Stiv Bators “L.A. L.A.” – LOUIE bastard of the Week

It’s time to point the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight at an oldie but goodie….

Stiv Bators (aka Steven John Bator), the singer from The Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church, who lived from October 22, 1949 until June 4, 1990, once recorded an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE, which used different […]

Otis Redding – LOUIE of the Week

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where I saw, among other things, the Otis Redding exhibit.

At this exhibit I saw Otis items I’ve never seen anywhere else – rare family photographs, the original painted marquee for the Whisky-a-Go-Go show, his red jacket worn on the “Live […]

Ike & Tina Turner – LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is pointed at the 1968 (?) recording of LOUIE LOUIE by Ike and Tina Turner. It’s a powerful version of the song, and one that I’d consider one of the Essential LOUIE LOUIE recordings!

I’m not sure whether this version was first released as a 45 single or an […]

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s a tasty little treat I’ve never heard or seen before – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, doing a live performance of LOUIE LOUIE!

I have no idea what day or location this performance took place, but if someone could let me know, that would be wonderful!

https://youtu.be/B2nna3qZwP8

Thanks again to […]

Anniversary of KFJC Marathon – LOUIE of the Week

On Friday, August 19, 1983, KFJC began what turned out to be a major turning point in LOUIE LOUIE history with the MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE marathon:

1) The first meeting of Richard Berry, author of the song LOUIE LOUIE and Jack Ely, original vocalist with the Kingsmen, whose voice was heard on the world’s […]

Zodiac (Dutch Glam Rock Disco) – LOUIE of the Week

This week, we point the LOUIE spotlight at a 1976 recording by a Dutch band known as Zodiac.

The band Zodiac was formed in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), featuring members of Crown’s Clan. I wasn’t able to find out details on all six of the band members, but some of the core players included vocalist […]

Dez Cadena – LOUIE of the Week / GoFundMe anti-cancer campaign

Here’s a little something I recently stumbled upon .. a 2011 solo performance of LOUIE LOUIE by Dez Cadena, the man who sang on Black Flag‘s very first LOUIE LOUIE recording.

I also found out he’s fighting cancer.

Dez joined Black Flag in 1980, replacing singer Ron Reyes who apparently quit the band in […]

The Pink Chunk / Conrad Uno – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE came about via a Facebook post by Art Chantry…

Back in the 1970’s, Seattle had it’s fair share of “proto-punk” bands. in the very early part of the decade, there was Ze Whiz Kidz (more of a performance troupe rather than strictly a band). toward the end of the 70’s, there […]

Alexander Surmont of Belgium – LOUIE of the Week

This week, I’m going to do a little bit of recycling.

This week, the world is thinking about Belgium after the awful incident in Brussels.

Last year, around this time, I shared a clip that featured a performance by my friend Alexander Surmont of Belgium. He did a wonderful Italian version of LOUIE LOUIE […]

Hail Hail Girl Trouble! (LOUIE of the Week)

I am in awe of Girl Trouble!

(The band, not the actual concept…)

I can’t remember the first time I ever witnessed the band in concert… whether it was at Marsugi’s, the Cactus Club, Paradise Lounge or maybe even Upstairs Eulipia, but it was during one of their visits to the SF bay area […]