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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosetta Stone of Garage Rock, 8 Aug 2010
This review is from: Love That Louie: the Louie Louie Files (Audio CD)
The first attempts to chronicle the Louie Louie phenomenon was Rhino Records and most of that is reproduced here.Rhino added the first girl version by the Angels.
This Ace CD is subtitled the Louie Louie Files-a parody of the F B I ones-and sets it out in chronological order as The Original Louie,Inspirational Louie (the songs which inspired the song),Northwest Louie,Louie as a way of life (various covers from the Beach Boys to Otis Redding),Transatlantic Louie (the Kinks built their early career on Louie),the Rewrite (the Kingsmen's Long Green uses the chords in reverse),the Sequel and finally Louie Goes Home (Toots & the Maytals which is a reminder that the song is modelled on Carribean imagery and rhythms as the group is from Jamaica)
The booklet is an hours read and this CD is a fitting tribute but with over 1000 Louies there could very well be a sequel
Could Richard Berry's Louie Louie have been a hit at the time? Its doubtful as it was not only a B side but a song done in the Jamaican patois as well as being about a sailor on his way back to Jamaica.In this state it may have hit for Harry Belafonte otherwise it was not even issued in the U K until a series of EPs on the Blue Beat label made it available as it was seen as a Ska record.
Not so back in the States where the song was picked up by a number of frat bands.Today you can hardly imagine a time without Louie which by the 90s had turned into a book,2 CDs,a film and a website
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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth - one song!, 3 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Love That Louie: the Louie Louie Files (Audio CD)
The greatest banned rock'n'roll song of all time - the notorious Louie Louie by The Kingsmen - should it have been banned? Where did it come from, what happened to it afterwards - can you listen to 20 odd versions of the same song at the same time? I can.
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