Brave Combo – LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE REPORT honors Brave Combo for their dynamic version of the song, winning a LOUIE of the Week mention!.

This is from a performance just a few days ago – September 18 at the 2009 Peoria, Illinois Octoberfest.

It also wins a “best music vieo with pole in the middle’ award!

Let’s get Paul Revere & Raiders into Rock Hall of Fame!

Paul Revere & the Raiders

It’s time to get Paul Revere & the Raiders into this thing called the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

It’s time to just DO IT!

A group of dedicated Paul Revere & Raiders fans just created a website to promote this concept, and you can visit it at:

For decades they have given us numerous hard driving, chart topping hits, set recording industry records, graced our television sets, and yes, even been pinups on our walls. It has been almost 50 since Paul Revere formed his original set of Raiders and he has never stopped giving us great music, good times, and incredible entertainment. It seems only fitting that The Raiders, after there numerous chart topping hits, record breaking number of television appearances, and amazing longevity, be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This site is dedicated to the legend of Paul Revere and the Raiders and seeing them admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Please sign the petition and tell the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee how you feel.

We lost drummer Michael “Smitty” Smith in 2001, and guitarist Drake Levin died a few months ago. These guys aren’t getting any younger, so if we can honor their legacy, let’s do it now while there’s still some surviving members left.

At Drake Levin’s memorial in July, there were some wonderful comments that reinforced the idea that the Raiders were highly influential in inspiring others with the power of rock and roll.

Here’s Paul Revere

Roger Hart, manager of Paul Revere & Raiders….

and Phil “Fang” Volk, bassist!

To paraphrase another…. “Let’s Give it ’em …. RIGHT NOW!”

Please visit
and please share this information with your friends!

James Williamson & Careless Hearts – LOUIE of the Week

For the first time in 35 years, James Williamson, returns to the stage to perform the songs he used to do with Iggy & the Stooges. The Careless Hearts are his backup band, and the venue is the Blank Club in San Jose, CA.

Me, Im just glad I was there on September 5, 2009 to experience it all. Because I happened to have a pocket camera with me that night, I can relive the experience and share the memories.

As a guy who happens to be devoting a big chunk of his time documenting the song LOUIE LOUIE, I’m tickled that Richard Berry’s most famous song was the big finale that night.

Paul Nelson Kimball channeled the Iggy Pop vocals that night, keeping his clothes on during this peanut butter-free performance.

Of course, I had to make it this week’s LOUIE of the Week. Enjoy!

Follow-up on Jack Ely & Courtmen at Ontario Armory

Jack Ely sent out a message to his friends after his big show at the Ontario Armory. He gave me permission to recycle these words, so here’s his report:

As most of you know by now, last weekend my old band and I played a benefit gig for the tri-county food bank at the Ontario Armory in Ontario, Oregon and they sold out over 1,000 tickets.

OK OK. Here’s the deal. The weather cooperated and wasn’t too hot. The Armory was packed so tight one had to tighten their belt to walk thru the crowd. The local bands were great. Everyone danced till they dropped. My band, however, was the greatest. They managed to make even me sound good. And, for the finale we got all the other band’s members to join us on stage for another round of “Louie Louie.” What a hoot.

Now they’re talkin’ about making the Armory Reunion gig an annual event. Who knows? Oh, and did I mention the best part. We raised around $10,000 for the tri county food bank. Hooray. If they do it again, you’d better get your tickets early. Be there or be square.

As I was leaving I heard a man say to his wife, “That’s the best twelve bucks I’ve ever spent.” And someone else said, “I’ve never seen so many smiling faces in one place.” It was a lot of fun.



Whole lotta Portland stuff on October 17

You ever notice how some things come together all at once? You go through periods where there’s nothing good on TV, and there’s nobody playing any live concerts that you feel like seeing, then all of a sudden, there’s like a TON of great stuff, all happening at the same? I get that all the time ….

Music enthusiasts of Portland, Oregon that are going have a lot to choose from on Saturday, October 17th next month.

Terry Currier of Music Millenium (one of finest record stores in the Pacific Northwest) told me about the Third Annual Annual Concert & Induction Ceremony being held by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on October 17th. The handful of inductees is quite impressive – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Terry Robb, Dan Balmer, Bruce Carter, Cool’R, Sleazy Pieces, Bobby Torres, Gary Ewing, and journalist Mikal Gilmore.

In the LOUIE universe, one of our big supporters is getting some recognition – Buck Munger is also one of the inductees.

Buck Munger of Two Louies

As it states in the press release – Buck’s music career goes back almost 50 years, playing drums on multiple major label artist records, producing records for Liberty and Imperial Records, and starting the 1st national music trade publication for recording studios. He was the Artist Relations person for Sunn Amps – dealing with artists like The Who, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Munger started “Two Louies” Magazine in 1979 to champion the Portland music scene, which he did for 26 years while he helped propel Portland music on the board of the Portland Music Association.

We’re glad to see Buck get some recognition!

Elsewhere in Portland on the very same day (??), there’s also an event called the Scion Garage Fest that’s taking place at four venues, starting at 2:30 that afternoon. Roky Erickson of 13th Floor Elevators fame is the big headliner for this event, but there’s a TON of other impressive bands- the Dirtbombs, Gino Washington, The Deadly Snakes, Black Lips, Pierced Arrow, Jay Reatard, King Khan & BBQ Show, Simply Saucer, and a whole bunch of other bands

Yup, when it rains, it pours.

Especially in Portland…..

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The official website for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame is:

The official website for the Scion Garage Fest is

BLEEK – Louie of the Week

This week, the LOUIE of the Week award goes out to the BLEEK, who performed a live version in Amsterdam, shared with the world via YouTube.

I love the fact that the band is a bunch of kids, and I can’t understand what they’re actuallly saying… something I’m sure a lot of folks were saying back in 1963 when the Kingsmen released their version…