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:

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

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Saint Rocco

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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!!

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?

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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!!!