I’ve been BOOT-LEGGED! (reasons for annoying credits over video)

I suppose it should be considered a form of flattery when someone borrows someone else’s material for their own creation. It looks like I’ve been bootlegged! Here’s my footage of Richard Berry in Mountain View from 1989, recycled by someone else on YouTube.

This looks like some kind of TV show from Asturias, which […]

Pop Machine meets Steely Dan = LOUIE of Week

Scott Sookman wrote to me about his version of LOUIE LOUIE:

Not sure if I ever sent you an email about the version of LL done by the band I was in “Pop Machine” around 1991.

One of my other compadres, Tommy G, has posted it on his blog, along with an explanation of the […]

Notes from a fellow archivist

(Here’s a little email that I found in my email box that I felt was worth sharing with others….)

So, I have this weird hobby. I became interested with a single song and the many different versions of it. I began collecting the different versions. I first did some simple searches on P2P networks, finding […]

Politics and LOUIE LOUIE

I think I did pretty good this year.

Four years ago, I ran into some problems when I shared some of my political beliefs on this website, which probably wasn’t the best idea of mine, as I try to focus on a more universal appeal with this project. I’ve got friends on all […]

Smashing Pumpkins on Halloween – LOUIE of Week

Smashing Pumpkins on Halloween? That sounds like a perfect combination to me! On October 31, 2008, the night yours truly was witnessing the Sonics do their big homecoming reunion show in Seattle, the Smashing Pumpkins embarked on the first night of their 20th anniversary tour. The location was the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio.

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Chess Records docu-drama feature film

I just saw an interesting trailer for the upcoming feature “Cadillac Records,” which is a docu-drama about Chess Records, which was the label that released big hits by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, and Bo Diddley.

The big name in this production is Etta James, whose life story in this production will be […]

Little Bill & the Bluenotes (2008) – LOUIE of the Week

Between Richard Berry, the man who wrote LOUIE LOUIE in 1955, and The Kingsmen, the band that transformed this song into the iconic garage rock anthem of 1963, there existed a great wealth of musical groups in the Pacific Northwest playing this song all over the region. Some of the earliest bands in the Pacific […]

The Sonics in Seattle 2008 – LOUIE of the Month!

Today, I’m sharing a LOUIE LOUIE that was a long time overdue.

Amongst Northwest rock bands from the early 1960’s, the Sonics had a different approach from their peers. They had a very raw sound… a precursor to punk, grunge, and metal thrash years before anyone ever started using such terms. Formed in 1960 […]

The Return of the Sonics

Last night, the Sonics did their first performance in Seattle in 36 years. It was definitely a historic moment, and I’m glad I spent the money to fly out for this one. I ran into a lot of old friends, met some cyberspace pals, and made some new friends. The show was literally a […]