New box set chronicles legendary WAG club

wag club

Legendary London nightclub The Wag is paid tribute to over four discs with a selection of remastered rare, classic and collectible funk, Latin, disco, hip hop and jazz that filled the floor from its early years 1982-86. A second volume is planned to cover the acid house and electronic years that followed.

The Wag box set is released on 10th June via Harmless Records and is curated by Chris Sullivan – a musician, journalist and the Wag’s founder, director, promoter, designer and booker for its entire run of 18 years.

  • “The Wag is the dog’s bow-wow. Back in the 80’s when I toured the UK I was introduced to the Wag and it became my fave hang. The joint had style and substance.David Bowie
  • “I brought my new wife Patty to London to see the sights. Number one was The Houses of Parliament, number two was Westminster Cathedral and number three was the Wag Club.” Keith Richards
  • “I love The Wag. Why aren’t there more clubs like it? Always cutting edge.” Joe Strummer

wag club compilation



  1. Aaron Neville Hercules
  2. Cymande Bra
  3. Doris Duke Woman Of The Ghetto
  4. Don Julian & The Larks Shorty The Pimp
  5. Esther Philips Home Is Where The Hatred Is
  6. James Brown The Boss
  7. A.A.B.B. Pick Up The Pieces One By One
  8. Fatback Band Wicky Wacky
  9. Clarence Wheeler and The Enforcers Right On
  10. Miami Kill That Roach
  11. Brother Soul Cookies
  12. Gil Scott-Heron 17th Street
  13. Beginning of the End Funky Nassau
  14. Manu Dibango New Bell
  15. Gwen McRae All This Love I’m Giving
  16. Earth, Wind & Fire Getaway
  17. Brother To Brother In The Bottle
  18. M.F.S.B. Sexy 


  1. Dexter Wansel  Life On Mars
  2. The Nite-Lighters K- Jee
  3. Herbie Mann Hijack
  4. D.C. La Rue Cathedrals
  5. Crystal Grass Crystal World (Larry Sanders Edit)
  6. New York Port Authority I Got It
  7. Brass Construction Movin’
  8. Mandrill Can You Get It
  9. Strutt Time Moves On
  10. Slave You And Me
  11. War Galaxy
  12. Fatbank Band (Do The) Spanish Hustle                      


  1. Don Renaldo and His String & Horn Sections + M.F.S.B. Freddie’s Dead
  2. John Handy Hard Work
  3. Benny Golson The New Killer Joe
  4. Eddie Harris Listen Here
  5. Oscar Brown Jnr Mr. Kicks
  6. Freddie Hubbard Return Of The Prodigal Son
  7. Rashaan Roland Kirk Making Love After Hours
  8. Mel Torme Comin’ Home Baby
  9. Herbie Mann/Tamiko Jones Sidewinder
  10. Nina Simone African Mailman
  11. Snowboy & The Latin Section A Night In Tunisia
  12. Mongo Santamaria I Can’t Get Next To You
  13. Charlie Palmieri Mambo Show
  14. Ray Barretto Pasttime Paradise
  15. Dom Um Romao & Jadir de Castro Ozonio                    


  1. Linda Clifford Runaway Love
  2. Joyce Sims (You Are My) All N’ All
  3. Herbie Hancock Rockit
  4. Junkyard Band The Word
  5. Digital Underground The Humpty Dance
  6. Chain Reaction Dance Freak
  7. Quando Quango Genius
  8. Cerrone Supernature
  9. Atmosfear Dancing In Outer Space
  10. Dinosaur L Go Bang
  11. Undisputed Truth  You + Me = Love


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