Saturday, June 19, 2021

Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Papaya"

On this week's episode of Hippie Love Turbo, on KUCR 88.3 FM I kept the blabbing to a minimum and let the music do the talking. 

In the past I've mentioned how I've got this fun compilation record that was put out by Rhino Records which features a bunch of covers of Louie, Louie, which was made most famous by The Kingsmen. A few years later Rhino released a second edition on CD but I admit I haven't checked it out and I don't really plan on it. You can only listen to one song so many times, right?

I've always liked the older Rhino Records logo by William Stout

Well, the reason I bring this up is because I played Los Sprinter's cover of the Rolling Stones' Paint It Black and I've floated the idea of doing an entire show dedicated to different contemporaneous versions of the song. There are definitely enough versions to fill an hour program but I'm not too sure if that'd get boring fairly quickly. Who knows, maybe I'll just make a playlist that people can peck away at during their own time. 

Speaking of covers, you heard Paul Revere and The Raiders play a cover of Donovan's Catch The Wind, which is another song that's been performed by many artists over the years. While quite a few renditions of the song are strange, my favorite is a toss-up between Eartha Kitt's or Buck Owens'. If you feel like you are in a more sentimental mood you can check out Sammy Hagar's dramatic take on the song or perhaps Glen Campbell's more subdued version. 

Finally, before we get to the playlist I want to quickly circle back to Louie, Louie and show you this "citizen complaint" over The Kingsmen's version which asses that the lyrics are "obscene" and "filthy." In case you didn't know, the FBI actually had an investigation into whether or not the song contained lyrics which could be considered lewd and/or pornographic and someone had to read and compile multiple interpretations of the lyrics including some which were distributed at Sarasota Junior High School in Florida. It seems so silly and quaint nowadays but I can't help but love how the square that wrote the complaint ended it on such a poetic note.

How can we stamp out this menace?

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