This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on yet another Unknown LOUIE LOUIE recording from the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.
A few years ago, I wrote up a post entitled “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs” which sought to identify some of the recordings that couldn’t be identified. Since that particular posting, a few things became apparent……
There were 842 versions of THE SONG played at the marathon, but some of these turned out to be repeats, which did happen a few times, particularly with the Robin Roberts version, which credited to either Rockin’ Robin Roberts or the Wailers, aka the Fabulous Wailers.
Not every LOUIE was a “Purebred LOUIE” as written by Richard Berry. Some of these LOUIEs were “LOUIE Bastards” – the exact same song with different lyrics, but credited to someone else. More often than anything else, these LOUIEs would often be “LOUIE Mutants” – a category that would included medleys, mash-ups or otherwise oddball re-arrangements on the LOUIE theme.
While this marathon played every known commercial recording of the song, so many of the LOUIEs played at this marathon were of the D.I.Y. variety, which provided a wide cross section of good, bad, and really, really ugly. Some of these versions took the term “unlistenable” to a whole new spectrum.
So many of these D.I.Y. versions with such unusual monikers as Captain Porko & the Dyzonics, Deviant Schizophrenics, Mal Nutrition, AXYD VUMAB (or was it Acksid Myvob?), Bovine Flatulents, and the Exploding Pintos, to name a few, may never be completely identified.
Then, there also 22 versions that have not been identified, were never properly logged on the log sheets, and are known simply as “Unknown.”
Here’s his week’s version – the “Unknown LOUIE- KFJC version #332,” which I hope someone out in cyberspace might be able to identify. ..
This is truly a crazy LOUIE! Looking at my notes, I wrote…“Wow! A psychotic woman sings LOUIE LOUIE while someone makes crazy sounds with horns and some odd pieces of percussion.”
I do hope you’re entertained by this silly one….
When I posted the article “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs,” this version was originally identified as “KFJC version #331,” but in the course of time, we discovered ONE lost version on the tapes that wasn’t properly separated from the batch, and so we had to renumber all of the LOUIEs from that point onwards..
It’s taken awhile, but I think we’ve finally got the archives in proper order after way too many years of part-time data-tweaking. Of the 63 hours, close to 62 hours were preserved and finally properly catalogued.
My plan to share more of these “Unknown” LOUIE LOUIE recordings, as well as more of the truly inspired versions that were never released to the general public.
Somewhere down the line, it may make sense to share the entire marathon online. Eventually, I hope to be able to coordinate some type of online interactive database that would provide definitive proof of why this song is the most recorded song of all time.
I’m hoping to see improved webpage development tools that would make it easier to assemble the kind of online database I’d like to share. As web design is NOT a major focus in my life these days, I’m hoping the software will continue to become more intuitive, just as WordPress made it so much easier for someone like myself to publish this very webpage, initially created without the benefit of any “blogging software.”
Naturally, the database would have to be designed to allow others to chime with their comments, either clarifying details about any given recording, or maybe adding a different level of absurdity to an already absurd nature of this archival project….
It’s time for a rarely-seen LOUIE LOUIE comic strip!
My friend Frances Cherman has been saving this one for years, but has no idea what year this one was published. I couldn’t find anything about this “Briefcase” comic strip by Louthan!! Maybe someone out in cyberspace has the answer??
Thank you, Frances!
A few days ago, legendary actress Sophia Loren celebrated her 80th birthday. As big fans of this very talented lady, we celebrate her life, legacy and longevity!
As I listened to some of the music she released as a musical recording artist, there was one song in particular that leaped out to me…
“Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” was a song Sophia recorded with producer George Martin (pre-Beatles) in 1960, released as part of her album with Peter Sellers – “Peter and Sophia,” a project that was marketed in conjunction with their cinematic collaboration in the motion picture “The Millionairess.”
The song experienced a recent revival when actress Jessica Paré (as Megan Draper) sang this song with the new title of “Zou Bisou Bisou” during the fifth season opener of the Mad Men television series in March 2012.
For many people, they remember this particular song as a big hit for singer Gillian Hills in 1960. The Wikipedia.org page for this song provided some extra information about this particular ditty…
Although most sources associate the origins of the song with Hills, New York (Magazine) claims the songwriting credits make it more likely that Loren’s version was the original. Slate’s David Haglund notes that Hills’ version is the “best-known version”. The song’s origins stem from the Yé-yé movement with which an early version of the song was associated. The song’s theme is variously described as an open declaration of love and the joy of kissing.
There’s a handful of interesting parallels with this song and LOUIE LOUIE…
Certainly the there’s the phrase “Zoo Be” rhyming with with “LOUIE” as the most obvious connection…. but the common theme of love as the supreme driving force certainly cannot be ignored.
In previous posts, I’ve discussed the concepts of “LOUIE Mutants” and “LOUIE Bastards.”
Today, I propose yet another category – the LOUIE Relative!
A LOUIE Relative doesn’t have to have any blatant LOUIE references, either musically or lyrically, and could be considered an arbitrary association – defined as a close relative or distant relative, absolutely open for interpretation and/or debate.
So with this category, I submit that “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” is a relative of “LOUIE LOUIE.”
Maybe a first or second cousin…?
In the meantime, here’s “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo”- a leader of the Yé-yé movement!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIA!
This is a silly one.
On YouTube, I found a clip called “One hour of Louie Louie with Bruce Springsteen holding a giant slug.” I played the first few minutes, and it’s the iconic Kingsmen recording.
I have no idea if the rest of hour is the same Kingsmen recording repeated over and over again, or if it’s a collection of different LOUIE recordings…
You tell me…??
Either way, it’s a LOUIE of the Week! ENJOY!
I don’t suppose this sort of thing ever happens with LOUIE LOUIE, does it…???
This week’s LOUIE is a LOUIE LOUIE performed live at the LOUIE LOUIE R´n´R Club, located in Estepona, Spain.
The band is Crude Rockinger, and they do a pretty decent version of the song!
I haven’t been able to find any other references to Crude Rockinger, but then again, I don’t read Spanish, so maybe I missed it….?
Facebook users can visit the official LOUIE LOUIE R´n´R Club Facebook page.
Tell ‘em LOUIE sent cha…
Some day …. me gotta go… to the LOUIE LOUIE club!
This week’s LOUIE is part of a rather unusual performance by a musical performer known as “Horrible Accordion” in a clip titled “Let’s Unlearn Accordion 4.”
Here’s how he describes it…
One day someone put a camera in front of me and this happened. It touches on many topics such as: child molestation, Dental hygiene, Louie Louie, secrets, accordion masks, (in)sanity, magic, how to break an expensive camera, video game music, my invention the keyboard-mic 5000, lies, college, burning things, and many other interesting topics. I hope you enjoy it.
This is definitely NOT your normal LOUIE LOUIE…..
By special request, I’m sharing a very special, ultra-rare performance of the song from the LOUIE archives. It’s a recording by a band known as The Soft Jews, and as far as I know, it was only heard ONCE* on the radio.
(…or so I thought… – SEE UPDATE at end of this post)
I was reminded of this version when Charles McWhorter contacted me….
I was looking for a few versions of Louie Louie and was wondering if maybe you had them (Andy Martello recommended I contact you). Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, and The Soft Jews. I`ve been told the Soft Machine and Pink Floyd versions don`t exist, BUT, I heard the Pink Floyd version on an AM radio station back in 83-84.
I wrote back…
I’ve been looking for years, trying to find the Pink Floyd version. Even thou their performance was acknowledged in the Syd Barrett box set, I’ve had no luck finding a copy of this thing.
I do have a version of the song by the Soft Jews, which was played on the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon. Give me a few days, and I’ll dig it up..
Who are these guys, anyways?
Hey Eric, right on,thanks!! I have a version I recorded off that same radio station that sounds like the Soft Machine, BUT,I remember the dj saying “The Soft Jews”, so I have no idea who I have doing it. It`s a horrible partial recording that’s on a long lost tape (I was 14 when I taped it), so I totally can’t wait for you to share The Soft Jews with me!!!! If that’s the version I used to have on tape,that’ll be AWESOME!! Does it have a synthesized drumbeat throughout the whole song, with a Soft Machine monotone style vocalist, KILLER organ solo in the middle?? That’s what I had on tape. Soon as I get The Soft Jews from you,the mystery will be solved :^)
Did the Pink Floyd version have Roger Waters saying repeatedly “Same shit, Louie Louie” at the end of the song? I remember hearing that as well on that radio show. Man, it was soooo long ago, I’m having a hard time remembering haha.
Looking forward to it,Thanks again Eric!!
So by special request, I’m pleased to share the ultra-rare performance of the song LOUIE LOUIE, performed by the mysterious musical group known as the Soft Jews. This recording was broadcast on the radio at the legendary KFJC “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon of 1983, which broadcast every known version of the song, which lasted 63 hours with over 800 versions. This is version #374.
I believe songwriter Richard Berry was actually present at KFJC Radio when this version was broadcast on the radio during the weekend of August 19-22, 1983. I’m pretty sure he was around the studio when the Buffalo Chips played a live LOUIE (version #379) a few songs later.
For the video of this song, I thought I’d try something a little different. I borrowed some public domain film footage from the Prelinger Archives at The Internet Archive (archive.org). I used clips from an odd Russian medical film -”Experiments In The Revival Of Organisms,” which seemed to compliment the quirky temperament of this rather unique version of the song.
This is definitely NOT a mainstream pop recording, nor do I expect universal appreciation for this video.
This is certainly one of the strangest versions of the song I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot of variations…..
Meanwhile, who are those Soft Jews, anyways?
… and Who’s got that Pink Floyd version?? WE WANT TO HEAR THAT THING!!
UPDATE! THE SOFT JEWS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED!
My friend Mark Renner of the band DOT 3 responded:
The Soft Jews was a one man group consisting of Josh Pollock. No idea what happened to him, but I recorded this for him at my garage “studio” using an old Viking reel to reel ping-ponging! It blew me away! Great to hear this again! Truly inspired!
Josh Pollock was a KFJC DJ with the air name of “Josh Vox!”
I am indeed, though that’s all Mark’s equipment I’m playing, so he’s partially to blame. Wow–I’m pretty sure I lost my lone cassette copy of this decades ago, so thanks!
You can learn more about Josh’s recorded musical legacy by visiting his official discography:
The photo I shared of Josh came from my archive of photos that I shot at KFJC studios. Here’s the full photo of Josh – interviewing the Ramones at KFJC in 1983, the year this version was recorded.
… and no, we didn’t get any LOUIE LOUIE recordings by the Ramones…
Following up on the initial inquiry with Charles McWhorter, he wrote…
SWEET!!!! Yeah,this has got to be THEE BEST version of Louie Louie EVER!! I’d love to find out who this group is,see if they released an lp,year it was recorded,etc. That mp3 would be awesome!! I want to put it on a cdd to play on my stereo along with a few other fave Louies on mine (Black Flag,The Last, Sandpipers,etc). Yeahh!! I’d love to hear the radio announcements talking about this version,I bet it’s crazy! Man it’s a trip, I can still remember sitting in my bedroom hearing the first few beats of The Soft Jews on that AM radio broadcast that night,and scrambling to find a blank tape to record it,haha! BUT, I can’t believe I didn’t get a recording of Pink Floyd! Funny thing about that night, when I first turned on my stereo, Pink Floyd’s version was playing,and I was like,”What the hell is that song??” and I just sat and listened to it,and the KRQX dj said “That was Pink Floyd doing Louie Louie”. That radio station would play some really killer stuff. The dj’s would actually bring in records from their own collections and play them on the air.
Now like you said…….IF we can only track down Pink Floyd and Soft Machine’s versions :^)
I wrote back…
KRQX ? Where’s that?
Interesting…. I know the two main DJs from the big KFJC marathon brought the LOUIE show to other stations, so that would have to be the way the Soft Jews came to this station. There were some other bands that used fake almost-celebrity names, so i’m wondering if the “Pink Floyd” version might have been one of these fakes, using a name like “Punk Floyd” or “Pink Lloyd?”
and Charles responded..
Hey Eric! KRQX was an AM stereo station that was in Dallas, Texas (570 AM). They played 60s rock from about 1983-1987 or so. That’s how I got introduced to 60s garage rock. They’d play more “real” rock and roll instead of all that awefull golden oldies garbage. I have a tape someplace (I left it recording while I was at school one day) and they played stuff like Music Machine, Count Five, Status Quo, Mouse and the Traps, Zakary Thaks, Novas, Seeds,etc. But then they’d throw in some golden oldie junk.
I never thought about the impersonators like Punk Floyd,etc. Makes perfect sense! Because when I heard whichever Floyd it was someone trying to sound like Waters,and from what I’ve read, Barrett sang on the real Floyd’s version,right? Man if only I’d left a tape in all night that night!!
So there you go… the version that I thought was only heard once at the KFJC marathon in Los Altos Hills (30+ miles south of San Francisco), was also heard on KRQX – an AM radio station in Dallas, Texas!
Who would have guessed?
Anyways, it’s wonderful that another mystery was solved, thanks to the power of the internet!
This has nothing to do with LOUIE LOUIE, but today I’m sharing some rare footage of James Brown that I produced for promoter Brian Martin. This was from James Brown’s last performance in San Francisco.
Four months later, James Brown left us on Christmas Day.
- Eric Predoehl of LouieLouie.net
I’m not sure who created this little cartoon, but it feels like an accurate representation of the road travelled to to finish this documentary….