Atomic Suplex – LOUIE of the Week

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My friend Joe Macoll turned me onto the recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Atomic Suplex.

Here’s a little description from the band on how they came to record this song…

We don’t really do covers but when we were rehearsing for our second album a couple of years ago we did for some reason broke into an impromptu version of Louie Louie which was committed to tape. I forgot about it until the other day when I was looking to nick a loop of JDs Drums for a demo.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you this week’s LOUIE of the Week!


https://youtu.be/-McnJVPCvI0

More details on the band can be found at:

http://www.atomicsuplex.co.uk

RIP: Gary S. Paxton, legendary music producer

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My friend Gary S. Paxton has passed away a few days ago.

Gary was an extremely talented musician that produced #1 hit records in rock, country and gospel music. As a singer-songwriter of a teenage duo with a hit song that sold a million records, he toured America with legendary DJ Alan Freed in 1959. From 1959 until the time of his passing, he produced thousands of records for a wide variety of musicians. He was both admired and feared by his peers including Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and Buck Owens.

I got to know Gary because of his connection with Richard Berry, songwriter of LOUIE LOUIE, as well as his role as producer of the first album by Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Gary, along with his then-business partner Kim Fowley, produced a handful of Richard Berry records in the early 1960s after Richard’s contract with the Flip Records label had expired.

One of my proudest moments was helping facilitate the proper reissue of these recordings, as well as the original Flip recordings, which both found a loving home with Ace Records of UK.

Gary S. Paxton’s first success in the music business was with the singing duo Skip & Flip, whose initial recording was “It Was I,” which entered the Billboard Top 20 in 1959, peaking at No. 11.

The duo consisted of Gary and Clyde Battin, who were both part of The Pledges, a rock band based in Tucson, Arizona.

As Gary explained to me, the song was originally a demo recording sent to record label that Gary didn’t follow up on. He discovered that the song became a hit record after he moved from Tucson to Tacoma, Washington. He heard the song on the radio while he was working a job picking fruit in an orchard, and didn’t even recognize his own voice. When he contacted Brent Records, the New York label that released this record, they told him they had been trying to get ahold of him, and immediately made plans for him to rejoin his old bandmate for a nationwide tour that included television appearances on American Bandstand.

The duo, which was re-named “Skip & Flip” by the record label, lasted for a few years before it dissolved, as their partnership fell apart when Gary’s wife decided to be with Clyde.


https://youtu.be/vcNSGFeUIV0

Gary moved to Hollywood, where he linked up with Kim Fowley to produce records together, which included “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles, their studio project that became a band, featuring with Gary on lead vocals.


https://youtu.be/vNuVifA7DSU

After “Alley Oop,” Gary oversaw a similar project that he organized – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Keepers, who recorded a little song called “Monster Mash.”

There’s so much more that could be said about Gary S. Paxton…. so much more than I can share with this little blog post..

My friend Alec Palao, who oversaw all the great Ace reissues of Gary’s rock and roll legacy, shared what is likely to be one of the best tributes ever written for our friend.

PLEASE… click on this and read the whole article. It’s absolutely worth reading from start to finish.

In the meantime, I leave you with a short video… a small sample of some of the footage that I shot with Gary at his home in Nashville in 1998. He talks about his special storage trailer, the band Limey and the Yanks, Red West (Elvis Presley‘s bodyguard) and some of the recordings he did with Richard Berry.

Rest in peace, Gary.

We’re going to miss you…


https://youtu.be/dGsBwcSI384

Reference Links:
The official Gary S. Paxton webpage
The Ace Records obituary on Gary S. Paxton
The Wikipedia entry on on Gary S. Paxton

Zodiac (Dutch Glam Rock Disco) – LOUIE of the Week

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This week, we point the LOUIE spotlight at a 1976 recording by a Dutch band known as Zodiac.

The band Zodiac was formed in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), featuring members of Crown’s Clan. I wasn’t able to find out details on all six of the band members, but some of the core players included vocalist Sylvia van Asten, guitarist Jan Kroon and keyboardist Fred Sammelius.

LOUIE LOUIE was released as a 45 single on the CNR label in 1976, with the song “Back Again” on the flipside.

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This may, quite possibly, be the ONLY the version of LOUIE LOUIE that could be categorized as “Dutch Glam Rock Disco.”


https://youtu.be/CT9Nm-_1c2A

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More details about this band can be found at the links below:

https://www.discogs.com/Zodiac-Louie-Louie/release/8018946
http://www.nldiscografie.nl/zodiac
http://robotperson.angelfire.com/Shades.html
http://www.ad-vinylrecords.com/product/zodiac-louie-louie-single/

Big thanks to Clay Stabler for the sleeve art + label scans.

Where is that LOUIE……??

This week, there’s no LOUIE of the Week.

Alas, another week filled with way too many other distractions…

… so said the video guy that’s about to drive 70 miles to shoot a segment for an unrelated documentary…..

Dez Cadena – LOUIE of the Week / GoFundMe anti-cancer campaign

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Here’s a little something I recently stumbled upon .. a 2011 solo performance of LOUIE LOUIE by Dez Cadena, the man who sang on Black Flag‘s very first LOUIE LOUIE recording.

I also found out he’s fighting cancer.

Dez joined Black Flag in 1980, replacing singer Ron Reyes who apparently quit the band in the middle of a particularly violent show in Redondo Beach. With Dez onboard, they embarked on their first nationwide tour, which included their first and only sold-out performance at the 3,500-seat Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

A year later, Black Flag released their recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which featured some revised lyrics written by Dez..

“You know the pain that’s in my heart
It just shows I’m not very smart
Who needs love when you’ve got a gun?
Who needs love to have any fun?”

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The artwork on the record includes these special lyrics superimposed over a photo of Dez by Edward Colver.

As fate would have it, Dez’s voice was severely strained after extensive touring, which led to Dez voluntarily stepping down from vocal duties to become a guitar player in the band. Dez continued with Black Flag for a few more years before leaving to work with a variety of other bands that included Redd Kross, DC3, Twisted Roots, Ella and the Blacks, among others.

Dez also participated in the 2003 reunion shows of Black Flag, as well as the 2013 shows of Flagg– the alternative re-formation of former Black Flagg members.

From 2001 until 2015, Dez was a member of the Misfits. In June 2015, Dez announced he was leaving the Misfits, and two months later, he revealed he was battling throat cancer.

In August 2015, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to raise money to pay for his cancer treatments.

Dez Cadena, beloved member of Black Flag, Misfits, DC3, Vida, Ella & The Blacks, Redd Kross, and Flag, is battling throat cancer.

Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor’s bills.

We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez’s cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.

We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.

Best wishes, and thank you again!

Friends of Dez Cadena

Ten months later, it appears that the campaign is $13,000 short of its original goal to pay for cancer treatments. Perhaps this little post will inspire some extra generosity…

Anyways, here’s the performance of LOUIE LOUIE by Dez Cadena and his Broke Down Bitches, live at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, New Jersey, sometime in July 2011. Dave Travis is responsible for creating this video.


https://youtu.be/O8DIi5nyFu4

.. and in case you forgot Dez’s original LOUIE recording with Black Flag, here’s a reminder…


https://youtu.be/5Dd87truWl8

All my best wishes to you, Dez!

REFERENCE LINKS:

The Dez Cadena Official Facebook Community Page

The GoFundMe Campaign – Help Dez Cadena Beat Cancer’s Ass!

The (UK) Guarian – Former Black Flag man Dez Cadena appeals for help with his cancer bills

Wikipedia on Black Flag

Wikipedia on Dez Cadena

The Stabilisers + Armitage Shanks “Louie Louie Music” – LOUIE of Week

My friend Joe Maccoll shared some information about a song called “Louie Louie Music,” which was covered by his band the Stabilisers.

The original version of the song was done by Armitage Shanks!


https://youtu.be/w-1pkgBhA1Y

(YouTube description)
Louie Louie Music by Armitage Shanks from the album Louie Louie Music EP
Released 2012-05-18 on Little Teddy Recordings.

If HARDSKIN were a garage band they would be ARMITAGE SHANKS… fact. Rudimentary punk rock done with that rough and tumble Medway sound. Like THEE MILKSHAKES minus the 60’s. Four tunes that don’t mess around, no meandering, fancy bridges, fiddly intros, extended endings, just straight up punch in the face punk rock. This band do it right, God bless them!

Joe Maccoll points out…

Musically it is reminiscent(or a rip-off) of Wild Billy Childish‘s “Joe Strummers grave.”


https://youtu.be/qot3fvBGdVs

(YouTube description)
Punk Rock At The British Legion Hall – 2007 – Damaged Goods Records – Cat No DAMGOOD 281.

Joe Maccoll also adds…

All three songs were recorded in Ranscombe Studios in Kent. Jim Riley must be sick of this riff by now!

… and yet another comment…

…as it turns out guitarist Allan Crockford with Wild Billy Childish in Thee Headcoats,so this makes some kind of sense.So, although not LL,it carries the spirit of the song in its genes,and more importantly,it rocks!


https://youtu.be/jTjKMsSClUI

Feel free to visit the Stablisers Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/TheStabilisers/

Remembering Candye Kane – Non-LOUIE of the Week

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This one’s for Candye Kane, a multi-talented blues singer that we lost last month. Eight years ago she announced that she had pancreatic cancer, which she actively fought with an incredible zest, speaking openly about her battle over the years.

For Candye, so much of her life was all about helping others find a means of empowering themselves, using her public persona to promote healing, love, and self-acceptance of one’s body – whatever size, shape or hue it may be.

One of her last projects was a Kickstarter campaign she did in 2013 for a CD collection of her songs entitled “The Power In You- A Collection Of Candye’s Songs Of Guts, Strength And Triumph For Fighters Who Need It Now.” This was designed for people suffering from a life crisis or struggling with a disease, which Candye shared freely with anyone that contacted her.

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According to a Wikipedia page on Candye, she was usually booked for tours 250 days a year, playing a lot of prestigious venues all over the world… even after her cancer diagnosis in 2008.

The San Diego Reader shared this memory of Candye:

In summer 2011, she released a new album, Sister Vagabond. “I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane said. “It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.”

I recently found some video that I shot of Candye a year and half ago at a little club in Santa Cruz, California. It was a little moment I captured on a little pocketcam that I forgot I even had.

Today, I’m sharing this clip, a performance of “I Put a Hex On You,” which I believe is an original Candye composition.

We’ll call this a Non-LOUIE of the week….

Rest in peace, Ms. Candye Kane.


https://youtu.be/QNH8dHMzMpw

Phil “Fang” Volk w/ the Kingsmen – LOUIE of the Week

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Phil “Fang” Volk, an alumni of Paul Revere & the Raiders, shared a special LOUIE LOUIE performance on his Facebook page– a recent collaboration with the Kingsmen!

Phil “Fang” Volk playing bass guitar and singing “Louie Louie” with the Kingsmen at their Cannery Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2016. In honor of the late Smitty, original drummer of the Raiders, Fang shouted out: “Grab your woman, it’s Louie, Louie time!” heard on the Raider’s single of the same song, recorded in the same studio, in the same week in Portland, Oregon over 53 years ago.

https://youtu.be/4hgnFHBpRUM

Gregorio the Fantastical – LOUIE of the Week

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This week, the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight is pointed at Gregorio the Fantastical, with his passionate rendition shared on YouTube!

It’s a LOUIE of the Week, so CRANK IT U and share this thing freely!


https://youtu.be/setLgXfCW0Y

Black Pistol Fire (live at Bottle Rock) – LOUIE of the Week

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Hot off the proverbial digital griddle, here’s a fresh LOUIE LOUIE captured an hour or two ago at the Bottle Rock festival in Napa, California.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you this week’s LOUIE LOUIE, performed by Black Pistol Fire, captured for posterity by the man known as Mr. Punmaster!


https://youtu.be/sD2iB4CP9G4