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LOUIE LOUIE - RICHARD BERRY - 1957
cornercat says:
10/01/11 6:05 pm
I think it was the Wailers version of the song that "completely transform(ed)" the sound and feel, rather than the Kingsmen. The similarities between the Kingsmen's cover and the Wailers' version are striking, including the basic riff, the "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," the "let's give it to 'em, right now" scream into the guitar solo, the extremely similar guitar solo itself, all significant and memorable features. It's clear that the Kingsmen were pretty much just copying the Wailers' recording. So while some of the credit for the "transformation" must go to the Kingsmen for their legendary record, much of the credit is due to the Wailers.
Alley Gator says:
10/08/11 10:48 pm
cornercat said: The similarities between the Kingsmen's cover and the Wailers' version are striking, including the basic riff, the "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," the "let's give it to 'em, right now" scream into the guitar solo, the extremely similar guitar solo itself, all significant and memorable features. So while some of the credit for the "transformation" must go to the Kingsmen for their legendary record, much of the credit is due to the Wailers.
Couldn't agree more, based on what I've read. But I've never actually heard the Wailers' version for myself. Any ideas where to find it?
cornercat says:
10/20/11 4:20 am
cornercat said: The similarities between the Kingsmen's cover and the Wailers' version are striking, including the basic riff, the "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," the "let's give it to 'em, right now" scream into the guitar solo, the extremely similar guitar solo itself, all significant and memorable features. So while some of the credit for the "transformation" must go to the Kingsmen for their legendary record, much of the credit is due to the Wailers.
Alley Gator said: Couldn't agree more, based on what I've read. But I've never actually heard the Wailers' version for myself. Any ideas where to find it?
YouTube, here it is: Wailers' Louie Louie
Alley Gator says:
10/21/11 4:09 pm
cornercat said: The similarities between the Kingsmen's cover and the Wailers' version are striking, including the basic riff, the "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," the "let's give it to 'em, right now" scream into the guitar solo, the extremely similar guitar solo itself, all significant and memorable features. So while some of the credit for the "transformation" must go to the Kingsmen for their legendary record, much of the credit is due to the Wailers.
Alley Gator said: Couldn't agree more, based on what I've read. But I've never actually heard the Wailers' version for myself. Any ideas where to find it?
cornercat said: YouTube, here it is: Wailers' Louie Louie
Fascinating. I agree the similarities between the Kingsmen's hit and the Wailers' version are striking. At the same time, the Wailers' version still retains quite a bit of the original Richard Berry version, the clear, Jamaican tinged lyrics, for one, and some of the more cha-cha rhythm as well. To me, it's like the Wailers took it half way there and the Kingsmen, with their garage/punk attitude, took it all the way home.