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leftpeg:

The FBI files investigating the most obscene record ever to tantalize teenage ears. The "transcribed" lyrics are amazing as is the fact that the FBI never interviewed Jack Ely, the singer. The investigation lasted something like two years. Wow!

http://vault.fbi.gov/louie-louie-the-song/louie-louie-the-song/view
ThurgoodeStubbs:

Wow, some parts redacted! I guess they had to conceal the false flag operation aspect of the recording. Me gotta go!
bradx:

whoever came up with those dirty lyrics had a hell of an imagination. the funniest part is they have the published lyrics right there on p 37 and they STILL Cannot determine the words to the song!!! hahaha. the record label provided them with the lyrics. the obscenity only exists in the minds of people who want to hear it. what a clusterfuck.

it seems part of the confusion was between live performances of the song, where the lyrics were quite clear, and the record itself, where the lyrics are sort of mumbled. i guess nobody filled them in that the singer had been replaced shortly before the record was released.

it probably didnt help that the whole thing was recorded onto one track so there was no ability at the time to easily isolate the vocals. i guess you have to think of the type of guys who would have been working in an FBI laboratory at the time. they probably wouldnt have understood at all how rock n roll singers work. the reality is nobody, including jack ely himself, know what he sang, most likely. i doubt he was following a lyric sheet at all and he certainly doesnt enunciate his words clearly. reading along the official lyrics and listening to the record, they do not match up exactly. also, before the second verse you can hear someone in the background scream something which sounds suspiciously like "FUCK!" theres several obvious mistakes in the song, maybe they expected to do another take or that it would not be released? it certainly doesnt sound like something they spent much time practicing or learning before recording. yup, as i continue to read, i see thats exactly what they did, practiced it once or twice and then recorded it.

considering the time period, they likely learned the words by listening to other bands play the song or transcribed them by ear off a record, its unlikely jack ely was even aware of all the correct lyrics. even if he had a lyric sheet, maybe he is a shitty reader?

i cant believe i seriously just read 119 pages about this stupidity...

and:

Despite the band's annoyance at having so little time to prepare, the Kingsmen walked into the recording studio on April 6 at 10 AM. In order to sound like a live performance, Ely was forced to lean back and sing to a microphone suspended from the ceiling. "It was more yelling than singing," Ely said, "'cause I was trying to be heard over all the instruments."[14] In addition, he was wearing braces at the time of the performance, further compounding his infamously slurred words.[16] Ely sang the beginning of the third verse a few bars too early, but realized his mistake and waited for the rest of the band to catch up. In what was thought to be a warm-up, the song was recorded in its first and only take. The Kingsmen were not proud of the version, but their manager liked the rawness of their cover.
finnark:

That part where he comes in too early on the third verse may be my all-time favorite rock & roll moment.
tigerblinds:

Yeah, I think I remember hearing that they did an extra verse because someone fucked up and they just rolled with it.


Also the significance of Louie, Louie to me, is mostly hearing Fred Cole's lathe in early action!
Parker:

Iggy Pop uses some of the lyrics in the Metallic KO Version:
Parker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIHt0Q4VXLk
benwah:

Kingsmen related:
Has there ever been a comp release of all the Wand singles?
rayultine:

it's a good thing our government no longer does idiotic things like this!!!!

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