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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Bell Bottom Bliss Pt. 2 “Brother Louie” by the Stories

posted by on July 19 at 9:02 AM

Unarguably the best disco ballad about interracial romance ever recorded.


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Great song, but it's not disco. It came out several years before the disco era.

Posted by duncan | July 19, 2007 4:58 PM

JZ, that ain't disco! The Stories were a power pop band.

Posted by nipper | July 19, 2007 4:59 PM

it's from 1973... here you go:

I remember hearing them play this at the Pier in Ocean City, Maryland when I was in junior high. They were there with the Electric Light Orchestra and B.B.King. I was too young to go in, so I sat on the beach and listenend...

I love this song!

Posted by duncan | July 19, 2007 5:02 PM

the best part is towards the end where instead of repeating the standard refrain "louie, louie, louie, lou-WAAH", he says "louie, louie, louie, LOUIE, louie, lou-WAAH". those extra 2 louies make the whole song worth while.

Posted by brandon | July 19, 2007 5:20 PM


@1 and 2--come on, you guys dont hear the proto-disco strings and swell in that track? no, its not a dance number, but its got disco written all over it. the stories mightve been a power pop band, but that song is not power pop.

Posted by jz | July 19, 2007 6:03 PM

nipper, didnt you tell me this track was a cover of someone?

Posted by jz | July 19, 2007 6:04 PM

Hot Chocolate.

There's nothing disco about those strings; they're pop strings. The main guy in The Stories was from The Left Banke, which is about as pop as you can get ("Just Walk Away, Renee").

Posted by Fnarf | July 19, 2007 6:26 PM

It's disco, but barely. It's the chicka-chicka rhythm guitar that gives it away. Kind of like what early-70s-era Eagles would have sounded like if they'd all gotten bone-marrow transplants from the Bee Gees.

Posted by Natalie | July 19, 2007 7:02 PM

2nd best part: the dueling strings/guitar solo. has that ever been done anywhere else in the history of rock music? i think not.

Posted by brandon | July 20, 2007 12:26 PM

no way no how is it disco, power pop in the early '70s sounded different than it did by 1980. Think post Bealtes Badfinger/Raspberries/Blue Ash as power pop...not the Knack or the Nerves as it became known.

fnarf it was Michael Brown from the Left Banke/Montage who was in the Stories, but...I think..he was only involved on the first Stories LP, not the second LP (About Us). but not having the LPs in front of me i'm not 100% on that...

the Bee Gees also started out pop/harmony pop...and LOVED pop strings. and the mellotron (1st LP)!

Posted by nipper | July 20, 2007 2:22 PM

you just confirmed my point, nipper! youre gonna tell me the bee gees werent disco?

Posted by jz | July 23, 2007 11:10 AM

what? NOT ALWAYS! ha ha! The BEE GEEs didn't go disco until like 1975. During the twelve years (or more) before that, they we a beat/pop band in OZ, when they moved back to the UK (1967) they issued their first LP, a BRILLIANT pop sike LP drenched w/mellotron (fake strings!), then for the next few years a harmony pop/pop/CONCEPT rock group...and they did use LOTS of strings, but they weren't disco strings. I can't think of any pre-disco Bee Gees songs that were disco dancers. When they did make the disco jump THEN they used disco strings...

Posted by nipper | July 23, 2007 12:59 PM

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