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In retrospect, it was pretty ballsy of Black flag to cover “Louie Louie”, perhaps, the most iconic rock song of all time. It was equally ballsy for the band to debut their new singer, long time band pal, Dez Cadena. But, Black flag was equally ballsy and blissfully unaware of how their actions effected people, so in 1981, the band released their next statement.
Yet, “Louie Louie” was no mere cover. Perhaps similar to Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner,” it wasn’t clear if the band was saluting or trashing the song. They took the core skeleton and beefed up the riffs with Greg Ginn’s iconic shattering lines, so the song felt like it was in a state of constant break down. Meanwhile, Cadena’s classic Malboro vocals stood in sharp contrast to previous vocalists Keith Morris and Ron Reyes. Cadena’s voice had a heavy singularity. Sounding older than his twenty years, Cadena sounded like a trashed maniac getting ready to party, with his definition of “party” being wildly different than the standard. This of course, was highlighted by his lyrical additions of “who needs love when you’ve got a gun / who needs love to have any fun?!”