LOUIE LOUIE in Video Games

This week has been a hectic one at ye LouieLouie.net offices, made even more stressful by the recent fires that were too close for comfort at our homebase in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s been a challenge to focus on the LOUIE blog, but luckily our pal Clay Stabler has shared some serious LOUIE research at the Facebook LOUIE LOUIE Party that he’s allowed us to recycle on these pages.

Thank you again, Clay! – E.P.


PART ONE – the Licensed Hit Versions

Here’s what I’ve found for licensed versions. Are there more?
Motorhead (Rocksmith):

Joan Jett (Rocksmith):

Iggy Pop (Just Dance & Just Dance Unlimited):

Just Dance X Just Dance Unlimited (not yet released)

In the remake, the coach has a bright light blue outline. His color scheme is based off his original one…


PART TWO – LOUIE LOUIE in video games featuring game-specific versions

First, here’s the 2004 Donkey Kong version with vocals:

The senior citizen is California Games. Here’s the original 1987 Commodore 64 version:

Originally written by Epyx for the Apple II and Commodore 64, it was eventually ported to Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari 2600, Atari ST, MS-DOS, Genesis, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX, Master System, and Atari Lynx.

Different platforms can have different versions because sound chips change over time and across manufacturers. Here are two Sega Master System versions (one with the “FM sound expansion board”):

Not sure we’ll ever have a complete set of the different California Games versions across all platforms. I’ll keep digging!

Is anyone aware of other LL video game versions?

The Louie Report of January 26, 2009 has an entry that mentions a California Games version by Jack Ely, but the link is dead. Anyone know more?

PART THREE – LOUIE LOUIE in video games featuring player created versions

Recent video games allow players to import MIDI files into the game. Here’s an example from Lord of the Rings Online with a version by Music ‘N Mayhem at the Prancing Pony:

Terraria features an in-game instrument called the “rain song” that allows gamers to compose tunes. A “Louie Louie” version is the inevitable result!

Still looking for more ….

… and we’ll likely be updating this post as we get more information – E.P.

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