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Spectropop - Digest Number 2111



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There are 10 messages in this issue.


Topics in this digest:

      1. Hallowe'en with Betty Lavett
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Tracey Emin Cover Star
           From: Michael Robson 
      3. Hallowe'en with Lord Sutch, Irving Martin and Joe Meek
           From: Martin Roberts 
      4. Re: The Gamma Goochee Man
           From: Dave Monroe 
      5. Re: Rhino Girl Group box - Peanut Duck
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      6. Re: The Gamma Goochee Man
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      7. Re: Rhino Girl Group box - Peanut Duck
           From: Peter Andreasen 
      8. Jean Thomas Research
           From: Ken Charmer 
      9. Iver Productions
           From: David Walker 
     10. Re: Rhino Girl Group box set
           From: Billy G Spradlin 


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________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 19:55:06 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Hallowe'en with Betty Lavett It was a chilly October afternoon. I had just consummated an unusually hearty dinner, of which the dyspeptic truffe formed not the least important item, and was sitting alone in the dining-room, with my feet upon the fender, and at my elbow a small table which I had rolled up to the fire, and upon which were some apologies for dessert, with some miscellaneous bottles of wine, spirit, and liqueur. In the morning I had been reading Glover's "Leonidas," Wilkies "Epigoniad," Lamartine's "Pilgrimage," Barlow's "Columbiad," Tuckermann's "Sicily," and Griswold's "Curiosities"; I am willing to confess, therefore, that I now felt a little stupid. I made effort to arouse myself by aid of frequent Lafitte, and, all failing, I betook myself to a stray newspaper in despair. Having carefully perused the column of "houses to let," and the column of "dogs lost," and then the two columns of "wives and apprentices runaway," I attacked with great resolution the editorial matter, and, reading it from beginning to end without understanding a syllable, conceived the possibility of its being Chinese, and so re-read it from the end to the beginning, but with no more satisfactory result. Infuriated, I opted instead to listen to Betty Lavett perform "Witchcraft In The Air", released on Lu-Pine 123 in 1963. Join me, why not: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/files/musica Happy Hallowe'en. Now, where's my toffee-apple?! Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 18:13:51 -0000 From: Michael Robson Subject: Tracey Emin Cover Star Ever wondered what renowned British artist Tracey Emin's contribution to the world of Spectropop/Girl Groups is? Just take a look at the cover of Mick Patrick's 1985 compiled "Stop, Look and Listen!" compilation on Impact, and sandwiched inbetween two Delmonas (the Delmona on the left, Ludella Black, went on to cover one of the LP's tracks, Dawn's "I Believe They're All Talking About Me", on her "Bedlam A Go Go" LP, but that's most definitely another story) is the one time muse of Billy Childish making her artistic debut. A real work of art if ever I saw one! clunk click every flip, MICHAEL CLUNKIE -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 19:39:12 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Hallowe'en with Lord Sutch, Irving Martin and Joe Meek I commented earlier: > For serious record collectors rather than the more casual buyer > I've yet to see a more mouth-watering compilation. Taking it as > read that anyone buying the box set already has the hits, (no > home should be without the double CD set, also on Sanctuary/ > Castle, "Joe Meek - The Alchemist Of Pop"), these tracks feature > the great, the good, the bad and the down right ugly. Afraid I sold the compilation rather short! Despite the plethora of must-have CD's recently bought this collection has been getting many spins. I failed to notice in my first mention that the CD inserts, rather than just a pictured, folded card, actually contain a short essay, by Roger Dopson on each CD's contents. And musically the set is a perfect introduction to the casual buyer. Many highlights, one of the tracks I'm most enamoured with at present, is Lord Sutch’s "Roberta", a rock'n'punk stormer. Closest sound to it in the US would, I guess, be found on Kenny Dino's records. Of course I can't play this side to musica but with Phil Chapman's help, a later track, when Lord Sutch was recording for Irving Martin, is currently playing. I've enthused over Irving's, Harmony- Group and Spector styled productions but he did record in many styles. "Black And Hairy" is the perfect record for the Halloween period. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 11:15:43 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: The Gamma Goochee Man Bill Reed wrote: > I had a Gamma Gooche sighting last evening at a birthday party > for my friend, songwriter-musician Alan ("Wild guitar") O'Day > at L.A's Kulak's Woodshed... This seems to have been asked here before, three years minus one day ago: http://spectropop.com/archive/digest/d650.htm and http://spectropop.com/archive/digest/d651.htm ... but I couldn't find any further info, so has anyone here since uncovered any info on The Persian Market's "Gamma Goochee"? A friend taped it for me some time back (ca. 1987), I'm assuming from a 45, though I'd have to check on that. At any rate, to my ear, it's an even better (i.e., crazier) version of the song, not in the least for featuring the immortal ejaculation, "Well, shine my monkey!" Thanks in advance. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 18:04:12 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group box - Peanut Duck Peter Andreasen wrote: > Anyway I instantly wanted to identify the girl on "Peanut duck." > First I thought she sounded a lot like the lead from Ad-libs. > But now I am 99.9% sure that itīs the one and only Brenda from > the Exciters, does anyone agree with me. I don't know, Peter -- Brenda's always seemed "of sound mind" to me! Is your assumption based purely on the sound of the singer's voice, or do you have any further evidence in support of your hypothesis? Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 22:12:09 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: The Gamma Goochee Man Dave Monroe wrote: > ... but I couldn't find any further info, so has anyone here since > uncovered any info on The Persian Market's "Gamma Goochee"? A > friend taped it for me some time back (ca. 1987), I'm assuming > from a 45, though I'd have to check on that. At any rate, to my > ear, it's an even better (i.e., crazier) version of the song, not > in the least for featuring the immortal ejaculation, "Well, shine > my monkey!" Thanks in advance. I have three cover versions of the song, but none of them by The Persian Market (although I believe Gamma mentioned that one during my interview with him). The three are by The Kingsmen (produced by Artie Wayne, if memory serves), The Tribe (produced by Shel Talmy, and released on his short-lived Planet label), and a more recent one by Joe Walsh. None, in my opinion, come close to capturing the full- bore mayhem of the original, although perhaps the Persian Market version is as great as you recall. Any chance you (or anyone) could play it for us? Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 08:43:51 -0000 From: Peter Andreasen Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group box - Peanut Duck Peter Andreasen wrote: > Anyway I instantly wanted to identify the girl on "Peanut duck." > Now I am 99.9% sure that itīs the one and only Brenda from > the Exciters, does anyone agree with me? Phil X Milstein wrote: > I don't know, Peter -- Brenda's always seemed "of sound mind" to me! > Is your assumption based purely on the sound of the singer's voice, > or do you have any further evidence in support of your hypothesis? Maybe itīs not so clear if only compared with The Exciters United Artist material, but if you have some of their Roulette outputs like "I knew you would" or "Are you satisfied" I am sure you will agree. Anyway if somebody reading this will attend the Rhino party in New York, please give Margaret Ross a big hug from me, I just love her.. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 09:00:09 +0100 From: Ken Charmer Subject: Jean Thomas Research It's been difficult to complete Jeans discography because she did so much as a backing vocalist as well as singing lead in the 'Rag Dolls' but we (the team at the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons UK Collectors Group) have identified around 30 tracks of her solo and group work. We've also helped her get copies of most of those tracks. Our biggest dissapointment has not being able to trace a copy of 'Goin' Places' ( the Orlons track from 1964) which the Beach Girls recorded as the 'B' side of the 1965 DynaVoice 202 single. If someone has this and could post it to Musica we would love to hear it and will forward it on to Jean. The tracks we've found range from the innocent sounding 'Moon River' from 1962 to the intense Spectorish 'Your The Root Of My Evil', Jean's last solo single release in 1966. We hope to complete the discography to this group soon and will have tracks for Musica of the lesser know gems. We will then start the Diary of a Back up Singer with selections from her log books of her 60's sessions with a wide range of her group and major artist support work. Seasonally, Ken Charmer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 08:59:53 +1100 From: David Walker Subject: Iver Productions Tom Diehl: > I took a look at the label of King Guion's "Stag party" on ebay. > It carries a production credit for "Iver productions" which was > a UK-based company. Anyone got any thoughts on that? I can't put my hand on the album at the moment but isn't that the same production company listed on Ivy League's first album. regards, David Walker -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 12:19:55 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group box set Will Stos wrote: > I just got my copy yesterday and it bowled me over. Without a > doubt this is the greatest girl group comp ever. The booklet > was beyond my wildest expectations, the sound quality (while > quite variable) is quite good, and the packaging is brilliant. > At first I was a little sad to see that so many tracks could > already be found on the Ace/UK comps and other sets, but for > people who don't have anything beyond Rhino's previous 'best > of' it will be a revelation and hopefully prompt a sequel or > other labels to get into the act. Wow, bravo to eveyone > involved. I've got three more CDs to get through today. I hope "One Kiss" will do for the Girl Group genre what the original "Nuggets" album did for 60's garage rock and pop. It's time this stuff gets heard by the general public and not just a bunch of wierdo fanatics like us! (grin!). Theres a strong UK Northern Soul influence all over this set. Almost every song is a dancer. Right now I'm diggin' Marsha Gee's - "Peanut Duck" what a bizzare but fun track. What makes it so great is the singer's goofing off and having a lot of fun. I hope the original singer or writers can be found now the song's been released domestically. Billy 60's Jangle Radio http://listen.to/jangleradio -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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