Theresa McClure & Big Hair – LOUIE relative of the Week

Time for a little flashback.. or as they say in ye onine social networks, a “Throwback Thursday”…..

I’ve been shooting videos for quite a few years. One of the things I’m rather proud of is the fact I was able to capture what i’ve been told is the only footage of the band known as “Big Hair.”

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Big Hair was a rockin’ little cowpunk band from San Jose, California. Scott Long, Caryl Miller, Theresa McClure, Matt Rook, Margot Lipp and Ricky Quisol were members of this fine group that had a short, but memorable run. When the band fell apart, it splintered off into various splinter groups – Frontier F-in’ Wives, Whistling Bullets, The Kettles, the Frisky Frolics, and probably some other groups I’m forgetting.

I shot some concert footage of this band at an event produced by KFJC Radio in conjunction with the I.B.S. conference (some kind of college radio consortium) that took place at at the Works Gallery in San Jose, California on November 22, 1985. This took place a few years after the infamous Maximum LOUIE LOUIE event and there were a lot of KFJC types that participated at both events. This particular concert had quite a few other bands that performed that night – Tex & the Horseheads, the Morlocks and Thin White Rope.

That night, I had a borrowed video camera that was an old tube camera with portable VHS recorder. The camera was not a great camera for low low-light situations, but it was the best camera available at the time.

After I shot this video, only a handful of people ever saw it. Decades later, thanks to the internet, and YouTube in particular, I was able to share it with a much wider audience.


https://youtu.be/BAQf3qOoctw

One of the songs they performed was a cover of “Wild Thing,” a song often considered a “LOUIE Bastard.” Scott Long did the lead vocals on this one!


https://youtu.be/Unk1Mc0MYbs

Caryl Miller, who sadly passed away a few years ago, did an rockin’ version of “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” followed by Margot Lipp (now Margot Potter) performing a number called “12th Street Blues.”


https://youtu.be/1_D52jXq3Us

Margot Lipp did a great rendition of “Fever” a 1956 song performed by a lot of musicians- Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Little Willie John, and many others.

While Big Hair performed a lot of inspired covers, one of the big highlights of this band for many of us, was hearing some original songs written by Theresa McClure, who played bass in this band.


https://youtu.be/uCZ61woD0AE

Here’s a Theresa original entitled “I Love You (More Than You Know).”


https://youtu.be/grYE0fmn7tQ

Then there’s “Love Hate & Desire,” which she co-wrote with band member Matt Rook. This song became a staple song in Matt’s future band, The Frontier F-in’ Wives.


https://youtu.be/o6xGR076dLo

Theresa also collaborated with Caryl on a song entitled “Giddy Up and Go.”

Thanks to the online social networks I was able to connect with band members I hadn’t communicated with in decades. It felt wonderful to be able to reconnect and share this material all these years later.

Then, there’s the present… with my old friend Theresa dealing with some serious struggles right now..

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Theresa is dealing with real problems right now and she’s embarking some major changes in her life. She just created a GoFundMe page as a means to get out of an awful situation and move back to her old base in California.

As some of you know I’m going through a horrible divorce and I lost everything but my personal property. I really want and need to come back home as I am homeless here.

Please help me come home and rock Cali.

Thank you all for anything You can contribute.

If any of my friends out in Cyberspace can assist my friend Theresa, that would be wonderful. I haven’t seen her in decades, and would love to see her back in California again, playing music with some of her old friends again.

In fact, here’s what I’ll do….

For the first five people that read this page and then donate to Theresa’s GoFundMe campaign, I will send an archival “KFJC NO LOUIE LOUIE BUTTON.”

Whoever reads this page and donates $100 to Theresa’s GoFundMe campaign, I will give them an extremely rare LOUIE LOUIE WINE COOLER BOTTLE. If you are in or at least visiting San Francisco Bay Area, the first five that do so can choose to receive a sealed bottle with actual wine cooler, if you are of legal age. Everyone else gets an empty bottle.

You need to contact me directly if you want these items and we will work out the details – this is NOT an official offer from Theresa or GoFundMe… just me.

– E.P.
(ye LouieLouie.net producer/administrator)

Direct link for Theresa’s GoFundMe page at:
https://www.gofundme.com/rp4tvbnc

RIP: Lady Bo, rock legend + Max LOUIE performer – LOUIE of the Week

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I was so very saddened when I learned that Lady Bo passed away last week.

When I first began what turned into a rather unique journey documenting the legacy of the song LOUIE LOUIE, Lady Bo was there at the very beginning.

The KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon was ground zero for this special adventure. This small radio station in Los Altos Hills, California created a marathon to collect and broadcast every single version of this song, and Richard Berry, the author of the song, was the very special guest. Lady Bo and her band the Lady Bo Trio, featuring her husband Wally Malone on bass and George Ostrander on drums, was originally supposed to back up Richard Berry. A few hours before the event, Jack Ely, the original vocalist for the Kingsmen, flew in from Portland, Oregon. This was the very first time Richard Berry had ever met a member of the Kingsmen, which had a national hit record with their interpretation of Richard’s song.

It turned out to be a more elaborate performance than expected. Richard Berry played the keyboards, Jack Ely became a second bass player and local musician Ricky Sludge of the Readymades brought in his trumpet. It all took place in a college classroom that was converted into a makeshift recording studio. An audience of KFJC DJs and local musical enthusiasts squeezed their way into this room, with many audience members becoming actual participants singing portions of the song to a live radio audience.

While the marathon itself received a lot of local news coverage, I was the only one that brought a video camera to this once-in-a-lifetime performance. Using a somewhat bulky 3-tube video camera and portable 3/4″ U-matic recorder that I borrowed from a local public access channel, I was able to capture something that nobody else was getting.

Here’s the first ten minutes of the historic performance by Richard Berry, Jack Ely and the Lady Bo Trio at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

This is the FIRST TIME this footage has ever been shared publicly.


https://youtu.be/y5bL7lcCwuM

I also assembled a special video clip that focused on Lady Bo at this event, including some interview footage and a portion of this performance that included some inspired scat singing.


https://youtu.be/7mTQU0S3y8Q

Lady Bo had quite a career in the music biz. She played rhythm guitar with Bo Diddley‘s band in the late 1950s and early 1960s, becoming one of the first female rock guitarists in a famous rock ‘n’ roll band.

She was often called the “Queen Mother of Guitar.”

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AfroPunk provided a wonderful history lesson on her career:

Peggy Jones, aka Lady Bo grew up in New York City, attending Manhattan’s famed High School for the Performing Arts (of Fame fame) as a singer and dancer. She studied tap and ballet and trained in opera. She had been playing guitar for only 2 years when a chance encounter with Bo Diddley before a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre led to a life-changing gig as Bo Diddley’s lead guitarist. Diddley was awestruck by the sight of a beautiful young woman with a guitar and struck up a conversation. When Jerome Greene (the single luckiest maraca player in the history of music) ran out to tell Bo that dinner was being served in the dressing room, Bo invited Jones in. Jones recounts in an interview with Lea Gilmore:

After a while he opened his guitar, asked me to grab mine and play something. When I opened my case he laughed louder than anyone I’d heard before. I wanted to know what¹s funny? Hysterically he said what is that? He had never seen a Supro guitar. I said, “Now that’s a dumb question! First you probably never saw a girl carrying a guitar down the street before and want to know if I played it, did you think that was funny?” He said, “NO!” I continued, “then you insult my ax and I listen to Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Charlie Parker and I THINK I’ve heard of you! Do you think that’s funny?” He said, “No, but I like your attitude, let’s play something.” I said OK and the rest is history.

SheShreds provided an overview of her career after her initial run with Bo Didley:

In addition to her work with Bo Diddley’s band, Jones had a rich solo career. She formed her own band, The Jewels (also known as The Family Jewel, Lady Bo and the Family Jewel, The Fabulous Jewels, Little Jewel and the Family Jewel, and Lady Bo and the BC Horns). Jones left Diddley’s band in 1961 to focus on her work with the Jewels which went on to become one of the most popular touring bands on the East Coast. During this time she also released singles with groups such as the Bop Chords and the Continentals and even briefly joined James Brown’s backing band. When Jones rejoined Bo Diddley in 1970 her entire band came with her and became his new backing band. At their first show back together the crowd was so excited to see them back on stage together that they chanted “Lady Bo”—thus creating Jones’s famous nickname.

My friend Dave Seabury took some great photos of Lady Bo performing with Bo Diddley. Here’s one of his photos from an appearance at the Keystone Berkeley sometime in the 1970’s…

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Lady Bo’s death was announced on Facebook by her beloved husband / longtime band member Wally Malone. Eighteen days after she was diagnosed with cancer, she died on September 16th at the age of 75 years old.

Today is one of the saddest days of my life. My wife and partner of 47 Years has been called up to that great rock & roll band in the heavens to be reunited with Bo Diddley, Jerome Green and Clifton James.

Details for her memorial / celebration of life will be announced in the near future.

Reference:
Wikipedia on Lady Bo (Peggy Jones Malone)
AfroPunk obit on Lady Bo
SheShredsMagazine obit on Lady Bo
Ultimate Classic Rock obit on Lady Bo
David Blakely’s tribute to Lady Bo – comprehensive overview of her career
The official Lady Bo webpage
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RIP: Lady Bo (short version)

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I received word that Lady Bo (Peggy Jones Malone), whose band backed up Richard Berry and Jack Ely at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon, has passed away.

I will be sharing more words and a video tribute within the few days

My heart goes out to her husband / musical partner Wally Malone with the loss of his beloved companion.

KFJC Maximum LOUIE memories – LOUIE of the Month

Today is the big anniversary for the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon = the event that sparked the documentary project and subsequent webpage you’re viewing right now.

For 63 hours, this song was played with over 800 unique versions of the song.

Can you believe it all started on August 19, 1983?

How many years ago???

Yeah, it’s been awhile…

Here’s a small sample of what took place that special weekend…


THE CAFFEINE JUNKIES (version #108)


THE R.B. FIREBIRDS (version #152)


KRONIC MIND (version #250)


UNKNOWN LOUIE? (version #332)



PALMETTO STATE (version #358)


THE STEVENS (versions #367 / #561 – whoops!)


THE SOFT JEWS (version #374)


BUFFALO CHIPS (version #379)


NEIL YOUNG (version #680)


FINK PLOYD (submitted to KFJC, not sure if played? Might be one of the LOST versions not logged or captured on aircheck tapes?)

For a more expansive overview of this legendary marathon, be sure to check out…

KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs – Part 1

Origins of the LOUIE Project

Mystery LOUIE #445 – identified as “York & Toonz”- LOUIE of the Week

The Suburban Kids (version #609)

Marty Preece aka “Max Multi-Track”

Mystery LOUIE- Louie Had a Little Lamb? (version #377)

RIP: Shirley Fisher, photo teacher + inspiration for LOUIE (version #362)

Yet another image from KFJC marathon

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Special newspaper advertisement created by Eric Predoehl to promote then-upcoming KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon of August 1983. Image by Eric Predoehl / All rights reserved.

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Photo of Eric Predoehl, Jack Ely and Richard Berry at KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon of August 1983. Photo by Karen Howe / All rights reserved.

RIP: Jack Ely, original lead singer of the Kingsmen

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Jack Ely, the original lead singer on the most popular version ever recorded of the song LOUIE LOUIE, died this week at his home in Oregon.

Jack was a member of the Kingsmen, but he left the band not long after recording the song, and never had the opportunity to rejoin the band after it became a hit record.

Jack was one of the two main reasons I embarked on this LOUIE LOUIE quest – the documentary project and the subsequent website you’re reading right now.

The other main reason was Richard Berry, the original songwriter. I met both of these guys at the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon many years ago. Richard was the one that composed the song, which he sold to pay for his wedding in 1957. When Richard arrived at this event, he was struggling, surviving on welfare benefits and taking data entry courses to boost his marketable skills, as his musical career just wasn’t paying the bills at the time.

When Jack Ely found out about this LOUIE LOUIE marathon, he was able to find a last-minute airline flight from Oregon to California, and attend this very special event. This marked the very first time these guys had ever met each other, and some serious musical history was made in August 1983.

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I was the only one with a video camera when this special moment happened and, as I heard their stories, I thought how all of this had potential for a great documentary … even though I had never produced a documentary before.

In the years that passed, I continued to explore the big story, interviewing literally hundreds of people, including all of the original members of the Kingsmen, various associates of Richard Berry, lots of the musicians of the Pacific Northwest community that transformed the rhythm ‘n’ blues ditty into the now-iconic garage rock anthem, including members of the Fabulous Wailers, Little Bill & the Blue Notes, the Playboys (FIRST band to ever perform the song after Richard), Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Dave Lewis Group, the Frantics, the Sonics, and so many others.

I also had some success in uncovering the official documents on the infamous F.B.I. investigation of the song, and in creating this webpage which first appeared in cyberspace back in 1997.

Anyways, it’s been quite a journey, and I’m grateful Jack allowed me to document this grand story of his connection to this special song.

I’m very happy to see so many obituaries about my friend Jack. It’s very gratifying to see so many articles acknowledging his role with this iconic rock and roll musical phenomenon.

As I look at the various articles about Jack, I see a handful of common mistakes.

I know the late Robert Lindahl, original recording engineer for the Kingsmen’s LOUIE LOUIE recording (and Paul Revere & Raiders version) would have hated the statements about the “vocal microphone dangling from the ceiling.” The vocal microphone was actually mounted on a boom pole attached to a microphone stand, which might have been close to the ceiling, but wasn’t actually “dangling.”

A 455-page report by the F.B.I.? Did they re-release this thing with 2-3 times as many more pages? Where is this extended version? I got my 120+ page version directly from FBI after I wrote the letter in 1984, and haven’t heard about any new versions since then.

I was surprised that articles mentioning his next of kin failed to mention Wendy Ely, who was married to Jack for 16 years, 1 month and 1 day. This was the longest marriage for Jack, and she was with him until the very end.

The biggest mistake was all the various photos of the Kingsmen without Jack Ely. A couple of them actually tagged Lynn Easton in the photos as “Jack Ely.” I know there’s not nearly as many photos of the original Kingsmen with Jack as there are of the Kingsmen circa 1964 and beyond, but it still seems extremely sloppy that these organizations failed to find a proper photo with Jack, especially considering how easy it is to find such things via simple internet searches in 2015.

So here’s what i’m going to do. I’ll share a proper photo of the Kingsmen with Jack Ely, circa 1963, close to the time they recorded the song.

The Kingsmen with Jack Ely, circa 1963

The photo is by Gino Rossi. He really should be properly credited whenever this photo of the band is used. If you’re a prominent news organization that wants to use this, you really should compensate him, as opposed to sending money to a stock photo company for an image that doesn’t even feature Jack Ely. It’s the right thing to do. Please visit Gino’s Facebook page for more information about any proper licensing arrangements.

Did you see that photo of Jack at the top of the page? That’s another one by Gino, with which he shared these thoughts on Jack….

I will remember Jack Ely from that first day at the Chase and for those first words of Louis Louie.

Gino Rossi
photographer of the Kingsmen and Paul Revere & Raiders during early years

Some of my other friends commented on the passing of Jack…

I remember the night that we were doing the Maximum Louie Louie marathon, and we got word that Jack was going to come visit the station. And then the next day he was there, meeting Richard Berry for the first time. And I felt so damn lucky to be there when it happened. Then, when the two of them performed together for the first time in that room, with Lady Bo and all of the other guest musicians who joined in, I could not believe how historical and at the same time down-to-earth that performance was. To be in that room was magic. That’s how I’ll remember Jack……

Jeff Stretch Riedle
instigator & co-producer of KFJC Maximum Louie Louie Marathon

The Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie” was a staple for all bands in the 60’s. We did a few shows early on with the Kingsmen. After he joined the Army he was stationed at Fort Ord and came to a few of our shows we did in in the area. He always liked how we did “Louie Louie” and sat in with us. Good Bye old friend…..

Bob Gonzalez
Syndicate of Sound

Mark Lindsay, former lead singer with Paul Revere & Raiders, shared this Twitter feed to honor Jack:
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My friend Theo de Grood of the Netherlands, shared this newspaper clipping from a prominent Dutch newspaper:

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Jack’s son Sean Ely shared some heartfelt memories about his father when he was interviewed by KOIN 6 (CBS Portland).


https://youtu.be/OIKCCwdoEko

Here are some of the video clips I shot with Jack ….

Here’s Jack’s reunion with the Courtmen – the band he created after his break with the Kingsmen. This performance took place in Seaside, Oregon – the town where the Kingsmen first heard the song on a little jukebox at a place called the “Pypo Club.”


https://youtu.be/jC1h5jx8HIk

Here’s Jack with one of his beloved horses. I asked him to sing LOUIE LOUIE with his horse, and he humored me! Bless his beautiful heart!!


https://youtu.be/rlIr0IXnQrE

Lastly I’d like to mention the Jack Ely Memorial Fund campaign set up by his family. If you can donate to pay for expenses, that would be wonderful.

I’m really going to miss you, my friend.

With love and respect,

ERIC PREDOEHL
producer of upcoming “Meaning of LOUIE” / mastermind behind LouieLouie.net

Blast from Past – KQAK visits KFJC Max LOUIE

Thanks to my friend Jennifer of Radiosurvivor, I found this cool archival photo on Facebook!

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This is Belle Nolan and Mike Koste of KQAK (aka The Quake) visiting the KFJC Maximum Louie Louie Marathon that began on August 19, 1983. Over the course of 63+ hours, KFJC played over 800 different versions. This photo was taken by Hank London.

Apparently Belle forgot she even did this interview!

Luckily, we have an audio recording….

… and the Semi-Complete KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE air check list – updated November 2014.

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

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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!


http://youtu.be/Wor1sHolw2c

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.

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UPDATE:
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

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

http://electricsheep.org
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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?

Caffeine Junkies (KFJC version #108) – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s a song for those of you requiring some coffee to deal with your Monday morning blues…

This is LOUIE LOUIE by the Caffeine Junkies – yet another recording that was unleashed during the legendary KFJC MAXIMUM LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

I have no idea who the Caffeine Junkies were, but apparently they were based in Michigan, and they contributed this recording specifically for this radio show in California thousands of miles away… years before people were using this “internet thing!!”

Pretty cool, huh? Who were these guys, anyways? Anyone want to ‘fess up on this one?

Needless to say, there will definitely be more versions shared from this KFJC marathon… stay tuned….


http://youtu.be/xu4DDYP5T5c

Unknown LOUIE (KFJC version #332) & other ponderings- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on yet another Unknown LOUIE LOUIE recording from the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE Marathon.

A few years ago, I wrote up a post entitled “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs” which sought to identify some of the recordings that couldn’t be identified. Since that particular posting, a few things became apparent……

There were 842 versions of THE SONG played at the marathon, but some of these turned out to be repeats, which did happen a few times, particularly with the Robin Roberts version, which credited to either Rockin’ Robin Roberts or the Wailers, aka the Fabulous Wailers.

Not every LOUIE was a “Purebred LOUIE” as written by Richard Berry. Some of these LOUIEs were “LOUIE Bastards” – the exact same song with different lyrics, but credited to someone else. More often than anything else, these LOUIEs would often be “LOUIE Mutants” – a category that would included medleys, mash-ups or otherwise oddball re-arrangements on the LOUIE theme.

While this marathon played every known commercial recording of the song, so many of the LOUIEs played at this marathon were of the D.I.Y. variety, which provided a wide cross section of good, bad, and really, really ugly. Some of these versions took the term “unlistenable” to a whole new spectrum.

So many of these D.I.Y. versions with such unusual monikers as Captain Porko & the Dyzonics, Deviant Schizophrenics, Mal Nutrition, AXYD VUMAB (or was it Acksid Myvob?), Bovine Flatulents, and the Exploding Pintos, to name a few, may never be completely identified.

Then, there also 22 versions that have not been identified, were never properly logged on the log sheets, and are known simply as “Unknown.”

Here’s his week’s version – the “Unknown LOUIE- KFJC version #332,” which I hope someone out in cyberspace might be able to identify. ..

This is truly a crazy LOUIE! Looking at my notes, I wrote…“Wow! A psychotic woman sings LOUIE LOUIE while someone makes crazy sounds with horns and some odd pieces of percussion.”

I do hope you’re entertained by this silly one….
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http://youtu.be/Vkl7n8FAT9U

When I posted the article “KFJC Tomb of the Unknown LOUIEs,” this version was originally identified as “KFJC version #331,” but in the course of time, we discovered ONE lost version on the tapes that wasn’t properly separated from the batch, and so we had to renumber all of the LOUIEs from that point onwards..

It’s taken awhile, but I think we’ve finally got the archives in proper order after way too many years of part-time data-tweaking. Of the 63 hours, close to 62 hours were preserved and finally properly catalogued.

My plan to share more of these “Unknown” LOUIE LOUIE recordings, as well as more of the truly inspired versions that were never released to the general public.

Somewhere down the line, it may make sense to share the entire marathon online. Eventually, I hope to be able to coordinate some type of online interactive database that would provide definitive proof of why this song is the most recorded song of all time.

I’m hoping to see improved webpage development tools that would make it easier to assemble the kind of online database I’d like to share. As web design is NOT a major focus in my life these days, I’m hoping the software will continue to become more intuitive, just as WordPress made it so much easier for someone like myself to publish this very webpage, initially created without the benefit of any “blogging software.”

Naturally, the database would have to be designed to allow others to chime with their comments, either clarifying details about any given recording, or maybe adding a different level of absurdity to an already absurd nature of this archival project….