This week, we point the LOUIE spotlight at a 1976 recording by a Dutch band known as Zodiac.
The band Zodiac was formed in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), featuring members of Crown’s Clan. I wasn’t able to find out details on all six of the band members, but some of the core players included vocalist Sylvia van Asten, guitarist Jan Kroon and keyboardist Fred Sammelius.
LOUIE LOUIE was released as a 45 single on the CNR label in 1976, with the song “Back Again” on the flipside.
This may, quite possibly, be the ONLY the version of LOUIE LOUIE that could be categorized as “Dutch Glam Rock Disco.”
Here’s a little something I recently stumbled upon .. a 2011 solo performance of LOUIE LOUIE by Dez Cadena, the man who sang on Black Flag‘s very first LOUIE LOUIE recording.
I also found out he’s fighting cancer.
Dez joined Black Flag in 1980, replacing singer Ron Reyes who apparently quit the band in the middle of a particularly violent show in Redondo Beach. With Dez onboard, they embarked on their first nationwide tour, which included their first and only sold-out performance at the 3,500-seat Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
A year later, Black Flag released their recording of LOUIE LOUIE, which featured some revised lyrics written by Dez..
“You know the pain that’s in my heart
It just shows I’m not very smart
Who needs love when you’ve got a gun?
Who needs love to have any fun?”
The artwork on the record includes these special lyrics superimposed over a photo of Dez by Edward Colver.
As fate would have it, Dez’s voice was severely strained after extensive touring, which led to Dez voluntarily stepping down from vocal duties to become a guitar player in the band. Dez continued with Black Flag for a few more years before leaving to work with a variety of other bands that included Redd Kross, DC3, Twisted Roots, Ella and the Blacks, among others.
Dez also participated in the 2003 reunion shows of Black Flag, as well as the 2013 shows of Flagg– the alternative re-formation of former Black Flagg members.
From 2001 until 2015, Dez was a member of the Misfits. In June 2015, Dez announced he was leaving the Misfits, and two months later, he revealed he was battling throat cancer.
In August 2015, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to raise money to pay for his cancer treatments.
Dez Cadena, beloved member of Black Flag, Misfits, DC3, Vida, Ella & The Blacks, Redd Kross, and Flag, is battling throat cancer.
Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor’s bills.
We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez’s cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.
We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.
Best wishes, and thank you again!
Friends of Dez Cadena
Ten months later, it appears that the campaign is $13,000 short of its original goal to pay for cancer treatments. Perhaps this little post will inspire some extra generosity…
Anyways, here’s the performance of LOUIE LOUIE by Dez Cadena and his Broke Down Bitches, live at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, New Jersey, sometime in July 2011. Dave Travis is responsible for creating this video.
Louie Louie Music by Armitage Shanks from the album Louie Louie Music EP
Released 2012-05-18 on Little Teddy Recordings.
If HARDSKIN were a garage band they would be ARMITAGE SHANKS… fact. Rudimentary punk rock done with that rough and tumble Medway sound. Like THEE MILKSHAKES minus the 60’s. Four tunes that don’t mess around, no meandering, fancy bridges, fiddly intros, extended endings, just straight up punch in the face punk rock. This band do it right, God bless them!
Joe Maccoll points out…
Musically it is reminiscent(or a rip-off) of Wild Billy Childish‘s “Joe Strummers grave.”
Punk Rock At The British Legion Hall – 2007 – Damaged Goods Records – Cat No DAMGOOD 281.
Joe Maccoll also adds…
All three songs were recorded in Ranscombe Studios in Kent. Jim Riley must be sick of this riff by now!
… and yet another comment…
…as it turns out guitarist Allan Crockford with Wild Billy Childish in Thee Headcoats,so this makes some kind of sense.So, although not LL,it carries the spirit of the song in its genes,and more importantly,it rocks!
This one’s for Candye Kane, a multi-talented blues singer that we lost last month. Eight years ago she announced that she had pancreatic cancer, which she actively fought with an incredible zest, speaking openly about her battle over the years.
For Candye, so much of her life was all about helping others find a means of empowering themselves, using her public persona to promote healing, love, and self-acceptance of one’s body – whatever size, shape or hue it may be.
In summer 2011, she released a new album, Sister Vagabond. “I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane said. “It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.”
I recently found some video that I shot of Candye a year and half ago at a little club in Santa Cruz, California. It was a little moment I captured on a little pocketcam that I forgot I even had.
Today, I’m sharing this clip, a performance of “I Put a Hex On You,” which I believe is an original Candye composition.
Phil “Fang” Volk, an alumni of Paul Revere & the Raiders, shared a special LOUIE LOUIE performance on his Facebook page– a recent collaboration with the Kingsmen!
Phil “Fang” Volk playing bass guitar and singing “Louie Louie” with the Kingsmen at their Cannery Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2016. In honor of the late Smitty, original drummer of the Raiders, Fang shouted out: “Grab your woman, it’s Louie, Louie time!” heard on the Raider’s single of the same song, recorded in the same studio, in the same week in Portland, Oregon over 53 years ago.
This week, the LOUIE spotlight is on a LOUIE-relative (a category that includes brother, sister, bastard or distant cousin) performed by band known as “the Kingsmen,” which as far as I can tell has absolutely no connection with the successful band from Portland, Oregon with the same name.
This band was known as Al Dote and the Kingsmen, and they released an album that featured vocals by Kay Quinn. It was recorded Live at Albert’s Miramar Hotel, Half Moon Bay, California on September 2, 1966, and was a Damar Production.
If anyone can share any light on this particular album, I’d love to find out what ever happened to this band. Did they have any problems with this name? How long did their run last at the Miramar Hotel, which no longer exists?
Anyways, here’s a clip of their version of “Hang on Sloopy” – one of the great “LOUIE Relative” type songs, which was co-written by Bert Burns (aka Bert Russell), who actually did have a LOUIE connection, producing a few songs with Jack Ely, the original vocalist with the Kingsmen.
I asked my friend Barry Curtis of the Kingsmen (now retired) and the Daily Flash, to share a few words..
We are incomplete without Jimmy.
He was a walking Northwest music history encyclopedia. He knew virtually everyone from those 50’s ~ 70’s glory days. He knew hundreds (more like thousands) of songs including the entire Louis Prima book. Jimmy was opinionated and did not suffer fools, but once any of us got to really know him, we had a friend for life. He taught me a lot and I will always take it forward.
R.I.P James Henry Manolides.
When it came to serious musicians in the Pacific Northwest, Jim Manolides was the real deal. He was a member of some of the hottest NW bands during the 1950s-1970s.
Jim was an original member of The Frantics, a rock band from Seattle whose first record (“Straight Flush”) made the Blllboard Top 100 chart in 1959. In this particular photo of the Frantics, you can see the five original members – Jim Manolides, Chuck Schoning, Bob Hosko, Don Fulton and Ron Petersen.
They were the second musical act ever signed to Dolton Records.
Jim Manolides was not only working as a musician for Dolton, but he was also a graphic artist that designed the Dolton logo used on the record label, which he did when he was an art student in College.
The Frantics were actually one of the earliest bands to ever perform LOUIE LOUIE (after The Playboys), even though the band never recorded it.
Believe or not, Jim actually told me that HE was the guy that taught the LOUIE LOUIE lyrics to Rockin’ Robin Roberts.
While the Frantics were the first of many bands that Jim was affiliated with, Jim also linked up with Dave Lewis, who was considered the “Godfather of Northwest Rock.” The Dave Lewis Combo was one of the most influential rhythm & blues bands in the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s-1960s.
Jim was also the leader of a band known as James Henry & the Olympics, which performed and recorded a great version of “My Girl Sloopy” a few months before the McCoys recorded the same song as “Hang On Sloopy” in 1965.
I was very grateful to be able to witness a 1999 reunion of James Henry & the Olympics in Seaside (Oregon) and capture these special moments.
There so many other great bands that Jim was once a part of – The Dynamics, Sweet Talkin’ Jones, The Counts, and Jr. Cadillac, which was a collective of all-star musicians from other prominent NW bands including the Wailers, the Sonics, and various others.
Over the years, it looks like I wrote at least three blog posts that paid tribute to the talents of Jim Manolides that I’d like to encourage you to read, if you haven’t done so already…
An effervescent bohemian, Mr. Manolides was known in the ’70s and ’80s to jazz fans as the gravel-voiced bartender with a million stories at Parnell’s jazz club, owned by Roy Parnell, Sandy Parnell’s late husband. In the 1990s, Manolides was a familiar figure behind the counter at Nickel Cigar, on Yesler Avenue, formerly the Manolides Gallery.
Born in Seattle, Mr. Manolides was the son of King County Deputy Prosecutor and Seattle District Court Judge Evans Manolides. Jimmy Manolides went to Ballard High School and began playing with The Frantics. A self-taught musician, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in art, was drafted, and served in the U.S. Army as an art instructor at Fort Dix, N.J. When he came home, he opened the Manolides Gallery.
“Jimmy was a bigger-than-life kind of guy, so naturally gifted with his music, his art,” Parnell said.
Here’s a never-been-seen-before clip of Jimmy performing a Big Jay McNeely song at the Kent Morrill tribute concert in 2011.
Rest in peace, Jimmy Manolides. You shall not be forgotten…