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?

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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...


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...


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...

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.

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

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

But would anyone really want to?

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?

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

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

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'....

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...


'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...

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

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...

Thankyou on behalf of me and Garfer.

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...

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.

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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