This weeks’s LOUIE comes from Livorno, Italy!
Live from the Ungawa Tiki Bar, it’s The Cleopatras!
This weeks’s LOUIE comes from Livorno, Italy!
Live from the Ungawa Tiki Bar, it’s The Cleopatras!
This week’s LOUIE is a video clip entitled “80 year Grandma dancing to Louie Louie!”
A concept fully approved at LOUIE Central – dancing is therapeudic for the mind & body, and of course, LOUIE is an excellent song to boogie to!!
The band is the USC Marching Band!
Rock on, 80 Year old Grandma!!
I’ve just found out about The Strypes = four teenagers from Cavan, Ireland that transcend their youth, playing a sweet fusion of rhythm and blues that feels like a pub band that’s been playing for many years to perfect their craft.
I had no idea who these guys were until a few days ago. As I learned more about this band, I found out they were the subject of a major bidding record label war, had their debut album produced by Chris Thomas (famous for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pete Townshened, among others), and was initially signed by Elton John‘s management company.
During a Feb. 2013 television appearance on the “Chelsea Lately” show in UK, which happened to be guest-hosted by Dave Grohl, Sir Elton said of The Strypes, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.”
I wish I knew about them before Saturday – I could have seen in San Francisco for only $12!
Anyways, here’s three great versions of LOUIE LOUIE by the Strypes, captured live within the past 7 days – the final stops of their recent American tour…
Thursday, March 27th – Crocodille Cafe, Seattle, WA – LOUIE LOUIE
Saturday, March 29th – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA – LOUIE LOUIE
Monday, March 31st – the El Rey, Los Angeles, CA – LOUIE LOUIE with “Rockaway Beach”
It’s a been awhile since I’ve heard any new bagpipe versions of LOUIE LOUIE…
Luckily, I found an excellent rendition by the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band performing a LOUIE LOUIE- Wooly Bully medley as part of a 2008 St. Patrick Day’s celebration somewhere in Savannah, Georgia.
Good jobs, guys!
Our friend Christopher Doll will be giving a special presentation at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm EDT.
Christopher Doll (Rutgers University), “Nuclear Holocaust, the Kennedy Assassination, and ‘Louie Louie’: The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll”
The American Musicological Society and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (RRHOFM) in Cleveland, Ohio, are collaborating on a new lecture series that brings scholarly work to a broader audience and showcases the musicological work of the top scholars in the field.
Free and open to the public, the lectures are held in the RRHOFM’s Foster Theater.
More details at:
Live Streaming at:
Today marks the 75th birthday for one of the first performers to ever cover Richard Berry‘s immortal LOUIE LOUIE.
Happy Birthday to Bill Engelhart – aka Little Bill of Little Bill & the Blue Notes as well as Little Bill with the Adventurers and the Shalimars.
Little Bill’s recording of the song was released in 1961, four years after Richard Berry’s initial release on Flip Records in Los Angeles. Bill’s version came out around the same as another version was released by Rockin’ Robin Roberts with the Fabulous Wailers, another local band from Tacoma, Washington. As fate would have it, Rockin’ Robin was actually an early member of Little Bill & the Blue Notes, as was bassist Buck Ormsby, who joined the Wailers and formed the record label that released Rockin’ Robin’s version… all of which happened a few years before the Kingsmen or Paul Revere & the Raiders released their versions…..
(One of many interconnected pieces of this LOUIE puzzle…)
In case you hadn’t heard it or need a reminder, here’s that original 1961 Little Bill recording, which someone posted to YouTUbe…
… and here’s a 2008 clip I shot of Bill doing a more contemporary version of THE SONG.
Here’s a graphic of an ultra-rare Little Bill album I hope to pick up someday…
Anyways, as today is Little Bill’s birthday, I’d like to encourage folks to celebrate by playing lots of Little Bill music.
if you’re in Seattle on April 7th, there’s going to be a big 75th birthday celebration for Bill at the Triple Door.
More details at the official Little Bill webpage at
Another great rocker has left us. Drummer Scott Asheton, a founding member of The Stooges, passed away on March 15th.
Iggy Pop shared the news on his Facebook page:
The Stooges was one of the embryonic bands that provided a primordial squirt into the conceptual DNA of the music we now like to call punk rock.
According to legend, James Osterberg, a drummer with an Ann Arbor band, The Iguanas, wound up with the “Iggy” nickname” when he joined another band known as The Prime Movers. Inspired by the purity of blues music, and drummer Sam Lay in particular, Mr. Osterberg decided he wanted to create a new variation on blues music, enlisting the Asheton brothers – Scott on drums and Ron on guitar, along with their friend Dave Alexander on bass to a create a band that would be known as the Psychedelic Stooges. The three members gave Osterberg a nickname of “Pop,” in reference to a local character, which eventually merged with the other nickname to become simply “Iggy Pop.”
The band debuted at a Halloween house concert in 1967. Sometime in 1968, they changed their name to “The Stooges,” and were signed to Elektra Records, along with fellow Detroit musicians MC5. Their first album, produced by ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, did not sell well, and was generally ignored by both the public and the critics.
For the second effort, ex-Kingsmen keyboardist, Elektra A&R man Don Gallucci was hired to produce the 1970 album titled “Fun House.” Much like the first album, critical reviews weren’t very favorable. Melody Maker magazine called it the “worst album of the year” and described it as “a muddy load of sluggish, unimaginative rubbish heavily disguised by electricity and called American rock.”
By some odd bit of irony, 30 years later, in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Fun House” number 191 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and Melody Maker now stated that this album is “no contest, the greatest rock n’ roll album of all time”.
Funny how opinions evolve over time, huh?
Anyways, sometime in 1970, the Stooges expanded the lineup with another guitar player named James Williamson, did more outrageous shows, wound up with some drug-personal complications, got dropped from Elektra, then broke up in 1971. Within a year later, the band reformed as Iggy & the Stooges, recorded their third album – “Raw Power (ranked # 125 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time),” and then eventually broke up again in 1974.
The final performance of this incarnation of the Stooges took place on February 9, 1974, recorded and released as “Metallic K.O.”- a live album that featured the first explicitly raw rendition of LOUIE LOUIE, featuring the naughty lyrics hinted by interpretations of the 1963 Kingsmen recording.
While The Stooges didn’t reunite until 2003, drummer Scott Asheton was one of the few members of the Stooges to work with Iggy during the long break, joining Mr. Pop for a 1978 European tour.
The Stooges reunion came about as a result of a variety of different elements coming together – renewed appreciation of the band from a wider, younger audience, the expanded reissues of both “Fun House” and “Raw Power,” and some energetic new recording sessions with the Asheton brothers. With Mike Watt (of Minutemen & Firehouse) filling in for the late Dave Alexander, the Stooges reunited for a series of live shows in 2003 that turned into a full-fledged reunion.
James Williamson was invited to join in the band reunion, but decided to remain focused on his career as an executive at Sony Electronics. Six years later in 2009, Ron Asheton died of a hard attack, James Williamson retired from Sony, and wound up playing with the Stooges again.
Scott suffered a serious medical emergency after a Stooges show in France in 2011, returned to his Michigan home to recover, and from what I understod, he was never able to perform with The Stooges again.
(UPDATE: Scott did perform with the Stooges again for Austin City Limits show in October 2012 link)
James Williamson paid tribute to his old friend with a video clip on his Facebook wall – “One of Scotty’s favorite songs during the Raw Power era… in his honor.”
So with much appreciation and respect for Scott, here’s that clip….
The photograph shared of Scott is courtesy of her friend Heather Harris, who granted permission to share this image. You can view her special tribute to Scott at:
More details and reference at:
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UPDATE: Rolling Stone shared a letter from Iggy Pop regarding his old friend and bandmate
This week, Moose Knuckles gets the honors…
Celebrating the astrological season of Pisces, it seemed like a good time to put the LOUIE spotlight on Phish.
So here tis… a Phish performance of LOUIE LOUIE!
I believe the performance took place on November 27, 1998….. but I can’t tell where it took place…. anyone?
Back in November, we learned about a special video and performance of THE SONG by the band known as The Cry!, featuring Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen. This version was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kingsmen’s iconic recording.
Three months later, we’ve got another very special LOUIE LOUIE video from The Cry! (and special guest Mike Michell)!
This particular video, I’ve been told, is from a new documentary entitled Animal House of Blues, which also ties into the work of Harold Ramis, who just passed away this week.
The Eugene International Film Festival, which awarded this film the “Best Documentary Feature by a Pacific Northwest Filmmaker,” described this film as ….
At the Oregon Movies, A to Z blog, producer Katherine Wilson discusses the origin of this project at Oregon Film Factory, a Eugene production company, where she worked as a casting agent. Ken Kesey, who owned one of the 16mm film cameras at the factory, used to have some amazing parties at Kesey’s farm. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis of the National Lampooon were members of a video collective that visited one of Kesey’s events in 1976- something called a Poetic Hoo Haw!
Not long after after that event, Harold Ramis was one of the writers for the National Lampoon Animal House movie that was being filmed in Eugene. The Oregon Movies, A to Z blog describes the situation….
The Oregon Confluence webpage provided more information about this documentary, and relationships that exist between the Hollywood and Eugene filmmakers, who all call “Animal House’ their ‘Alma Mater,’ with more details about the special celebrations in the Eugene area…
More details on this film can be found at: