The Kingsmen ‎– Louie Louie

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First released on Jerden (712).

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
712 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Mon) Jerden 712 US 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle(7", Promo) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
DV 14114 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle(7", Single) Vogue Schallplatten DV 14114 Germany 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle(7", Single, Promo) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle(7", Single, Promo, Styrene) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
271 802 TF The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7") Fontana 271 802 TF Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7") Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7") Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
712 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Blu) Jerden 712 US 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Pic) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
7N 25231 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Promo) PYE International 7N 25231 UK 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
8745X The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Reo 8745X Canada 1963 Sell This Version
V.45-1168 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Disques Vogue V.45-1168 France 1963 Sell This Version
TF 271802 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Fontana TF 271802 Norway 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single) Wand 143 US 1963 Sell This Version
7N.25231 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single, 4-P) PYE International 7N.25231 UK 1963 Sell This Version
TF 271800 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single, Mono) Fontana TF 271800 New Zealand 1963 Sell This Version
TF 271800 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single, Mono) Philips TF 271800 New Zealand 1963 Sell This Version
7N.25231 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single, Sol) PYE International 7N.25231 UK 1963 Sell This Version
BF-69 The Kingsmen Louie, Louie(7", Single) Philips BF-69 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie, Louie - 64 - 65 - 66 .....(7", Single, RE) Wand 143 US 1966 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie, Louie - 64 - 65 - 66 .....(7", Single, RE) Wand 143 US 1966 Sell This Version
143 The Kingsmen Louie, Louie - 64 - 65 - 66 .....(7", Single, RE, Styrene, Ter) Wand 143 US 1966 Sell This Version
712 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Unofficial, Pin) Jerden (2) 712 US 1978 Sell This Version
GT 4-2231 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle(7", Single, RE) Gusto Records (2) GT 4-2231 US 1984 Sell This Version
K-2231 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", Single, RE) King Records (3) K-2231 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
524192 The Kingsmen Louie Louie / Haunted Castle (CD, Single, RE, RM) Magic Records (2) 524192 France 1995 Sell This Version
SWF-21011 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", RE) Scepter/Wand Forever SWF-21011 US Unknown Sell This Version
SWF-21011 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", RE) Scepter/Wand Forever SWF-21011 US Unknown Sell This Version
SWF-21011 The Kingsmen Louie Louie(7", RE) Forever Oldies SWF-21011 US Unknown Sell This Version

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robZtv

robZtv

October 27, 2010
referencing Louie Louie, 7", Single, 143

The B-side instrumental "Haunted Castle" is one of my favorite dreamy surf guitar anthems and is where I aim my 5-star rating.
Kingsmen singles on Wand never miss!
jadedtom

jadedtom

June 19, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Louie Louie, 7", Single, 143

THE classic garage rock song...the subject of an F.B.I. probe, easily one of the top pop anthems of the sixties.

The sloppy guitar lead, the moronic unintelligible vocal by Jack Ely. This remains a fun song some forty six years later.

To this day, I don't know if someone yells "fuck!" in the middle of a break. Sure sounds like 'fuck'. Suspicions of the lyrical content aroused the fears of J. Edgar Hoover's F.B.I., and the Kingsmen share an honor bestowed upon John Lennon: an F.B.I. file on them!

I once heard Mick Jagger was told by some legend (Fats Domino?) that you don't want to enunciate every word to a song. Let the listener try to figure out what is being sung. It makes the song more interesting.

This is true in spades with the Kingsmens' "Louie Louie". There are perfectly clean lyrics to this song. But Ely's vocal is so much babbling, it is easy to hear something "dirty" in the way it's sung here. It's drunken feel good music of kids discovering electric guitars and drums. Forever enshrined in the classic movie "Animal House". A real dose of the beautiful noise that is rock and roll.

The flip side, "Haunted Castle" is a guitar instrumental a la the Ventures that is almost classic surf music in its way. And I still don't know what the 'fuck' someone yells out during that break...
Apeman

Apeman

April 14, 2009
referencing Louie Louie, 7", Single, 143
One of the greatest pop records of all time, in my opinion. It has been covered nearly as much as The Beatles' Yesterday, and has that hook that has been copied so many times ie The theme to the cartoon Futurama.

One of the reasons why it works so well is it's simplicity. It's got reputition, that dosen't wear out, and very basic lyrics, that are Incomprehensible, which is rumoured to feature naughty words. This has been denied by the Kingsmen themselves.

If you want a more modern version of Louie, check out Fixy Jointy by Psychediliasmith or the Three Amigos remix of this version, which are good breakbeat tracks in their own right.