Zanini & The Swamp Rats mashup- LOUIE of Week

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!

Emily & Tom – LOUIE of Week (??)

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!

UK Guardian article about LOUIE!

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!

The Guardian on LOUIE LOUIE!

Be sure to read the comments – highly entertaining!

Webpage snafu?

It appears that the front page for the 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… $*&^@#!!!

The Ukelele Underground of Portland – LOUIE of the Week

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!

Hold that thought….


No specific reason…. other than just being overwhelmed by other stuff in life….

Next week, more LOUIE.


Zappa & Mothers open for Lenny Bruce with “Plastic People” – LOUIE of Week

To start 2014 with a bang, the first LOUIE of Week shall be a vintage recording of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, opening for Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco sometime in June 1966.

The very first song of this set was “PLASTIC PEOPLE” – an inspired re-write of Richard Berry‘s immortal melody.

Big thanks to Dangerous Minds for reminding me of this special moment, even if it wasn’t specifically mentioned. You can hear more about the Frank Zappa / Lenny Bruce connection by visiting HERE!

UPDATE: The YouTube link with the archival recording was removed!

Oh well….. some recordings are like that….

Happy New Year 2014!

A Big Happy New Year from

(Yes… this cartoon by Kanin was seen before.… but it’s still a keeper!)

Happy Birthday Patti Smith – LOUIE of the Week

On December 30, 1946, Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago. This woman grew up to become Patti Smith – the writer, poet and rock music legend that we are all very fond of over at the headquarters.

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to celebrate with the music of Patti Smith, whose birthday was a day short of New Year’s Eve. In this particular clip, recorded in 1976, Patti performs “LOUIE LOUIE” as part of medley that included “Pale Blue Eyes” – a song written by Lou Reed, who we lost this year.

Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

Happy New Year 2014!

I love the photo of Patti with a Bolex film camera. It was taken by Judy Linn, and shared in Smith’s memoir, “Just Kids” and a photo book entitled “Patti Smith 1969-1976.” More details can found at:

Mojo Nixon “Christmas Christmas” – LOUIE of the Week

Today on Christmas Eve, we celebrate the season with a timeless Mojo Nixon clip from the archives!

Happy Holidays from!