King Louie Bankston

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King Louie Bankston
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King Louie Bankston 1993 @ Pendleton Manor
Background information
Birth name Louis Paul Bankston
Born Harahan, Louisiana,
 United States
Genres Garage punk, punk rock, bubblegum, swamp pop, boogie rock, blues rock, rock and roll, power pop
Occupations Musician Amusement Park Ride Oporator Hardware Mogul/Honcho
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keyboards
Years active 1987 – present
Labels Goner Records, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Dirtnap Records, Empty Records
Associated acts King Louie One Man Band, Royal Pendeltons, The Loose Diamonds The Persuaders, Kajun SS, Kondor, Bad Times, Exploding Hearts, Black Rose Band, King Louie's Missing Monuments

King Louie Bankston (born Louis Paul Bankston ) is a prolific rock and roll musician from Harahan, Louisiana. Associated early on with garage punk, Louis abandoned the genre in 1998 and has focused on Louisiana swamp pop, boogie woogie, boogie rock and occasionally power pop. He is best known for his work in The Royal Pendletons, The Persuaders, The Exploding Hearts, and The King Louie One Man Band.[1] Louis is a decorated elder statesman in the world of underground rock 'n' roll. He is best known for writing "I'm A Pretender", "Heart Of Chrome" and "Back In The Ring". Louis has toured Europe 9 times. He has constantly toured the United States since the very early 1990s. Although Louie has not focused on touring as an artistic part of his music since his move to Portland (2000), he sees it as a way to visit with old friends and continues to make book weekends and festivals throughout each year. Louis has released 46 records in the Vinyl record format. He does not credit a compact disc or a digital download as an official release and does not include them on his official discography. Louis is very guarded on the subject of publicity and He rarely grants interviews. King Louie uses an attitude of attraction rather than promotion for this music. Louie had not heard of Wikipedia and a fan set up his site. Louis also enjoys a 247 square foot toy train set and skateboards about 30 minutes everyday. King Louie has lived in Portland, Oregon, and Memphis, Tennessee.[2]

History[edit]

The Royal Pendeltons[edit]

King Louie helped found the Royal Pendeltons in 1991 along with Michael Hurtt on guitar/vocals, J. Matthew Uhlman on guitar/vocals, and G. Thomas Oliver on organ. The band achieved in the pre-internet years what is now known as a " Buzz Band " status today. Not concentrating on the studio or recording side of their set the band has little to show for there efforts. The RP's were know to have over 100 songs and usually played from open to close at New Orleans venues Checkpoint Charlie's, Benny's and Barristers (Memphis). The Pendeltons put out their first 7" out on Goner Records in 1995, and in 1998 put out a full-length LP out on Sympathy for the Record Industry with producer Alex Chilton entitled 'Oh, Yeah Baby.[3]

The Persuaders[edit]

King Louie Bankston formed the critically acclaimed and highly influential garage rock band, The Persuaders in 1996, along with Jason Panzer on guitar, and Shaggy on drums.[4] In The Persuaders, Louie and Jason Panzer both sang and played Gibson Flying V guitars and were the first to use them visually with the crossed aerial logo. They are also known for writing the original composition of the swamp pop anthem "Heart of Chrome". Highly covered by many young bands since its release in 1999The Reatards, featuring Jay Reatard opened for The Persuaders on the very first The Reatards tour.

The Bad Times[edit]

Bad Times were a one-off band which also included Eric Friedl and Jay Reatard. The band recorded an album’s worth of material after only one practice session in 1998, releasing a self-titled LP in 2001. the members returned to their respective solo commitments. Eric and Louie have been positive about trying to re-issue the out-of-print LP.[5]

The Exploding Hearts[edit]

In 2000, Louie moved to Portland, Oregon and in 2001 joined the Exploding Hearts, where he co-wrote and played keyboards on their only LP, Guitar Romantic. After 11 months with the group, Louie declined to agree to move into a management lead situation. Plans were in the works to continue as a writer only. In 2003 The band was involved in a collision after a show in San Francisco in the early hours of April 20 killing three members of the group thus ending any future works [6]

King Louie and the Loose Diamonds[edit]

In 2007, Empty Records released Memphis Treet by King Louie and the Loose Diamonds. The Loose Diamonds are: King Louie Bankston, Jack Yarber (Oblivians, Cool Jerks, Tearjerkers), Harlan T. Bobo (Viva L'American Deathray Music), Adam Woodard (Tearjerkers), and Chad Booth (Kajun SS). In 2009 Julian Fried joined as guitar player.[7]

The King Louie One Man Band[edit]

King Louie started his One Man Band in 1999. In the King Louie One Man Band, Louie sings, plays drums, guitar, cowbell, and harmonica.[8] The King Louie One Man Band has released several 7" records on various labels, and put out a full-length LP on Goner in 2004.[9]

King Louie's Missing Monuments[edit]

In 2009, King Louie along with longtime friend and collaborator, revered lead guitarist Julien Fried formerly of Seattle, recruited drummer Aaron Hill and Bassist Bennette Bartley to form the power pop group King Louie's Missing Monuments. Benny Divine (Wizzard Sleeve) later joined and the band after Bartley's departure and the band changed their name to The Missing Monuments. Devine left the band and was replaced with Gary Mader (Eye Hate God). They have released two LP's and 4 singles/E.P.'s. they have toured the U.S.A and Europe.[10]

Other Bands[edit]

King Louie Bankston has played in a number of bands in the past 20 years. These bands include the Intelligenitals (1987), The Lame Ones (1988) The Clickems (1990–1991), Dirt Boys/Harahan Crack Combo (1991–1992) Gerry and the bastard Makers (1992–1994), The Royal Pendletons (1991-1999/2003–present), Christies Paddad Toilet Seat (1992), Sun of the Caesar (1994), Funny Boys (1995), The Persuaders (1996–1999), Bad Times (1998), Head Wounds (1999), King Louie One Man Band (1999–present), 10-4 Backdoor (2000–2003), Exploding Hearts (2002–2003), King louie and the Loose Diamonds (2003–present), Hot Dog (2004), Kajun SS (2004–2005), Kondor (2003–present), Black Rose Band (2005–present), Lonely Knights (2007–present), Bipolaroid (2009-2013)... sang on an Oblivians record (199?).[11]

Full Discography[edit]

(1) King Louie the 69th & The Harahan Crack Combo "Little Girl"//"Jailbait" 7" single RECORDED 1992 (Goner Records, 1993)

(2) Royal Pendletons "Smokin'"/"Sheep Suit"//"Losing Hand"/"Royal Blood, pt. II" 7" e.p. (Goner Records, 1994)

(3) Royal Pendletons "Guitar Crusher" split 7" single w/ Krontjong Devils (Knobbler Records, 1996)

(4) Royal Pendletons "Hot Rod Dissertation" on the Splitsville Confidential comp. 7" e.p. (Splitsville Records, 1997)

(5) Royal Pendletons "No Teasin' Round"/"(I'm a) Sore Loser" on the Sore Losers soundtrack 2xLP (Sympathy, 1997)

(6) Persuaders Rock Bottom 4-song 7" e.p. (Splitsville Records, 1997)

(7) Oblivians [guest vocals] "King Louie Stomp" split 7" single w/ Two Bo's Maniacs (Hate Records, 1997)

(8) Royal Pendletons "You Can Always Love Again"/"Keg Tapper"//"Hangin' on a String"/"Game of Love" 7" e.p. (Blood Red, 1997)

(9) Royal Pendletons "Boo's Bash" on the Hot Rods to Hell II comp. LP (Blood Red, 1997)

(10) Royal Pendletons // King Louie & The Lakeview Vikings "I Wanna Know"//"Mistreated" on the Blood Red Battle Royale comp. LP (Blood Red, 1998)

(11) Royal Pendletons "(I'm a) Sore Loser"//"Boo's Bash" 7" single (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1998)

(12) Royal Pendletons Oh Yeah, Baby 14-song LP (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1998)

(13) Royal Pendletons // Persuaders "King Bee"//"Revenge" on the Shine On, Sweet Starlet soundtrack LP (Sympathy, 1998)

(14) Persuaders "Van Ride"//"Dixie Buzzards"/"I'm a Fool" 7" e.p. (Royal Records, 1998)

(15) Persuaders Persuaders 17-song LP (Savage Records, 1999)

(16) King Louie One Man Band "She's a Big Big Bopper"/"One Man"//"Love Love Love" 7" e.p. (Solid Sex Lovie Doll, 2000)

(17) King Louie One Man Band "Walkin' and a' Steppin' in the Fire"//"Walkin' with the Light" 7" single (Therapeutic Records, 2000)

(18) Bad Times Bad Times 14-song LP (Goner/Therapeutic Records, 2001)

(19) King Louie One Man Band King Louie One Man Band 14-song LP (Kryptonite/Savage Records, 2001/2002)

(20) Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic 11-song LP (Screaming Apple Records, 2002)

(21) Persuaders "See My Reason"/"Fuck You, Mr. Roboto" split 7" e.p. w/ The Blacks (Rockin' Bones, 2003)

(22) 10-4 Backdoor "I Fucked a Prostitute"/"Hot Box"//"Kick the Door Down"/"Bad Life" 7" e.p. (Solid Sex Lovie Doll, 2004)

(23) King Louie One Man Band Chinese Crawfish 16-song LP (Goner Records, 2004)

(24) Kajun SS Kajun SS aka Wop Bop Bam Bam 7-song, 1-sided 12" e.p. (Jeth-Row/Therapeutic Records, 2004)

(25) Kajun SS "German Kajun"//"Automobile" 7" single (Die Slaughterhaus/Shattered Records, 2004/2005)

(26) King Louie & The Loose Diamonds Memphis Treet 12-song LP (Empty Records, 2007)

(27) Black Rose Band "Hot Box"//"Hoochie Poochie" 7" single (Contaminated Records, 2007)

(28) Kajun SS Jazz Legends 7" single (Jeth-Row Records, 2007)

(29) Exploding Hearts Shattered LP (Dirtnap Records, 2007)

(30) Royal Pendletons "Double Shot of My Baby's Love"//"What a Way to Die" 7" single (Allons Records, 2008)

(31) Royal Pendletons Nites Along the Mississippi 14-song LP (Allons Records, 2008)

(32) Royal Pendletons "Tell Me" split 7" single w/ The Bo-Keys (Norton Records, 2008)

(33) Guitar Lightnin' Lee & His Thunder Band [harmonica] Call Up the Band 2x7" e.p. (Die Slaughterhaus, 2009)

(34) Missing Monuments "Black Rainbow"//"Tailspin" 7" single (Douchemaster Records, 2010)

(35) Brick War "Bonetrail"//"Silverado Sixpack"//"Deviled Oyster"//"Lonesome Shoes" 2x7" e.p. (Savage Records, 2010)

(36) BIPOLAROID "ILLUSION FIELDS" 10 song LP 2010 self released/non label affiliation

(37) MISSING MONUMENTS "PAINTED WHITE" lp 2011 Douchemaster Records

(38) MISSING MONUMENTS "I'm Gonna Love You Back To Life" // "Bleed" // "Another Girl" 7 e.p. ( Hozac Records, 2012 )

(39) KONDOR "Tombstone Barstool" // "Girl In The Holler" ( Loosey Goosey Records, 2012 )

(40) QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT " Live at Third Man Records 3-31-2012 " LIVE lp / Guest harmonica appearance (third man records)

(41) CYCLOPS "Eye Can't Take It" EP: guest guitar and harmonica / (BATCHELOR Records)

(42) MISSING MONUMENTS "BLAST!" EP / BLAST! / GHOST HIGHWAY / COVERED IN ICE / (SLOVENLY Records)

(43) MISSING MONUMENTS S/T LP (DIRTNAP Records)

(44) BILPOAROID "TWIN LANGUAGE" lp (GET HIP Records)

(45) BIPOLAROID 7" 45 / SUPERNATURAL BEAUTY / BEAUTIFUL (IN THE MORNING) / (GET HIP Records)

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