Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Louie Louie" and the History of Northwest Rock & Radio

If you need a little something to tide you over until Eddie takes the stage next month, maybe you should check out "Louie, Louie" and the History of Northwest Rock & Radio, a new documentary out today on DVD that traces Seattle music back to the 50's.  As the Seattle Times points out, the rough music scene that gave rise to Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, and Soundgarden dates back six decades in the Northwest.
Long before Nirvana and Pearl Jam, an earlier Northwest rock scene was hailed for its raucous blend of R&B, blues, pop and garage rock. The roots of Northwest rock are the subject of a new DVD, " 'Louie Louie' and the History of Northwest Rock & Radio," from SoundWorks USA, a Redmond-based multimedia company that sells nostalgic Northwest rock 'n' roll recordings.

At the heart of that early scene, which emerged in the late 1950s and continued into the '70s, was "Louie Louie," a calypso-style, 1957 Richard Berry recording that became a huge hit in 1963 for Portland's Kingsmen.