It’s always a hoot when I stumble upon nice musical recordings from an unlikely musicians. I fully expect to find different versions of LOUIE LOUIE by both “up-and-coming” rock bands and “drunken-guys-in-the-garage” doing their interpretations of this iconic melody. A lot of times, it’s a combination of the two.
A couple of weeks [...]
Today is a very special date for me, this LOUIE project, and the LOUIE universe. My friend Stretch Riedle sent out a little email reminder today at the LOUIE PARTY Yahoo group:
On August 19th, 1983, at 6:00pm [it was a Friday] I sat in the studios at KFJC with several others and began [...]
This week, the LOUIE REPORT recognizes Graziano Romani of Italy, for performing an excellent version of LOUIE LOUIE that I discovered on YouTube.
Graziano Romani started his career forming his first band, The Rocking Chairs in 1982, and performing covers of rock’n’soul classics in clubs and theatres all over Italy. The band later [...]
A couple of good things to report….
One year ago, I reported the death of Jim Philbrook, publisher of Record Collector News. Based on conversations I had with people involved with the publication and the way things are with these days with the business of record stores in 2008, I didn’t expect to [...]
Here’s one of the sloppier versions of LOUIE LOUIE to ever win the LOUIE OF THE WEEK award. It’s called “louie louie sf madness” and the description is simply “stuiees in the middle of sf madness.” So I guess we’ll just call this group “sf madness.” Is it San Francisco? Science Fiction? Silly F-heads? [...]
On Saturday, I attended the 19th San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the best annual music festivals in the San Francisco bay area. One of the bands I saw there really impressed me by being so very different from all the other jazz, salsa, and blues groups at this event. The NYPD Jazz Band [...]
Here’s the official word on the Las Vegas show, direct from the source:
The cat is out of the bag.
The “Sand Dollar Blues Nightclub and Lounge,” Las Vegas, NV. will be the place of the Oct. 1, 2008 reunion gig by Jack Ely and The Courtmen. We Will play one set only, [...]
I got an interesting announcement from Jack Ely, the original lead vocalist for the Kingsmen on the infamous LOUIE LOUIE recording:
Wednesday evening, October 1, 2008, JACK ELY and the original COURTMEN will be performing a set at a club in Las Vegas, and you can bet we’re gonna play Louie Louie. [...]
Here’s the kind of LOUIE just feels really great to listen to. Four guys crammed in a crowded garage. A solid drumbeat. A wailing harmonica. Guitars that are more or less in tune. Vocals with just the right attitude to sing rock and roll.
Desgaste Natural is the name of the band that wins [...]