Longtime readers of Eric’s “Louie Report” may remember a mention of this “mystery version” of Louie Louie. As reported in the October 5, 1998 edition of the Louie Report (#8.4):
“The first annual “That’s Cool- That’s Trash” award goes out to Phil Milstein, of Boston, MA who runs the American Song-Poem Music Archives webpages. He writes: “Just wanted to clue you in on a version of ‘LL’ I found recently. I literally picked a cassette out of the trash — it appeared from a distance to be in good shape, and possibly reusable as a blank tape. But I decided to play it before going over it, just to see what was on there. The first side was labeled “Gidget & Ghandi,” and the first song on there was a really nice version of ‘LL’ – kind of a mild salsa type of thing.”
I decided recently to do some investigation to try to get to the bottom of this. And here’s what I found.
There is a reference to the band Gidget and Ghandi in the book “The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music” by the Mockingbird Foundation. According to a listing in the book, Gidget and Ghandi performed on Friday, April 21 1989, at The Front, in Burlington, VT. The event was The Rock Rumble band competition, which included Phish and a number of other bands. This suggests that Gidget and Ghandi was from somewhere near Burlington.
There are also a couple of references on the web to Gidget and Ghandi playing in the 1989 and 1990 Rock Rumbles at the Front. The page is about Burlington area bands, so this supports the notion that they are from around Burlington. http://www.bigheavyworld.com/good.citizen/magazine/008/story18.html.
I tracked down and contacted the author of the article that referenced them, and although he couldn’t remember much more, here’s what he said: “I think some of the guys from Gidget and Ghandi went on to form the band Mango Jam. If I remember right, they had a squeeze box player and a washboard player… I think Gus Zeising may have been involved, but I’m not sure, don’t really know him. That’s about all I can remember…”
In doing this research, I also think I stumbled across the origin of this band’s name. It’s from an episode of the TV sitcom “Family Ties” in which Alex Keaton (played by Michael J. Fox) volunteers at a suicide hotline and his codename is Gandhi, and is co-worker’s codename is Gidget.
Excellent job, Mike! A few things I need to address…
1) The aforementioned LOUIE REPORT (October 5, 1998 edition) is still off-line. I should probably re-code it so others can read it again.
2) The annual “That’s Cool- That’s Trash” awards only happened once. Nobody else has reported about finding LOUIE LOUIE in a trash can. If you ever find LOUIE LOUIE in a garbage can, please send me an email.
3) Most of you are probably asking yourselves… “What is this Gidget & Ghandi recording of LOUIE LOUIE that these folks are talking about?”
For a limited time, you can hear this extremely rare version of LOUIE LOUIE by clicking here. Of course, this recording is being shared for archival purposes only, and should NOT be sold for profit without proper permission by the legal owners of this recording.
If you have any more information about Gidget and Ghandi, please leave a comment on this blog, or just send me an email.