R.Stevie Moore – LOUIE of the Week

it’s time to share a LOUIE LOUIE that doesn’t fit into the usual LOUIE LOUIE garage rock archetype.

Then again, the creator of this this week’s LOUIE is hardly the type of musician that easily fits into normal musical categories.

This week, I’m proud to point the mighty LOUIE LOUIE spotlight at the artist known as R. Stevie Moore.

My first exposure to R.Stevie Moore music was when he sent me a LOUIE LOUIE cassette ages ago..

I have to confess it took awhile for me to digest his version. Like a handful of other things sent to my PO Box, I didn’t quite get to it in a timely manner.

(APOLOGIES TO OTHERS THAT ALSO FELL INTO THAT CATEGORY – Sometimes my best intentions didn’t quite work out as well as I wanted. Please feel free send me another email If I failed to respond. It certainly wasn’t intentional… I do wish i had an assistant.)

Anyways, fast forward to a few years ago. With the new conservations initiated by the new-fangled social networks, I reconnected with R. Stevie, and wound up becoming a big fan of his music.

“Prolific” is a rather mild way of describing the output of R. Stevie’s legacy. He’s one-man music machine that’s been creating music for over 50 years, and has released over 400(??) albums.

GreatBigStory shared a little introduction to his music:

Stevie is a pioneer of low fidelity music. His love began at a young age, writing and recording tracks out of his basement. Years later, he took home recording to the next level, producing over 4,000 songs and finding fans in bands like the Talking Heads and The B-52s. Now, he’s moving up and out of the basement, playing at concerts and festivals around the world.


https://youtu.be/YWJ4cTrmydo

Here’s a trailer for an upcoming documentary on R. Stevie Moore:

R Stevie Moore: The Cool Daddio from Spring Films on Vimeo.

R. Stevie created a lot of really catchy pop music. Check out this one – “Wayne Wayne (Go Away).” Great hooks and some hypnotic harmonies that remind me of the Beach Boys.


https://youtu.be/JAuYfwOueSE

“Hug Me” is another super-catchy little number. Like one of my longtime faves “You’re Breaking My Heart” by Harry Nilsson, this song shares some warm ‘n fuzzy thoughts about love stuff in a funny, somewhat naughty kind of way.


https://youtu.be/q8Mh_gdyRu4

Here’s a little something I shot of R. Stevie in a few years ago in San Francisco, where he performs “Sort of Way” and “Play Myself Some Music.”


https://youtu.be/7yLBzD3QSyY

Getting back to the subject of LOUIE LOUIE, I’m proud to share R.Stevie’s version of Richard Berry‘s immortal song, as heard during the 1984 KALX LOUIE LOUIE marathon. It’s actually 3 (maybe 4) different versions, assembled as one big movement, which I transformed into a little video, using a lot of public domain footage. It starts off with a version that samples heavily from low-fi copy of the Kingsmen recording, and then ends with a rather manic version of the song (at 3:43), accentuated by some snippets from a wild little 1938 animated film produced by the Jam Handy Organization.


https://youtu.be/yzDKVaatlTc

R. Stevie Moore also played LOUIE with one of his early bands The Taxmen which existed in 1966-1967.

You can hear (and buy) a recording of the Taxmen doing LOUIE at the 1999 Reunion by visiting his Tax Men BandCamp page.

His BandCamp page, which encompasses his old R. Stevie Cassette Club (launched in 1982), is a massive playground to explore.

Go visit him, and tell him LOUIE sent cha!

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Reference Links:

Official R. Stevie Moore webpage

The R. Stevie Moore Facebook page

The (massive) R. Stevie Moore BandCamp page

Wikipedia on R. Stevie Moore

R. Stevie Moore – TaxMen page

The Tax Men 1999 Reunion BandCamp page

GreatBigStory.com- The One-Man Record Label

The Wire Magazine article – HERE COMES THE FLOOD (The lo-fi vision of R STEVIE MOORE)

Peoria LOUIE LOUIE Parade 2017 – LOUIE of the Week

Did you know about the annual LOUIE LOUIE parades in Peoria?

Here’s the word from LouieLouiePeoria.com:

Since 1987, Central Illinois has been kicking off the summer with the St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and RiverJam in downtown Peoria with the sole purpose of raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have raised over $300,000 for St. Jude since this event began.

Here’s a video from the 2017 parade, shared by Ron Johnson, staff photographer at Peoria Journal Star, news and sports junkie, lover of jazz music and great beer, published on: May 26, 2017:


https://youtu.be/-stlTyPDepk

Reference Links:
LouieLouiePeoria.com
Peoria Journal Star – 2017 Parade video
Facebook page for St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and River Jam

Out In the Streets – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd one….

When is a LOUIE LOUIE not a LOUIE LOUIE?

There’s a variety of different ways of answering that question, but for today, one example for such a thing would be if the musician(s) choose to call themselves “Louie Louie.”

They aren’t the first ones to do that, and certainly won’t be the last.

I was alerted to this recording from an old message sent by Leslie Burnette:

Here is a nice review of the #LouieLouie 7″ from a music blog founded by 2 dudes who met as children auditioning to be Star Trek Klingons in 1988. The review rules but I think I like that fact more?

The review was from BeardedGentlemenMusic.com:

Louie Louie – “Out In the Streets”
Hidden Volume Records

The Philadelphia music scene has always been rich with culture. Whether it’s the Hip-Hop coming from claustrophobic basements of the underground, or the do-it-yourself Rock crawling its way out of the seediest dive bars the city has to offer. Even with such diversity in the scene, Louie Louie, an all-female garage pop outfit inspired by the surf and sun of the early 1960s, seems to have come out of left field.

As their name suggests, there’s plenty of influence from 1960s pre-Beatles pop bands like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las, but never feeling forced or too tongue-in-cheek like most indie acts who draw influence from the past. From the reverb-soaked harmonies and jangly beauty of the surf ballad title track to the discord sultriness of Blondie meets The Black Angels found on side B’s “Miles Around”, Louie Louie deliver something that’s both comforting and exciting as hearing Dusty Springfield doing vocals for Teenage Fanclub.

One of the most interesting aspects of this release is how in spite of being their debut, they’ve managed to completely nail their style as if they’ve been doing this for decades.They are in good company too “Out In The Streets” has just recently been released on vinyl and digital through Baltimore’s Hidden Volume Records, home of releases from The Above, The Reverberations, and The Kurt Baker Combo to name a few. Louie Louie may have only been functioning as a band for a short period of time, but if this release is any indication, they have a promising career ahead of them. – Aaron Cooper

Here’s a link to the music at HiddenVolume.com

I still wish they’d do the damned song!

ENJOY!

Reference Links:

Official Musician Link
BeardedGentlemenMusic.com Review

Extension, LOUISiana – birthplace of Richard Berry

One of the more obscure facts is that Richard Berry, creator of the song LOUIE LOUIE, was born in state of LOUISiana, in a town known as Extension.

As I searched to find out more info about “Extension,” I discovered there’s not a lot of online information about this place, but there is a Wikpedia page….

It is an unincorporated community in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States, and it’s ZIP code is 71243.

As I did some more searching, I was EXCITED to find a Facebook page entitled “Things to do in Extension, Louisiana.”

…. and then I took a look at what was there…

Hmmm…. I’m not sure if I’ll be visiting this place anytime in the immediate future…

Oh well..

Anyone got any interesting stories or photos about Extension?

PLEASE SPEAK UP!

Reference links:
Wikipedia page on Extension_Louisiana
Things to do in Extension, Louisiana . the Facebook page

Electric Tortoise – LOUIE of the Week

It’s time for a new LOUIE of the Week…. as opposed to every other week ….. or something like that… life does get hectic sometimes, OK?

Anyways, today the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at a band known as Electric Tortoise performing live at The Black Griffin in Canterbury (UK) sometime in November 2015.


https://youtu.be/KgTdGxhbExU

Chronicled by Andrew Heenan, this version is © 2015 Local&Live, Andrew Heenan and Electric Tortoise, with more information available at Local n Live.co.uk.

ENJOY!!

LOUIE event in Venice – August 26th

Here’s an event my friend Gerry Fialka invited me to…

Eric Predoehl (in person) of LOUIELOUIE.NET and producer/director of the upcoming and long-awaited Meaning of Louie documentary, screens rare film clips and probes the history of the world’s coolest rock’n’roll song. Local music icons will perform unique versions of “ultimate party song” written by LA’s Richard Berry in 1955. The Kingmens version caused controversy in 1963. Celebrate the fun and impact of one of the most recorded and covered songs ever. Summer splurge party!
More info – http://laughtears.com/

Other details available at the Official Facebook Event Page!

LOUIE LOUIE radio on KCRW + NPR

Two things i forgot to mention on these pages…

1) KCRW Radio (KCRW.com) launched a new radio series “LOST NOTES,” sharing stories of LOUIE LOUIE for the first episode on April 12, 2018 (one day after International LOUIE LOUIE Day)!

The life of one of the world’s most ubiquitous rock n’ roll anthems – the song that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar – stretches far beyond the Kingsmen’s definitive version and “Animal House.” As performed by the Kingsmen, and as it began tearing up the charts “Louie Louie’s” ambiguous lyrics became the target of a lengthy FBI investigation. By this point, its writer Richard Berry had already sold the rights to this soon to be national phenomenon in order to buy an engagement ring. But the song comes back into his life later in a most spectacularly 1980s fashion.

LISTEN AT:

https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/lost-notes/louie-louie-the-strange-journey-of-the-dirtiest-song-never-written

2) NPR Radio (NPR.org) used some LOUIE LOUIE questions on their “WAIT, WAIT.. DON’T TELL ME” quiz show which aired on June 16, 2018.

My friend Robert B. Stevenson‎ was the first to tell me about this one:

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the weekly NPR radio quiz, today highlighted Louis Louis. Guest Louis Anderson answered three multiple choice questions about the song, According to NPR host Peter Segal, the FBI spent two years listening to the song at different speeds and could not find any obscenities. However, at the 54 second mark, the drummer dropped his drumstick and then dropped an f-bomb.

He also added:

Here are some incorrect answers offered in the quiz;

The bass line contains Morse code for an obscene reference to genitalia

Chicago White Sox baseball player Lou Brock had the song played as walk-up music when he went to bat, and was soon traded to St. Louis.

When asked about Louie Louie, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover said he thought the lyrics were trite but otherwise the song was danceable.

Feen-A-Mint laxative used part of the song in a commercial, “Me gotta go now”

LISTEN AT:
https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/620277438/wait-wait-for-june-16-2018-with-not-my-job-guest-louie-anderson?showDate=2018-06-16

UPDATE:

Here’s yet another one…

3) The Ridiculous History Show / How Stuff Works (ridiculoushistoryshow.com) also shared a LOUIE LOUIE audio program on June 28th!

The Kingsmen’s cover of “Louie, Louie” is one of the world’s most famously unintelligible songs — and this haunted the FBI. In this episode, Ben and Noel recount the evolution of “Louie, Louie”, as well as Uncle Sam’s insanely thorough (and hilariously unsuccessful) attempt to figure out the song’s lyrics. The guys also rack up some extra credit with their special guest Christopher Hassiotis, who introduces them to the wide, wide world of “Louie, Louie” cover songs across multiple musical genres.

https://www.ridiculoushistoryshow.com/podcasts/the-fbis-quest-to-understand-louie-louie.htm

2016 LOUIE comic strip – Free Range LOUIE!

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It’s time for yet another comic strip that features LOUIE LOUIE!

This one is from the November 30, 2016 edition of Free Range by Bill Whitehead.

Believe it not, the situation described in this comic strip actually happened! Someone DID try to ban the instrumental version of this song by a marching band in 2005. This very thing took place when McCord Middle School Marching Band was was scheduled to play at the Grand Floral Parade in Benton Harbor, Michigan!

For more details about this historic event, click HERE.

If you enjoyed this comic strip, be sure to visit the official GoComics webpage for Free Range, where you can can order the official merchandise!

Louie Louie Conspiracy – (extinct) LOUIE of the Week

Unfortunately, this week’s LOUIE was removed from YouTube.

Oh well, it was a fun one…

This week, we are sharing a charming little video clip that explores the “Louie Louie” Conspiracy.” It’s the Kingsmen‘s iconic version of the song, using various film clips from a variety of different feature films.

The dead link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgwEOAMJmag

RIP: Jerry Dennon, the record company guy who signed The Kingsmen

I recently discovered that Jerry Dennon, the man responsible for unleashing the Kingsmen‘s recording of LOUIE LOUIE to the world, passed away last year on January 2017.

Often credited as the producer of this iconic recording, Jerry Dennon had nothing to do with the original recording session that took place in April 1963 at the Northwestern Inc. recording studio in Portland, Oregon. KISN DJ + nightclub owner of The Chase, “Ken Chase” aka Milton “Mike” Korgan was the actual producer of this session, working with studio owner / recording engineer Robert Lindahl to create this very special recording that neither the band or Mr. Lindahl thought was a particularly good recording. Ken Chase was the visionary producer who thought this recording with the false starts and less-than-coherent vocals captured a wonderful rock music performance, and sought out a record label that could release this recording.

Jerry Dennon was the Seattle-based record company executive that took a chance on releasing this odd-sounding record by this teenage band from Portland, Oregon, initially putting it out on his Jerden record label. As fate would have it, this recording found an unlikely audience in Boston, Massachusetts, where WMEX DJ Arnie Ginsburg added this song to his “Worst Record of the Week” radio show. With consumer demand growing for the record beyond Boston, Jerry Dennon made a decision to cut a deal with Scepter Records to sign the Kingsmen to the larger record label, providing better distribution for the band, and more seed money for Jerry Dennon to expand his Jerden Records empire, as Jerry aligned himself to be the producer for all future Kingsmen records.

When Governor Matthew Welsh of Indiana took offense over this record, and sought to get it removed from Indiana radio airplay, Jerry Dennon responded by offering to create a benefit concert to raise money to buy a hearing aid for the Governor!

There’s more stories to be told about Jerry, but we’ll save ’em for later…

Rest in peace, Jerry.

Reference Links
Seattle Times/Legacy obit on Jerry Dennon
Stumptownblogger article on Jerry Dennon
Wikipedia on Jerden Records
The Jerden 45 Single Discography (courtesy of Global Dog Productions)
Billboard article on Glassnote