RIP: Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü – LOUIE of the Week

Today, we learned that Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü passed away from kidney cancer at the age of 56.

Grant was best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for Hüsker Dü, a three-piece punk band from Minnesota.

Hüsker Dü had a nine year run, starting off in 1979, and eventually breaking up in 1987. Hüsker Dü was one of the earliest American bands from the indie punk circles of the 1980s to sign a record deal with a major label, linking up with Warner Brothers, where they released two studio albums.

After the break-up of Hüsker Dü, Grant formed Nova Mob (another 3 piece band), where he moved to vocals and guitar. In 1995, Grant became a solo artist and even became the subject of a documentary by Gorman Bechard (director of “Color Me Obsessed” the documentary about The Replacements‘ notoriety)

It looks like the last project Grant released was a double album entitled “The Argument” (based on John Milton‘s “Paradise Lost”), which came out in the summer of 2013

The first time I ever saw Grant Hart and Hüsker Dü was at a KFJC benefit concert at Foothill College, the same place where the infamous “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon took place two months earlier (different buildings, though). At this show, which took place on October 21, 1983, Hüsker Dü were part of a punk rock cavalcade that also featured the Dead Kennedys, Angst, Mal and Grim Reality.

It turned out to be one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever seen in my life.

Rest in peace, Grant Hart.

Oh and lest we forget.. and here’s a version of LOUIE LOUIE by Hüsker Dü (with Grant Hart) live in San Francisco on March 1, 1985, featuring special appearances by members of the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets. LOUIE kicks in at the 2:28 mark right immediately after “Makes No Sense At All.”


https://youtu.be/QH-slhl-9NE

– E.P. (whose photograph appears at the top of the page)

Reference links.

Wikipedia page on Grant Hart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Hart

Grant Hart official webpage
http://granthart.com

The Pre-Minstrel Sisters – WORLD premiere LOUIE of the Week

Are you ready for a world premiere of a very special LOUIE LOUIE performance?

Today, I’m proud to unveil a video performance by The Pre-Minstrel Sisters. This was a video that was shot over 20 years, but never fully edited until recently.

This was something created specifically for the LOUIE project.

My friend Suzie Kriz got together with her pal Lynelle Tyler to write special lyrics that acknowledged the history of the song. Lynnelle sang the song and produced the audio recording at her home studio, while Suzie came up all sorts of imagery for this music – the costumes, the set design and all sorts of funny props. The other sisters were other friends that showed up for this little production. The paparazzi-style photographer was played by Donrad Montgomery. The shoot took place at a studio in Santa Cruz, CA.

The video services and the LOUIE wine coolers were provided by yours truly.

– E.P.


https://youtu.be/hjeOqToD1S0

RIP: Ken Kaffke, friend + advisor to LOUIE project

Last week, we lost a dear friend.

Ken Kaffke was an ally, advisor and dedicated advocate for the LOUIE documentary project.

Ken was a man with a deep passion for comic books, rock ‘n’ roll music and televisual cinema that explored the mysterious deviations of the inner psyche.

Our friend Ken, aka “Kaveman Kenny” aka “Unka Kreepy” aka “Kount Kaffula,” sometimes listed his occupation as “Juxtaposer” which made perfect sense if you knew Kenny.

Ken was an early fan of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine!

Long before the internet became the default open freeway for social networks, and online campaigns, Ken organized a mail-order “Thriller Club,” which celebrated the “Thriller” horror suspense TV show hosted by Boris Karloff from 1960 to 1962. Unlike The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, Boris Karloff’s Thriller show had limited distribution, which meant dedicated fans had to rely on trading circles to obtain VHS copies of all 67 episodes. By joining Ken’s Thriller Club, one received a special membership card, a cool looking T-shirt, and a special publication entitled “Good Stuff” that not only provided a comprehensive episode guide of this TV series, but also details on similar horror-suspense anthology shows, as well as artifacts of other exceptional pop culture. At the height of it’s popularity, the Thriller club included over 300 members located all over the world.

I’d like to think that Ken’s efforts contributed to the proper DVD release of the entire run of this TV series.

Ken was all about sharing the “Good Stuff.”

It was more than just the name of his publication, but truly a state of mind that he embraced with exceptional passion. He made a humble living mostly selling original comic book art, vintage publications and VHS tapes of obscure TV programming, but turning people onto obscure music, art or films was what Ken’s primary mission in life was all about.

My LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block was the one who first met Ken at an artist rights benefit show in 1987 at the Fillmore after spotting him with an item that featured some Wally Wood artwork, leading to an interesting conversation, and a friendship that extended to many other friendships along the way.

The three of us shared a deep affinity for EC Comics, MAD magazine, R. Crumb, vintage Batman comics, primal garage rock and homegrown psychedelic music from the bay area.

Kenny was a great beacon of information, providing some excellent leads and suggestions for the LOUIE documentary project, among other things.

Kenny was our direct connection to the Flamin’ Groovies, introducing us to his longtime friends Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, who also became great allies.

Over the course of 20+ years, we had some wondeful times together, collaborating on a variety of projects, sharing an occasional dealer table at a few collector events, embarking on various road trips, and a variety of delicious dinners over the years.

Kenny was an extremely gracious and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor.

His passing leaves behind a big hole in our universe, and he will be forever missed.

Thank you again, my friend.

ERIC PREDOEHL,
producer-director of the LOUIE documentary project + LouieLouie.net website

Reference Pages:

Ken’s YouTube Channel

Ken’s “Kool Kenny” Photobucket page

Ken’s Weird Tales TV Jeebies Blogspot page

Hot Kugel – LOUIE of the Week

This week, after an unexpected break, we’re proud to unleash a fresh new LOUIE LOUIE, captured live just a few days ago at the 2017 San Jose Jazz Festival.

The band is Hot Kugel, featuring our friends Suska Varda and Mordecai, and this little performance took place on August 12, 2017 on the streets of San Jose, California!


https://youtu.be/82_sVGnBekY

The Embarcaderos at 1989 LL Parade – LOUIE of the Week

UPDATED RE-POST of an article originally shared on Friday, August 4th:

Here’s a little blast from the past….

Many years ago, back during the early stages of the LOUIE documentary project, myself and my LOUIE co-producer pal Jesse Block captured some video footage of the 1989 LOUIE LOUIE Parade produced and promoted by the Leukemia Society of America in conjunction with KFOG Radio. It was April 1st = April Fool’s Day, and this was the second event of it’s kind. As with the first parade, there were various bands set up to perform at various spots along the Embarcadero (the eastern waterfront / roadway of the Port of San Francisco), leading to the final destination of Justin Herman Plaza, where KFOG DJ M. Dung would emcee the final portion of this parade, handing out awards to the liveliest parade attendees, concluding with a special performance of the song by songwriter Richard Berry.

One of the bands that performed along the Embarcadero was a lively little band I thought was Psycotic Pineapple. I figured if the drummer had a Psycotic Pineapple logo on his drumkit, it must be Psycotic Pineapple, right? We shot a little bit of footage of these guys, put it away, and kinda forgot about it.

Fast forward to December 2012, and I get a referral from a friend to shoot some video of Psycotic Pineapple live at the Bottom of Hill in San Francisco. As the request is for a multi-cam production, I enlist my pal Jesse to join me in this special assignment.

Since then, I’ve become friends with these Pineapple guys, seeming them again multiple times, including a recent show with Eugene Chadbourne that I wound up recording for posterity.

With the recent death of M. Dung a little over a month ago, I decided it would be great time to dig up this rare Psycotic Pineapple footage and finally share it with the public.

Then, I found it wasn’t Psycotic Pineapple after all.

Luckily my friend Dave Seabury, who’s the only member of Psycotic Pineapple that’s in this particular band, provided me with some clarification on what happened…

Wow! That is fabulous, Eric, and I just love that almost 30 years ago you shot a video with me in it and now were pals! HA !! So… That’s yours truly on drums vocals, Bill Macbeth on bass. Bill’s very closely associated with Pyno. He was in two bands with Alex (Carlin), Alien Beachhead, and Al and Al (Carlin and Chan).

Dave also recalled that this band was thrown together at the last minute, and may have gotten the call “day of”… and probably just grabbed whatever drumkit was available, which by default was his kit with the Psycotic Pineapple logo on the drumhead.

Almost 30 years after the band-with-no-official name was captured on video, it was finally given a name for this very special 2017 online release!

They shall now be known as The Embarcaderos!

Eric Predoehl, producer/director /blogger of the LOUIE documentary project

https://youtu.be/i1IA8VQ7hpA

Here’s a few still photos from this video footage of this rockin’ band…

ALSO…. As a special treat, this video also includes my friend David Richoux playing Sousaphone at the early part of the performance. As he explains:

My band was playing earlier in the parade, Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band. Since I knew some of those musicians from Polkacide, they invited me up to jam.

Do you recognize anyone else in this video? Please speak up! We’d love to hear your story!

If you’d like to support this project, and see more of this type of thing, please consider clicking on the “Paypal Donate” button and making a donation for the project.

AARP Parody of Louie Louie for Seniors Citizens – LOUIE of Week

Here’s a special LOUIE for a certain age group…

AARP: A Parody of “Louie Louie” for Seniors Citizens.

A song and rap about joining AARP inspired by the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie”. The performers call themselves “The Senior Moments“.


https://youtu.be/Jg5WFONo9xA

LOUIE at the Movies – Down Periscope

This week, the LOUIE eye is pointed at the 1996 feature film “Down Periscope,” starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, and Harry Dean Stanton.

There’s a special LOUIE performance in the movie that someone posted to YouTube!

it’s a LOUIE of the Week!
It’s an example of LOUIE at the Movies!
It’s a Throwback Thursday!

ENJOY!

https://youtu.be/Iys9mNufYpQ

(big thanks to David Richoux for the reminder)

RIP: Stephen Furst, aka Flounder of Animal House

Stephen Furst, the actor that played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the iconic comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House, passed away on June 16, 2017

Our friend + LOUIE advisor Stretch Riedle wrote:

“He stopped flopping around and went to the great fishing hole in the sky.”

Rest in peace, Flounder!

(Yes, this is from the Italian version of Animal House. You’re welcome!)

Reference Links:

Wikipedia on Stephen Furst

USA Obit on Stephen Furst

The Replacements – LOUIE of the Week

I stumbled over an extremely rare archival recording by The Replacements doing THE SONG live in Chicago during their semi-recent reunion tour in 2015. It’s definitely NOT a soundboard recording, and it’s not even 20 seconds long… but hey, it’s f-in’ LOUIE LOUIE by the Replacements!!

A rarity? I’d say so….

As we hear a voice afterwards (probably Tommy) saying “That’s going to cost you extra!”

This little mini-LOUIE took place between “The Ledge” and “I’ll Be You” at the Replacements performance on April 29, 2015 at the Riviera Theater in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


https://youtu.be/uC7o-LuQmjc

Big thanks to the taper known as “Lucca” for capturing this minimalist rendition and sharing it within trader circles!

The photo of the Riviera Theater marquee was taken by Mikey Holland, who wrote a little online essay entitled “Tattoos, Booze, and No Way To Lose: Mikey Holland spends a week chasing the Replacements.”

The image of the Replacements came from a YouTube video shared by “seijinlee.” As a matter of fact, it’s from a clip of the two songs the band did right before tackling LOUIE

(which is right below this very sentence)


https://youtu.be/4tNspdyXEqQ?list=PLiN6XHY0n_u6XWzX8ko1Ud7S9IgDdSlgk

RIP: Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, radio DJ + LOUIE enthusiast

Today I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, as shared on Facebook by his fiancee Judy Crum.

Dung was a big advocate of LOUIE LOUIE, and hosted two LOUIE LOUIE Parades in conjunction with KFOG Radio and the Leukemia Society in San Francisco.

In the last years of his life, he was dealing with a variety of health issues, and this morning, he died peacefully at UCSF.

A few years ago, I paid tribute to Dung with a post entitled “Hail Hail M. Dung!! (LOUIE of the Week)

Today, we pay tribute to my friend Mike Slavko, aka the legendary disc jockey known as “M. Dung.”

M.Dung was a very popular disc jockey on KFOG Radio in San Francisco for many years. He had a program called the “Idiot Show” that celebrated the absurdity of rock ‘n’ roll. Rhino Records even released a special CD that paid this tribute to very special show.

When the Leukemia Foundation partnered up with KFOG to create the first LOUIE LOUIE Parade in 1988, Dung was the man chosen to be the ringleader /”Grand Louie” of this event. The event, which also featured composer Richard Berry as a special guest, turned to be very successful, and they did it again in 1989.

Since that time, Dung has done of lot of other things, eventually leaving KFOG, and launching a special “Idiot Show” podcast for the 21st Century.

In this post, I shared some video clips that featured Dung:


https://youtu.be/tYXOy3MIxDE


https://youtu.be/adez4kZrPMw

My friend David Schumacher, who worked with Dung at Apple, shared a webpage that featured an excellent interview of Dung by Justin Bozung:

O-Day, O-Dow, Eye! Justin is joined by radio great M. Dung aka Michael Slavko. M. Dung first hit the airwaves with his “Idiot Show” in Grand Rapids, MI on WLAV-FM before transplanting himself out on KFOG-FM in San Francisco, CA. Dung earned a massive following in California in the mid ’80s- which grew into legions of followers by the early ’90s- earning him his place in the book as the last truly great radio DJ in the pre-Clear Channel era of radio.

Dung, a Michigan native, talks with Justin about his days on the air in Grand Rapids and San Francisco, his podcast “The Mutant Idiot Show” and how he crafted his signature rock-n-roll wild man persona.

Here’s a few photos that Dung shared with his friends on Facebook….

1985 Dead house, San Rafael — with Kenny Wardell, Jerry Garcia and M. Dung.

John Fogerty with M. Dung

About an hour ago, his daughter Antigone Slavko shared these heartfelt words at the KFOG’s “The Idiot Show” M Dung Facebook page:

Thank you all so much for loving and supporting Dung over the years. My dad was not the sort of person who expressed his feelings openly, but I know for a fact that in his darkest times you all gave him strength. There was nothing he loved more than sharing his favorite music with the world. If you find yourself feeling sad, play Louie Louie loud enough to piss off your neighbors. And take some comfort in knowing that, right at this very moment, he’s sharing a triple bacon cheeseburger with The King.

Rest in peace, my friend. You shall not be forgotten.

Eric Predoehl at LouieLouie.net

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Reference Links:
Hail Hail M. Dung!! (LOUIE of the Week)
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=7434

Facebook page – KFOG’s “The Idiot Show” M Dung
https://www.facebook.com/groups/101650263212925/

Justin Bozung’s Interview with M.Dung
http://justinbozung.net/m-dung-interview/