And another loss to our generation. Now I have to go listen to all the songs he mentions – forwards, AND backwards… Goodbye Jack. May you always sing…

Matthew Wright

Jack Ely died last week. Jack who? The guy who sang “Louie Louie” for the Kingsmen, back in 1963. His rendition was so garbled the CIA investigated the song for seditious content. Which was a bit of a waste because actually, there’s nothing to the lyrics of ‘Louie Louie’. I mean – nothing. They’re moronic. So’s the music, which is a three-chord ostinato riff.

The panel of one of my analog synths... dusty, a bit scratched, but still workable. The panel of one of my analog synths. Hard to play ‘Louie Louie’ on as it’s monophonic.

It’s a few years now since I went on a crusade to sneakily play it on famous public instruments – you know, the glockenspiel in the clock tower at Brugges, (No!), the 200-year old piano in the commander’s house at Port Arthur, Tasmania (No!), and so on (No! No! No!).

And yet – and yet – Berry’s little ditty’s gone down as one of the enduring classics of the…

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