Thursday, January 31, 2008

Louie Louie


I don’t usually buy the Guardian on Saturday. The supplements are ‘Work’ (I don’t) ‘Family’ (I haven’t) and ‘Travel’ (I only go to Spain and Tameside these days).

But sometimes I find an old one of Kev’s lying around, which is how I came across John Harris saying farewell after three years as their music writer.


As you know I’m a great music fan - but I haven’t kept up.

Sometimes Beth’s play lists might as well be the Azerbaijan World Cup squad and I’m often embarrassed to comment round at Geoff’s place in case I get PJ Harvey mixed up with PJ Proby.

So John should know his stuff and guess what he wrote?


"Thirty-six months of doing this job has not withered my belief that the Kingsmen's Louie Louie is the best piece of music ever made. "

And I AGREE!!!! That’s always been my favourite as well. I never ever get tired of it.

People argue about the real lyrics - here’s one version.


Anyone else?
KAZ

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22 Comments:

Blogger Betty said...

It's also one of the few songs that anyone can play on a guitar, apparently.

There, that was an uninteresting bit of information for you.

3:44 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

*sob*

I've always considered you part of my extended 'family'.

And, since family is allowed to squabble: I can't stand that "song" (and I use the term loosely).

Regardless, Happy Thursday!

4:18 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

The real lyrics exposed? Ack!

I was living in blissful ignorance until now.

You've spoiled the magic.

Me gotta go.

4:34 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

Betty, really? I thought it was Smoke on the Water that anyone could play!

4:56 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Richard Berry? Is he Sam the Sham?

That was a mean trick, Kaz, as Drew here has been inspired by your post to pick up his trusty Stratalike and spend 40 minutes pounding out those relentless 3 chords. Thank you so much.

PS PJ Harvey is the one with the split trousers and the thing hanging out

5:12 pm  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Like many others ignorance was bliss...
I preferred my internalised version of that so-called song as Incoherent Drug Addled Blathering written and performed by some very talented grade 3 children.

Now what?
Don't you spoil In A Gadda Da Vida for me too!

7:39 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

"In the Garden of Eden"

7:52 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Harris wears even more make up than that Maconie.

He also likes Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits so he's not ashamed to be uncool.

7:58 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Ummm....yeah.

It was one of my mum's fave tracks from the hippy era, even if she didn't have a clue what they were on about.

Now you've published the lyrics, I'm still not sure what they were on about. Though I'm sure they were 'on' quite a few things, in a chemistry set kind of way.

9:43 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Betty:
You should tell Phil Oakey - I heard him on one of those pop nostalgia programmes saying he tried to play guitar but it was too hard so he found fame via a synthesiser and a cool hairstyle.

Rimshot:
Sorry - I have the critics on my side....squabble squabble!!

mj:
Ack to you too!
The FBI held an investigation into the obsenity of the lyrics - they gave up eventually.

Ziggi:
But would anyone really want to?

Murph:
Wooly Bully to you too!
Sorry Murph - but I hear similar noises from upstairs all the time.
PS - Was the thing hanging out of his PJs?

H.E.
Sorry:
Just turn up the subwoofer to max distortion levels, add your self medication of choice and return to the blissful state.

Murph:
Just wait till Mr P's been on the Pinot Grigio tonight ... it'll be In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida again.

Geoff:
Maconie could do with some corsets as well.
Are you suggesting I'm uncool?.....OK then I'll admit it ...'I can't do the talk like they talk on TV'....

Roses:
Good for mum!
Sadly - Chemistry sets are the biggest ever disappointment - they always contain copper sulphate (slug pellets) and washing soda.

10:21 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

Bah, critics...those who can't do, critisize.

10:53 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Rubbish.

'Ever Fallen in Love' by the Buzzcocks is obviously the best song of all time.

The Grauniad knows nufink.

9:44 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rimshot:
NO - those who can't do, TEACH - or so they say.

Garfer:
I hate to admit it, but I almost agree - that comes a very close second.
But on one thing I can't agree - there are 2ffs in nuffin!

12:01 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Both you and Garfer have very good taste....

4:55 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Oh Babby.... !Brilliant!I,ve never heard it before!"Awesome" as our American Cousins are want of saying.........That John Harris geezer does Newsnight Review sometimes.he's good in a Newsnight Review Sorta Way............Oh Babbby. !

9:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Wom:
Thankyou on behalf of me and Garfer.

Tony:
John Harris was a new one on me - you could do his job couldn't you?

8:26 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I remember my grandparents talking about this.

8:50 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ha di Ha!
Even if you are 37 your grannie would be 80.

10:46 am  
Blogger Arabella said...

The film 'Quadrophenia' has almost ruined this song for me. I have to try not to think of Sting and Toyah - shudder.

9:21 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

I loved Quadrophenia and this song brings the film back in all its glory - I was a huge fan of the film and also, in the late 70s the first music culture/trend I got into and started dressing up for was as a mod when it was all revived. I had a lovely black and white checked dress and white winkle picker shoes I used to wear to school. My mother didn't start passing comment until I turned punk in the early 80s. Oh, she wasn't keen.

2:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Arabella:
I saw (and loved) Quadrophenia only once when it was first released. I was so busy falling for Phil Daniels that I didn't even notice Louie Louie.
Poor old Phil's now wasted on East Enders.
His career never really developed.

Nora:
See above - Oh and when did the Parka stop being 'hard' and become what middle aged women buy in M&S?

5:09 pm  
Blogger Beth said...

I don't know where you got the idea that it's playlists that I do: I'm picking most of the teams in the African Cup of Nations at the moment ... I think Kevin Keegan's paying me, tho' no one's told him yet.

8:50 pm  

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