The Dancing Hamster toy – LOUIE of the Week

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned the Dancing Hamster toy that sings “LOUIE LOUIE.” The first time I mentioned it was a year and a half ago. It was four days before the LOUIE Fest 2007, and someone had shared a video of this toy for the LOUIE Fest contest.

This time I’m mentioning this toy to give it special attention for the regular LOUIE of the Week feature. As it turns out, there’s a lot of different Dancing Hamster toys, and they don’t all sing “LOUIE LOUIE”. Someone out in cyberspace decided that that wanted to pay tribute to the various Dancing Hamster toys, so they created a special “hamstercollection” YouTube channel, and they’re using it to showcase the different hamsters. From what I can tell, it looks like there’s currently 53 hamsters, each with a different song.

Anyone with a unique collection of oddball toys is A-OK with me. Collect the weirdness, win a prize….

Congratulations, Dancing Hamsters at the hamstercollection! You win this week’s prize!

Vintage mash-up of NW rock song from E.P. archives

I’ve been shooting videos of bands that I loved for many years. Some of the video I’ve shot I’ve shared by incorporating into various projects, or by posting fun little YouTube clips. There’s a lot of material I’ve shot I’ve been sitting on for ages.

This week, I posted a 1992 clip of The Guttersluts to YouTube. They perform a unique mash-up, before the term was even used to describe the playful merging of musical pieces. One of the sampled songs was “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, a track that some people have referred to as the “LOUIE LOUIE of the 1990s” because of the similiar 3-chord structure and the fact that it originally from the Pacific Northwest.

The other sampled song was “Godzilla,” a composition by Blue Oyster Cult.

Put them together, and you’ve got “Smells Like Godzilla” performed by the Guttersluts. This particular performance took place on January 11, 1992 at the Cactus Club in San Jose, California. This particular show also marks their first appearance with Viv Savage, original keyboardist with Spinal Tap.

I added some extra footage from some outside film clips. I hope nobody minds…

For what it’s worth, every member of the Guttersluts was a DJ at KFJC, the infamous radio station where the infamous “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” 63-hour marathon took place. Keyboardist Jessica Madonna De La Slut was a DJ at that historic event, doing an airshift as Tera Paige of the Peabody & Paige team

Like Spinal Tap, the Guttersluts was formed initially as a joke, but tranformed themselves into an actual band. After 15 years of hibernation, the Gutterslults recently reunited for a special show a few months ago. They now have a MySpace page and a Facebook page.

If you’d like to see more videos from my archives, please let me know. Better yet, make a donation so I can buy more hard drives, as I keep running out of space….

You can also use this form to buy me a beer, which is also a nice gesture!


The Douchebags create “1,784th Version of LOUIE LOUIE” and win LOUIE of the Week award

Today, this week’s LOUIE of the Week award goes out to a band that is both funny, imaginative, and quite annnoying.

Ladies, and gentlemen, meet The Douchebags, performing what they are calling “The 1,784th Version of LOUIE LOUIE!”

The Douchebags are a punk rock band from Akron, Ohio, and you can hear more of their music at their official MySpace page at:

For what it’s worth, I’ve been told they’re still looking for a bass player.

Husker Du and friends – LOUIE of the Week

This week as part of the ongoing LOUIE of the Week feature, we celebrate a version of the song by Husker Du live at the Stone in San Francisco on March 1, 1985. They are joined by members of the other SST bands that played that night – Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Saccharine Trust and SWA.

I saw quite a few different shows at the Stone, but I somehow missed this one, which looked like a really fun event. The Stone was across the street from the Mabuhay Gardens and the On Broadway, two other North Beach venues for some lively shows in the 1980s.

Dick Dale – LOUIE of the Week

Dick Dale is an amazing guitarist. He shares some common histories with Richard Berry, the man who wrote LOUIE LOUIE. Both musicians performed at the Harmony Park Ballroom. Both musicians utilized the Rillera Brothers to back them up whenever they performed at this venue.

Dick Dale was bound to do a version of LOUIE LOUIE, and luckily it’s been shared on YouTube. While he’s not generally known as a singer*, he does sing the song in this video clip captured at the Surf Club in Ortley Beach, New Jersey sometime in July 2007.

Congratulations, Dick! You win this week’s LOUIE of the Week award!

Dick Dale has gone through a pretty challenging year, having survived a bout with rectal cancer. He’s been dealing with radiation, chemotherapy, and a challenging recovery process. You can read about what’s been going in his world by visiting him at

If you haven’t seen Dick Dale perform live, you absolutely need to do so after he fully recovers. I guarantee an unforgettable performance.

* We won’t mention “Fairest of Them All” or “We’ll Never Hear The End of It,” two very obscure Dick Dale recordings released in 1963, or that silly Phantom Surfers CD. Nope, not today..

The Acid Fascists – LOUIE of the Week

The Acid Fascists of England have been sharing some fun recordings with me, so with the unveiling of their new LOUIE LOUIE YouTube clips, I decided to award them with a LOUIE of the Week trophy today.

Unfortunately, there is no actual trophy. I haven’t even gotten around to creating a special graphic for the award yet, even though I’ve been giving out these awards for the past year or so…

In this clip, you can see the Acid Fascists performing their version of LOUIE LOUIE live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh on the 27th of February 2009. The lyrics have been changed to protect the Richard Berry original.. whatever that means…

They’ve got a YouTube channel

and a MySpace page

Some of the members of the band were also in a one-shot band called Napa State Mentals, that also did LOUIE LOUIE. Here’s a clip of that band…

Click below the button to see how the Acid Fascists re-wrote the song..
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