Here’s a nice little story about a new art installation at a Federal building in Portland, Oregon = the town where the Kingsmen recorded LOUIE LOUIE, courtesy of OregonLive.com:
May 29, 2013 – Portland, OR – Artist Tim Bavington turned sound waves from the song “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen into a colorful sculpture that dominates the wall of the main entrance into the building. The Kingsmen were a Portland band. Although they did not write the song, their recording of it remains a rock classic. Sen. Ron Wyden toured the newly renovated Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt federal building in downtown Portland Wednesday morning, a day before it opens to the public.
The FBI investigation of LOUIE LOUIE has received a lot of extra attention this week with the recent Smithsonian article on the subject, as summarized by Daily Caller:
What you may not know is that person responsible for setting off the investigation — which, amazingly, lasted two long years — appears to have been a teacher at Sarasota Junior High School in Florida.
The Smithsonian magazine’s website has the story.
The irate teacher, whose name is frustratingly redacted throughout 119 pages of material at the FBI’s archival website, wrote to then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy in 1964 claiming with certainty that the spectacularly indecipherable lyrics of “Louie Louie” were obscene.
“Who do you turn to when your teen age daughter buys and bring home pornographic or obscene materials being sold along with objects directed and aimed at the teenage market in every City, Village and Record shop in this Nation?” the teacher asks.
“We all know there is obscene materials available for those who seek it, but when they start sneaking in this material in the guise of the latest teen age rock & roll hit record these morons have gone too far.”
The letter ends with this quadruple-question-marked plea: “How can we stamp out this menace? ? ? ?”
It was a very sad Monday when we learned that we lost Ray Manzarek to cancer. That very same morning, one of my old friends, Mike Sullivan, lost his wife Lori to cancer. A few weeks earlier, another friend of mine underwent some major surgery to remove his cancer-infected jaw. It seems like no matter where I turn, there’s always somebody else dealing with this terrible disease.
In the course of my profession as producer/videographer/camera operator, I keep hearing from a variety of different doctors, scientists, and researchers that describe how the level of cancer we’re experiencing nowadays simply did not exist fifty years ago. From what I’ve been told, there are some environmental, nutritional and cultural factors that have made such diseases a much more common occurrence in the 21st Century.
I honestly don’t know what to think, but I’m really getting tired of this crap.
Ray Manzarek was an exceptional musician that played keyboards with The Doors – a very successful band that sold millions of recordings all over the world.
I was privileged to have worked as a camera operator on three separate occasions which featured Ray as a performer- the Monterey Pop reunion event of 2007, a 2008 concert with Michael McClure at Yoshi’s in San Francisco and the WestFest of 2009 which took place at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
I also had an opportunity to interview Ray for my LOUIE documentary project when he once did a show at San Jose State University in the early 1990′s. He told me that one of the very first songs Jim Morrison ever did in public was LOUIE LOUIE with Ray’s old band Rick and the Ravens, planting a seed in Jim’s mind, which of course, led to an entirely different musical group he formed with Ray.
Not long after I participated with Rui on his book, I ran into Ray backstage at the WestFest event in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. I told Ray about this photo I obtained, and he mentioned that he didn’t even have a copy of this image, so we exchanged emails, and I sent him all that I had on his old band, for which he was very grateful.
The last time I saw Ray perform was at the new Sweetwater nightclub in Mill Valley. He was playing with his old friend Michael McClure, and was joined by special guest Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. They all sounded great together, and as far as I know, it may have been the only time the three of ‘em ever played together.
I’m saddened that Ray has left us, but very grateful for all the music that he left behind… as well as the stories he shared with us.
Rest in peace, brother Ray.
To celebrate Ray Manzarek’s legacy, here’s The Doors performing LOUIE LOUIE for this week’s LOUIE!
This week, we point the LOUIE spotlight at what my fellow LOUIE enthusiasts in the LLAMAS community refer to as a “LOUIE Mutant” or a “LOUIE Clone” – a song that isn’t technically LOUIE, but one contains so much in common with LOUIE LOUIE that it feels like a blood relative.
The song is a Serge Gainsbourg composition entitled “Roller Girl” and it’s performed by Rue ’66 – a San Francisco-based band that specializes in peforming French pop songs.
The event was a big benefit show for Norton Records, a record label that suffered some damages with Hurricane Sandy. Rue ’66 was one of the bands that performed at the Elbo Room on December 16, 2012, along with Roy Loney & the Phantom Movers, Overwhelming Colorfast, The Chuckleberrys, The Tomorrowmen, The Devil-ettes, and The Dirty Robbers.
Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies was a special guest that night, sitting in with Rue ’66, Overwhelming Colorfast, and his old bandmate Roy Loney. In this clip, you can see him playing guitar on “Roller Girl.”
This particular video was actually produced by yours truly – the team responsible for the LouieLouie.net experience- Eric Predoehl and Jesse Block. Our friend Ken “Easy Ed” Edwards provided audio recording for this video, and our pal Ken Kaffke provided some assistance with cameras.
The original version of “Roller Girl” was sung by actress Anna Karina in the 1967 French TV musical comedy “Anna,” directed by Pierre Koralnik. An accompanying soundtrack LP of the same name was released by the Phillips record company.
“A Little Sea Shanty” is the way Barry Curtis liked to describe it.
Along with Freddie Dennis, Andy Parypa and Steve Peterson, they are a mixture of former and current members of the Kingsmen (and one former member of the Sonics) performing live at Ted Brown Music Outreach “Bands for a Benefit” at Louie G’s Pizza, somewhere in Fife Washington on April, 24th, 2013.
The band is Freddie & the Screamers, and they are this week’s LOUIE! Enjoy!
In 1979, Black Flag played their first show at Moose Lodge 1873 in Redondo Beach, California. Last night, more than 34 years later, Flag — a group comprised of former members Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Dez Cadena (guitar/vocals) and Bill Stevenson (drums), with Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton — played the same venue to an invite-only crowd of less than 200 people.
…. and LOUIE LOUIE is the last song, kicking in at the 36:09 mark.
…. which has been declared as this week’s LOUIE of the Week!
(with a tip of the hat to J.C. Clone aka Jeff Cloninger for the heads-up!)
Whenever possible, I try to find a distinctly unique version of the song LOUIE LOUIE for the ongoing weekly showcase at this LOUIE blog of mine.
This week is one of those special moments that make me go “AHA!” It’s not only a very different sounding version, using AutoTune (or similar technology) electronic effects to alter the vocals, but the YouTube video is also an extremely entertaining bit of cinema that utilizes playful backward movements in a rather poetic manner.
The musical performer is known as killthewaves, and the video was created by Dave Kwant, an award winning director and cameraman based in Hokitika on New Zealand’s West Coast.
This LOUIE LOUIE clip was filmed at Hokitika Wildfoods festival in New Zealand. You can learn more about Dave’s work by visiting his website at westcoastfilm.co.nz