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Caregiving

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:


https://youtu.be/KtB63qxKBAI

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.


https://youtu.be/19G4L27gW1k

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.”


https://youtu.be/0jaZxM5QlWs

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…

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoopXDarluPBnuxs4PTC55Sc_2ShAXC0i


https://youtu.be/1o4s1KVJaVA

… and don’t forget the Traveling Wilburys!
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Reference Links:

Los Angeles Times – Tom Petty’s final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more by Randy Lewis
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-tom-petty-the-final-interview-20171004-story.html

Ocala Star Banner (Florida newspaper) – Local Tom Petty fans struggle through a tough day by Dave Schlenker
http://www.ocala.com/news/20171003/local-tom-petty-fans-struggle-through-tough-day

American Songwriter – On the Life and Times of Tom Petty by Paul Zollo
http://americansongwriter.com/2017/10/life-times-tom-petty/

E! News – Remembering Tom Petty: The Quintessential All-American Rock Star Who Never Backed Down by Natalie Finn
http://www.eonline.com/news/884334/remembering-tom-petty-the-quintessential-all-american-rock-star-who-never-backed-down

NBC News – Tom Petty, Rock Craftsman Admired for Four Decades, Dies at 66 by Alex Johnson
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/tom-petty-rock-craftsman-admired-four-decades-dies-66-n806936

Billboard – Tom Petty Named 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year by Steve Marinucci
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7525717/tom-petty-2017-musicares-person-of-the-year

NY Times – Tom Petty’s ‘Greatest Trip’ Was to Los Angeles by Justin Sablich
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/travel/tom-petty-los-angeles-florida-gainesville.html

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County
https://www.berkeleybreathed.com/

MusiCares
https://www.grammy.com/musicares

Midnight Mission Los Angeles
http://www.midnightmission.org

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.

https://www.youcaring.com/freddiedennis-961774

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.


https://youtu.be/hQdTJTq1nNU

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


https://youtu.be/IUXbXOwzIOE

HURRY UP AND GET BETTER, FREDDIE!

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.”


https://youtu.be/QH-slhl-9NE

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

Reference links.

Wikipedia page on Grant Hart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Hart

Grant Hart official webpage
http://granthart.com

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.


https://youtu.be/hjeOqToD1S0

RIP: Ken Kaffke, friend + advisor to LOUIE project

Last week, we lost a dear friend.

Ken Kaffke was an ally, advisor and dedicated advocate for the LOUIE documentary project.

Ken was a man with a deep passion for comic books, rock ‘n’ roll music and televisual cinema that explored the mysterious deviations of the inner psyche.

Our friend Ken, aka “Kaveman Kenny” aka “Unka Kreepy” aka “Kount Kaffula,” sometimes listed his occupation as “Juxtaposer” which made perfect sense if you knew Kenny.

Ken was an early fan of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine!

Long before the internet became the default open freeway for social networks, and online campaigns, Ken organized a mail-order “Thriller Club,” which celebrated the “Thriller” horror suspense TV show hosted by Boris Karloff from 1960 to 1962. Unlike The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, Boris Karloff’s Thriller show had limited distribution, which meant dedicated fans had to rely on trading circles to obtain VHS copies of all 67 episodes. By joining Ken’s Thriller Club, one received a special membership card, a cool looking T-shirt, and a special publication entitled “Good Stuff” that not only provided a comprehensive episode guide of this TV series, but also details on similar horror-suspense anthology shows, as well as artifacts of other exceptional pop culture. At the height of it’s popularity, the Thriller club included over 300 members located all over the world.

I’d like to think that Ken’s efforts contributed to the proper DVD release of the entire run of this TV series.

Ken was all about sharing the “Good Stuff.”

It was more than just the name of his publication, but truly a state of mind that he embraced with exceptional passion. He made a humble living mostly selling original comic book art, vintage publications and VHS tapes of obscure TV programming, but turning people onto obscure music, art or films was what Ken’s primary mission in life was all about.

My LOUIE co-producer Jesse Block was the one who first met Ken at an artist rights benefit show in 1987 at the Fillmore after spotting him with an item that featured some Wally Wood artwork, leading to an interesting conversation, and a friendship that extended to many other friendships along the way.

The three of us shared a deep affinity for EC Comics, MAD magazine, R. Crumb, vintage Batman comics, primal garage rock and homegrown psychedelic music from the bay area.

Kenny was a great beacon of information, providing some excellent leads and suggestions for the LOUIE documentary project, among other things.

Kenny was our direct connection to the Flamin’ Groovies, introducing us to his longtime friends Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, who also became great allies.

Over the course of 20+ years, we had some wondeful times together, collaborating on a variety of projects, sharing an occasional dealer table at a few collector events, embarking on various road trips, and a variety of delicious dinners over the years.

Kenny was an extremely gracious and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor.

His passing leaves behind a big hole in our universe, and he will be forever missed.

Thank you again, my friend.

ERIC PREDOEHL,
producer-director of the LOUIE documentary project + LouieLouie.net website

Reference Pages:

Ken’s YouTube Channel

Ken’s “Kool Kenny” Photobucket page

Ken’s Weird Tales TV Jeebies Blogspot page

Hot Kugel – LOUIE of the Week

This week, after an unexpected break, we’re proud to unleash a fresh new LOUIE LOUIE, captured live just a few days ago at the 2017 San Jose Jazz Festival.

The band is Hot Kugel, featuring our friends Suska Varda and Mordecai, and this little performance took place on August 12, 2017 on the streets of San Jose, California!


https://youtu.be/82_sVGnBekY

The Embarcaderos at 1989 LL Parade – LOUIE of the Week

UPDATED RE-POST of an article originally shared on Friday, August 4th:

Here’s a little blast from the past….

Many years ago, back during the early stages of the LOUIE documentary project, myself and my LOUIE co-producer pal Jesse Block captured some video footage of the 1989 LOUIE LOUIE Parade produced and promoted by the Leukemia Society of America in conjunction with KFOG Radio. It was April 1st = April Fool’s Day, and this was the second event of it’s kind. As with the first parade, there were various bands set up to perform at various spots along the Embarcadero (the eastern waterfront / roadway of the Port of San Francisco), leading to the final destination of Justin Herman Plaza, where KFOG DJ M. Dung would emcee the final portion of this parade, handing out awards to the liveliest parade attendees, concluding with a special performance of the song by songwriter Richard Berry.

One of the bands that performed along the Embarcadero was a lively little band I thought was Psycotic Pineapple. I figured if the drummer had a Psycotic Pineapple logo on his drumkit, it must be Psycotic Pineapple, right? We shot a little bit of footage of these guys, put it away, and kinda forgot about it.

Fast forward to December 2012, and I get a referral from a friend to shoot some video of Psycotic Pineapple live at the Bottom of Hill in San Francisco. As the request is for a multi-cam production, I enlist my pal Jesse to join me in this special assignment.

Since then, I’ve become friends with these Pineapple guys, seeming them again multiple times, including a recent show with Eugene Chadbourne that I wound up recording for posterity.

With the recent death of M. Dung a little over a month ago, I decided it would be great time to dig up this rare Psycotic Pineapple footage and finally share it with the public.

Then, I found it wasn’t Psycotic Pineapple after all.

Luckily my friend Dave Seabury, who’s the only member of Psycotic Pineapple that’s in this particular band, provided me with some clarification on what happened…

Wow! That is fabulous, Eric, and I just love that almost 30 years ago you shot a video with me in it and now were pals! HA !! So… That’s yours truly on drums vocals, Bill Macbeth on bass. Bill’s very closely associated with Pyno. He was in two bands with Alex (Carlin), Alien Beachhead, and Al and Al (Carlin and Chan).

Dave also recalled that this band was thrown together at the last minute, and may have gotten the call “day of”… and probably just grabbed whatever drumkit was available, which by default was his kit with the Psycotic Pineapple logo on the drumhead.

Almost 30 years after the band-with-no-official name was captured on video, it was finally given a name for this very special 2017 online release!

They shall now be known as The Embarcaderos!

Eric Predoehl, producer/director /blogger of the LOUIE documentary project

https://youtu.be/i1IA8VQ7hpA

Here’s a few still photos from this video footage of this rockin’ band…

ALSO…. As a special treat, this video also includes my friend David Richoux playing Sousaphone at the early part of the performance. As he explains:

My band was playing earlier in the parade, Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band. Since I knew some of those musicians from Polkacide, they invited me up to jam.

Do you recognize anyone else in this video? Please speak up! We’d love to hear your story!

If you’d like to support this project, and see more of this type of thing, please consider clicking on the “Paypal Donate” button and making a donation for the project.

AARP Parody of Louie Louie for Seniors Citizens – LOUIE of Week

Here’s a special LOUIE for a certain age group…

AARP: A Parody of “Louie Louie” for Seniors Citizens.

A song and rap about joining AARP inspired by the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie”. The performers call themselves “The Senior Moments“.


https://youtu.be/Jg5WFONo9xA