A New Yorker moment

One of the recent issues of the New Yorker magazine had this cartoon…

In case you didn’t catch it, this cartoon references the 1988 movie “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”, starring Leslie Nielson as a tough cop.

There’s a sequence where the evil villain played by Ricardo Montalbán, gets shot […]

Otis Day of “Animal House” Live in Chicago 2010 – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE of the Week is a recent performance of Otis Day of the movie “Animal House” performing LOUIE LOUIE at Faith & Whiskey in Chicago during John Belushi‘s Birthday Weekend, just a few days ago on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

This particular version is dedicated to one of Chicago’s finest, Mrs. […]

More on Iggy Pop & the continuing LOUIE LOUIE connection

This week, I had about three people tell me about the use of Iggy Pop‘s “LOUIE LOUIE” in the new Michael Moore movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

In today’s Detroit Metro Times, there’s a great article about Iggy & Stooges written by Bill Holdship that mentions LOUIE LOUIE a few times. Check it out… […]

RIP: Ricardo Montalbán, best actor in LOUIE LOUIE tragic death category

Actor Ricardo Montalbán has passed away today at the age of 88. In the LOUIE LOUIE circles, he is best known for the role of Vincent Ludwig in the 1988 movie “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”, playing an evil villain that died after being shot by Leslie Nielson, falling from […]

Chess Records docu-drama feature film

I just saw an interesting trailer for the upcoming feature “Cadillac Records,” which is a docu-drama about Chess Records, which was the label that released big hits by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, and Bo Diddley.

The big name in this production is Etta James, whose life story in this production will be […]

NYPD Jazz Band honors music of Isaac Hayes

On Saturday, I attended the 19th San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the best annual music festivals in the San Francisco bay area. One of the bands I saw there really impressed me by being so very different from all the other jazz, salsa, and blues groups at this event. The NYPD Jazz Band is […]

Yoko Ono vs Ben Stein

Clearances for documentaries can be a total nightmare. I know these things, as I’ve been working on my LOUIE documentary for many years. Clearances and financing remains a major obstacle.

I’ve always tried to do the right thing. I’ve respected the rights of musicians, fellow filmmakers, and those that own or manage certain properties whose […]

Beware of disappearing YouTube clips

From the very first time I discovered YouTube, I wondered how long it would take before the major copyright owners would make some serious noise to stop the unauthorized distribution of their video programming. From what I could see, at least 50% of the material didn’t come directly from actual filmmakers, but collectors that just […]

ULTRA-RARE KingsMen film clip!

Here’s a very obscure film clip of the KingsMen performing “The Hut Sut Song” many years before “LOUIE LOUIE” became a big hit song.

I love the opening of this clip – a newspaper with the headline “Song Becomes National Disease!”

Just like all of the other film clips of the Kingsmen, this […]

E.P. and the Art of Music Documentaries

WARNING: The latest blog entry contains little information pertaining to the song LOUIE LOUIE, or actual production on the upcoming documentary. Things have been very busy, so please check back in another week or two for such information.

If you are offended by racy language…. please don’t bother reading this one…

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