William Shatner’s Garbage Man – LOUIE relative of the Week

This week, the mighty LOUIE spotlight is pointed at William Shatner‘s inspired rendition of The Cramps‘ “Garbage Man.”

Or as Captain Kirk might say, this rendition may …“Boldly Go Where No Garbage Man Has Gone Before…”

This recording is from the upcoming “Dr. Demento Covered in Punk” compilation being released by Demented Punk Records on January 12th, 2018. The new collection will be available digitally and as a two-CD or three-LP vinyl set. John Cafiero, the frontman of Osaka Popstar, is responsible for producing this collection, collaborating with Barret Hansen, aka Dr. Demento, who also wrote an afterward to follow Cafiero’s foreward. This collection will feature some contributions from the B-52s, Los Straitjackets, Shonen Knife, Joan Jett, James Kochalka Superstar, Nobunny, the Meatmen, Osaka Popstar, the Vandals, Philly Boy Roy, Elvira, the Misfits and the late Adam West.

The Cramps’ “Garbage Man,” is of course a LOUIE mutant, and/ or LOUIE relative, borrowing some elements from Richard Berry‘s most famous composition.

A shame we have to wait until January to get this.
This would have been a great Christmas present….
oh well…


Check out the full song list at:
Rolling Stone – Joan Jett, ‘Weird Al,’ William Shatner Tapped for Dr. Demento Box Set

RIP: Stephen Parr, owner of Oddball Films

We lost another friend.

Stephen Parr was someone I’ve known for many years. Stephen owned Oddball Films, a stock footage company in San Francisco that supplied a lot of wonderfully quirky material for a lot of different film productions.

Before Stephen was running Oddball, I knew him as the guy who assembled some of liveliest nightclub events in San Francisco, often featuring an eclectic array of performance artists, musicians and exotic dancers.

Stephen’s creation of Oddball fell into place after director Ridley Scott contacted him for some specific film footage. From that point on, the seed for planted for this venture, and Stephen wound up assembling the largest film collection in Northern California.

Right now, the IMDb page for OddBall Films currently lists credits for 145 documentaries, 42 television productions and 16 feature films. I have no doubt this list will be expanded as more films get completed.

Stephen was definitely an ally of the LOUIE documentary, and provided some 16mm film transfers over the years.

Rick Prelinger, fellow film archivist, provided some extra insight about our friend for Laura Wenus‘ article for MissionLocal.org:

Now there is a question of what will become of his collection, rumored to contain 50,000 cans of film. Prelinger said archivists from near and far are reaching out to Parr’s family to determine the archive’s future. For one thing, it is a formidable collection of, yes, oddities, but it has also served as a resource for footage in important documentaries — a catalogue of, as Parr himself put it, memories.

Oddball was really set apart, however, by Parr’s determination to share what he’d found with others and bring future archivists into the fold.

“Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and not others,” Prelinger said. “Stephen’s archive was very hospitable. Tons of people came through Capp Street as interns, volunteers, people who worked for his nonprofit, the SF Media Archive.”

Many of them took to social media to lament the loss of the person who had been their introduction to the film — actual physical film — world.

“Oddball was the first time I encountered film on film, and since then, my life has changed as well,” wrote Hila Avraham on Facebook. “Rest in peace, and thank you Stephen for being yourself and sharing your light.”

Glamorous clients aside, Parr was also always ready to share his treasure trove with creative types who didn’t have a hefty corporate bank account. If you were an artist or documentarian, Prelinger said, “you were very likely to just get a gift from him. He was just very generous that way.”

We are going to miss you, my friend.

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net

(photo of Stephen taken by yours truly at the November 1991 Bill Graham memorial concert at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Graphic of the various nightclub flyers borrowed from Joshua Moore‘s “Oddball” short film shared below)

ODDBALL from Joshua Moore on Vimeo.



Read more about Stephen and his Oddball empire at…


SF List – Stephen Parr, Archivist Of The Film World’s Oddest Artifacts, Dies At 63

7×7.com – Oddball Films: San Francisco’s Archive for Extraordinary Cinema

Mission Local – With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

IMDb – Oddball Film Credits

Celebrating the legacy of Fats Domino (RIP)

We lost Fats Domino last week.

He was an early pioneer of the music genre we call “rock ‘n’ roll music,” and became one of the first rhythm and blues musicians to gain popularity with white audiences.

Fats sold more than 60 million records, with more hit records between 1950 and 1963 than Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly combined.

Elvis Presley considered Fats “the real king of rock ’n’ roll.”

The first song John Lennon ever learned how to play on a guitar was “Ain’t That a Shame,” a Fats Domino song.

A humble man whose humility and shyness may have contributed to the reason why his legacy has often been overlooked

In 1956, Fats Domino made national headlines when his appearance in San Jose, California sparked one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll riots in America, which LOUIE LOUIE songwriter Richard Berry was actually a part of.

Here’s a little something I wrote about that event and Richard’s connection to it..

Fats Domino performed at the Palomar Gardens Ballroom on Saturday, July 7, 1956 for what turned out to be one of the the earliest rock and riots in the history of America. 3,500 tickets were sold. Lines of people wrapped around six blocks. Beer bottles were thrown, windows were broken, clothes were ripped, teeth were broken, and a lot of people were taken to the hospital. Nothing of this scale ever happened in America, and it set off a tidal wave of reactions from concerned parents, politicians, psychiatrists, and journalists that were concerned about the dangers of this explosive music called “rock and roll.”

Two of my dear friends were at this event, which I never knew about until I got them both together in the same room. Richard Berry, author of LOUIE LOUIE, met my friend Bob Sidebottom at Bob’s store, the Comic Collector Shop. Although Richard wasn’t listed on the bill, he was part of the big show. Both of these guys saw the chaos up close, with beer bottles flying all over the place…

Today, I’m sharing a brand new video clip that utilizes a snippet of my audio recording of that conversation, combined with some photos I shot of Richard and Bob along with some newspaper clippings from the San Jose Mercury News archive at San Jose Library…

I’m not sure who the person is that’s speaking at the 0:05 mark with the comment “never heard of you.. sorry to say that.” It was one of the friends or customers at Bob’s store that night, and his name has since been forgotten.


I’m also sharing clip I shot of Pat Mason, who shared a story about working with Fats Domino and Little Richard at a show in Yakima, Washington during the 1950’s.

You can read more about Pat Mason, who died in 2001 at the age of 93 years, by clicking HERE.


I found a YouTube clip from the PBS American Masters documentary on that discussed the riots during various Fats Domino shows


Of course, let’s not forget his wonderful music…


Do you have have favorite Fats Domino stories… maybe something involving the infamous San Jose riot of 1956?

If so, please feel free to share in the comments…

– E.P. of LouieLouie.net


Reference Links:

Wikipedia – Fats Domino

New York Times – ‘The Big Beat’ Celebrates Fats Domino, Rock’s Reclusive Giant

LouieLouie.net – July 7 = Rock and Roll History in San Jose

LouieLouie.net – Pat Mason shares a little story

Playboy, LOUIE LOUIE and the Pursuit of Happiness (RIP: Hugh Hefner)

Last month, we lost Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy magazine.

A lot of things have been written about this man and the empire he created. When he started this magazine his initial goal was simply to create a publication that featured the best writers, some great cartoonists and some beautiful photos of some lovely women without a lot of clothing.

It was revolutionary idea that somehow worked, and Hugh Hefner wound up becoming the world’s first celebrity publisher.

Along the way, he became one of the foremost defenders of the First Amendment, the right of American citizens to be able obtain birth control (illegal in various states when the magazine first started), and along with the revolutionary work of Masters & Johnson, helped Americans educate themselves about their own human bodies, providing a shortcut for many people in their pursuit of happiness.

Of course, all of this wasn’t without controversy. Playboy was, and continues to criticized for objectifying human bodies. Certain body types do receive more attention than other body types, and nudity continues to be frowned upon within many cultures.

Luckily, nobody should be forced into buying something they don’t want. Playboy is NOT for everyone and there are many places in the world where such things are simply not allowed.

In the meantime, here’s some notes on some unlikely connections between Playboy magazine and the song LOUIE LOUIE that you may or may not know about…

1) F.B.I. Investigations of Playboy magazine and LOUIE LOUIE

Both Playboy magazine and the song LOUIE LOUIE were subjects of some serious F.B.I. investigations overseen directly by J. Edgar Hoover.

In 1985, I received a 122 page dossier on the LOUIE LOUIE investigation via an FOIA request.

In 2000, APB News received a 213-page dossier on the Playboy magazine investigation.

James Gordon Meek, one of the APB News investigative reporters assigned to the project, provided a brief overview of events that led up to the investigation of the magazine:

The 213-page dossier on Playboy was recently sent to APBnews.com by the FBI— appropriately, in a plain brown wrapper— in response to a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request.

The magazine, founded in 1953, rst caught the attention of agents two years later when Playboy ran a science- ction piece about G-men spying on the solar system. But it was Hefner’s outspokenness that sparked the most intense monitoring of the publication.

Hefner took a jab at Hoover in the February, 1963, issue. A column, called “Playboy Philosophy,” spelled out the magazine’s editorial credo and criticized Hoover for his stand against pornography, which Hefner said was meant to divert public attention from the FBI’s failure to get rid of the Mafia.

Hoover’s reaction to the published affront was an ominous note to his subordinates: “What do we know of H. M. Hefner?”

For more than a year, agents not only read every word of the magazine, but they summarized each issue for Hoover and his deputies.

You can obtain a copy of the FBI Playboy dossier by visiting PaperlessArchives.com, which has a “pay-what-you-want” interface.

2) The Playboys of Seattle – FIRST band to cover LOUIE LOUIE (1957)

Not many people realize this, but the very first band to cover Richard Berry‘s immortal song was a Seattle band that named their band after Hugh Hefner’s magazine. They not only used the name, but they also borrowed the rabbit head logo.

The Playboys initially consisted of Robert Risley (keyboards), Andy Duvall (drums, vocals), Roland Green (guitar), John O’Francia (tenor saxophone) and Carlos Ward (alto saxophone). Ron Holden later joined the band as a lead vocalist, but from what I understand, he was only with the Playboys for less than a year before leaving to join the Thunderbirds before embarking on a solo career, which led a hit record with “I Love You So” which was recorded in 1959.

A lot of people, including Buck Ormsby and Kent Morrill of the Wailers gave credit to Ron Holden & the Playboys as the first band to perform the song in the Pacific Northwest, but according to Robert Risely and Andy Duvall, the Playboys were actually performing the song before Ron joined them.

While they were the very first band to perform the song, they never released a recording of their version.

There actually IS a recording of their version of the song, captured in 1960, but we’ll save that performance and the interview with Robert and Andy for the documentary…

3) The origins of the Kingsmen name – a Playboy advertiser

One of the products that was regularly advertised in Playboy magazine between 1958 and 1967 was “King Men” after-shave, a brand owned by Helene Curtis Industries.

According to various members of the band, this was the after-shave used by Mike Mitchell, the guitarist, and they all thought this was a catchy name for the band, so they used it…

4) LOUIE LOUIE direct acknowledgement in Playboy magazine

Over the years, Playboy magazine has been very good about sharing some pro-LOUIE LOUIE tidbits.

In the July 1985 issue, Kurt Loder shared his thoughts on the song for the 20 Questions column:

Louie Louie is beautiful. I think the FBI studied it for a while. If you can picture those guys siting around listening to it. The words are easily available, but in the recording done by the Kingsmen, no one could understand what was going on. Not even the guys who were singing it. It could have been dirty. Can we imagine a time when people cared? It was a much more innocent time. I’m sure there are conservatives who wish we had Louie Louie back again and that Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were some-where else.

The KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon got a nice mention on page 42 of the January 1984 issue.

(The event actually contained over 800 versions of the song and the Rhino LP was released during the weekend of the marathon in August 1983)

The Washington LOUIE state song campaign also received a welcome acknowledgement on page 33 of the July 1985 issue.

5) Little Annie by the Kingsmen – homage to the Playboy cartoon

After their big hit recording with LOUIE LOUIE, The Kingsmen followed up with a handful of songs including “Annie Fanny,” which paid tribute to “Little Annie Fanny” – the Playboy comic strip created by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder!

Never mind that it borrowed heavily from “Alley Oop”- the 1960 hit record by The Hollywood Argyles. Gary Paxton, the lead singer / producer of that particular band, produced a handful of records with Richard Berry after Richard recorded LOUIE, as well as records with Paul Revere & Raiders before their recording of LOUIE LOUIE.

It’s all in the family, right?


Thank you, Hugh Hefner!

Thank you Playboy magazine!

(all images from Playboy magazine are copyright Playboy Enterprises, Inc.)


Reference Articles

The Official Playboy Archive

The Globe and Mail- The FBI and the Playboy files – by James Gordon Meek

NY Times – Media Talk I Was a Playboy Reader for the F.B.I. – By Felicity Barringer

The FBI Files on Hugh Hefner & Playboy Enterprises

Thought of the Day

Bonus points if you can add “El Loco” …..


This week, we’re going to hold off from posting a “LOUIE of the Week.” It’s not for lack of material, but simply a lack of time to do this sort of thing properly

Caregiving has been the main priority for yours truly. Taking care of beloved family members. Providing help for a handful of friends that have been dealing with some pretty big problems. Then again, there’s also some comparatively minor personal medical-dental issues that seem inconsequential compared all the other big problems people are facing (especially for those in Napa and Sonoma)…. but still demanding a certain level of attention that I really shouldn’t be ignoring any longer.

With any luck, I hope to find the time to share more information about the documentary-in-progress, which includes some unexpected testimonials, some newly acquired archival material from some-long-gone record labels, some bits of writings I need to finish, including something about “Hugh Hefner, LOUIE LOUIE and the American Dream,” as well as a handful of ultra-rare recordings of THAT SONG by some unlikely musicians that could probably blow a few minds when I finally unveil these thingies ….

All I need is time… and probably more coffee…

…. to be continued…

RIP: Tom Petty / LOUIE of the Week

Monday was a day of anger, sadness and shock.

One of the worst mass shootings ever in USA. Another great singer-songwriter left us. More natural disasters and a clueless elected official that continues to make even more stupid, insensitive statements via Twitter.

Just another day in America that sadly felt all too familiar, unfortunately.

In the case of the departed singer-songwriter, it turned out to be a premature announcement of the departure of Tom Petty, who passed away many hours after his death was initially announced in the major media outlets.

The death of Tom Petty caught so many of us completely off-guard. He seemed to be at the top of his game, playing better than ever with his band of Heartbreakers, having just finished an extremely successful 40th anniversary tour.

Meanwhile, yours truly was 400 miles away from his homebase, dealing with an unexpected broken tooth accident while helping a friend deal with the aftermath of a major move.

As it’s taken me a few days to assemble this blog post, here’s a few things I thought needed to be shared about Tom Petty….

1) When Tom Petty was an 11 years old boy, he saw Elvis Presley (who he didn’t know much about) on a movie set in Florida for the feature film “Follow That Dream.” As he witnessed how people reacted to this special visit by Elvis, Petty’s life was forever changed by the experience.

“He stepped out, radiant as an angel. He seemed to glow and walk above the ground. It was like nothing I’d ever seen in my life,” Petty said of Presley in the book “Conversations With Tom Petty,” written by Paul Zollo.

2) Tom Petty fought hard for artistic independence and his fanbase. NBC News provided a reminder of his battles with record labels:

Always a fierce advocate for artistic independence and putting his fans first, Petty fought many battles with his record labels. In 1981, Petty took on MCA Records over the list price for the album “Hard Promises” — MCA wanted to issue it for $9.98, while Petty insisted that it sell for $8.98. Petty won.

It wasn’t the first time he’d gone to war with MCA. In 1979, when the band’s label, Shelter, was bought by MCA, Petty soon got into a dispute with the new owner over songwriting rights. Litigation ensued, putting Petty’s career on hold — and forcing him to file for bankruptcy protection.

Petty settled with MCA in a deal that saw him and the band move to another MCA subsidiary, and the records soon resumed. Petty, both solo and with the Heartbreakers, remained a fixture on the lists of the highest-grossing concert acts in the world for the next quarter-century.

3) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers‘ 13th and final studio album, 2014’s Hypnotic Eye, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart—the band’s first No. 1 debut—and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Rock Album.

4) Tom Petty was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year for his charitable work. Six years earlier, he and his wife Dana were given the Midnight Mission Award in May 2011. Midnight Mission offers emergency help and drug and alcohol assistance programs for the homeless in the Los Angeles area.

Would you believe that one of the first bootleg CDs I ever saw featuring the song LOUIE LOUIE was a Tom Petty CD entitled “LOUIE LOUIE?”

It was a live recording of a show he did in Ultrecht, Holland on December 4, 1982, released by some EEC record label called “On Stage” in 1993.

Here’s a snippet from that particular recording, now shared freely on YouTube:


Tom and the Heartbreakers also performed the song live at The Fillmore in San Francisco on February 7, 1997. This entire concert is also on YouTube, but you’ll have to cue it to the 2:55:36 mark to hear LOUIE LOUIE.


Three years ago, when (LOUIE pioneer) Paul Revere died, Tom and the Heartbreakers did a great tribute to Paul in Anaheim on October 7, 2014 with an inspired rendition of “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone.”


With the passing of Tom Petty, there’s been some wonderful tributes shared in cyberspace.

Here’s one of my favorites – Berke Breathed’s Bloom County 2017 Episode #499.

I’ve been informed that in lieu of flowers, Tom’s wife Dana Petty has requested that donations be made to MusiCares OR Midnight Mission Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, here’s an embedded link to a playlist of most of the cool music videos created by
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!

Click on this link, and watch ’em all…



… and don’t forget the Traveling Wilburys!

Reference Links:

Los Angeles Times – Tom Petty’s final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more by Randy Lewis

Ocala Star Banner (Florida newspaper) – Local Tom Petty fans struggle through a tough day by Dave Schlenker

American Songwriter – On the Life and Times of Tom Petty by Paul Zollo

E! News – Remembering Tom Petty: The Quintessential All-American Rock Star Who Never Backed Down by Natalie Finn

NBC News – Tom Petty, Rock Craftsman Admired for Four Decades, Dies at 66 by Alex Johnson

Billboard – Tom Petty Named 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year by Steve Marinucci

NY Times – Tom Petty’s ‘Greatest Trip’ Was to Los Angeles by Justin Sablich

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County


Midnight Mission Los Angeles

Please Help Freddie Dennis! (singer w/ Sonics, Kingsmen) – LOUIE of Week

A few months ago Freddie Dennis suffered a medical setback with two strokes and now needs some help with his bills as he continues to recover.

A fundraising campaign for Freddie has been set up at YouCaring.com.

if you can help Freddie, that would be wonderful!

Screamer Freddie Dennis will Rock the House again!

Let’s all help to bring back one of the Pacific Northwest’s Rock Legend, Freddie Dennis. Formerly of the Liverpool Five, Kingsmen, Freddie and the Screamers and currently Lead Vocalist/Bass Player for The Sonics. In July, Freddie had two strokes. These affected his communication center, leaving him with two conditions, aphasia and apraxia. We have been working hard to bring back his memory, speaking, listening and understanding. He has therapy sessions 4 to 5 times a week. Freddie’s progress has been remarkable. This is all because of the talent of all of the wonderful providers, specialists and therapists that have helped us. The copays have been high and continue to grow which is why we are reaching out in this way.


Whatever funds you can donate for Freddie’s medical bills would be WONDERFUL!

. . . .

Here’s a rare clip of Freddie with his band Freddie and the Screamers, featuring some Kingsmen and Sonics alumni Barry Curtis and and Andy Parypa.


While we’re at it, here’s a clip of Freddie singing “Psycho” with the Sonics!



RIP: Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü – LOUIE of the Week

Today, we learned that Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü passed away from kidney cancer at the age of 56.

Grant was best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for Hüsker Dü, a three-piece punk band from Minnesota.

Hüsker Dü had a nine year run, starting off in 1979, and eventually breaking up in 1987. Hüsker Dü was one of the earliest American bands from the indie punk circles of the 1980s to sign a record deal with a major label, linking up with Warner Brothers, where they released two studio albums.

After the break-up of Hüsker Dü, Grant formed Nova Mob (another 3 piece band), where he moved to vocals and guitar. In 1995, Grant became a solo artist and even became the subject of a documentary by Gorman Bechard (director of “Color Me Obsessed” the documentary about The Replacements‘ notoriety)

It looks like the last project Grant released was a double album entitled “The Argument” (based on John Milton‘s “Paradise Lost”), which came out in the summer of 2013

The first time I ever saw Grant Hart and Hüsker Dü was at a KFJC benefit concert at Foothill College, the same place where the infamous “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon took place two months earlier (different buildings, though). At this show, which took place on October 21, 1983, Hüsker Dü were part of a punk rock cavalcade that also featured the Dead Kennedys, Angst, Mal and Grim Reality.

It turned out to be one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever seen in my life.

Rest in peace, Grant Hart.

Oh and lest we forget.. and here’s a version of LOUIE LOUIE by Hüsker Dü (with Grant Hart) live in San Francisco on March 1, 1985, featuring special appearances by members of the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets. LOUIE kicks in at the 2:28 mark right immediately after “Makes No Sense At All.”


– E.P. (whose photograph appears at the top of the page)

Reference links.

Wikipedia page on Grant Hart

Grant Hart official webpage

The Pre-Minstrel Sisters – WORLD premiere LOUIE of the Week

Are you ready for a world premiere of a very special LOUIE LOUIE performance?

Today, I’m proud to unveil a video performance by The Pre-Minstrel Sisters. This was a video that was shot over 20 years, but never fully edited until recently.

This was something created specifically for the LOUIE project.

My friend Suzie Kriz got together with her pal Lynelle Tyler to write special lyrics that acknowledged the history of the song. Lynnelle sang the song and produced the audio recording at her home studio, while Suzie came up all sorts of imagery for this music – the costumes, the set design and all sorts of funny props. The other sisters were other friends that showed up for this little production. The paparazzi-style photographer was played by Donrad Montgomery. The shoot took place at a studio in Santa Cruz, CA.

The video services and the LOUIE wine coolers were provided by yours truly.

– E.P.