Just a little reminder ….. there’s six more days before “International LOUIE LOUIE Day!”
There will be a 4 hour radio show on International LOUIE LOUIE Day – Monday, April 11 at 7 pm – 11 pm (west coast California time). The radio station is KFJC Radio, 89.7 FM, which can be heard via internet webcast the KFJC.org website or using the iTunes software to listen to internet radio under the category of “Radio/Eclectic”
I’ll be participating on this show, along with Jeff “Stretch” Riedle and Frank “Phil Dirt” Luft, originators of KFJC’s 1983 event “Maximum Louie”, as well as Nikki Teen (aka Robyn Braverman) Maximum Louie alum and voice talent extraordinaire.
On Sunday, April 10, Dave Marsh will be doing some LOUIE LOUIE celebration the day before on his SIRIUS XM satellite radio show “Live From the Land of Hope and Dreams” on Sirius Left 146, XM America Left 167.
You don’t have a SIRIUS XM satellite radio account? You can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial account, and listen to the show on your computer without any special hardware other than a broadband connection. There’s a lot of other stuff on , including Mojo Nixon, who’s got an “Outlaw Country” show that’s quite entertaining.
This Friday, April 8th, there will be a special Richard Berry radio special produced by Matthew Ray from 6-7 p.m. EST on WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston, streaming online at www.wzbc.org . It will also air later on Northampton, MA’s ‘Valley Free Radio’ 103.3 FM and at valleyfreeradio.org. Matthew interviewed me for this one, so you’ll be able to hear my voice on this one as well…
For more information about International LOUIE LOUIE Day,” be sure to check out LouieDay.org.
Here’s a little comic strip I created 3 years ago to explain just WHAT “International LOUIE LOUIE Day” is…
KFJC PRESENTS: The Return of the Invasion of MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE
(a celebration of International LOUIE LOUIE Day)
Monday, April 11
7 pm – 11 pm (west coast California time)
featuring Eric Predoehl(pronounced “pre-dell”), producer /director of the upcoming “Meaning of LOUIE” documentary, Jeff “Stretch” Riedle and Frank “Phil Dirt” Luft, originators of KFJC’s 1983 event “Maximum Louie”, as well as Nikki Teen (aka Robyn Braverman,) Maximum Louie alum and voice talent extraordinaire.
Broadcasting live with streaming simulcast, this show celebrates International LOUIE LOUIE Day like no other radio station can, recycling remnants from the KFJC past, embracing contemporary versions of the legendary rock song, including never-before-broadcast Richard Berry music, and unveiling exclusive previews from the anxiously-awaited upcoming documentary.
Expect some surprises. Expect special guests- living and otherwise. Expect the unexpected.
(April 11th as “Louie Louie Day” is now officially registered with the National Special Events Registry and Chase’s Calendar of Events, the two leading sources of special events, holidays and observances.)
KFJC Radio 89.7 FM in Los Altos Hills, CA was the site where the original “MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE” marathon took place, broadcasting 63 hours of LOUIE LOUIE with over 800 unique versions of the song.
Tune into KFJC.org or find it on iTunes under the category of “Radio/Eclectic” for a live webcast that can be heard anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Learn MORE about INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE DAY by visiting LouieDay.org.
For the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Frank Zappa. One of my favorite experiences seeing Zappa live took place in 1980 at the Berkeley Community Theater, in Berkeley, CA.
At the time, there was a bit crazy chaos in getting a bunch of friends together to see this particular show. There was a group of four or five of us – me, Laura Narog, John Platt, Ronnie Simpson, and maybe someone else whose name I can’t remember. I think John Platt drove a bunch of us from San Jose to Berkeley in his dad’s station wagon. There was a 7 pm show and a 10 pm show. We were running late, and wound up missing most of the 7 pm show we bought tickets for. We arrived just in time to catch the last two songs of that set.
While most of the audience was cleared out of the theater to prepare for the 10 pm show, somehow or another, Laura and I were able to sweet-talk our way into staying in the theater while the rest of our friends were kicked outside. I forget exactly how we pulled it off – we either convinced the ushers we were friends of the band (which we weren’t) or someone actually took pity on us, and allowed us to stay in the theater for the second show.
When nobody was looking, as the show started, we were able to open one of the exit doors, and sneak our friends back into the theater… with a few extras….
I remember being completely blown away by this performance. Frank Zappa played a lot of songs I’ve never heard before, and the new guitar player, some guy named Steve Vai, also sounded really good.
The date of this show was December 5, 1980. A couple days later, a real awful tragedy took place in New York, putting a damper on what should have been a great time for celebrating music that month.
Frank was born on December 21, 1940 and died on December 4, 1993, adding more December memories for the legacy of Mr. Zappa.
That particular show in Berkeley that I attend was actually recorded, and used as part of Frank’s next album – Tinseltown Rebellion.
Ironically, this album had a worldwide premiere on KFJC Radio – the station that would produce the Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon three years later, which in turn, inspire me to get involved with this LOUIE project.
My friend Alex Pantages, a KFJC DJ, along with fellow DJ Paul “Buddy Awreetus” Korntheuer, DJ Russ “Winston Q” Reynolds and journalist Dan Forte had a brainstorm about doing a big Frank Zappa radio special, using Dan’s raw interview tapes from his Musician magazine article to celebrate Frank’s musical legacy. When Alex contacted Frank’s manager about this proposed broadcast, he learned that Frank was about release a new album in a few months. Originally planned for April 1981, the radio special was rescheduled for May 1981 to tie in with the official release of the new album.
With due diligence on behalf of some dedicated disc jockeys, KFJC Radio not only scored with the worldwide broadcast premiere of the new Tinseltown Rebellion album that was officially released a week or two later, but was also the very first radio station to share a preview of a second album – Return of the Son of Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar Some More.
By some odd coincidence, this particular radio special was one of a handful of ambitious radio specials that were broadcast during the month of May 1981 as part of a “Month of Mayhem,” which initiated an annual tradition that continues to this day at KFJC.
And so today, a day in December, seems like a good time as any to celebrate the legendary Frank Zappa. The connection between Frank and LOUIE has been acknowledged in one of my previous webpage articles, and I figured it was time to share another one of his LOUIE-inspired performances as part of the ongoing LOUIE of the Week feature!
On YouTube, I found a rare, not-commercially-available archival recording of “Plastic People,” Frank’s inspired rewrite of LOUIE LOUIE. This is a recording of the song captured at Olympia, Paris on October 26th, 1968.
I don’t know where this video footage came from. but it works nicely with the music…
On Monday, we lost Dave McElhatton, a news anchorman for KPIX Channel 5, the San Francisco CBS affiliate. I never met the man, but I’d heard a lot of stories about about a decent human being he was. Dave retired from broadcasting in 2000 after nearly 50 years on the airwaves at KCBS radio and KPIX television.
I’ll say one thing about the guy: He knew about the important stories. Here’s a still image from a VHS tape of the news coverage of the infamous KFJC LOUIE LOUIE Marathon of 1983.
Last week, I mentioned a handful of KFJC personalities that celebrated their birthdays Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Somehow, I neglected to mention a KFJC personality that had their birthday last Friday.
Tommy Predovich, aka “Tommy Toonz” had his day on Friday. Last year, as some of you may remember, I identified Tommy as one half of “York & Toonz,” the recording artists responsible for the track known as “Mystery LOUIE #445.”
Tommy participated at the infamous KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon. In fact, he was responsible for picking up Richard Berry and his daughter Christy at the train station.
For HIS birthday, he sent me a video of the band that performed at his store (Vinyl Solution, San Mateo, CA) on Record Store Day – April 17, 2010. Because I want to continue to celebrate Tommy’s birthday a little longer, as well as the concept of “Record Store Day,” I’m declaring this video “LOUIE of the Day.”
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Over the Hill, a band from Half Moon Bay, California.
Before I forget, here’s a clip of Tommy with the Hoodoo Gurus that I shot behind the record store with Tommy’s old Cadillac. Tommy’s got the snazzy bowtie!
Here’s a little email I just received that I thought I’d share…
Dear Mister Predoehl,
Maybe it’s nice for you to know that there will be a Richard Berry radio special on “Rompin’ Stompin’ Radio” at RTV Mercurius (that’s in the Netherlands).
We will be broadcasting it on monday 18 jan. from 17.00 till 18.00 CET.
Of course we will start and (almost) finish with Louis Louis.
I think www.louielouie.net is a very nice webside. Good and interesting information.
You may put me on your mailing-list. I hope you’ll find time (and money) to finish you documentary!
This week’s LOUIE of the Week has a lot of different things going for it. FIrst, it’s a rare, semi-unreleased version of the song, which as far as I know was only heard ONCE during the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon of 1983.
Second, this version is by The Suburban Kids, the first band that featured Scott Long, the future singer-songwriter that went on to form the Frontier Wives, one of the more popular bands to emerge from the San Jose music scene during the late-80s to mid-90s.
Third, this version is actually a medley that includes “Hang On Sloopy,” which should excite some of my friends in Ohio, where this song was declared the “official rock song of Ohio” (which by the way was directly inspired by efforts in the state of Washington to transform “LOUIE LOUIE” into the official state song for Washington).
Along with Scott Long, other members of the band included Rob Millard, Eric Gustavson, & Dan Casey. A big thank you goes to Denise Vaughan for sharing this rare photograph.
I’ve determined that this was KFJC version #609 of the 880+ versions that was played during the 63 hour marathon of August 1983. You can hear this version by clicking on the cassette graphic or simply clicking here.
You might recall that I mentioned the Frontier Wives in previous blog postings. That’s a band that continues to perform, typically at least once a year in the San Jose region. Scott lives in New York these days, where he runs a successful music booking agency for a variety of different performers. Earlier this year, Scott put together a series of reunion shows on the West Coast for Wire Train and Translator.
Another member of the Frontier Wives is Lex van den Berghe, who became one of the big finalists on the Survivor TV show. Lex is also part of a new band called Maids of Honor, which features Greg Camp, formerly of Smashmouth. I suspect they’ll be getting a lot of attention in the near future.
Here’s a clip I shot of the Frontier Wives in 1991, performing a song called “Louis Pasteur.” If I didn’t already mention this song in a past blog posting, I probably would have named it as a “LOUIE of the Week.”
Instead, I’ll just include it as part of this Suburban Kids posting…. an extra LOUIE, so to speak!
Over the years, KFJC has held events as eclectic and bizarre as its play lists.
In August 1983, the station played 823 versions of the Richard Berrie hit “Louie Louie.” The songwriter himself performed live on the air to promote what they called the “Maximum Louie Louie” marathon, which ran for more than 63 hours and garnered attention from the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.
One student hosted a show where instead of reviewing films, he rated laundromats, giving them between one and four “suds.” He was eventually invited to speak to a large laundry organization.
“It was amazing what he was able to do with a very stupid idea,” Pelzel said.
Just for the record, the student that did the laundromat show was Remo Perini, aka “Lou York,” who along with Tommy Predovich, aka “Tommy Toonz,” created what was formerly known as “LOUIE LOUIE Mystery Version #445.”
Also, it’s Richard Berry, not Richard Berrie that wrote LOUIE LOUIE.