Band Banned From Performing 'Louie Louie'


Pete writes "Why is it always the classics? From the AP via Newsvantage comes this. "A pop culture controversy that has simmered for decades came to a head when a middle school marching band was told not to perform "Louie Louie."Benton Harbor Superintendent Paula Dawning cited the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics in ordering the McCord Middle School band not to perform it in Saturday's Grand Floral Parade, held as part of the Blossomtime Festival.""


Who the hell can understand the lyrics to Louie Louie anyway?

Louie Louie Oh baby we gotta go
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

At night garble garble garble garble
abloo abee ge emble mugblub bub bubub

And so on.

This happened in my highschool marching band when we were told we could no longer play the song "Tequila." Again, we weren't singing. And contrary to popular belief, marching to Sousa isn't all it's cracked up to be. It certainly doesn't inspire crowds at football games...this has GOT to be related to the kybosh on cheerleading right?

You are REally lucky bogman...except that I heard your country is being flooded. Hang in there.

*ding* We have a winner... Unless this marching band has a choral component there won't be any words sung. Holy reactionary management, Batman!

Can't have anyone learning classic rock and/or roll in my school! Marching bands should stick with Sousa. ;-)

Do marching bands have lyrics? Even if they don't like the lyrics, wouldn't a marching band be just the tune?

I read this ist for quite some time now and I'm amazed how often I see topics concerning censorship. I guess I have to be lucky I live in The Netherlands...

That the Florida legislature hasn't gotten into the act or that Tom DeLay hasn't made it a new crusade? Some people (like this superintendent) just need to move out into the wilderness and leave the rest of us be.

Why, Oh Why! are they doing this?

Because they are rectal orifices. Repeat after me: Any excuse will do for a tyrant. Consider that this anal retentive git has banned not the words but the music just because of an urban legend. Mind you, there can be no doubt that he believes the urban legend to be true. This does not speak well of school officious (the sort Twain knew so well) that they cannot even do thirty seconds of research at Google. Typing in: "lyrics" +"louie louie" generated a results page with The Straight Dope in the number one slot, where Cecil puts paid to the anal retentive nonsense, and The Smoking Gun in the number two slot where they detail the cross-dressing Hoover's paranoia.

Why, Oh Why!
are they doing this?

As it has been mentioned nobody knows the lyrics to Louie Louie. I need a trip to the pub and a good lie down now. has some funny Misheard Lyrics for the song.

LOL. Tequila, they banned Tequila? Oh my. I know Sousa kind of sucks to march to, but that's pretty much what we'll be left with if they start banning the fun stuff. No more Hang on Sloopy... No more There's no beer in Heaven. It'd be a sad day.

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