(minimal) LOUIE at the Movies – Danny Says

I recently watched “Danny Says,” a documentary about a music industry insider by the name of Danny Fields.

As someone that worked with David Peel, who passed away last month, I knew about Danny, and various people recommended that I see this documentary.

I knew that Danny not only helped get Peel signed to Elektra, helped facilitate John Lennon‘s meeting with Peel, and also played a major role in discovering, signing and eventually managing the Ramones.

This film shared details a lot of amazing things that Danny did during his career in the music industry that I was not fully aware of…

For example, in 1996, Danny Fields was a managing editor of Datebook Magazine, which catered to teenage music enthusiasts in USA, and they decided to run excepts of a John Lennon interview conducted by journalist Maureen Cleave for the London Evening Standard. Initially ignored in the UK, the American audience picked on a statement in which John discussed how the Beatles popularity seemed to be stronger than Christianity at that point in time. There was a massive backlash against the Beatles after that incident, which probably contributed to their decision to stop touring.

Danny Fields was a person that discovered a lot of great musicians that became major trendsetters. He was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist, and helped transform a folk music label into a rock music powerhouse, working with The Doors, and convincing the label to sign MC5 and The Stooges, two bands that served as major inspirations for the US and UK punk music movements of the mid-to-late 1970s.

In 1975, Fields discovered the Ramones at CBGB, and helped get them signed to Sire Records. As the band’s co-manager, with Linda Stein, Fields brought the band to England, where they had an enormous impact, inspiring the UK punk movement.

As a writer for the New York Times pointed out, “You could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened.”

There’s a ton of names mentioned in this documentary. Danny worked with Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins, and this film includes a massive list of people that provided interviews- Michael Alago, Eric Andersen, Penny Arcade, Scott Asheton, Roberta Bayley, Jim Bessman, Susan Blonde, Justin Bond, Leee Black Childers, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Mike Diana, Myk Fisher, Danny Goldberg, Bob Gruen, Duncan Hannah, Steve Harris, Fayette Hauser, Kristian Hoffman, Jac Holzman, Billy James, Louis Edward Jordan, Larry Kaplan, Lenny Kaye, Wilson Kidde, Howie Klein, Wayne Kramer, Jon Landau, Richard Lloyd, John Lomax III, Pat Loud, Gary Lucas, Steve Mackay, Dick & Zoe Manitoba, Jim Marshall, Gillian McCain, Monte Melnick, John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, David Neuman, David Peel, Dennis Peron, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Randi Reisfeld, Jonathan Richman, Yvonne Ruskin, Natalie Schlossman, John Sinclair, Seymour Stein, Arturo Vega, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Jann Wenner, James Williamson, & Mary Woronov.

Anyways, the LOUIE LOUIE reference is as minimal as you can get. If you sneezed at the wrong time, you’d miss it completely. Nobody mentions the song, and the song isn’t even played.

It’s just tiny visual reference. There’s discussion of how big changes were happening in the pop music universe during the period of 1965-1966, and LOUIE gets an animated mention in a motion graphics sequence.

Anyways, I highly recommend this documentary and encourage my friends to see it. It’s a keeper!

The Iggy Pop story about Ron Ashton destroying a company truck was especially funny!

Reference Links:

Danny Says – the official website
http://dannysaysfilm.com/

Wikipedia – Danny Fields
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Fields

Wikipedia – More popular than Jesus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus

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

http://electricsheep.org
http://electricsheep.org

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.


http://youtu.be/nvZcPgTiXKU

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…


http://youtu.be/jVD67pMdv9k

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:
http://electricsheep.org

Scott’s website is at
http://scottdraves.com

For more information about Creative Commons licensing, please visit:
http://creativecommons.org

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?

Hail Hail David Jester and the Jesterfest!

This week, we want to tip our hat to David Jester of Portland, Oregon, who’s spent many years documenting the music scene of Portland, which included producing a cable television program in conjunction with the TWO LOUIES magazine. David is currently dealing with the big challenge of preserving his video archive, and he decided to create an event to raise some desperately needed funds.

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, there will be a “JesterFest” at Oddessypdx, 521 N Tillamook, Portland, Oregon 97229.

David describes his situation at his Facebook event page

I have recorded over 10,000 musicians over the last 36 years… Videotape was only expected to last for 10 years… I have found that about 75% of the tapes are still good… It is time to digitize them all, or not worry about taking care of them any more… I need help to do this… I don’t have 5,000 hours left on my 65 year old bones to finish this project… I want to share as much of the “good ol’ days” as I can… I would love to have all of my friends come down to visit with me and interact with each other… 99% of us share the same “Love of Music” and the common “Love for Our Fellow HuMans”… If you would like to enjoy what I have to give, PLEASE JOIN US, at this event… The music is going to be awesome, and Vintage Antique Videos will play on the big screen between bands.. This is all ages, so bring your family… Please Share this Event on your page, and Invite all of your Friends…

Here’s a video clip from the TWO LOUIES cable TV show. This is the very first episode, which by some coincidence is the story of LOUIE LOUIE!


http://youtu.be/HHj-dqhbuu4

Seven dollars is a helluva cheap deal for this fundraiser. I’d like to encourage all of my friends in the Portland to support this event, and David’s effort to digitize his video archives.

More details and updates on this event can be found at the official Facebook event page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/283277865161481/

Be sure to tell ’em that E.P. of LouieLouie.net sent cha!

The release of Ed’s Inner Space

It’s time for a little non-LOUIE news on the LOUIE REPORT blog…

Back in 2008, i worked with my friend, Emmy-award winner Alison Victor to co-produce / co-direct a short documentary about a blind sailor’s quest to use technology to see. The film entitled “Ed’s Inner Space,” had a special premiere at YURI’S NIGHT, a special worldwide event to celebrate the legacy of Yuri Gargarin, the first human being to travel into outer space.

This event was an international celebration of science, art, technology, and the creative spirit held at NASA. Our film was part of the S.T.E.A.M. Screen Documentary Program, and streamed to the astronauts on the International Space Station.

Since it’s initial release, excerpts of the film have been shown on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show on NBC, KPIX CBS-5 News, as well as various other national and international news outlets.

Recently, Alison and I have decided to release this project for free exhibition on the internet.

So here it is, in it’s entirety on YouTube….

enjoy,

ERIC PREDOEHL
co-producer/ co-director of “Ed’s Inner Space”

Click HERE for full-screen presentation!

Lego Robot on Ukelele – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s the kind of LOUIE LOUIE I really love. It’s a wonderful demonstration of robotic technology and musical diversity.

Someone built and programmed a Lego Robot to perform LOUIE LOUIE on a ukelele for a Western Washington University robot competition.

Thank you Lego Robot on Ukelele – you are this week’s LOUIE of the Week!

The Ross Wilson interview

Ross Wilson interview for THE MEANING OF LOUIE © LouieLouie.net / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

On Sunday night in California, Monday afternoon in Australia, a very special interview took place for the LOUIE documentary project.

For years, I’ve been in touch with Ross Wilson. I knew about his history with him being one of, if not THE first musician in Australia to record Richard Berry‘s now-iconic melody. Ross was 16 years old at the time in 1965, and he not only had the foresight to not only record the song, but also create his own record label, releasing his unique rendition of LOUIE LOUIE with the Pink Finks on his own Mojo record company. Since that pivotal moment in time, Ross has a substantial musical career as a singer, song-writer, and producer in Australia.

Over the years, he’s fronted a handful of bands as well as Pink Finks, including The Party Machine, Procession, Sons of the Vegetal Mother, Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. With his band Daddy Cool, he scored a nationwide #1 hit in Australia in mid-1970 with the single “Eagle Rock” and their debut LP, Daddy Who?, Daddy Cool, also set a new record as the biggest selling Australian album to that time. In 1974, Wilson took time off from Daddy Cool and worked with an up-and-coming band known as Skyhooks, producing their debut album Living in the Seventies, which overtook Daddy Cool’s spot as the biggest-selling Australian LP of the time.

Ross was individually inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1989 and again as a member of Daddy Cool in 2006. Ross Wilson was also featured as a judge on the Seven Network celebrity reality singing competition television show “It Takes Two” in both 2006 and 2007 series.

As I was fascinated by Ross’ career, and Ross is a big fan of Richard Berry music, we connected via cyberspace about ten or so years ago. I’ve never been able to make it to Australia, and his visits to the United States seemed few and far between, but I’ve always had full intentions of conducting a proper interview with Ross.

Last night, we finally did our interview, thanks to my friend/co-collaborator Alison Victor, and the ingenious web service known as SKYPE. A couple of years ago, Alison and I actually co-produced a short documentary on a blind sailor that used SKYPE services to “see,” which turned out to be a film that was showcased on the Oprah Winfrey TV show.

Alison was visiting Australia, so we thought…. “Why not interview Ross via Skype?”

And so we did…

Ross Wilson interview for THE MEANING OF LOUIE © LouieLouie.net / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

It was pretty darned exciting, being able to interview Ross, on the other side on the world, using SKYPE technology to do a teleconference, using pre-existing broadband connections on our respective laptop devices. I was able to talk with Ross, and see images of what Alison was shooting. I continue to blown away by this modern technology, and how easy it’s become to use on a regular basis.

With all the tools in 2010, it’s so easy to share things around the world. Sharing video is where it really gets exciting. Back in the day, if I wanted to see Ross’ latest video, I’d have to get a Betacam or VHS dub, which would have to be converted from PAL to NTSC so I could watch it in the United States. Now anybody can post their video to one of the various video-sharing services, and see it instantly.

It’s such a treat to see stuff like Ross’ latest video “I Come in Peace,” featuring a message I never get tired of….

Ross Wilson interview for THE MEANING OF LOUIE © LouieLouie.net / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Thank you Ross!
Thank you Alison!

I think we’ve made some serious history today, and I’m feeling quite good about that!

For more information about these talented people that have contributed a unique chapter this ambitious LOUIE project of mine, please visit their websites at:

RossWilson.com.au
AV Multimedia

… and if you want to see Alison perform a killer mash-up of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Godzilla” with her old band, please click here.

Newmarket Enrichment Band – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE of the Week is by Newmarket Enrichment Band, arranged by Paul Jennings, who is also the conductor. This is part of a Sixties medley that includes “Louie, Louie”, “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye” and “Born to be Wild”

Record LOUIE LOUIE, make some money!

Here’s a project that I like a lot …

The Louie2 Project

The official description from CDFreedom:

Here it is…the ongoing collection of The Kingsmen’s famous “Louie Louie” done by the masses.
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Got a version you want to add (and get paid for!!!)?? Send a 192kbps MP3 and photo of your act to: [email protected]
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Also include name, address and contact point where we can send you payment. 30 day pay-outs on sales of $20.00 or more.

Go to:
http://www.cdfreedom.com/artists/louielouieproject/bio/

It’s not LOUIE-specific, but…

On Wednesday, I just finalized a deal for my first-ever VOD digital download. I am pleased to present “ED’S INNER SPACE,” a film I co- produced/ co-directed with my friend Alison Victor, is now available for digital download on IndieFlix.com

Today, Thursday, May 21…. this film gets mentioned on Oprah! Yes, Oprah…..

As the description goes…

“ED’S INNER SPACE” is the story of Ed Gallagher, a blind man who uses space age technology to interact in a world of visual stimuli.
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Ed Gallagher was a visual artist until he slowly lost his sight over 8 years. Inspired by space technology, Ed Gallagher developed a special remote guidance system for the blind using wireless internet technology to communicate with a remote operator. Receiving clear commands from someone viewing Ed’s world through his head mounted web cam, Ed, as a blind man, is able to participate in every day tasks, such as shopping, sailing and riding a bicycle.

You can now purchase this film at:
http://www.indieflix.com/Films/EdsInnerSpace

More details about the film at
av-multimedia.com

It’s all quite exciting!

I’m also still working heavily on that OTHER ambitious film of mine….

cheers,

ERIC PREDOEHL
of LouieLouie.net

The A.P. story on Jack Ely, Louie Louie, and money from music

My sister Ann, who shares a birthday with Jack Ely, was the first one to send me this story as shared by the Baltimore Sun:

Singers tell Congress: Money (That’s What I Want)
By Ryan Nakashima | The Associated Press
May 4, 2009
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Jack Ely, the singer whose 1963 version of “Louie Louie” still makes the rounds on oldies radio, lives with his wife in a mobile home on a horse ranch in Oregon. Ely says they share $30,000 a year from her teacher’s pension and his Social Security checks. They are paying down a mortgage.
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So sometimes it bothers Ely, 65, when he hears his voice singing “Louie Louie” on the radio or in sports arenas, knowing he’s not getting paid.
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“It gets played twice a day by every oldies radio station everywhere in the world. And I get nothing,” said Ely, who recorded the song with The Kingsmen before getting drafted by the Army and leaving the band. “I got one check for $5,000. That’s all I ever saw from the sale of ‘Louie Louie.'”

Read the full story by clicking here.

One little quibble. I’m mentioned in the article as “a student who helped organize the (KFJC marathon)” is somewhat misleading. I tried to point out that others (Stretch Riedle, Phil Dirt & Doc Pelzel) actually organized this event. I merely supported their efforts, and wound up being the only one to bring a video camera to the big show.

There will be an Associated Press video of this story, but in the meantime, I’ll share a video that I shot of Jack with one of his horses.

UPDATE: As I don’t see my name in the newspapers very often, I thought it’d be interesting to see what other papers carried this story. I didn’t see it in my regular paper – the San Jose Mercury, but here’s some others that did. The comments at different newspaper URLs are often entertaining…

USA Today
Fort Worth Star Telegram (an abbrieviated version, but includes a photo of Jack Ely)
Corvallis Gazette Times– another photo of Jack
Salt Lake Tribune
Bismarck Tribune
Forbes.com
Boston Globe
Chicago Sun-Times
Seattle Times
MSNBC.com