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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, Orme Radio of Italy celebrated International LOUIE LOUIE Day with a lively 90 minute special!
They closed the show with a wonderful LOUIE I’d never heard before – a French band known as Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra. Here’s a little description they provided of themselves, translated by the Google Language Tools robots…
A bitter blues, a light-hearted guajira (?), a retro-fanciful swing, a sophisticated reggae, an impertinent folk, a undulating bossa … you will get Calamity Jeanne, the Pocket Orchestra, a bold vibe to warm your old bones and To embrace your hearts.
Take a listen to their BandCamp post, and buy a copy of their album if you like ’em!
I do think it’s a keeper, and I hope they play San Francisco some day!
… and if you want to hear the full Orme Radio LOUIE Special of 2017, click on THIS!