Comments on Louie Louie

I am throwing the glove down.
I want your best takes on Louie Louie, that song that every band has played at least once. Versions that make the original pale and run screaming.
Some rules.

  1. Has to be recognizable as Louie, Louie
  2. Has to be available somewhere
  3. No reggae

My contender — The Sonics. In comparison, the “seminal” version by Black Flag version is wussy and weak. And given that The Sonics recorded theirs in 1966, it just proves that this band was the genesis of driving, power garage punk.
Bring them on.

2 Replies to “Comments on Louie Louie”

  1. Joy Division.
    It was ‘documented’ in ’24 hour party people’ and elsewhere as the last song sung in the last gig they did in Manchester before Ian offed himself. There are bootlegs floating around but I’ve never heard one.

  2. It was ‘documented’ in ’24 hour party people’ and elsewhere as the last song sung in the last gig they did in Manchester before Ian offed himself. There are bootlegs floating around but I’ve never heard one.

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