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
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.
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:
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….
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.
Here’s a little something from two years ago that I recently stumbled across- The Sonics performing “He’s Waiting” and “LOUIE LOUIE” with special guests Wayne Kramer of MC5 and Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere of Lords of Altamont – live at the Regent Regent Theater on May 9, 2015.
My right salivary gland does not work. Therefore, I have dry-mouth, and most of my teeth have become bad.
I need root canals, crowns, and two teeth implants.
$17,000.00 is what he needs right now, and he’s not exactly rolling in dough these days, so whatever you can donate would be wonderful.
For those you unfamiliar with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, he is a singer-songwriter who is considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s.
In 1968, he wrote and recorded a song called “Paralyzed,” which featured T-Bone Burnett on drums. The song was picked up by a major label, Mercury Records, eventually entering the Billboard Top 200. His popularity prompted an appearance on NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in comedy television series.
David Bowie acknowledged that the Legendary Stardust Cowboy was a direct inspiration for the creation of Ziggy Stardust.
I first met Lexie Shabel ten years ago at the 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival. She was presenting her documentary “We Like To Drink: We Like to Play Rock’n’Roll,” which told the story about a band from Massachusetts known as The UnBand. I’d never heard of this band before, and almost didn’t stick around to watch this film, which was part of a double bill featuring a film that I initially came to see.
I’m so very grateful that I stuck around to watch this film. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining music documentaries I’d seen in a long time. It felt like a real-life Spinal Tap with real people doing dumb stuff, all glued together with a wonderful rock and roll soundtrack.
I had to congratulate director Lexie Shabel for creating such an engaging documentary about an unknown band. I had such a nice time yacking with her, and learned about her other ambitious film product that she was working on … the documentary she was producing of her special battle with breast cancer.
We became friends and shared quite a few emails over the years, sharing resources whenever we could.
Lexie’s battle with breast cancer continued to be the unavoidable challenge that she faced, draining her energy while also providing her with a massive mission that empowered her to help others facing similar battles.
She created an organization known as the Breast Wishes Fund in 2010, with a focus on providing more information and resources for those seeking alternative choices for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
She embarked on a very personal and transformative path toward overall health, addressing her cancer on her own terms.
She did a presentation at TEDTalks entitled “When Did Our Breasts Become An Accessory?”