Film director/writer Harold Ramis has passed away.
He had a remarkable career creating some very successful motion pictures – Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation. He was also involved with the highly influential National Lampoon Radio Hour and the SCTV television series.
In the LOUIE LOUIE universe, the Animal House movie was a pivotal piece of pop culture, re-igniting the world to the power of the song LOUIE LOUIE and toga parties.
Harold was one of the writers on the screenplay of that movie, working with Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller to adapt the script from stories written by Miller orginally published in National Lampoon magazine. The stories were based on Miller’s experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College. Other influences on the film came from Ramis’s experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, and producer Ivan Reitman’s experiences at Delta Upsilon at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rest in peace, Harold. You shall not be forgotten.
Wiki on Animal House
This week, we want to tip our hat to David Jester of Portland, Oregon, who’s spent many years documenting the music scene of Portland, which included producing a cable television program in conjunction with the TWO LOUIES magazine. David is currently dealing with the big challenge of preserving his video archive, and he decided to create an event to raise some desperately needed funds.
On Sunday, March 2, 2014, there will be a “JesterFest” at Oddessypdx, 521 N Tillamook, Portland, Oregon 97229.
David describes his situation at his Facebook event page…
I have recorded over 10,000 musicians over the last 36 years… Videotape was only expected to last for 10 years… I have found that about 75% of the tapes are still good… It is time to digitize them all, or not worry about taking care of them any more… I need help to do this… I don’t have 5,000 hours left on my 65 year old bones to finish this project… I want to share as much of the “good ol’ days” as I can… I would love to have all of my friends come down to visit with me and interact with each other… 99% of us share the same “Love of Music” and the common “Love for Our Fellow HuMans”… If you would like to enjoy what I have to give, PLEASE JOIN US, at this event… The music is going to be awesome, and Vintage Antique Videos will play on the big screen between bands.. This is all ages, so bring your family… Please Share this Event on your page, and Invite all of your Friends…
Here’s a video clip from the TWO LOUIES cable TV show. This is the very first episode, which by some coincidence is the story of LOUIE LOUIE!
Seven dollars is a helluva cheap deal for this fundraiser. I’d like to encourage all of my friends in the Portland to support this event, and David’s effort to digitize his video archives.
More details and updates on this event can be found at the official Facebook event page at:
Be sure to tell ‘em that E.P. of LouieLouie.net sent cha!
This week, the LOUIE LOUIE spotlight is pointed at The Electric 3 – an alternative rock band based in Hawaii!
This week’s LOUIE is by the Bad Slugs. I have no who these people are, where they’re from, or when this video was shot, but they’ve got a catchy name and they do a pretty decent version of the song!
This week’s LOUIE is a bit of mash-up – mixing the music by Zanini, The Swamp Rats and others to create something called “Louie Néné Louie Nana.” Heres the official description of this fan-based creation…
Just for fun, a mix between “Wana Nene Wana Nana” of Zanini (70s French Pop) and “Louie Louie” of The Swamp Rats (60s Garage Punk). With the Participation of… The Phantom, The Blue Cats, The Cramps, Kip Tyler, The Novas, Los Shain’s, Lalo Schrifin, James Brown, Lazy Lester, Paul Horta. I hope you’re enjoy it ! The 2 originals dong are here…
If you are offended by scantily-clad burlesque dancers, please don’t bother with this one!
Every body else… ENJOY!
Now for something completely different… a LOUIE LOUIE that sounds unlike any other LOUIE LOUIE!!
Emily & Tom did this recording, which they called “Louie Louie,” even though it doesn’t sound like any other song I’ve heard named LOUIE LOUIE. It certainly isn’t the Richard Berry composition..
Exactly why they did, remains the mystery…. who were these people, and why did they call this thing LOUIE LOUIE?
This week’s LOUIE – a true mystery!
The Guardian (of UK) has a superb article on the song, written by Alexis Petridis. Highly recommended!
They also mentioned me, with the correct name spelling, which is a rarity!
Be sure to read the comments – highly entertaining!
It appears that the front page for the LouieLouie.net webpage is showing a “Access denied” message. I have no idea how this happened, but I hope to have it fixed soon….
SUNDAY UPDATE: Fixed! What a pain that was… $*&^@#!!!
This week’s LOUIE is a special performance that comes from the Kingsmen’s hometown in Portland, Oregon.
I just received a little correction on what I thought was a band called the Little White Uke. Here’s a correction from UkuleleDaddy:
We’re honored to be included on your blog! I just wanted to make a correction though. We’re not a band called Little White Uke. We’re just three guys who are part of a ukulele forum on Ukulele Underground. Another guy from that forum began something called The Little White Uke project last year. He sent this little white ukulele from one person to another around the world. Each person who receives the uke makes a vid of a song from where they live. Living in Portland we couldn’t pass up the chance to record the most iconic song from our little corner of the world. That opening picture from our video shows the white uke with everyone’s signature who has played it so far. From Portland it goes on to Canada.
With this mind, here’s the revised description….
The players in this performance are participating in the Little White Uke Project. They are TheOnlyUkeThatMatters, Librainian, and UkuleleDaddy. This version includes a quick snippet from the Todd Snider song – “The Ballad Of The Kingsmen.”
We’ll just call ‘em The Ukelele Underground of Portland!
No specific reason…. other than just being overwhelmed by other stuff in life….
Next week, more LOUIE.