‘Wee’ Willie Walker–Ticket to Ride (Goldwax)
  • Cresa Watson–These Boots Are Made for Walking (Charay)
  • The 5th Dimension–Sunshine of Your Love (Liberty; Germany)
  • The Magnificent Men–Almost Persuaded (Capitol)
  • Wilson Pickett–Funk Factory (Atlantic)
  • H.B. Barnum–Blessed Mother (Cozy)
  • Otis Redding–Look at the Girl (Atco)
  • Lester Young–Barefootin Time in Chinatown (Barry)
  • Wallace Brothers–Airborne Shuffle (Jewel)
  • Andre Franklin with the Preston Epps Trio, Jim Ashford – drums–Say Yeah!! (Polo)
  • The Counts–Chitlins, Etc. (Panorama)
  • Howard Peters–Tighten Up the Slack (Coral)
  • Mason & Dixon–Soul Power (Buttercup)
  • Vigon–Baby Your Time Is My Time (Egg; France)
  • Jerry-O–Scratch My Back (Boo-Ga-Loo)
  • Chuck Jackson–Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (Wand)
  • Toussaint McCall–I’m Gonna Make Me a Woman (Ronn)

None of these records are for sale.

Ursa Major swings at Boogaloo Movement!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Ursa Major swing at Boogaloo Movement!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Ursa Major swing at Boogaloo Movement!

As all regular readers of the Boogaloo Bag know, the fourth Friday of every other month is the time when Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus brings a fantabulous DJ night to The Commodore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Over the last few years, there has been some really boss nights. This most recent event, held on July 24, was certainly one of them. Called Boogaloo Movement, it featured the most excellent 45 rpm record-spinning of Ursa Major—a swingin’ hepcat with an amazing record collection.

When it comes to DJing, Mister Major has been around the block a few times. He used to guest DJ at the Subway Soul Club, plus he often hosts a night of his own, at the Banter Bar, the Grand Victory and other swell joints around town. Ursa Major is part of a DJ collective known as Legio SPQR, and as such, has traveled internationally playing his records. Also, Ursa Major is the drummer for a hot Oi! punk band called The Templars, a group that has made records and toured Europe.

Ursa Major and some of his pals enjoy a night of wompin' good music at Boogaloo Movement!

Ursa Major and some of his mates enjoy a night of wompin’ good music at Boogaloo Movement!

Mostly, when Mister Major swings it is with his ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul records—of which he has thousands. He also has some of the finest freakbeat records you’ll ever hear—plus some cool French stuff. At Boogaloo Movement, he delighted the crowd with all that and more. Place was jumpin’ all night long. In fact, before the end of the night, drinks were spilled and glass was broken: another exciting Wang Dang Doodle event took place!!!

For his part, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus also went with an international flavor, playing records from such countries as Japan and Jamaica, Canada and Germany, Spain and France, England, Holland and Italy! It was a groovy night, to say the least. Make sure you, dear Boogaloo Bag reader, are able to make it to the next Commodore night—September 25—because it, too, will be boss. Make your plans now.

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

None of these records are for sale.

The Commodore has a new tropical fish tank!!

The Commodore has a groovy new tropical fish tank!!

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.

Twist All Night!

Nogood Nick, Sheila B and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Nogood Nick, Sheila B and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

TWIST ALL NIGHT! is a new Boogaloo Night concept, developed in the WANG DANG DOODLE laboratories, especially for the nights at the Commodore. These nights, held every other fourth Friday of the month, often play host to some of the most fabulous music in existence. TWIST ALL NIGHT!, which made its debut on May 22, was no exception. With guest DJs Sheila B and Nogood Nick, you KNOW some great records were played.

TWIST ALL NIGHT! will feature some of the finest DJs who play boss 45s. They will be allowed complete freedom to play anything they want—as long as it is REET! Sheila B and Nogood Nick are two DJs who excel at this sort of program.

 

Sheila B works her thing at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Sheila B works her thing at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Sheila B, who is internationally known as the Queen of the Girl Group 45, spun plenty of those, sure, but also some keen freakbeat, French ye-ye, hot R&B and some other tuff stuff. She just kept it coming, until she had to leave a bit early, since she wasn’t feeling well.

 

Nogood Nick works with a clean needle at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Nogood Nick works with a clean needle at TWIST ALL NIGHT!

Luckily, Nogood Nick was in the house. He’s one of those DJs who, for some reason, rarely seems to be on anybody’s list of Top DJs. However, he’s got great records and knows how to play them, and therefore, should be on the top of everybody’s list! It is quite possible that he is the most underrated DJ on the scene. Before TWIST ALL NIGHT!, he and Miss Sheila barely knew each other. In fact, Mr. Nick succeeded in grabbing Miss Sheila’s attention by playing a whole set of nothing but fantastic girl group records. She dug Nogood Nick’s work so much that she invited him to be guest DJ at the next Sh-Boom, the groovy new dance night she hosts at Baby’s All Right (dig it on June 26).

 

For his part, TWIST ALL NIGHT! host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played a lot of records he has never played out before—some of them because they were newly acquired, others because they awaited the perfect moment for them to be played, and still others because they have been buried inside the Boogaloo Vault so deep that they were unreachable! Also, note, two B.B. King records were played to further honor the passing of the great bluesman.

 

The following is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, some with links to clips on the youtubes. Below that is a gallery of records that were played – click on the image and it will Big-O-Fi right on your computer screen!

None of these records are for sale.

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Next Boogaloo Night at the Commodore will be July 24. Don’t you dare miss it!!

Sh-Boom! Sh-Boogaloo!

Josh Styles, Sheila B and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Sh-Boom!

Josh Styles, Sheila B and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Sh-Boom!

Sheila B is a girl on the Go-Go! She puts together groovy compilations of cool music. She DJs at the swingin’est nightclubs. She travels around the world buying records and playing them. She has one of the best blogs on the entire Interweb. She has recently become a fill-in DJ at radio station WFMU. She also is hostess for Sh-Boom, a very hip DJ night that is held monthly at one of Lower Williamsburg’s newest venues, Baby’s All Right. Boogaloo Bag readers will be familiar with her because she frequently guest DJ’d at the Dynagroove—especially the all-girl artist nights called Sophisticated Boom Boom. So, everybody knows Sheila B can deliver the goods at her own show…and does she ever!

Sheila B picks another great record to play at Sh-Boom!

Sheila B picks another great record to play at Sh-Boom!

Sh-Boom features all sorts of groovy sixties music, ranging from pounding Go-Go rhythms to swirling Freak Beat organ stompers; girl group grooves to soulful R&B tracks; from hot soundtrack themes to Euro-pop coolness; from Japanese female funk to fuzzed-out garage rock madness. It is all happening at the Sh-Boom!

 

On Friday April 24, her guest DJs were Josh Styles and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

 

Josh Styles was at the controls at Sh-Boom!

Josh Styles was at the controls at Sh-Boom!

In this town, Mr. Styles is the undisputed king of the Freak Beat record. He’s got a ton of great ones and he is especially adept at knowing when to play them. And how! Plus, he swaps gears gracefully by injecting an R&B basher or an organ-driven monster. When Mr. Styles is at the controls, you will want to be on the dancefloor!

 

Miss Sheila also played some great records—many of which had a distinct international origin; jet-set jams that really swing. The place was jumping all night long.

 

All of our friends came out to swing at Sh-Boom!

All of our friends came out to swing at Sh-Boom!

In order to keep up with these two fabulous youngsters, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus trotted out some of his most favorite records in the world—dig: DC5, CWB, Las Moskas, Ambertones, “Slurp” and “Satisfaction!” Dig it all—every record he played is listed here, some with links to the youtubes so you can, like, really dig them:

None of these records are for sale.

James Hunter Rules!

The James Hunter Six

The James Hunter Six

James Hunter is a blue-eyed R&B singer and guitarist who has been active on the London scene since the mid-Eighties. At that time, he was in a band cleverly called Howlin’ Wilf and the Vee Jays. During the Nineties he formed his own band and played in pubs and club. Soon after the turn of the century, word of Mr. Hunter’s fine, fine music finally spread and he has become a significant cult favorite among those who know.

James Hunter’s music is cool. He has obviously been influenced by such R&B legends as Little Willie John, The “5” Royales, Freddie King, Lee Dorsey and Sam Cooke. But when he writes his own songs and when he sings those of others, being British, he adds his own original stamp and is not just a nostalgia act. Hunter recently released a new LP called Minute By Minute produced by Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings) and, as this is being written, Hunter and his band is in the United States touring and promoting it. If he comes to your town, go see him.

On April 22, The James Hunter Six, took his excellent show to the beautiful new Living Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was enlisted to spin records for an after-show party held in the front bar. The party was a gas, with members of the band, and a full Daptone posse, including Mikey Post, Neal Sugarman, Gabriel Roth, Nydia Davila and Sharon Jones in attendance.

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

None of these records are for sale.