Dutch single sleeve
"Louie Louie" 10-note riff
Original release
The cover features Black Flag's singer Dez Cadena and some of his improvised lyrics to "Louie Louie".

According to the band's manager, Larry Page, the song's characteristic riff came about while working out the chords of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie".

- You Really Got Me

Sources vary on the impact of "Louie Louie" on the writing of "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night".

- Louie Louie

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Punk rock

Music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s.

Music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s.

Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Characteristic fashion of punks
Iggy Pop, the "godfather of punk"
Facade of legendary music club CBGB, New York
The Clash performing in 1980
The Misfits developed a "horror punk" style in New Jersey.
Flipper, performing in 1984
Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in 1977
Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983
Crass were the originators of anarcho-punk. Spurning the "cult of rock star personality", their plain, all-black dress became a staple of the genre.
Ben Weasel of pop punk band Screeching Weasel
Dave Grohl, later of Nirvana, in 1989
Queercore band Pansy Division performing in 2016
Riot grrrl band Bratmobile in 1994
Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, with bassist Mike Dirnt to the right
1980s punks with leather jackets and dyed mohawk hairstyles
Rage Against The Machine performing at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. March 1993.

The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie" is often cited as punk rock's defining "ur-text".

In England, largely under the influence of the mod movement and beat groups, the Kinks' 1964 hit singles "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night", were both influenced by "Louie, Louie".

Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

The Kinks

English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.
6 Denmark Terrace, the childhood home of the Davies brothers. The front room is where the family's frequent Saturday night parties were held.
Publicity photo taken during a Swedish tour in 1965
Promotional photograph, 1966
Ray Davies plays a Fender acoustic, Dave Davies a prototype Gibson Flying V, on the Dutch TV programme Fenklup on 29 April 1967.
The Kinks, c. 1971. From left: John Gosling, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ray Davies (the band's line-up 1970–1976, 1977–1978)
Ray Davies in character as Mr Flash, the anti-hero of the Preservation series
Ray Davies in Brussels, 1985, as the group's popularity began to dwindle
Dave Davies at the Dakota Creek Roadhouse, 2002

Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.

"You Really Got Me", a Ray Davies song, influenced by American blues and the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", was recorded on 15 June 1964 at Pye Studios with a slower and more produced feel than the final single.

Kinkdom

Third US-only album by the English band the Kinks, released in 1965.

Third US-only album by the English band the Kinks, released in 1965.

The album takes all four tracks from the UK Kwyet Kinks EP (including both sides of the recent hit US single "A Well Respected Man"), adding "Naggin' Woman" (left off the US version of their previous LP, Kinda Kinks), recent US singles "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (its B-side had already been included on the US version of Kinda Kinks) and "See My Friends"/"Never Met a Girl Like You Before", and B-side "I Need You" (A-side "Set Me Free" had again already been included on the US Kinda Kinks LP), as well as two older tracks: "It's Alright" was the B-side of breakthrough 1964 single "You Really Got Me" but had not yet been included on a US LP, and "Louie Louie" was another 1964 track, originally released on the Kinksize Session EP in the UK, although it had already been included on Kinks-Size in the US.