Box Office Poison – LOUIE of the Week


This week’s LOUIE is by a band known as Box Office Poison.

Apparently, this version of the classic Louie Louie was voted best version of the song by listeners of XFM radio. It was featured on the Box Office Poison EP entitled “Think for Yourself,” which is available on CD and digital download.

Box Office Poison - Think For Yourself CD

The official biography at provided more information about the band:

In the 1990’s B.O.P. started a new genre of music called Pop Noir, which has a atmospheric, filmic feel and gritty lyrics just like it’s sister genre Film Noir. Production was experimental, with song writer/producer and driving force Russell C. Writer reluctant to leave the studio until he’d invented a new sound or way of doing things on the tracks.

With a central core of permanent members and a fluid line-up of guest members the band was able to incorporate new sounds whenever required. There are elements of jazz improv, film music, catchy pop, punk attitude and classical style in the tracks. This combination gives B.O.P. a very distinctive and alternative sound.

We all know bands who say they’re doing something really different, only to find that they’re doing the same old thing as everybody else. Being a rebel is to go against the grain and the establishment! Nearly everyone who decides to be in a band picks up a guitar as a starting point. Box Office Poison do not use guitars in any of their tracks. They feel they are the only true rebels coming out in music these days. This is not a vain attempt to hype themselves into the press. It’s just that they’d rather pick up a ‘cello when indie guitar is flavour of the month. Also they don’t just sit there ripping off different bits of other people’s hits and stick them in an ever playing loop on a computer. They have a totally new way of composing songs and playing their instruments. There’s plenty more we could say but we think you get the picture. As you will have gathered by now, Box Office Poison appeals to the individual in everyone!

Producer/song writer Russell uses the human voice as another instrument so on some tracks multiple different vocal tracks merge with the backing rather than float above it. Squeaking, soaring, tapping and crying ‘cello adds a haunting and sometimes dolphin or whale-like sound to the intros and outros. Sax trails loosely around in the background giving some tracks a night club feel.

Unfortunately, the band did not last….

Box Office Poison remained cutting edge artists over several years. After changing their name briefly to Pop Noir in 2001 they finally called it a day and dissolved the band in 2002. Psykick Holiday has now taken up the Pop Noir baton on the FLR label.

More details about the band can be found at

Are you ready for the FIRST Italian LOUIE LOUIE Marathon?

I just received notice about an exciting event that’s taking place on International LOUIE LOUIE Day this year!


OrmeRadio is (reasonably) proud to host the FIRST ITALIAN LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON.


April 11th, 2015 (International Louie Louie Day) – from 4 PM CET onwards

Streaming on air on and live in Via Pontorme 68 ad Empoli (Firenze)-Tuscany-Italy

We will play every “Louie Louie” version we will be able to find thanks to our collections, and your contributions.

WHO: We, you and everyone who loves rock’n’roll and has a “Louie Louie” to play, sing, act, create, remember and howl

Send your “Louie Louie” version (instrumental, a cappella, acustic versione, etc etc) on file / video / reading / contributions, to [email protected] Come visit us to play a Louie session live and to listen to “Louie Louie” with us. You can also contact us Live trough our Skype contact: ormeradio

More details at the official Facebook page at:


The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience – LOUIE of the Week


Today, the LOUIE Report shares The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience recording of LOUIE LOUIE. This is a 1987 recording with Thomas K. Arnold & Roger Hedgecock.

Roger Hedgecock is a conservative talk radio host and former mayor of San Diego, California.

The Wikipedia page on Mr. Hedgecock describes how this collaboration came to be:

In 1986 he formed a band with well-known San Diego journalist Thomas K. Arnold called The Arnold-Hedgecock Experience. Arnold was a writer for the Reader, San Diego Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications; in the early 1980s he also engineered 1960s pop star Gary Puckett’s comeback. They recorded a cover of “Louie, Louie” and donated proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity; they played several concerts around town, including opening for The Kingsmen in Oceanside in front of 10,000 people

R.B. Firebirds (KFJC version #152) – LOUIE of the Week / KFJC Max LL database notes

RB Firebirds

This week, we share another tasty nugget from the LOUIE archives.

Back in the early 80s, there was a rockin’ little band in the San Jose area that provided some fine music in a handful of little bars. The R.B. Firebirds was a dynamic band featuring Kelly Smith, Paul “Bosco” Haggard, Tony “Butthouse” Chaba and the man known simply as “1209.” The band didn’t seem to last very long, and there’s very few recordings that exist of their shows, but luckily there’s one particular recording that was saved for posterity.

The R.B. Firebirds’s version of LOUIE LOUIE, recorded specifically for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon is a superb rendition of the song featuring some funny improvised lyrics that tackle the absurdity of this event. For many KFJC staffers, this was one of the top favorite versions amongst the 800+ renditions that were showcased on special weekend back in 1983.

I really loved this version!

On a similar note, I’ve had a handful of people asking me for a list of all the versions that were performed at that historic event. It’s taken a few decades to transfer the existing air-check tapes, break up the various audio transfers into individual song tracks, and identify the various performers (which is still very much a work-in-progress), but we now have a list that can be shared with the public.

kfjc Max LOUIE LOUIE logsheet

Unfortunately, the archive is incomplete. We have close to 62 hours of the 63 hour marathon, and there’s “only” 842 versions of the song. I’m hoping that someday someone will show up with a recording of the missing hour or so of the show – recorded from the live radio broadcast, but at this point in time, it seems highly unlikely.

Somewhere down the line, I would love to share an online archive/database of this historic event as well as all the known versions of the song, allowing members of the LOUIE community to provide additional information on each of the recordings. While many of the home-made recordings would probably be available free of charge, I would also provide links to the various resources where one could legally listen and/or acquire copies of the various commercial recordings of THE SONG.

If anyone has any thoughts on coordinating such an endeavor, please let me know.

The Semi-Complete KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE air check list – updated November 2014.

Kelly Smith shared some more details about old band, the R.B. Firebirds:

First Band ever to play the (San Jose) Fountain Blues Festival We opened the event on it’s first day.

Butthouse named the band after a guitar he liked. Reverse Body Firebirds….some thought it meant Rhythm and Blues but it’s not for that.

Richard Dandolo shared an old business card:

RB Firebirds bizcard

A-Team Mystery Version – LOUIE of the Week

This year, we start with a mystery…

A few weeks ago, I received a email from Tobias Schmahl of Germany:

I found your Blog because it is mentioned on the German Wikipedia page about “Louie Louie”.

I would like to ask for your help concerning “Louie Louie”. Do you remember the A-Team, starring George Peppard and Mr. T?

I’m going to write about that show. Maybe you know that “Louie Louie” was used in an episode of the A-Team.

It was “The Theory of Revolution” from season 5 and it aired Fri 24th Oct 1986. In your country the episode should be available here:

The song was used 3 times: Right from the beginning, then at appr. 05:55 and again in the end.

Now my question is: Which version of the song was used? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Kingsmen’s recording, although it sounds similar. Do you have any idea?

I would be very grateful, if you could browse your archives (I didn’t find anything about the A-Team on your Blog).
I would be interested in any information available and every detail is highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for you reply & kind regards from Germany,
Tobias Schmahl

This is an odd one. I put this question to my international team of experts, and didn’t get any definitive answers….

Theo de Grood of The Louie Louie Pages wrote:

Amazing discovery! I had the A-Team episode included in the
‘movies’-section of my website, but used the IMDB-data as a source and
never actually watched or listened to this episode myself, hence the
incorrect ‘Richard Berry‘. A Shazam-scan of the version rendered no
solution, and on this otherwise rather adequate fan-site the version is
listed as ‘Unbekannt’ (= unknown):
Probably an anonymous studio-band re-recording because of copyright

Clay Stabler responded:

This website devoted to the music of The A-Team episodes has it by the Kingsmen which is obviously wrong.

I’m in the same boat here – sounds vague familiar, but can’t identify it. At first I thought it might be one of the Jack Ely re-recordings, but it’s not.

Stretch Riedle also replied:

I too thought it might be a Jack Ely version. Doesn’t sound like it at all though. If its on Collectable Records then Kingsmen makes sense. But we know it’s not them.

Barry Curtis, formerly of the Kingsmen responded:

That’s not a Kingsmen recording — it sounds to me like Jack Ely and his band which he originally called The Kingsmen, but then changed it to The Courtmen. But it could be someone else. I had never heard that one before.

… and the mystery continues.

Hopefully someone that was affiliated with the TV show will emerge with the answer to this inquiry…

Havana Moon – Pre-LOUIE of the Week

havana postcard

To celebrate today’s historic announcement about normalization of relationships between the United States and Cuba, I’m posting a song that many folks have considered a “Pre-LOUIE song” = something that might have influenced Richard Berry in his composition of “LOUIE LOUIE.”

As the YouTube clip points out, “Havana Moon” was released as a 78rpm record by singer-songwriter Chuck Berry in 1956. A website known as the Chuck Berry Collector’s Guide notes that the song was specifically released as the flipside of “You Can’t Catch Me” (Chess 1645) in November 1956.

One of the things that Richard Berry told me was that he wrote LOUIE LOUIE in 1955, but didn’t release it until 1957, after he changed record labels from Modern/Flip/RPM to Flip Records. Unless he heard “Havana Moon” before it was it was actually released in 1957, then one could argue it couldn’t really be a considered an influence if LOUIE was actually written in 1955.

Then again, Richard did acknowledge “Havana Moon” as having some type of influence, and did his own recording of “Havana Moon” with Steve Douglas… which has yet to be officially released to the public.

For the record, Richard Berry is NOT related to Chuck Berry.

Anyways, “Havana Moon” is a great song, and I’m happy to share it today!

Fink Ployd – (Dark Side of the) LOUIE of the Week

Here’s a super-rare version of LOUIE LOUIE that very few people have ever heard.

This is “Dark Side of the LOUIE” by a band known as “Fink Ployd.”

I have NO idea who these people are, but I do know they submitted this recording for the infamous KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon that took place back in 1983. it was a semi-anonymous cassette tape, which I believe didn’t have any names or addresses attached to the package.

As fate would have it, there’s no documentation of this recording being broadcast during this historic marathon. It wasn’t noted on any of the logsheets or recorded on any the air check cassette tapes. It may been aired during the “lost hour” of the 63 hour marathon, or maybe it was never aired at all.

Truly a mystery… in more ways than one….

Anyways, within a year after the original Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon took place, organizers Stretch Riedle, Phil Dirt, and Doc Pelzel brought the LOUIE LOUIE party to other stations around the USA. Earlier this year, Charles McWhorter shared some fond memories of hearing a big LOUIE LOUIE marathon on KRQX (570 AM), an AM stereo station based in Dallas, Texas. He mentioned that he had heard and recorded the Soft Jews version, but he missed out on recording the version he heard by Pink Floyd.

I’m thinking it was probably the “Fink Ployd” version that he heard…. especially as I know for a fact that Stretch does not possess any version by the band Pink Floyd…. yet…

I know … it’s easy to get confused by similar names, and this recording does sound a lot like the band featuring Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and David Gilmour.

As I assembled a quick little video, I found some incredible psychedelic fractal animation from the “Electric Sheep” project coordinated by Scott Draves, which has a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license that freely allows folks to use the footage for non-commercial projects.

Here’s the original video clip that I used…

The way this fractal animation project came together is quite fascinating…

‘Sheep’ are fractal animations that can be designed by humans, generated by computers using a genetic algorithm, or a combination of both. This animation used the top 256 ‘best’ sheep (by number of votes) from the Electric Sheep server, rendered into a continuously-looping animation.votes) from the Electric Sheep server, rendered into a continuously-looping animation.

You can find more about this Electric Sheep project by visiting:

Scott’s website is at

For more information about Creative Commons licensing, please visit:

In the meantime, I’m still searching for the REAL Pink Floyd recording of LOUIE LOUIE, as noted in the liner notes of the Syd Barrett box set, so if you find it, be sure to drop me a line, OK?

Jeff & the R.F.’s – Smells Like Louie Louie – LOUIE of the Week


Grab your woo, man, it’s LOUIE LOUIE time!

This week’s LOUIE is by Jeff & the R.F.’s, a Tacoma band created by my friend Ron Fowler and his brother Jeff. This one was posted for the LOUIE FEST of 2007, a Tacoma event that celebrated the wonders of LOUIE LOUIE. In this version, the band performs a little bit of the famous Nirvana song before paying tribute to the granddaddy of all garage rock anthem – LOUIE LOUIE.