The Cry! (w/ Mike Mitchell of Kingsmen) + Animal House of Blues – LOUIE of the Week

Back in November, we learned about a special video and performance of THE SONG by the band known as The Cry!, featuring Mike Mitchell of the Kingsmen. This version was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kingsmen’s iconic recording.

Three months later, we’ve got another very special LOUIE LOUIE video from The Cry! (and special guest Mike Michell)!

This particular video, I’ve been told, is from a new documentary entitled Animal House of Blues, which also ties into the work of Harold Ramis, who just passed away this week.

The Eugene International Film Festival, which awarded this film the “Best Documentary Feature by a Pacific Northwest Filmmaker,” described this film as ….

The untold story of how the Merry Pranksters from Ken Kesey to Curtis Salgado and the Robert Cray Band helped create the Hollywood Blockbuster and Eugene movie icon, “Animal House.”

At the Oregon Movies, A to Z blog, producer Katherine Wilson discusses the origin of this project at Oregon Film Factory, a Eugene production company, where she worked as a casting agent. Ken Kesey, who owned one of the 16mm film cameras at the factory, used to have some amazing parties at Kesey’s farm. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis of the National Lampooon were members of a video collective that visited one of Kesey’s events in 1976- something called a Poetic Hoo Haw!

Not long after after that event, Harold Ramis was one of the writers for the National Lampoon Animal House movie that was being filmed in Eugene. The Oregon Movies, A to Z blog describes the situation….

(John) Belushi traveled between Eugene and New York to make weekly appearances on Saturday Night Live throughout the duration of the Animal House shoot…

The centerpiece of Animal House Of Blues is a fascinating chorale of four interwoven eyewitness accounts, none of which corroborate each other, of the first encounter between John Belushi and Eugene blues musician Curtis Salgado. Floored by Salgado’s stage presence and musicianship, which he first witnessed at the Eugene Hotel while he was in Eugene shooting Animal House, Belushi initiated a friendship/mentorship which would culminate in the creation of Jake and Elwood Blues. One of the eyewitness accounts comes from Salgado himself, a tart, unsentimental presence in a film which easily could have become wall to wall nostalgia.

The Oregon Confluence webpage provided more information about this documentary, and relationships that exist between the Hollywood and Eugene filmmakers, who all call “Animal House’ their ‘Alma Mater,’ with more details about the special celebrations in the Eugene area…

For the 25th Anniversary of the film, the community of Cottage Grove hosted 5,000 fans from all over the world to an “Animal House” Parade, replete with marching bands and restorations of the Deathmobile and Playboy Bunny Float. That night, over 2000 fans donned Togas to rock out to Otis Day and the Knights, and the Kingsmen of ‘Louie Louie’ fame, creating the Guinness Book of World Record’s largest Toga Party.

More details on this film can be found at:

IMDB page on Animal House House of Blues

Eugene International Film Festival page on Animal House of Blues

RIP: Harold Ramis, film director/writer

Film director/writer Harold Ramis has passed away.

He had a remarkable career creating some very successful motion pictures – Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation. He was also involved with the highly influential National Lampoon Radio Hour and the SCTV television series.

In the LOUIE LOUIE universe, the Animal House movie was a pivotal piece of pop culture, re-igniting the world to the power of the song LOUIE LOUIE and toga parties.

Harold was one of the writers on the screenplay of that movie, working with Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller to adapt the script from stories written by Miller orginally published in National Lampoon magazine. The stories were based on Miller’s experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College. Other influences on the film came from Ramis’s experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, and producer Ivan Reitman’s experiences at Delta Upsilon at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Rest in peace, Harold. You shall not be forgotten.

Wiki on Animal House

Hail Hail David Jester and the Jesterfest!

This week, we want to tip our hat to David Jester of Portland, Oregon, who’s spent many years documenting the music scene of Portland, which included producing a cable television program in conjunction with the TWO LOUIES magazine. David is currently dealing with the big challenge of preserving his video archive, and he decided to create an event to raise some desperately needed funds.

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, there will be a “JesterFest” at Oddessypdx, 521 N Tillamook, Portland, Oregon 97229.

David describes his situation at his Facebook event page

I have recorded over 10,000 musicians over the last 36 years… Videotape was only expected to last for 10 years… I have found that about 75% of the tapes are still good… It is time to digitize them all, or not worry about taking care of them any more… I need help to do this… I don’t have 5,000 hours left on my 65 year old bones to finish this project… I want to share as much of the “good ol’ days” as I can… I would love to have all of my friends come down to visit with me and interact with each other… 99% of us share the same “Love of Music” and the common “Love for Our Fellow HuMans”… If you would like to enjoy what I have to give, PLEASE JOIN US, at this event… The music is going to be awesome, and Vintage Antique Videos will play on the big screen between bands.. This is all ages, so bring your family… Please Share this Event on your page, and Invite all of your Friends…

Here’s a video clip from the TWO LOUIES cable TV show. This is the very first episode, which by some coincidence is the story of LOUIE LOUIE!

Seven dollars is a helluva cheap deal for this fundraiser. I’d like to encourage all of my friends in the Portland to support this event, and David’s effort to digitize his video archives.

More details and updates on this event can be found at the official Facebook event page at:

Be sure to tell ’em that E.P. of sent cha!

Zanini & The Swamp Rats mashup- LOUIE of Week

This week’s LOUIE is a bit of mash-up – mixing the music by Zanini, The Swamp Rats and others to create something called “Louie Néné Louie Nana.” Heres the official description of this fan-based creation…

Just for fun, a mix between “Wana Nene Wana Nana” of Zanini (70s French Pop) and “Louie Louie” of The Swamp Rats (60s Garage Punk). With the Participation of… The Phantom, The Blue Cats, The Cramps, Kip Tyler, The Novas, Los Shain’s, Lalo Schrifin, James Brown, Lazy Lester, Paul Horta. I hope you’re enjoy it ! The 2 originals dong are here…

If you are offended by scantily-clad burlesque dancers, please don’t bother with this one!

Every body else… ENJOY!