Fundraiser for Stretch Riedle (aka “give the drummer some”) – LOUIEs of the Week

One week ago, my good friend Jeff Riedle (aka “Stretch“), who’s been a major advisor to the LOUIE project, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night, and has been in the hospital ever since.

Actually, I think he just got moved from one hospital to another.
It has been a very hectic week…

Stretch is a great guy, a local legend in the music community, and someone I’ve often acknowledged as the man whose “brilliant moment of inspiration” – playing a full hour of LOUIE LOUIE on a late night radio shift led to the legendary “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” KFJC marathon that inspired this very documentary project.

There is a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his medical bills, and I’m hoping that many of you could make a donation to help him out.

Jeff “Stretch “ Riedle suffered Cardiac Arrest on Saturday November 25th while playing drums in downtown Santa Cruz, Ca.

Everyone who is a drummer, musician or a fan of Jeff’s band The New Shockwaves, The Fascinating Creatures of The Deep or has bought gear at Starving Musician Knows and Loves Jeff or “Stretch” as he is affectionately known.

Jeff , is currently scheduled for surgery in the following days. We all know that he really is a “ Starving Musician “ and the road to recovery and medical costs, along with loss of work will be an extra stress.

On behalf of Jeff, please join me in raising money to help him through this unexpected and traumatic life event.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

Stretch met and interviewed quite a few musicians when he was a DJ at KFJC.

Of course, this post it seems perfectly natural to share a video clip of Stretch and LOUIE LOUIE for the “LOUIE of the Week,” but because it’s Stretch, he gets multiple versions… just because one version is never enough…

Here’s a few of ’em….


https://youtu.be/7mTQU0S3y8Q

This particular clip features a short excerpt of the big 45 minute version that featured Richard Berry, Jack Ely & the Lady Bo Trio at the infamous KFJC marathon. Stretch isn’t actually playing music in this one (even though I do have video evidence of him doing such a thing in the full version of this performance), but he is mentioned, and can be seen dancing to the music…


https://youtu.be/adez4kZrPMw

In the next clip, Stretch as well as fellow members of the Shockwaves, back up Richard Berry (and special guest DJ M. Dung) for a performance of the song at a LOUIE LOUIE parade in San Francisco!


https://youtu.be/5wgxH8LVar8

Here’s another version of the song with Stretch and the Shockwaves…. at some beach in Santa Cruz.


https://youtu.be/iNANEdKQ5XA

In this clip, Stretch plays with Cassady’s Hammer for a TV show in Santa Cruz. They are joined by special guest John Allen Cassady, son of literary adventurer Neal Cassady.


https://youtu.be/oHebRiT5Vmw

While this particular clip showcases Neil Young‘s very special version of the song, you actually hear more of Stretch than Neil…

Anyways, if you can donate to help Stretch pay for some medical bills, that would be fully appreciated!

Please visit:
https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-stretch-riedle-medical-fund

MONDAY UPDATE:

On Sunday, I was able to visit with Stretch and show him one of the new donations to the LOUIE archives – the original LOUIE LOUIE 45rpm master stamper of 1957 (Richard Berry on Flip Records-254), courtesy of Neal P. of the Max & Lilian Feirtag estate.

May the powers of LOUIE LOUIE heal my good friend!

RIP: Bobby Lloyd Hicks of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men – LOUIE of the Week

We’re a bit late in reporting this, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of Bobby Lloyd Hicks, who died on February 19, 2017.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks performed an inspired version of LOUIE LOUIE when he was a member of Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men. Wedged between “Abilene” and “Thirty Dollar Room,” the band delivered this magical moment of inebriated absurdity on February 21, 1999 at the Harmony Bar & Grille in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dave Alvin paid tribute to his old bandmate on his Facebook page:

Bobby Lloyd Hicks passed away last night surrounded by his loving children and wife. He was/is my dear friend, drummer, singer, teacher, troublemaker, Guilty Man-Skeleton-NRBQer inspirational rock and roll anarchist angel. How do I summarize nearly 30 years of close friendship? How do I explain 16 years on the road together? All the sweaty gigs, miles, adventures, great shows, bad shows, drunken misdeeds, music lessons, disappointments,, laughs, tears and all the brotherly love and broken drum heads. We battled our demons together and, happily, Bobby eventually triumphed over his. He didn’t get the fame and fortune he deserved but, never the less, he kept playing until his body gave out. Selfishly I have to say that so far in 2017, I’ve lost two of the closest friends I’ll ever have. First was my Blaster era road manager, Wally Hanley, and now Bobby. I already hate this terrible year but I’m gonna do what musicians do to survive: turn up loud, sing our songs, mourn, celebrate, touch some hearts, shake some asses and play some damn music to raise the dead. I love and miss ya, Bobby Lloyd, but I’ll see you onstage every night.


https://youtu.be/kf0GpICCPjE

Here’s some more info on Bobby Lloyd Hicks:

Dave Hoekstra’s Website – The American Beat of Bobby Lloyd Hicks

All Music Guide – Bobby Lloyd Hicks album credits

Bobby Lloyd Hicks Facebook page

William Shatner’s Garbage Man – LOUIE relative of the Week

This week, the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at William Shatner‘s inspired rendition of The Cramps‘ “Garbage Man.”

Or as Captain Kirk might say, this rendition may …“Boldly Go Where No Garbage Man Has Gone Before…”

This recording is from the upcoming “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” compilation being released by Demented Punk Records on January 12th, 2018. The new collection will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set. John Cafiero, the frontman of Osaka Popstar, is responsible for producing this collection, collaborating with Barret Hansen, aka Dr. Demento, who also wrote an afterward to follow Cafiero’s foreward. This collection will feature some contributions from the B-52s, Los Straitjackets, Shonen Knife, Joan Jett, James Kochalka Superstar, Nobunny, the Meatmen, Osaka Popstar, the Vandals, Philly Boy Roy, Elvira, the Misfits and the late Adam West.

The Cramps’ “Garbage Man,” is of course a LOUIE mutant, and/ or LOUIE relative, borrowing some elements from Richard Berry‘s most famous composition.

A shame we have to wait until January to get this.
This would have been a great Christmas present….
oh well…


https://youtu.be/FJEc-KPnIxI

Check out the full song list at:
Rolling Stone – Joan Jett, ‘Weird Al,’ William Shatner Tapped for Dr. Demento Box Set

RIP: Tom Petty / LOUIE of the Week

Monday was a day of anger, sadness and shock.

One of the worst mass shootings ever in USA. Another great singer-songwriter left us. More natural disasters and a clueless elected official that continues to make even more stupid, insensitive statements via Twitter.

Just another day in America that sadly felt all too familiar, unfortunately.

In the case of the departed singer-songwriter, it turned out to be a premature announcement of the departure of Tom Petty, who passed away many hours after his death was initially announced in the major media outlets.

The death of Tom Petty caught so many of us completely off-guard. He seemed to be at the top of his game, playing better than ever with his band of Heartbreakers, having just finished an extremely successful 40th anniversary tour.

Meanwhile, yours truly was 400 miles away from his homebase, dealing with an unexpected broken tooth accident while helping a friend deal with the aftermath of a major move.

As it’s taken me a few days to assemble this blog post, here’s a few things I thought needed to be shared about Tom Petty….

1) When Tom Petty was an 11 years old boy, he saw Elvis Presley (who he didn’t know much about) on a movie set in Florida for the feature film “Follow That Dream.” As he witnessed how people reacted to this special visit by Elvis, Petty’s life was forever changed by the experience.

“He stepped out, radiant as an angel. He seemed to glow and walk above the ground. It was like nothing I’d ever seen in my life,” Petty said of Presley in the book “Conversations With Tom Petty,” written by Paul Zollo.

2) Tom Petty fought hard for artistic independence and his fanbase. NBC News provided a reminder of his battles with record labels:

Always a fierce advocate for artistic independence and putting his fans first, Petty fought many battles with his record labels. In 1981, Petty took on MCA Records over the list price for the album “Hard Promises” — MCA wanted to issue it for $9.98, while Petty insisted that it sell for $8.98. Petty won.

It wasn’t the first time he’d gone to war with MCA. In 1979, when the band’s label, Shelter, was bought by MCA, Petty soon got into a dispute with the new owner over songwriting rights. Litigation ensued, putting Petty’s career on hold — and forcing him to file for bankruptcy protection.

Petty settled with MCA in a deal that saw him and the band move to another MCA subsidiary, and the records soon resumed. Petty, both solo and with the Heartbreakers, remained a fixture on the lists of the highest-grossing concert acts in the world for the next quarter-century.

3) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers‘ 13th and final studio album, 2014’s Hypnotic Eye, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart—the band’s first No. 1 debut—and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Rock Album.

4) Tom Petty was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year for his charitable work. Six years earlier, he and his wife Dana were given the Midnight Mission Award in May 2011. Midnight Mission offers emergency help and drug and alcohol assistance programs for the homeless in the Los Angeles area.

Would you believe that one of the first bootleg CDs I ever saw featuring the song LOUIE LOUIE was a Tom Petty CD entitled “LOUIE LOUIE?”

It was a live recording of a show he did in Ultrecht, Holland on December 4, 1982, released by some EEC record label called “On Stage” in 1993.

Here’s a snippet from that particular recording, now shared freely on YouTube:


https://youtu.be/KtB63qxKBAI

Tom and the Heartbreakers also performed the song live at The Fillmore in San Francisco on February 7, 1997. This entire concert is also on YouTube, but you’ll have to cue it to the 2:55:36 mark to hear LOUIE LOUIE.


https://youtu.be/19G4L27gW1k

Three years ago, when (LOUIE pioneer) Paul Revere died, Tom and the Heartbreakers did a great tribute to Paul in Anaheim on October 7, 2014 with an inspired rendition of “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone.”


https://youtu.be/0jaZxM5QlWs

With the passing of Tom Petty, there’s been some wonderful tributes shared in cyberspace.

Here’s one of my favorites – Berke Breathed’s Bloom County 2017 Episode #499.

I’ve been informed that in lieu of flowers, Tom’s wife Dana Petty has requested that donations be made to MusiCares OR Midnight Mission Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, here’s an embedded link to a playlist of most of the cool music videos created by
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!

Click on this link, and watch ’em all…

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoopXDarluPBnuxs4PTC55Sc_2ShAXC0i


https://youtu.be/1o4s1KVJaVA

… and don’t forget the Traveling Wilburys!
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Reference Links:

Los Angeles Times – Tom Petty’s final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more by Randy Lewis
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-tom-petty-the-final-interview-20171004-story.html

Ocala Star Banner (Florida newspaper) – Local Tom Petty fans struggle through a tough day by Dave Schlenker
http://www.ocala.com/news/20171003/local-tom-petty-fans-struggle-through-tough-day

American Songwriter – On the Life and Times of Tom Petty by Paul Zollo
http://americansongwriter.com/2017/10/life-times-tom-petty/

E! News – Remembering Tom Petty: The Quintessential All-American Rock Star Who Never Backed Down by Natalie Finn
http://www.eonline.com/news/884334/remembering-tom-petty-the-quintessential-all-american-rock-star-who-never-backed-down

NBC News – Tom Petty, Rock Craftsman Admired for Four Decades, Dies at 66 by Alex Johnson
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/tom-petty-rock-craftsman-admired-four-decades-dies-66-n806936

Billboard – Tom Petty Named 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year by Steve Marinucci
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7525717/tom-petty-2017-musicares-person-of-the-year

NY Times – Tom Petty’s ‘Greatest Trip’ Was to Los Angeles by Justin Sablich
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/travel/tom-petty-los-angeles-florida-gainesville.html

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County
https://www.berkeleybreathed.com/

MusiCares
https://www.grammy.com/musicares

Midnight Mission Los Angeles
http://www.midnightmission.org

The Pre-Minstrel Sisters – WORLD premiere LOUIE of the Week

Are you ready for a world premiere of a very special LOUIE LOUIE performance?

Today, I’m proud to unveil a video performance by The Pre-Minstrel Sisters. This was a video that was shot over 20 years, but never fully edited until recently.

This was something created specifically for the LOUIE project.

My friend Suzie Kriz got together with her pal Lynelle Tyler to write special lyrics that acknowledged the history of the song. Lynnelle sang the song and produced the audio recording at her home studio, while Suzie came up all sorts of imagery for this music – the costumes, the set design and all sorts of funny props. The other sisters were other friends that showed up for this little production. The paparazzi-style photographer was played by Donrad Montgomery. The shoot took place at a studio in Santa Cruz, CA.

The video services and the LOUIE wine coolers were provided by yours truly.

– E.P.


https://youtu.be/hjeOqToD1S0

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!

If you’d like to support this project, and see more of this type of thing, please consider clicking on the “Paypal Donate” button and making a donation for the project.

LOUIE at the Movies – Down Periscope

This week, the LOUIE eye is pointed at the 1996 feature film “Down Periscope,” starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, and Harry Dean Stanton.

There’s a special LOUIE performance in the movie that someone posted to YouTube!

it’s a LOUIE of the Week!
It’s an example of LOUIE at the Movies!
It’s a Throwback Thursday!

ENJOY!

https://youtu.be/Iys9mNufYpQ

(big thanks to David Richoux for the reminder)

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