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An American chain of gourmet grocery stores and cafés, founded in 1977 and originally based in the SoHo district of New York City.
The chain currently comprises 8 locations in the US and over 50 in Asia, more than half of which are in Japan. (They even have a store in Roppongi — I wonder if Pixeleen shops there?)
A derby is a style of men's hat (known as a "bowler hat" outside the US).
Invented by London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler in 1849, it is oval-shaped and made from stiff felt, with a dome-shaped crown and a narrow, curved brim.
The song lyric supposedly refers to hat-wearing cigar-smoking voodoo deity Baron Samedi — see panatela.
An alternative name for "taxi dancing" — in other words, posing as a dance partner for pay.
Most popular in the 1920s in the United States, a typical setup in a taxi-dance hall saw male patrons purchase a ticket for 10 cents (i.e. a dime) which allowed them to dance with their choice of female partner for the duration of one song.
The female dancers in question were all employed by the dance hall & typically earned 5 cents out of the 10 cent ticket price, leading to their alternative nickname "nickel hoppers".
Dr. Jing Nuan Wu (1933-2002), an acupuncturist and artist formerly based in Washington D.C.
Emigrated from China to the United States at a young age and graduated from Harvard to become a Wall Street venture capitalist, finally setting up a Taoist clinic in Washington in 1973.
Apparently he helped one of the band to overcome drug addiction in the mid-70s, hence the lyrical tribute.
Link: The Art of Jing Nuan Wu