I stumbled over an extremely rare archival recording by The Replacements doing THE SONG live in Chicago during their semi-recent reunion tour in 2015. It’s definitely NOT a soundboard recording, and it’s not even 20 seconds long… but hey, it’s f-in’ LOUIE LOUIE by the Replacements!!
A rarity? I’d say so….
As we hear a voice afterwards (probably Tommy) saying “That’s going to cost you extra!”
This little mini-LOUIE took place between “The Ledge” and “I’ll Be You” at the Replacements performance on April 29, 2015 at the Riviera Theater in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Today, we pay tribute to my friend Mike Slavko, aka the legendary disc jockey known as “M. Dung.”
M.Dung was a very popular disc jockey on KFOG Radio in San Francisco for many years. He had a program called the “Idiot Show” that celebrated the absurdity of rock ‘n’ roll. Rhino Records even released a special CD that paid this tribute to very special show.
When the Leukemia Foundation partnered up with KFOG to create the first LOUIE LOUIE Parade in 1988, Dung was the man chosen to be the ringleader /”Grand Louie” of this event. The event, which also featured composer Richard Berry as a special guest, turned to be very successful, and they did it again in 1989.
Since that time, Dung has done of lot of other things, eventually leaving KFOG, and launching a special “Idiot Show” podcast for the 21st Century.
In this post, I shared some video clips that featured Dung:
O-Day, O-Dow, Eye! Justin is joined by radio great M. Dung aka Michael Slavko. M. Dung first hit the airwaves with his “Idiot Show” in Grand Rapids, MI on WLAV-FM before transplanting himself out on KFOG-FM in San Francisco, CA. Dung earned a massive following in California in the mid ’80s- which grew into legions of followers by the early ’90s- earning him his place in the book as the last truly great radio DJ in the pre-Clear Channel era of radio.
Dung, a Michigan native, talks with Justin about his days on the air in Grand Rapids and San Francisco, his podcast “The Mutant Idiot Show” and how he crafted his signature rock-n-roll wild man persona.
Here’s a few photos that Dung shared with his friends on Facebook….
Thank you all so much for loving and supporting Dung over the years. My dad was not the sort of person who expressed his feelings openly, but I know for a fact that in his darkest times you all gave him strength. There was nothing he loved more than sharing his favorite music with the world. If you find yourself feeling sad, play Louie Louie loud enough to piss off your neighbors. And take some comfort in knowing that, right at this very moment, he’s sharing a triple bacon cheeseburger with The King.
Rest in peace, my friend. You shall not be forgotten.
Here’s a little something from two years ago that I recently stumbled across- The Sonics performing “He’s Waiting” and “LOUIE LOUIE” with special guests Wayne Kramer of MC5 and Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere of Lords of Altamont – live at the Regent Regent Theater on May 9, 2015.
My right salivary gland does not work. Therefore, I have dry-mouth, and most of my teeth have become bad.
I need root canals, crowns, and two teeth implants.
$17,000.00 is what he needs right now, and he’s not exactly rolling in dough these days, so whatever you can donate would be wonderful.
For those you unfamiliar with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, he is a singer-songwriter who is considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s.
In 1968, he wrote and recorded a song called “Paralyzed,” which featured T-Bone Burnett on drums. The song was picked up by a major label, Mercury Records, eventually entering the Billboard Top 200. His popularity prompted an appearance on NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in comedy television series.
David Bowie acknowledged that the Legendary Stardust Cowboy was a direct inspiration for the creation of Ziggy Stardust.
A performance of LOUIE LOUIE by the family of the man who wrote the song – Mr. Richard Berry, who passed away in 1997.
Absolutely worth a second viewing!!
This week’s LOUIE is by the Berry Family, featuring members of the songwriter Richard Berry‘s family.
Dorothy Berry Durr, Richard Berry’s first wife is singing with daughter Pamela Berry. Richard Marcel Berry, son of Richard & Dorothy, is playing bass, with his son Richard D’Juan Berry on keyboards. The unseen drummer is Donto James, son-in-law of Richard Berry, and son of Etta James. The man with the black hat is Lucky Otis, grandson of Johnny Otis. Lucky Lloyd is the guitar player, and the male background singer is someone named Daryl, who sings with the Medallions. This performance took place on May 20th at A-Mi Hacienda in Pico Rivera, CA.
Big thanks to Richard D’Juan for sharing this clip honoring his granddaddy!
Here’s a cool vintage discovery from the early 1960s – another band known as “the Kingsmen” that had NOTHING to do with the band with the LOUIE hit recording. This is a Filipino ‘Kingsmen” rock band playing “Hitchhike.”
For this one, I’ll recycle the YouTube description that Paquito Dela Cruz posted with his clip:
The Pinoy rock group “The Kingsmen” was founded on July 1, 1961 by J. Ramón “Mon” Faustmann (Arranger & Rythmn Guitar), Carlos Faustmann (Bass), Carlos “Charlie” de Oglou (Lead Guitar — a cousin of Ernesto “Ernie” Delgado of “The Electromaniacs“), and Jon Achával (Drums).
“The Kingsmen” would later meet up with “The Silvertones” and invite the band members to play together. Here is the story according to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:
“I met the Nubers in a Manila Yacht Club Regatta to Cabcaben, Bataan, around a campfire, where, as usual, I was jamming with my guitar! They were there too, also with their guitars. We struck up a friendship, and they invited me to their SanLo [San Lorenzo Village, Makati City] home to play with them and also teach them, as well. The were already getting lessons from a professional jazz guitar player, where they had learned a few songs. They called themselves ‘The Silvertones’ (their amps were all Silvertone Amps bought from SEARS), and I played with them in several places, and in time, I invited them to meet and play with the rest of the group, ‘The Kingsmen!'”
However, on several occasions the band had changed its name to: “Bob Dunn and the Kingsmen“, and later to the “Royal Kingsmen” in order to differentiate themselves from the Seattle rock group, “The Kingsmen” (who recorded the popular hit “Louie, Louie”).
According to bandmember J. Ramón Faustmann:
“I remember very clearly we recorded ‘Exodus’ (as well as ‘Miserlou,’ ‘Hitchhike’ and ‘Honky Tonk’) around September or October, 1963 in the studio. ‘Exodus’ was then played during the Kennedy Assassination in November, 1963 on DZHP. Sometime in October 1963, we obtained two Beatle albums from friends in England, and we learned the songs in a week, in time to play them at various school fairs and TV appearances. We can claim that we were the first band to play Beatles [songs] in the Philippines. They were introduced in the USA in February 1964 at the Ed Sullivan Show. The ‘Kingsmen’ had been playing Beatles for five months!”
TO THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND, BROTHER LIKE, COMRADE, AND FAMILY MAN CARLO DRIGGS
It’s with a heavy heart we share to you, that former Raider Carl (Carlo) Driggs has passed away. Carl was the lead vocals for the group from 1983 through 2004. His pristine vocals captured the energy of the hits and songs of Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Carl has had a successful career in music. In the early 70’s Carl was lead singer for the band Kracker, that had modest success, enough to get the attention of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and sign them as the first group to their Rolling Stones record label, and as their opening band on European tours. After Kracker, came more success for Carl with the group Foxy, where they charted #9 on Billboard and #1 on Soul for the hit song “Get Off”, followed by other songs that charted in the Top 100.
Then in 1983, Revere hired Carl to be the lead singer of his group until parting in 2004. Carl continued in music, and just recently released his book, “A Lead Singer’s Life” by Carlo Driggs.
Our thoughts are with his wife Tabatha, his children, family, friends and fans!
Carl, Thank you for all that you’ve given the world through your voice and music, and the energy you exuded in every show! A true entertainer and friend!
…. and course, here’s Carlo singing THAT SONG, captured live with the Raiders back in 1986!
I first met Lexie Shabel ten years ago at the 2007 Santa Cruz Film Festival. She was presenting her documentary “We Like To Drink: We Like to Play Rock’n’Roll,” which told the story about a band from Massachusetts known as The UnBand. I’d never heard of this band before, and almost didn’t stick around to watch this film, which was part of a double bill featuring a film that I initially came to see.
I’m so very grateful that I stuck around to watch this film. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining music documentaries I’d seen in a long time. It felt like a real-life Spinal Tap with real people doing dumb stuff, all glued together with a wonderful rock and roll soundtrack.
I had to congratulate director Lexie Shabel for creating such an engaging documentary about an unknown band. I had such a nice time yacking with her, and learned about her other ambitious film product that she was working on … the documentary she was producing of her special battle with breast cancer.
We became friends and shared quite a few emails over the years, sharing resources whenever we could.
Lexie’s battle with breast cancer continued to be the unavoidable challenge that she faced, draining her energy while also providing her with a massive mission that empowered her to help others facing similar battles.
She created an organization known as the Breast Wishes Fund in 2010, with a focus on providing more information and resources for those seeking alternative choices for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
She embarked on a very personal and transformative path toward overall health, addressing her cancer on her own terms.
She did a presentation at TEDTalks entitled “When Did Our Breasts Become An Accessory?”
I recently watched “Danny Says,” a documentary about a music industry insider by the name of Danny Fields.
As someone that worked with David Peel, who passed away last month, I knew about Danny, and various people recommended that I see this documentary.
I knew that Danny not only helped get Peel signed to Elektra, helped facilitate John Lennon‘s meeting with Peel, and also played a major role in discovering, signing and eventually managing the Ramones.
This film shared details a lot of amazing things that Danny did during his career in the music industry that I was not fully aware of…
For example, in 1996, Danny Fields was a managing editor of Datebook Magazine, which catered to teenage music enthusiasts in USA, and they decided to run excepts of a John Lennon interview conducted by journalist Maureen Cleave for the London Evening Standard. Initially ignored in the UK, the American audience picked on a statement in which John discussed how the Beatles popularity seemed to be stronger than Christianity at that point in time. There was a massive backlash against the Beatles after that incident, which probably contributed to their decision to stop touring.
Danny Fields was a person that discovered a lot of great musicians that became major trendsetters. He was hired by Elektra Records as a publicist, and helped transform a folk music label into a rock music powerhouse, working with The Doors, and convincing the label to sign MC5 and The Stooges, two bands that served as major inspirations for the US and UK punk music movements of the mid-to-late 1970s.
In 1975, Fields discovered the Ramones at CBGB, and helped get them signed to Sire Records. As the band’s co-manager, with Linda Stein, Fields brought the band to England, where they had an enormous impact, inspiring the UK punk movement.
As a writer for the New York Times pointed out, “You could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened.”
There’s a ton of names mentioned in this documentary. Danny worked with Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins, and this film includes a massive list of people that provided interviews- Michael Alago, Eric Andersen, Penny Arcade, Scott Asheton, Roberta Bayley, Jim Bessman, Susan Blonde, Justin Bond, Leee Black Childers, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Mike Diana, Myk Fisher, Danny Goldberg, Bob Gruen, Duncan Hannah, Steve Harris, Fayette Hauser, Kristian Hoffman, Jac Holzman, Billy James, Louis Edward Jordan, Larry Kaplan, Lenny Kaye, Wilson Kidde, Howie Klein, Wayne Kramer, Jon Landau, Richard Lloyd, John Lomax III, Pat Loud, Gary Lucas, Steve Mackay, Dick & Zoe Manitoba, Jim Marshall, Gillian McCain, Monte Melnick, John Cameron Mitchell, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, David Neuman, David Peel, Dennis Peron, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Randi Reisfeld, Jonathan Richman, Yvonne Ruskin, Natalie Schlossman, John Sinclair, Seymour Stein, Arturo Vega, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Jann Wenner, James Williamson, & Mary Woronov.
Anyways, the LOUIE LOUIE reference is as minimal as you can get. If you sneezed at the wrong time, you’d miss it completely. Nobody mentions the song, and the song isn’t even played.
It’s just tiny visual reference. There’s discussion of how big changes were happening in the pop music universe during the period of 1965-1966, and LOUIE gets an animated mention in a motion graphics sequence.
Anyways, I highly recommend this documentary and encourage my friends to see it. It’s a keeper!
The Iggy Pop story about Ron Ashton destroying a company truck was especially funny!