12 Days ’til LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 4

It’s the 4th day of the 12 days ’til LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, and someone gave to me…

STUTTERBOX!!

Stutterbox provides one of those quirky instrumental versions of the song where one might not know how to categorize it into one of the proper music genres. Is it jazz? Is it blues? It it rock ‘n’ roll? …. or maybe it’s DIRGE*? … “somber song or lament expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral?”

I have no idea, but today we’ll use this “Stutterbox” concept to honor those that have stuttered, yet persisted in spite of occasional speech impediments… and somehow became highly influential beings?

Stutter on this – a catchy version of the song that doesn’t sound anything at all like the familiar hit records… and you can absolutely make up your words!!

…. and if you DO come up with some beautifully inspirational words.. PLEASE record and share it, OK?

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The term “stutter box” is actually used to define two very different devices.

First and foremost, a “stutterbox” can refer to a device used to alter the sound of amplified music. I saw a great product description on reverb.com:

“The Stutterbox is a pure analog tremolo that uses a light source and a photocell to create its pulsating effect, reminiscent of our favorite vintage tube amps, combined with a powerful tap tempo control.”

Second, I’ve also seen the term “stutter box” refer to devices used to enhance engine performance on race cars and motorcycles. A post on nightrider.com provided a solid demonstration on how one could be installed on a 1994 Harley-Davidson FXDL:

“A two-step rev-limiter or stutter box is a common addition to drag race bikes as a way to improve the launch and 60 foot times. Here are some instructions for installing a clutch position switch required to operate a stutter box on the motorcycle.”

* – a Wikipedia definition at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirge

12 Days of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 3

On the third day of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, someone gave to me…

BRYAN AND THE BRUNELLES

Bryan and The Brunelles were Barry ‘Snip’ Turner, Eddy Spence, Ray Goodship, John Bachini, and Bryan Burke.

A British band that recorded LOUIE LOUIE in 1965 at the legendary Abbey Road studio in London?

I had no idea such a band existed until recently…

The info-wingsofdream.blogspot.com website provided an excellent overview of Bryan and The Brunelles:

This Luton based band played lots of gigs between 1964 & 1966 covering the northern Home Counties, London and East Anglia.

The prize for winning a News of the World ‘Beat Contest’ was a session at Abbey Road where they recorded Jaqueline c/w Louie Louie.

“If you want to get ahead, get a hatter’, for Albert Burke, manager at one of the largest hat factories in the world at the time, became manager of his son’s group, initially named Bryan And The Hangmen before settling on Bryan And The Brunelles.

After a few months, Mr. Burke decided to reorganise the instrumentation of the group – out went the rhythm guitar, in came the organ. In late 1964, Mr. Burke saw an advert in ‘The News Of The World’ for a beat group contest. Bryan and the boys had already made a taped demo disc, so Mr. Burke sent it off to the newspaper without telling anyone he had done it. By return post came an invitation to a recording test at E.M.I’s St. John’s Wood, London, studios. . .” ~ Mikey Dread

Here’s a YouTube clip for their recording of LOUIE LOUIE..

… and here’s a contemporary music video that was created for their flipside, “Jacqueline.”

A big thanks once again goes out to my friend Zachary F. Lively, who’s been posting some remarkable LOUIE LOUIEs on his Facebook page… which included this fine band!

12 Days of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 2

On the second day of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, someone gave to me…

SMOKY & THE BEARS!

I’m not sure what to think about Smoky & the Bears. There’s nothing here that acknowledges Smokey Bear, the legendary advertising icon that spoke out on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service.

This isn’t even a real LOUIE LOUIE, but merely a cheap knock-off called “We Together Baby” that combines Richard Berry‘s unforgettable composition with “Soul Finger,” a catchy number by the Bar-Kays without giving credit to either one of ’em.

Jack Eskew took credit as the writer and arranger for this 1967 record that was released on the Dore record label

This is kind of like a present one would give when they can’t afford or find the real thing. It’s like the cheap Gucci bag being sold on the street corner or the crappy DVD of a major blockbuster movie captured by some guy with a camcorder at a movie theater.

Then again, it’s a gift. It may reek of cheapness, but it’s something.. which is better than nothing, as it is truly the thought that counts…

… and Smoky & the Bears IS a cool name for a band!

(still no partridge or pear trees, but we got 10 more days to go…)

12 Days of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas – Day 1

On the first day of LOUIE LOUIE 2020 Christmas, someone gave to me…

DESPERADOS!

As the Cambridge English Dictionary defines this word as “someone who is willing to do things that involve risk or danger, often criminal things,” one could argue this concept became a common element in 2020.

The term “desperados” could apply to the citizens of this planet that are simply trying to live their lives as normal as they can, which in itself has become quite dangerous, considering current circumstances with the damn pandemic.

This term could also refer to the various people in power who knowingly put others in danger with their completely irresponsible actions.

In this case, Desperados is simply the name of a Spanish band that released an extremely cool version of LOUIE LOUIE in 1986, courtesy of WM Spain, aka Warner Music Spain.

As my friend Zachary F. Lively states.. “This one just flat out rocks.”

I absolutely agree…

As far as I know this version does not include any references to any partridges or pear trees, but we’ve got 11 more days to explore this theme…

RIP: Alex Trebek + Holly Cara Price (double cancer whammy)

I’ve been trying not to turn the LOUIE Report into an obituary webpage. Sadly, we keep losing people, and I do feel the need to acknowledge people that made a difference.

Today, it’s all about two people that just lost their long battle with cancer in the past few days. As I’m still adjusting with the recent cancer death of my own brother, it all feels too painfully familiar…

Alex Trebek was the prominent celebrity TV show host that went public with his condition, announcing on March 15, 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Sadly, we lost Alex on Sunday, November 8th.

The Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page shared this fine memory + photograph that connected Alex with pop music.

Before he was the man with all the answers on the long-running U.S. game show Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek was a familiar face — and voice — to many CBC programs in the 1960s including a music program in 1963 on CBC in Toronto, called ‘Music Hop’ !! Later on, he hosted his first knowledge-based game show called ‘Reach For The Top’

… and as my pal Stretch Riedle pointed out, there was more than a few LOUE LOUIE moments on the Jeopardy TV show.

Here’s one of those moments from Season 14, episode 1, which aired on September 1, 1997.

Bravo to Dan Melia for knowing this one.

I saw a lot of great tributes to Alex Trebek. There was a lot of love shared for his work, as he was awarded a Guinness World Record for “the most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter (same program)” for his multi-decade association with Jeopardy.

I think Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best.

A keepsake from my several appearances in video Daily Doubles.
And now, one last clue:
KNOWLEDGE for $1,000
Answer:
“He nurtured a Television safe-space for smart people”
Question:
“Who was Alex Trebek (1940-2020) ?”
Farewell, patron saint of geeks. Jeopardy host since 1984

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Holly Cara Price was a good friend of the LOUIE documentary project.

When she was working with Steve Van Zandt on the Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show, she reached out to us for a special LOUIE LOUIE show they did in 2003. We provided some rare versions that were aired on this show (#84), which included a nice mention of our efforts.

We kept in touch over the years, connecting on both MySpace and Facebook, as well as an actual meeting in New York back in 2008. She’s been an excellent resource, connecting us with some of her wonderful friends.

She was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer in April 2011, the week of her birthday.

She wrote about her experience with what she called “The Big See” a few times for Huffpost and created a GoFundMe account.

Welcome to Cancer Land – April 22, 2015
The Summer of Me – June 9, 2015
The Big See: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer – October 14, 2015

I’m so very saddened she lost her battle on Saturday.

She was definitely one of the good people, and it hurts that she’s gone.

My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Did I mention how much I hate cancer?

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net
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Reference Links:

wikipedia – Alex Trebek
Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page
Jeopardy Archive – Show #2986 – Monday, September 1, 1997
Facebook page of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Facebook page of Holly Cara Price
Holly’s Stage IV Cancer Campaign on GoFundMe

October musings on the dearly-departed of 2020

photo © Eric Predoehl

2020 has been an extremely difficult year.

We’ve lost jobs.

We’ve lost restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and community watering holes.

We’ve lost record stores, book stores and art galleries.

We’ve lost the ability to celebrate in large gatherings.

We’ve even lost a lot of civility that used to exist in the United States.

The most difficult losses of 2020 had to do with the loss of good people.

Here’s a list of people that made a difference to yours truly.

We’ve already mentioned the passing of Lynn Easton of the Kingsmen, John Prine, Danny Mihm of Flamin’ Groovies, KFJC DJ Roy Ross/Pete Dixon, Young Jesse (aka Obediah Donnell “Obie” Jessie), Little Richard, Bonnie Pointer, Boston DJ Arnie Ginsburg, composer Ennio Morricone, Pat O’Day, and Toots Hibbert.

Here’s the update…
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A few weeks ago, we lost Eddie Van Halen, a rock ‘n’ roll guitar player who discovered new ways to play guitar, which in turn, inspired lots of kids to pick up a guitar to replicate his chops. Who would have guessed that a Dutch-Indonesian kid that came to the USA at the age of 7 years old without knowing a word of English, would somehow grow up to become an iconic American rockstar?

I tried to find a recording of Van Halen performing LOUIE LOUIE, but had no luck whatsoever. The closest I came to that was a 2008 video clip of baccalaureate recital medley by Russell Gates that featured Chopin’s “Fantasie Impromptu,” the Star Wars theme song, LOUIE LOUIE, Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” composition, and Van Halen’s “Right Here Right Now.”

I have no idea who took this photo of Eddie, which I’d gladly credit if I had access to that information. Awesome photo!!

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We lost Jeanette Baker in May. She had a big hit in 1958 with “Hey Boy – Hey Girl”, a duet she did with Oscar McLollie, which was re-recorded by Louis Prima and Keely Smith. She was married to Johnny Flamingo, and they were both dear friends of Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE.

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Gaynel Hodge was another good friend of Richard Berry. In fact, he became Richard’s first friend when they first attended Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. Gaynel Hodge, along with Curtis Williams and Jesse Belvin, wrote the song “Earth Angel,” which became a big hit for the Penguins in 1954. Gaynel was also a founding member of the Platters, and had an extensive career writing and recording with a ton of other prominent musicians. He died in June at his home in the Netherlands. On YouTube, you can see an interview with Gaynel conducted by Tom Meros, where he discusses his extensive career, which includes his friendship with Richard (at 8:03 mark)

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Phil May, the lead singer for the band Pretty Things, passed away in May. The Pretty Things were an English rock band that began in 1963 when Phil linked up with Dick Taylor, a guitarist/bassist that recently quit the Rolling Stones. They were both art students in London that decided to form a band, which they named after a Willie Dixon song. While the band may not have had the commercial success of their peers, they had a seriously dedicated fanbase. There once was a YouTube audio clip of their performance of LOUIE LOUIE from the “Rockin’ the Garage” CD, but that was removed ages ago.

If you’d like to learn more about Phil May, I would highly recommend that you pick up the latest issue of UGLY THINGS magazine (#54), which is dedicated to Phil May.

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Hal Wilner recorded a lot of great music, including some mind-blowing tribute albums and some of the most inspired televised musical collaborations ever shared with a national audience. I”m not sure if he ever produced a version of LOUIE LOUIE, but if he did, I have no doubt it would have been awesome.
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Michael Spohn was a friend of the LOUIE / OctaLouie video production team, providing support for our various concert productions.
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Original photo of Andy + Terri by Brenda Opp/ tweaked+ enhanced by E.P. of LouieLouie.net

Andy Average and Terri Groat-Ellner were two of the quirkiest, charismatic and absolutely lovable characters to emerge from the San Jose punk rock retro roots white trash art underground scene, even if they did bail on the town, and run away to New Orleans over 10 years ago.

a few examples of artwork created by Terri Groat Ellner for Metro Newspapers

Terri was an ultra-talented graphic artist that designed some unforgettable music flyers, eye-opening record cover art, and with her longtime regular gig at the Metro newspaper during 1980s-1990s, provided some catchy illustrations that added an extra sparkle to that weekly publication.

Andy was a poet, a DJ and a singer in an early 80’s punk rock band known as The Retorts. He called himself “Andy Average,” but Andrew Ellner was anything but average. Funny, brilliant, caring.. are just a few of the adjectives you could use to describe this cat, who was truly one of a kind.

While he didn’t like to discuss it, Andy was also a cousin of Kenn Ellner, lead singer of Count Five, a San Jose garage band that found fame in 1966 with their hit record “Psychotic Reaction.”

Together, Andy and Terri were an amazing team, two married people that deeply loved each other, and continued to inspire each other, as well those that knew them.

You can sample some of that special love with Andy’s review of Undrinkable Wines! (It’s a keeper)

Back in 1986, I somehow sweet-talked Andy to be the lead actor of a short student film I created at San Jose State about a writer and his crazy dreams. A rough version of the film was shown once during film class finals, but never shared it publicly as it lacked a proper soundtrack and special effects.

Over the years I kept in touch with Andy and Terri, who decided over 10 years ago that New Orleans was the town they wanted to live in. I talked about finishing this little film of mine, but it was one of those projects that was shelved on the proverbial back burner.

In May of this year, Andy announced to his friends on Facebook that he had Stage 3 cancer, which was updated to Stage 4 inoperable cancer a month later. When I saw this initial announcement, I decided I should either finish it now ….or never. I found my 16mm film master, and shipped it off to a film-transfer facility in Burbank, as no similar facility was open in the SF Bay Area during the covid quarantine. After approximately 3 weeks of post-production, cleaning up old edits and adding the special effects that were not available with my 1986 budget, I went about the task of creating the proper soundtrack.

With big thanks to Greg Oropeza, Joey Myers, Mike Belardes, Dave Baisa, Sharon Nicol-Bischoff and Roy Estel (Hughes), I was able to finish this film with a musical score that turned out much better than I originally planned.

On July 29th, the night that I finally finished the film, I sent a copy to Andy… not realizing he had already left us a few hours earlier…

Two months later, Terri joined Andy, which in some ways, was a perfect ending for two people that couldn’t live without each other.

Here’s the film I created with Andy, which, as I’ve noted in the opening warning statement, features “questionable appeal for all ages” with grainy images, nudity, Nazis, violence and noisy jazz.

PLEASE don’t watch it if this sort of thing offends you.

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Last year in March, I posted something about my friend Deb Merchant, who was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for helping her deal with cancer.

I’m deeply saddened to report that Deb lost her battle.

She was a beautiful soul with a generous spirit that was kind to humans and critters alike.


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Lastly, a death that cuts as close to home as one could ever be.

My brother Tom Predoehl died recently.

Tom was my big brother protector who looked out for his little brother. Not only did he help me get out of some serious jams, but was also responsible making sure I’ve had reliable vehicles for the past 25+ years – buying ’em, fixing ’em, and making sure they were properly maintained.

He was born in Detroit, which I swear probably enriched his blood with automotive DNA, if such a thing is even possible. He had a serious passion for automobiles, for which I was eternally grateful, as I went through a period where I somehow wound up destroying more engines than I want to think about.

As we took care of our mother in her final years, I took care of my brother after he was diagnosed up with terminal cancer earlier this year.

I was my brother’s caregiver, and the one who was there for him when he left this mortal world.

He also enjoyed LOUIE LOUIE, and was looking forward to seeing this film of mine. To say I’m gonna miss him is a massive understatement.

Rest in peace, my brother.

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As I assemble this post, I also thought about Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Bill Withers, Jerry Slick, Jorge Santana, Emitt Rhodes, Judy Dyble, Peter Green, Trini Lopez, Johnny Nash, Spencer Davis..

2020 has not been a good year.. and we have two more months to go.

Please take care.

ERIC PREDOEHL
(producer of long-awaited LOUIE documentary project and these LouieLouie.net pages)

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REFERENCE LINKS:

Facebook – Jeanette Baker
Wikipedia- Gaynel Hodge
The official Gaynel Hodge webpage
Wikipedia – The Pretty Things
Andy Average on Undrinkable Wines
LOUIE REPORT- a plea for my friends James MacLeod and Deborah Merchant
Facebook – Deborah Merchant

LOUIE comic strip – OVERBOARD (October 2020)

Just in case you missed it, the Overboard comic strip by Chip Dunham for October 16, 2020 featured a LOUIE LOUIE reference.

This is a screen capture from the official GoComics.com webpage at:
https://www.gocomics.com/overboard/2020/10/16

RIP: Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, inventor of reggae

This one hurts. We just lost Toots Hibbert of the Maytals.

Yesterday, on September 11, his family released this statement:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

“The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief.”

I was blessed to meet and interview Toots for the LOUIE documentary project. He had an amazing voice, and could literally sing the phonebook and make it sound beautiful.

He was the first to use the term “reggae” and somehow sparked a musical revolution.

Variety provided a brief backstory of that term in a recent review for Toot’s latest album:

.. Toots is credited with giving reggae its name when he christened his 1968 song “Do the Reggay.” He has said that he changed the word “streaggae” to reggae by accident, the result of which was a Maytals song. Streggae was patois for a raggedy form of dress. Marley purportedly believed that it derived from the Latin word regi, which means king.

On the first album that Toots and the Maytals provided for Island Records– “Funky Kingston,” they recorded the first Jamaican version of LOUIE LOUIE. The initial release came out in Jamaica and the UK on the Dragon subsidiary in 1972, followed by a revised variation on the Mango subsidiary for the USA in 1975. They were the biggest music act to emerge from Jamaica at the time. Along with the help of the movie “The Harder They Come,” starring Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, along with their friends Bob Marley and the Wailers, opened the door to a massive international audience that embraced this new music.

When Joel and Ethan Coen created their first movie, a 1984 noir murder mystery entitled “Blood Simple,” they licensed the use of Toots’ version of LOUIE LOUIE for this film. I remember talking to Richard Berry (author of LOUIE) about this movie. He told me that when he first watched this film, he heard a song that he really liked, and made a note to himself to watch the film credits to find out the name of this song. He was blown away to discover that it was HIS SONG, recorded in a way he didn’t recognize, but absolutely loved!

As the original lyrics of LOUIE LOUIE include a stanza “Me see Jamaica moon above,” it was perfect synchronicity to have Toots to record this song as a Jamaican reggae track. Among the cover recordings of this song, I’ve always considered the Toots version as one of the definitive cover versions.

In addition to performing the song many times with his Maytals, Toots has also performed LOUIE LOUIE with a handful of other prominent musicians, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dave Matthews Band.

In 2013, Toots was sidelined after a fan tossed a vodka bottle at him at a concert in Richmond, Virgina. He wound up with a concussion, and stopped performing for three years. When the assailant was brought to court, Toots asked the judge to give the man who threw the bottle a light sentence. “He is a young man, and I have heard what happens to young men in jail,” he wrote in a letter to the judge. “My own pain and suffering would be increased substantially knowing that this young man would face that prospect.” The man received a six-month sentence.

In 2016, Toots returned to the stage, which led to whirlwind of touring. In the next year, 2017, Toots and the Maytals played Coachella Fest, becoming the second reggae-based group to perform at the festival. That year, he also played at the Glastonbury Festival, and also headlined the 35th anniversary of the WOMAD UK festival.

In 2018, Toots and the Maytals launched a 50th anniversary tour with concert appearances in North America from April to August, which I was fortunate to catch when they appeared in San Jose on July 12th. That particular show was sponsored by Buddy’s Cannabis, the first time I recall such a thing ever happening in San Jose, which would have been impossible before California legalized recreational use of cannabis two years earlier. Considering how the Maytals musical career was interrupted in late 1966 when Hibbert was jailed for 18 months for possession of marijuana, that was a special thing to behold!

Toots and the Maytals recently just released their new album “Got to Be Tough,” which will be their first full-length since 2011.

My thoughts are with the family and friends of Toots.

– E.P.

REFERENCE LINKS:

Official announcement from Toots’ family on Facebook

New York Times -Toots Hibbert, a Father of Reggae, Is Dead

Variety – Legendary Reggae Singer Toots Hibbert, Frontman of the Maytals, Dies at 77

The Guardian – Toots Hibbert, pioneering reggae star, dies aged 77

Variety – Toots and the Maytals’ ‘Got to Be Tough’: Album Review

Wikipedia – Toots & the Maytals

LOUIE LOUIE in Video Games

This week has been a hectic one at ye LouieLouie.net offices, made even more stressful by the recent fires that were too close for comfort at our homebase in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s been a challenge to focus on the LOUIE blog, but luckily our pal Clay Stabler has shared some serious LOUIE research at the Facebook LOUIE LOUIE Party that he’s allowed us to recycle on these pages.

Thank you again, Clay! – E.P.

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PART ONE – the Licensed Hit Versions

Here’s what I’ve found for licensed versions. Are there more?
Motorhead (Rocksmith):

Joan Jett (Rocksmith):

Iggy Pop (Just Dance & Just Dance Unlimited):

Just Dance X Just Dance Unlimited (not yet released)

In the remake, the coach has a bright light blue outline. His color scheme is based off his original one…

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PART TWO – LOUIE LOUIE in video games featuring game-specific versions

First, here’s the 2004 Donkey Kong version with vocals:

The senior citizen is California Games. Here’s the original 1987 Commodore 64 version:

Originally written by Epyx for the Apple II and Commodore 64, it was eventually ported to Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari 2600, Atari ST, MS-DOS, Genesis, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX, Master System, and Atari Lynx.

Different platforms can have different versions because sound chips change over time and across manufacturers. Here are two Sega Master System versions (one with the “FM sound expansion board”):

Not sure we’ll ever have a complete set of the different California Games versions across all platforms. I’ll keep digging!

Is anyone aware of other LL video game versions?

The Louie Report of January 26, 2009 has an entry that mentions a California Games version by Jack Ely, but the link is dead. Anyone know more?
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PART THREE – LOUIE LOUIE in video games featuring player created versions

Recent video games allow players to import MIDI files into the game. Here’s an example from Lord of the Rings Online with a version by Music ‘N Mayhem at the Prancing Pony:

Terraria features an in-game instrument called the “rain song” that allows gamers to compose tunes. A “Louie Louie” version is the inevitable result!

Still looking for more ….
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… and we’ll likely be updating this post as we get more information – E.P.

Thinking of Toots, pandemics and misplaced LOUIEs

This has been a challenging year, to put it mildly. The world is experiencing a pandemic unlike any other, and there’s some radical changes taking place that could permanently alter the way society deals with public events, with scary repercussions for those in the music industry. The death count for those infected by covid-19 continues to rise, and in the USA we have highly divisive political battles about the science of dealing with this terrible disease.

Just to add more to the misery index, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals is in the hospital right now. A few days ago on his Facebook page, it was announced that he entered an intensive care unit at a private facility “receiving the best possible treatment, while he awaits the results on his COVID-19 test.” Today, I read reports about Toots being in an induced coma.

If you believe in the power of prayer, please send all of your prayers to Toots right now for a speedy recovery. He is a musical treasure, and we don’t want to lose him.

In the meantime, the LOUIE documentary project continues to move forward. In the course of continuing to organize the archive, I found a handful of forgotten treasures.

One of those treasures was “Retro Sketches: A Musical Director Remembers,” an autobiographical book written by Jay Snyder of the band Euphorias Id, a popular New England garage band that existed from 1963 until 1966. Jay sent this book to me years ago, and somehow it slipped through the cracks.

The book is a charming little book with a lot of musical anecdotes – opening up for Herman’s Hermits during their height of fame, getting a haircut from Elvis Presley‘s spiritual advisor, playing music with Big Mama Thornton, and a lot of other stories, including a special LOUIE LOUIE memory involving Richard Berry.

There’s also an especially poignant memory shared of Ron Wilson of the Surfaris in a chapter entitled “Wipeout Drummer”, includes a crisp graphic of the artwork for his final recording- his “Lost In the Surf” cassette album, which just happened to include THAT SONG we know and love. Jay discusses receiving a copy of this cassette from Ron along with a handwritten note with suggestions regarding one of Jay’s projects, and they talked about collaborating in the near future. A few months later, Ron died suddenly, leaving Jay with the quintessential reminder that that if you want to work with someone, you need to make the time to make it happen, as “the ultimate wipeout can hit at any moment.”

(Yes, dedicated LL archivists should probably buy this one)

Speaking of THAT SONG, my friend Clay Stabler reminded me of a certain snow / water globe sold by University of Washington about twenty years ago, of which our friend Mike Hintze shared a video of on YouTube some thirteen years ago.

Anyone got an extra or two they could part with? Operators are standing by.

Meanwhile, here’s some clips to celebrate the music of Toots & the Maytals and Ron Wilson’s Safaris!

REFERENCE LINKS:

Toots & Maytals Facebook announcement
Jamaica Star – Toots now in medically induced coma
Wikipedia – Euphoria’s Id
Retro Sketches: A Musical Director Remembers (the Amazon link)