Smells Like Louie Louie by Ron Fowler – LOUIE of the Week


Less than a year ago, we showcased a version of “Smells Like LOUIE LOUIE” – an inspired mashup by Jeff & the R.F.s, fusing the Richard Berry song with a familiar Nirvana ditty. That particular version was created for the 2007 LOUIE Fest of Tacoma.

It’s 2015, and my friend Ron Fowler, leader of that particular band, just unveiled a brand-new recording of this song mashup, sharing it with the world via Soundcloud!

Mashup of 2 classic tracks from the Northwest – Richard Berry’s Louie Louie, popularized by the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Fabulous Wailers; and Nirvana’s immortal Smells Like Teen Spirit. Yeah!

Let’s give it to ’em right now….
Smells Like Louie Louie by Ron Fowler on Soundcloud

Ike Turner “The New Breed Part 2”- LOUIE relative of the Week


This week, it’s another LOUIE relative – not quite a full LOUIE, but close enough so that it feels it’s part of the LOUIE family.

The track is called “The New Breed Part 2” and it was recorded by Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm in Los Angeles, 1965, released on the Sue Records label.

This song has a cool instrumental groove that feels like it’s got a LOUIE LOUIE backbone to it, enhanced by some tasty guitar licks by Ike to take it to a whole different level…



Discogs entry for Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm – New Breed 45 single

Discogs entry for Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm ‎– Ike’s Instrumentals Ace CD

Rolling Stones “Hang On Sloopy” – LOUIE mutant of the Week


Here’s a special treat for my Hoosier friends!

Hang On Sloopy” is a close relative of LOUIE LOUIE. We haven’t quite figured out the best way to define the bloodline but there’s a connection that cannot be denied – three chords, a catchy groove and a dedicated group of supporters anxious to embrace it as a state song.

So for now, we’ll just continue to call it a “LOUIE mutant”… or a “LOUIE cousin”… or something like that….

The Rolling Stones recently paid tribute to this song and its legacy when they played it in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday. Years before “Hang On Sloopy” became Ohio’s official rock song, and an anthem at all the sporting events throughout the Buckeye State, the Rolling Stones included it as a regular part of their repertoire in 1966.


Rolling Stone – Watch Rolling Stones Perform ‘Hang On Sloopy’ for First Time Since 1966

Columbus Alive concert review – The Rolling Stones at Ohio Stadium

Wall Street Journal – Hey! You! Get Off of My Lawn! by Bob Greene

James Henry & Olympics – Sloopy (LOUIE-mutant) of the Week

Thinking about “Sloopy” – a LOUIE relative

Thinking about “Sloopy” – a LOUIE relative

Some of you may be asking…..
“What’s all this about LOUIE?
What about SLOOPY?”

Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys

Luckily, History’s Dumpster (a website) has something about that very song.

There actually was a real person named “Sloopy.”

Read the details over at…

Speaking of Sloopy, here’s a version you might have missed, originally posted to these pages a few years ago….

Roy Loney & Phantom Movers w/ Russell Quan “Wooly Bully” = LOUIE (relative) of the Week


This week’s LOUIE is not really LOUIE. It’s what you’d call a LOUIE relative. Different groove, different song, but it feels related in some manner to LOUIE LOUIE, even if I can’t put my finger on it…

Roy Loney & Phantom Movers with special guest vocalist Russell Quan rip it up on “Wooly Bully” live at Winters Tavern, somewhere in Pacifica, CA.

“Wooly Bully” was originally written and recorded by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965, with no direct connection to Richard Berry & the Pharaohs (the original performers of LOUIE LOUIE), other than a really cool name…

Happy 80th Birthday for Sophia Loren – LOUIE (cousin) of the Week

A few days ago, legendary actress Sophia Loren celebrated her 80th birthday. As big fans of this very talented lady, we celebrate her life, legacy and longevity!

As I listened to some of the music she released as a musical recording artist, there was one song in particular that leaped out to me…

“Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” was a song Sophia recorded with producer George Martin (pre-Beatles) in 1960, released as part of her album with Peter Sellers – “Peter and Sophia,” a project that was marketed in conjunction with their cinematic collaboration in the motion picture “The Millionairess.”

The song experienced a recent revival when actress Jessica Paré (as Megan Draper) sang this song with the new title of “Zou Bisou Bisou” during the fifth season opener of the Mad Men television series in March 2012.

For many people, they remember this particular song as a big hit for singer Gillian Hills in 1960. The page for this song provided some extra information about this particular ditty…

Although most sources associate the origins of the song with Hills, New York (Magazine) claims the songwriting credits make it more likely that Loren’s version was the original. Slate’s David Haglund notes that Hills’ version is the “best-known version”. The song’s origins stem from the Yé-yé movement with which an early version of the song was associated. The song’s theme is variously described as an open declaration of love and the joy of kissing.

There’s a handful of interesting parallels with this song and LOUIE LOUIE…

Certainly the there’s the phrase “Zoo Be” rhyming with with “LOUIE” as the most obvious connection…. but the common theme of love as the supreme driving force certainly cannot be ignored.

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the concepts of “LOUIE Mutants” and “LOUIE Bastards.”

Today, I propose yet another category – the LOUIE Relative!

A LOUIE Relative doesn’t have to have any blatant LOUIE references, either musically or lyrically, and could be considered an arbitrary association – defined as a close relative or distant relative, absolutely open for interpretation and/or debate.

So with this category, I submit that “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” is a relative of “LOUIE LOUIE.”

Maybe a first or second cousin…?

In the meantime, here’s “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo”- a leader of the Yé-yé movement!



James Henry & Olympics – Sloopy (LOUIE-mutant) of the Week

This week, the LOUIE of the Week spotlight goes out to a song that’s not quite LOUIE, but a close relative of the song… a variation that we in the LOUIE circle would refer to as a “LOUIE Mutant.”

It’s also an extra special tribute to our friend John Thoennes, who just passed away recently. John was the promoter/organizer of the 1999 event in Seaside, Oregon where this performance took place. It was a 30th year high school reunion that turned into a big reunion party for a handful Pacific Northwest bands that would play in Seaside on a regular basis.

My Girl Sloopy = pre-Hang On Sloopy

The clip I’m sharing today is by James Henry & the Olympics, a band fronted by Jim Manolides. The song is “My Girl Sloopy,” which was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell, and first performed by The Vibrations in 1964. James Henry & the Olympics recorded and released this song in 1965 on the Jerden label, but it became a major hit later that year when The McCoys released it with the new title of “Hang On Sloopy” for Bang Records.

Jim Manolides, the leader of James Henry & the Olympics, had a similar situation with his previous band, The Frantics. In the late 1950’s, this band discovered a cool song by Richard Berry that they liked to play in their home base of Seattle. They never recorded that particular song, but others beat them to the punch, including Rockin’ Roberts (with the Wailers), Little Bill with the Adventurers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and The Kingsmen, who released the iconic recording of the song that inspired millions of garage bands all around the world.

That song was, of course, LOUIE LOUIE.

On this clip of “My Girl Sloopy” you can see saxophone player Jim Peterson really playing his heart out. Within 6 months, he would be gone, leaving this video clip as one of the few, if not the only footage that exists of him playing this song with the band.

Today, I pay tribute to James Henry & the Olympics, and the promoter that brought them together for their last reunion!

(Apologies for the less-than-stellar audio recording. Big plans for a decent audio documentation of the entire show ran into some serious technical glitches…)


Wikipedia on Hang On Sloopy/My Girl Sloopy

Seaside Memories with James Henry & the Olympics