London LOUIE LOUIE Calling

Macromedia Guy of the UK stumbled upon an old page from 2002 dedicated to Joe Strummer of the Clash, and wrote to me with this interesting tidbit:

I remember seeing the Clash in early 1980 on their first tour after the release of London Calling. They were joined on stage by Pete Townsend and one of the numbers they did was, of course, LOUIE LOUIE. The studio things were obviously not one-off’s.

If that’s case, I’m hoping someone out there in the archival music universe might have preserved this moment in history. Joe Strummer and Pete Townsend? Damn… I need to hear this!

If you have this, PLEASE speak up!

Fair Use Rights for Documentaries

There’s a fine article today in the San Jose Mercury, licensed from the Los Angeles Times, about the issue of “fair use” rights with documentary productions. One of the biggest hurdles facing a documentary film maker is the matter of clearing usage of certain film clips. When Robert Greenwald produced his documentary “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, ” he did so without obtaining clearances from the Fox News organization, and he got away with it, thanks to the “fair use” legal concept.

“The Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use” has been created as a guideline for judging when material is free for use under the “fair use” laws. You can read about how this guideline came together by accessing this article weblink.

A fine cartoon for a Thursday!

Big Nate

OK, this is not a LOUIE LOUIE cartoon, but I had to share it. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce is a great comic strip that should be seen in more places…… like my local newspaper, for one!

Hey, who remembers the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra on Rhino Records? They did an excellent version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”…..

CD Virus- more infectious than LOUIE LOUIE!

I’ve had some folks claim that LOUIE LOUIE is like an infectious virus. Once you hear it, you start to hear the familiar 3-chord structure in unlikely places.

Sony BMG unleashed a real monster when it included some special copy-protection software on 20 new CD releases, including the latest recording by Neil “Cherry Cherry” Diamond. Apparently, this XCP copy restriction software automatically installs some kind of technical weirdness on Windows computers that makes them very vulnerable to outside attacks.

How about that for an unexpected gift?

You can read about this music industry disaster by clicking on this WIRED article. If you’d like to find out which 20 CD titles might infect your computer, check out this BoingBoing list of CDs.

If you are absolutely disgusted by the actions of Sony BMG, I’d encourage you to check out the Electronic Freedom Foundation. If you bought any these CDs, didn’t know about the technical problems, and actually played them on your computer, infecting your operating system, the Electronic Freedom Foundation may be able to provide some assistance in defending against this nonsense.

A Taste of Honey

The good folks at Spectropop created a very nice little webpage dedicated to Honey Ltd.

Honey Ltd. did an excellent version of LOUIE LOUIE back in the 60’s, producted by Lee “These Boots Are Make for Walking” Hazelwood. When you check out this Spectopop page, you can see a scan of the original 45.

Also over at the Spectrop pages, you can find a book review of Bikinis, Black Denim And Bitchen Sounds, which is “A Musical Appreciation Of Female Surf, Hot-Rod And Related Recordings 1961-1967.” I haven’t picked it up yet, but it looks good!