The FBI didn’t try to find out where these dirty lyric sheets were coming from; instead, they spent two and a half years analyzing “Louie Louie” played at a variety of speeds and interrogating nearly everyone connected with the song, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, Richard Berry, the Kingsmen, and even record company executives.
One person they never, ever talked to was the one person who indisputably knew what words had been sung on the Kingsmen’s recording: singer Jack Ely. made a big deal out of something that, those days …
So it was that the youth of America scored a major coup in 1963 by spreading the rumor that a popular recording of an otherwise innocuous 1956 song about a lovesick sailor’s lament to a bartender named Louie was really all about sex.You had to listen carefully, the rumor went, maybe even play the single at but if you did, you’d find that “Louie Louie” was chock full of smutty lyrics.There are certainly quite a few different pranks that revolve around the necessity of knowing how to make fake semen.We actually found a few different ways to go about producing your own looking, smelling, and feeling type for your own personal use.As rock critic Dave Marsh noted: In a culture that interprets puberty as a tragedy of lost innocence rather than as a triumphal entry into adulthood, the possibility of someone actually giving vent to sexual feeling remains deliciously scandalous.
Sex is bad, and somebody singing about it would be really bad.
Me take her in my arms and then I tell her I never leave again. Each night I take her out all alone; she ain’t the kind I lay at home Each night at ten, I lay her again; I fuck my girl all kinds of ways.
And on that chair, I lay her there; I felt my boner in her hair.
Their version also fared moderately well in the Pacific Northwest but failed to catch on outside the region.
Still, “Louie Louie” had an appeal that wouldn’t die, and in 1963 two Portland-area bands, the Kingsmen and Paul Revere and the Raiders, recorded the song within days of each other at the same studio.
Once concerned parents began to report their outrage about this allegedly “obscene” song to the FBI, the Bureau made the mistake of expending all their effort in proving it true rather than investigating the rumor itself. Nowadays they’re talking about killing women on records. John Belushi’s ‘Bluto’ character (anachronistically, because the film is set in 1962) teaches the dirty “Louie Louie” lyrics to a group of fraternity pledges in 1978’s Animal House, and the three Libner brothers hold a hilarious debate over the real lyrics in 1990’s Coupe de Ville.