Warn The Neighbours – LOUIE of the Week

Any band playing LOUIE LOUIE with the nerve to call themselves “Warn The Neighbours” is A-OK with me!

What the hey…. Warn The Neighbours! It’s LOUIE LOUIE time!

This was recorded at a performance at the Max Keeping Foundation fundraiser on April 5 2014.


Barry Rillera, Bobby Kennedy, Demi Moore + Five Degrees of LOUIE – LOUIE of Week

Last week, I was alerted to an excellent article in the Huntington Beach Independent on Barry Rillera of the Rillera Brothers. The Rillera Brothers had a band in the 1950s called the Rhythm Rockers that played regularly at the Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim, CA. One of their special guest vocalists for these shows was their friend Richard Berry, who actually came up with the inspiration for the song LOUIE LOUIE while performing with the Rhythm Rockers.

This article brought up some really interesting aspects of his career that I wasn’t aware of. I knew that the Rillera Brothers were also part of the band that backed the Righteous Brothers and Dick Dale, who also played at the Harmony Park Ballroom.

I didn’t know that Paul McCartney once asked Barry Rillera about guitar techniques.

I also didn’t know that Barry Rillera was playing at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated.

As I thought about Bobby Kennedy, there were more than a few things that came to mind….

The F.B.I. investigation of LOUIE LOUIE featured a 1964 letter to then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy complaining about the “pornographic” content of LOUIE LOUIE, demanding that the musicians, record companies and promoters of this song be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The song “Wild Thing,” which many people consider a very close relative to LOUIE LOUIE, was once recorded by a Robert Kennedy impersonator named Bill Minkin, produced by “Wild Thing” songwriter Chip Taylor, and released as simply “Senator Bobby” on Parkway Records. This single reached #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In the movie “Bobby” – a semi-fictional movie by Emilio Estevez about the events leading up to Bobby Kennedy’s death in Ambassador Hotel, there is a sequence featuring Demi Moore as a lounge singer that happens to sing LOUIE LOUIE.

All of these connections reminded me of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” theme … the “six degrees of separation” concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart.

My sense is that the degrees of separation are considerably shorter within the LOUIE LOUIE Universe. Any person that has performed LOUIE LOUIE is a core member of the LOUIE Universe, and every man, woman and child is connected in some way to at least one of those performers. I think it’s considerably less than six degrees, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ll keep it conservative at five degrees.

FIVE DEGREES OF LOUIE – a concept worth sharing.

Please feel to do your investigations on the subject, and share this idea freely.

In the meantime, here’s a snippet of this week’s LOUIE LOUIE – Demi Moore channeling the spirit of Julie London for her version of this legendary song….



Huntington Beach Independent article on Barry Rillera

All-Music entry on “Senator Bobby” production by Chip Taylor

Wikipedia on Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

RIP: Malik Bendjelloul, director of “Searching For Sugar Man” documentary

I’m saddened to hear that Malik Bendjelloul, director of the “Searching For Sugar Man” documentary has passed away at the age of 36 years old. I thought he did a remarkable job of telling the story of musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend checking it out.

IndieWire obituary

The 2 & 1/2 Band – LOUIE of the Week

This week, it’s a LOUIE LOUIE for charity.

The band is The 2 &1/2 Band, and their performance of LOUIE LOUIE is for The Mount Vernon Animal Shelter Charity event of 2014, which I believe is New York.


The Black Spirit – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a French version of the song by a band that no longer exists.

The band was called The Black Spirit, and in this clip they are performing LOUIE LOUIE live at Neuviller les Saverne (somewhere in France) on June 28, 2008!

Definitely a cool groove… sorry they broke up!


Bruce Springsteen in Charlotte – LOUIE of the Week

It’s been a long time since Bruce Springsteen performed LOUIE LOUIE. According to Stan Goldstein of the (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, the last time Bruce ever played LOUIE LOUIE was on May 7, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. The spell was broken a few days ago on April 19th at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. It was a very special show featuring a lot of rarities, surprises and special requests.

LOUIE LOUIE was the first song of the event performed as a result of a sign request. There were 8 other songs performed in response to fan requests, including Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” another one of my personal favorites.

Rob Nichols of ROCKforward Music had some high praise for this very special performance of LOUIE LOUIE:

I’m gonna call it the greatest version of the roadhouse/garage rock classic “Louie Louie” since The Kingsmen did it. Bruce turns in a marvelously slurred vocal, a wicked and raw solo, and mines his inner Joe Strummer throughout.

Big thanks to my friend Clay Stabler for sending me the info.

Big thanks to SomewhereInJersey75 on YouTube for documenting this magnificent moment.

… and a very BIG THANKS to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for the music!


The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger article by Stan Goldstein, including a set-list.
Rob Nichols of ROCKforward Music on LOUIE LOUIE


if you visit the Bruce Springsteen Official Store, you can purchase an excellent live recording of this show in South Carolina. It’s available in both MP3 and FLAC formats, and it sounds WONDERFUL!

The Cleopatras – LOUIE of the Week

This weeks’s LOUIE comes from Livorno, Italy!

Live from the Ungawa Tiki Bar, it’s The Cleopatras!


80 year Grandma dancing to LL – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE is a video clip entitled “80 year Grandma dancing to Louie Louie!”

A concept fully approved at LOUIE Central – dancing is therapeudic for the mind & body, and of course, LOUIE is an excellent song to boogie to!!

The band is the USC Marching Band!

Rock on, 80 Year old Grandma!!


The Strypes – LOUIE(s) of the Week

I’ve just found out about The Strypes = four teenagers from Cavan, Ireland that transcend their youth, playing a sweet fusion of rhythm and blues that feels like a pub band that’s been playing for many years to perfect their craft.

I had no idea who these guys were until a few days ago. As I learned more about this band, I found out they were the subject of a major bidding record label war, had their debut album produced by Chris Thomas (famous for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pete Townshened, among others), and was initially signed by Elton John‘s management company.

During a Feb. 2013 television appearance on the “Chelsea Lately” show in UK, which happened to be guest-hosted by Dave Grohl, Sir Elton said of The Strypes, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.”

I wish I knew about them before Saturday – I could have seen in San Francisco for only $12!

Anyways, here’s three great versions of LOUIE LOUIE by the Strypes, captured live within the past 7 days – the final stops of their recent American tour…

Thursday, March 27th – Crocodille Cafe, Seattle, WA – LOUIE LOUIE


Saturday, March 29th – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA – LOUIE LOUIE


Monday, March 31st – the El Rey, Los Angeles, CA – LOUIE LOUIE with “Rockaway Beach”


Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band – LOUIE of the Week

It’s a been awhile since I’ve heard any new bagpipe versions of LOUIE LOUIE…

Luckily, I found an excellent rendition by the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band performing a LOUIE LOUIE- Wooly Bully medley as part of a 2008 St. Patrick Day’s celebration somewhere in Savannah, Georgia.

Good jobs, guys!