The Strangers – “Crab Louie” – LOUIE (Mutant) of the Week

My friend Hawkeye Jose Scott shared this week’s LOUIE…

At long last, my cousin’s novelty 45 from 1959 is now available!
The Strangers – Crab Louie (Christy 107)

This is certainly an interesting one, which came out two years after Richard Berry’s original LOUIE LOUIE recording in 1957.

It was originally released on the Cristy record label with the “Christy 107” catalog number…


.. as noted in Billboard magazine, February 9, 1959 as a Pop Record” on page 52…..


… and reissued in France as a part of a 4-song 7″ record on the America Records label!



The song itself doesn’t really share a lot in common with the usual LOUIE LOUIE composition, other than the name and the “Louie Louie Louie” phrase within the lyrics.

In the LOUIE community, we’ve come up with a cataloging system for defining the LOUIE Variations. Here’s three variations that we’ve come up to define these things…

LOUIE BASTARD / LOUIE CLONE – (blatant rewrite – “Farmer John,” “Beg Borow & Steal”, etc..)

LOUIE MUTANT/ RIFF SWIPE – songs that borrowed the riff -“Wild Thing,” “I Can’t Explain,” “More Than A Feeling,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” etc…

LOUIE QUOTE – songs that use LOUIE LOUIE phrases w/o actual melody- (The Cramps – “Garbage Man”)

Perhaps this song is more of a “LOUIE QUOTE,” but that doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue as well as a “LOUIE BASTARD” or a “LOUIE MUTANT”… so for lack of a better definition, we’ll just call it a LOUIE MUTANT for now…

There’s some other LOUIE Variations worth mentioning, but we’ll save that for a future blog post!

Here’s “Crab Louie” by the Strangers!

Bon Appétit!!

LOUIE LOUIE Banned in Indiana in 1964

With indiana in the news these days, I thought it’d be a good time to remind everyone of another controversial action by a governor of Indiana…


From the official Indiana Local Government Information website, I present the article ….
Was “Louie Louie” Banned in Indiana?

Give the late Governor Matt Welsh the last word. Dave Marsh interviewed Welsh in 1991, and reported that the former Governor was “frustrated that ‘Louie Louie’ is all he’s remembered for.” Welsh said “I thought the whole thing was a tempest in a teapot, and not worth any extended pursuit. I have no interest in it either way.”

Doin’ It with Richard Berry

Here’s a little graphic shared by Riccardo Lancioni‎ to promote the upcoming “ORME RADIO “LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON” – the very first Italian LOUIE LOUIE marathon that will be taking place on Saturday April 11, 2015!


… and here’s a track called “Doin’ It'” that Richard Berry recorded with Johnny Otis, first shared on the Great Rhythm & Blues Oldies Volume 12 – Richard Berry – 1977- Blues Spectrum album!

Bragg Jack by Mano Negra – LOUIE Mutant of the Week

My friend Clay Stabler shared this one with me!


This one is new to me: “Bragg Jack” by the French group Mano Negra from their 1988 Patchanka LP — named by the French edition of Rolling Stone as the 32nd greatest French album of all time! Who knew? Definitely a LL descendent with the Kingsmen beat at 0:39 and throughout.

A Portuguesse overview of LOUIE LOUIE

Here’s a Portuguesse overview of LOUIE LOUIE, courtesy of Blog Por Dentro do Assunto!

Are you ready for the FIRST Italian LOUIE LOUIE Marathon?

I just received notice about an exciting event that’s taking place on International LOUIE LOUIE Day this year!


OrmeRadio is (reasonably) proud to host the FIRST ITALIAN LOUIE LOUIE MARATHON.


April 11th, 2015 (International Louie Louie Day) – from 4 PM CET onwards

Streaming on air on and live in Via Pontorme 68 ad Empoli (Firenze)-Tuscany-Italy

We will play every “Louie Louie” version we will be able to find thanks to our collections, and your contributions.

WHO: We, you and everyone who loves rock’n’roll and has a “Louie Louie” to play, sing, act, create, remember and howl

Send your “Louie Louie” version (instrumental, a cappella, acustic versione, etc etc) on file / video / reading / contributions, to [email protected] Come visit us to play a Louie session live and to listen to “Louie Louie” with us. You can also contact us Live trough our Skype contact: ormeradio

More details at the official Facebook page at:


Joint de Culasse (aka Head Gaskets) – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is catchy little version. The musical group is Joint de Culasse (which translates to Head Gaskets).

The YouTube description is in French (which I unfortunately don’t read), but thanks to the power of Google translation tools, I have what I hope is a decent translation:

Proceedings of the concert CHIHUAHUA (“TRIBUTE TO TERMINAL PASCAL”) February 14, 2015 at Cleub in Montreuil (93) on this link…–k1-Napo-Romero-k2-%2C-concert–g-Hommage-a-PASCAL-BORNE-g—k1-guitariste-de-Chihuahua%2C-Hot-Pants%2C-Kingsnakes-k2–le-14-fevrier-2015-au-CLEUB-%E0-MONTREUIL–k1-93-k2—d–compte-rendu-.-.htm

Thinking about “Sloopy” – a LOUIE relative

Some of you may be asking…..
“What’s all this about LOUIE?
What about SLOOPY?”

Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys

Luckily, History’s Dumpster (a website) has something about that very song.

There actually was a real person named “Sloopy.”

Read the details over at…

Speaking of Sloopy, here’s a version you might have missed, originally posted to these pages a few years ago….

The Pretty Things – LOUIE of the Week

Did you know that The Pretty Things, the legendary British rock band formed in 1963, recored LOUIE LOUIE? Yes, it’s true… the song was part of their 2005 album “Rockin’ the Garage!”

The Pretty Things has had quite a colorful career over the past half-century, playing all over the world, releasing various albums on quite a few labels.

Before creating this band with co-founder Phil May, founder Dick Tayor was part of another band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, featuring fellow Sidcup Art College student Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. Those three guys later joined up with someone named Brian Jones to create yet another band that would be known as the Rollin’ Stones. Dick Taylor wound up quitting that particular band when he was accepted to London Central School of Art, where he met Phil May.

…and the rest is history, so to speak….

The Rubinoos – LOUIE (mutant) of the Week


It’s time for we like to call a “LOUIE Mutant” – a song that embraces the essence of LOUIE in a major way, but somehow becomes another song in it’s own right.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a time for a new song by the Rubinoos, simply titled “I Love Louie Louie!”


This particular track is from their latest album entitled “45,” released in November 2014.

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