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Spectropop - Digest Number 1844

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There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Storey Sisters "Bad Motorcycle"
           From: Phil Chapman 
      2. Re: The Chantays
           From: Kurt Benbenek 
      3. Re: Lenny Bruce/Tim Hardin/Kitty Bruce/Nico
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      4. Re: Larry Welk
           From: Mike Rashkow 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 17:45:40 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Storey Sisters "Bad Motorcycle" Javed: > I was listening to WKBW from Buffalo, NY and heard them play a > song called "Bad Motorcycle" by a group called the Storey Sisters. > A really rocking late 50's tune. An example of female rockabilly. "Bad Motorcycle" is my favourite track from a 1962 Ascot LP "All Girl Million Sellers" (possibly the first ever girlgroup compilation?). The liner notes proclaim "The New ASCOT collection, ALL GIRL MILLION SELLERS, showcases a dozen top platters that have reached this coveted mark and indicates most vividly that the so-called 'weaker sex' need never campaign for equal rights in the wax field since they have had these rights all along....." According to the internet, The Storey Sisters were Philadelphia rock & roll duo Ann and Lillian Storey. This was their one and only hit, reaching #45 in the spring of 1958. Just after recording "Breakaway" with Tracey Ullman, I played "Bad Motorcycle" to her. She liked it and recorded it, just like that. I'm sure this track has found its way to CD at some time or other, as I have acquired an mp3 of it, but this version has an edited intro which omits a saxophone glitch, and brings the vocals in sooner. The original full-length intro is in musica... "vroom, vroom, vroom"! If you fancy the Spector equivalent, check out the Crystals underrated original issue of "All Grown Up". PC -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 16:58:50 -0000 From: Kurt Benbenek Subject: Re: The Chantays "Pipeline" was first released on Bill Wenzel's Downey Records label. In 1988, the original session tape for "Pipeline" was released on Dunhill's incredible CD compilation Surf Legends (and Rumors). According to the liner notes "...every version of Pipeline released until now has been made from an inferior sounding (but less 'hissy') dub copy" The Surf Legends version of "Pipeline" is a wonder to behold and never fails to rumble my windows in a pleasant way. From what I understand, the Surf Legends version of "Pipeline" had to be withdrawn for legal reasons. A second CD compilation of Downey Records surf music called 'More Surf Legends (and Rumors)' was issued in 1997. About a year and a half ago, there was a full discussion here at Spectropop about Wenzel's Music Town record store and their backroom studio - where the Downey 'surf sound' flourished in the early 60s. Wenzel's closed shop four years ago after 40 years in business - and Music Town is now a 99 Cent bargain store. cowabunga, Kurt Benbenek -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 18:07:00 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Lenny Bruce/Tim Hardin/Kitty Bruce/Nico Norm D. Plume wrote: > There is a concert version by Tim Hardin on "T.H. 3"; he never > did a studio version. It is stunning and may be the one on the > Lenny Bruce tribute album. Tim H. did live at Lenny Bruce's for > a while. Lacking access to musica, I have played two-and-a-half related tracks to my own site, Probe (URL below). At "batch 2" there you will find Kitty Bruce's touching version of "Yesterday," recorded by her father, Lenny Bruce, in the last week of his life, as well as two edits of the same version of "Lenny's Tune" (aka "Eulogy To Lenny Bruce") by Tim Hardin. Both tracks are taken from a Capitol LP titled "Why Did Lenny Bruce Die?," which was itself based on a syndicated radio program of the same name. The album version (and most likely the radio version as well, although I haven't heard that directly) includes a longish, sentimental text over the intro to the Hardin recording (which, to contradict Norm's information, certainly does sound like a studio take, with Hardin singing over stark piano). However, seeing space for a clean edit after the end of the VO, I have also posted a version of the file in which the intro has been edited out. "Why Did Lenny Bruce Die?" was a production of Lawrence Schiller, most recently heard from as editor of the O.J. Simpson jailhouse defense "I Want To Tell You." Schiller himself plays guitar on the Kitty Bruce track, although one wonders if it wasn't dubbed in after the fact. Norm again: > And didn't Nico die in a rather bizarre way, by falling off her > bicycle? She was living in the UK at the time and had, apparently, > cleaned up, so I guess heroin was not directly or immediately involved. > Tragic all the same. And to bring the circle back to Lenny Bruce - > he told the story, on one of his records, about actor Bela Lugosi, > who was a junkie for years, "he cleans up, then drops dead". With the official death report inconclusive, it is believed Nico was thrown from her bike (while riding near her island retreat in Ibiza) due to a stroke or heart attack. It has seemed to most observers that her death was an example of the "Lugosi syndrome" Norm cites: she had indeed recently detoxed from heroin, but the long decades of virtually an all-skag diet had apparently left her system too weak to fight. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 11:32:35 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Larry Welk Phil M: > Believe it or not, Welk was born and entirely raised in the U.S. > However, he grew up in an isolated enclave of German immigrants > in, I believe, Nebraska, thus accounting for his accent. Actually, his accent was contrived to give him stage cred with polka fans in the Milwaukee area. Welk was born and raised in GA and his natural accent was very much like Jimmy Carter's. Di la, Rashkovksy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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