366TAS: 2:46 – The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

The fourth and final selection from the Nuggets collection is one of the more well-known songs from the set. But while people may know about “Louie Louie”, they probably don’t know the lyrics. In turn, the mystery of the lyrics to “Louie Louie” is what brought the song its fame in the first place.

Back in 1964, an outraged parent wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy complaining that the lyrics to “Louie Louie” were obscene. The FBI then spent over two years interviewing those associated with the record, playing the song at a variety of speeds and otherwise investigating the claim. In the end, the FBI declared that they were “unable to interpret any of the wording in the record.” For the FBI to spend any time at all – much less two years – investigating this is bad enough, but to ultimately reach no real conclusion is downright comical. It’s almost like some agents just wanted to party for awhile. Can’t say it sounds like a bad job.

This all being said, if “Louie Louie” merited an investigation back in the 60’s, what would they ever do with something like “Back That Azz Up?” I mean, something like that actually might pollute the minds of the youth with crazy ideas like the notion that it’s okay to end a sentence with a preposition (and hey, it is! But it’s still subversive!). For more legend clarification about the “Louie Louie” story, check out the snopes story.

Finally, a brief plea for help: I’m genuinely torn about which song to post tomorrow, so I’m going to crowdsource the choice out to my readers. There are two choices that you can make. On one hand, you could choose an accordion-centric cover of a #1 hit song from the 80’s by a band that’s not from the US. On the other, you could choose an accordion-centric cover of a #1 hit song from the 90’s by a band that’s not from the US. So what do you guys want to hear? 80’s or 90’s cover? As the Black Sheep (not a choice) would say, the choice is yours! Vote in the comments…

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 2:46 – The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

  1. John says:

    I’ll vote for the ’90s tune, but I’m guessing that the artist in question did not follow Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty’s advice RE: accordions in rock and roll bands:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzaCqLy7XRo&w=420&h=315%5D

    For my 2:46, I’ve got Alive and Kicking’s “Tighter and Tighter,” one of the better cuts from another Rhino set, the “Have A Nice Day” collection of ’70s hits:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlFtlSSMB2Q&w=420&h=315%5D

  2. Rachel says:

    Just to build consensus, I’ll also go with the 90’s, but any accordion-heavy cover sounds great to me.

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