The Embarcaderos at 1989 LL Parade – LOUIE of the Week

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

https://youtu.be/i1IA8VQ7hpA

Here’s a few still photos from this video footage of this rockin’ band…

ALSO…. As a special treat, this video also includes my friend David Richoux playing Sousaphone at the early part of the performance. As he explains:

My band was playing earlier in the parade, Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band. Since I knew some of those musicians from Polkacide, they invited me up to jam.

Do you recognize anyone else in this video? Please speak up! We’d love to hear your story!

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RIP: Stephen Furst, aka Flounder of Animal House

Stephen Furst, the actor that played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the iconic comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House, passed away on June 16, 2017

Our friend + LOUIE advisor Stretch Riedle wrote:

“He stopped flopping around and went to the great fishing hole in the sky.”

Rest in peace, Flounder!

(Yes, this is from the Italian version of Animal House. You’re welcome!)

Reference Links:

Wikipedia on Stephen Furst

USA Obit on Stephen Furst

The Replacements – LOUIE of the Week

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.


https://youtu.be/uC7o-LuQmjc

Big thanks to the taper known as “Lucca” for capturing this minimalist rendition and sharing it within trader circles!

The photo of the Riviera Theater marquee was taken by Mikey Holland, who wrote a little online essay entitled “Tattoos, Booze, and No Way To Lose: Mikey Holland spends a week chasing the Replacements.”

The image of the Replacements came from a YouTube video shared by “seijinlee.” As a matter of fact, it’s from a clip of the two songs the band did right before tackling LOUIE

(which is right below this very sentence)


https://youtu.be/4tNspdyXEqQ?list=PLiN6XHY0n_u6XWzX8ko1Ud7S9IgDdSlgk

RIP: Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, radio DJ + LOUIE enthusiast

Today I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our friend Michael Slavko, aka M. Dung, as shared on Facebook by his fiancee Judy Crum.

Dung was a big advocate of LOUIE LOUIE, and hosted two LOUIE LOUIE Parades in conjunction with KFOG Radio and the Leukemia Society in San Francisco.

In the last years of his life, he was dealing with a variety of health issues, and this morning, he died peacefully at UCSF.

A few years ago, I paid tribute to Dung with a post entitled “Hail Hail M. Dung!! (LOUIE of the Week)

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:


https://youtu.be/tYXOy3MIxDE


https://youtu.be/adez4kZrPMw

My friend David Schumacher, who worked with Dung at Apple, shared a webpage that featured an excellent interview of Dung by Justin Bozung:

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….

1985 Dead house, San Rafael — with Kenny Wardell, Jerry Garcia and M. Dung.
John Fogerty with M. Dung

About an hour ago, his daughter Antigone Slavko shared these heartfelt words at the KFOG’s “The Idiot Show” M Dung Facebook page:

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.

Eric Predoehl at LouieLouie.net

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Reference Links:
Hail Hail M. Dung!! (LOUIE of the Week)
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=7434

Facebook page – KFOG’s “The Idiot Show” M Dung
https://www.facebook.com/groups/101650263212925/

Justin Bozung’s Interview with M.Dung
http://justinbozung.net/m-dung-interview/

Legendary Stardust Cowboy and his Rotten Teeth – non-LOUIE of the Week

This week, I’m sending out a shout-out for my friend Norman Odam, aka the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Apparently he needs some serious dental work he can’t really afford.

He’s got a GoFundMe page that explains exactly what he needs…

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.

bowie-and-ledge

David Bowie acknowledged that the Legendary Stardust Cowboy was a direct inspiration for the creation of Ziggy Stardust.

https://youtu.be/XmyFJ8-sqk8

Here’s a little video I shot with the Ledge back in the early 1990s at my favorite long-gone nightclub in San Jo’.


https://youtu.be/Y-jCDicX-0I

Anyways, if any of my friends out in cyberspace could make some donations towards this man’s extensive dental repair, that would be much appreciated.

Reference Links:

The GoFundMe page for Legendary Stardust Cowboy- Norm Odam
https://www.gofundme.com/help-ledge-keep-his-teeth

Wikipedia – Legendary Stardust Cowboy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legendary_Stardust_Cowboy

LOUIE REPORT – RIP: David Bowie (aka Davie Jones) – LOUIE of the Week
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=7551

RIP: Lexie Shabel, cancer fighter + documentary maker

I lost another friend this week.

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.


https://youtu.be/7ZwHunYzlGw?list=PL6F315A28A3381C5E

.. and a song called “Geez LOUISE?


https://youtu.be/XsHyjpSgMX0

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?


https://youtu.be/4M8hoVFpSIg

She continued to speak out, providing support for others facing this awful disease.

Then, on Monday, May 22, I visited her her Facebook wall, where I learned the sad news about her passing.

Rest in peace, my friend.
You shall not be forgotten.

love, E.P.

Lexie Shabel and Jane Sullivan at 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival
Lexie Shabel and Jane Sullivan at 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival

Reference Links:

LouieLouie.net – Rock ‘n’ Roll Overload (mention of Lexie’s Unband film)
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/?p=252

Facebook page for Lexie Shabel
https://www.facebook.com/lexie.shabel

Breast Wishes Fund page
http://breastwishesfund.org

LOUIE comic strip – Nancy

It’s yet another mention of LOUIE LOUIE in the daily comic strips!

This ones was in Saturday’s NANCY comic strip – May 27, 2017.

The Nancy comic character was originally created by Ernie Bushmiller in 1933, and has continued, thanks to the talents of Guy Gilchrist, who’s been drawing Nancy’s adventures since 1995.

Big thanks to our friend Nola Falan for spotting this LOUIE reference!

You can view this comic strip and all the others at GoComics!

Reference Links:

Official Nancy webpage at GoComics!
http://www.gocomics.com/nancy/

WiKipedia- Nancy (comic strip)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_(comic_strip)