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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Aki Aleong
           From: Mikey 
      2. Re: the Mothers of Invention - Pomona
           From: Dan Hughes 
      3. Girl Group Stamps
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      4. R&R HOF follow-up; more
           From: Country Paul 
      5. R&R HOF follow-up; more
           From: James Botticelli 
      6. Aki Aleong
           From: Marc Miller 
      7. Star Trek
           From: Simon White 
      8. Lovelites CD
           From: Jon 
      9. Hairspray on Broadway
           From: Deena Canale 
     10. The Liquid Room 8/25/02
           From: David Ponak 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 20:22:50 -0400
   From: Mikey 
Subject: Re: Aki Aleong

Country Paul:
> Late breaking news: there's a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) election
> in Hollywood coming up; one of the candidates for the Board is
> Aki Aleong. Thought someone here might be interested.


I'll tell you one thing.....you would hard pressed to find a cooler
record than Aki's "Moon River Twist/Tonight Twist".....a pure joy.

Mikey





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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 22:51:51 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: the Mothers of Invention - Pomona So Leonardo, does Ruben still have three dogs? (In the liner notes to Ruben & the Jets, it was mentioned that Ruben had three dogs - Benny, Martha, and can't remember the last one??) - Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 06:33:03 EDT From: Jimmy Crescitelli Subject: Girl Group Stamps By sheer luck I noticed the big TV at work, and there was La La Brooks talking at the stamp ceremony. She looked fabulous ... considering that she first charted 40 years ago-- FORTY!!-- something good and gracious must be shining down on these hardworking girls we love so much. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 11:59:56 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: R&R HOF follow-up; more As I mentioned earlier, I e-mailed the author of the Detroit News story on the girl-group/stamp show at the R&R HOF. I received this response today: "I'm glad you liked the story. The good news is, Mary Wilson is trying to organize a group concert later in the fall at a casino in Connecticut, and/or tour. There's also talk of a PBS special done by the Pittsburgh doo-wop producer. Recording anew would be great - their voices are still there - but the record business is in such a strange place now. - Susan Whitall" I asked her to keep me appraised of any doings regarding such a concert, and will pass along news if I get it. Thanks to all involved in the Lovelites correspondence for passing that along. I, as most of us, would love to here the Phil Spector tales she feels she can't repeat! :-) Re: quiz - perhaps the common thread is that they were all hits which don't get played on oldies radio anymore. (As a group they'd make a fine hour of programming.) Sad note: last night was the last DooWop Shop on WCBS-FM. We've "aged out" of advertiser demographics; the prevailing thought is that audiences over a certain age - 50 to 55, depending on which consultant they're listening to - have made their brand decisions and can no longer be influenced by advertising. Thus, despite their/our preponderant numbers and disposable income, they/we no longer matter. And, of course, neither does their/our music. The ancient Chinese curse is coming to fruition: we do live in "interesting" times. And Leonardo Flores, thanks for the Mother's update. I always heard the famous Zappa Ruben & The Jets material as having its tongue firmly in its cheek, but Zappa's De-Fi/Donna/etc material that I've heard indeed has the soul of the era. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 15:49:15 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: R&R HOF follow-up; more Country Paul wrote: > Thanks to all involved in the Lovelites correspondence for > passing that along. I, as most of us, would love to here > the Phil Spector tales she feels she can't repeat! :-) Does anyone remember Chicago's Lovelites (same spelling) who recorded for UNI? Their signature song "How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad" (about a teen pregnancy) is fabulous pop-soul and their hard to find LP is great from Track 1 until the end. They did an indie single called "My Conscience" on their own label on which they included their pictures in '71. In '72 or '73 they got signed to whatever label Barry White was on in his early years and released yet three or four great singles. No LP that I know of. Recently one of their old fans in Chicago reissued their stuff on a bootleggish CD. Places like DustyGroove.com stock it regularly > Sad note: last night was the last DooWop Shop on WCBS-FM. > We've "aged out" of advertiser demographics; the prevailing > thought is that audiences over a certain age - 50 to 55, > depending on which consultant they're listening to - have > made their brand decisions and can no longer be influenced > by advertising. The advertisers have a point but it isn't because I'm in a brand's corner usually. I actually verbally hammer the creator of the ad more often than I suck in info about the product. I heard a couple of geezers waxing nostalgic about that WCBS doo wop show on WNHU, New Haven just the other night. The guys on 'NHU were saying they'd been on NHU 28 years. Their doo-wop was so obscure its very existence is in doubt! I never heard the CBS one, but the resident doo-wop czar up here in Boston was on the CBS affiliate and was basically ordered to play doo-wop's greatest hits and very little else. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 15:48:59 -0400 From: Marc Miller Subject: Aki Aleong Country Paul, re: > Late breaking news: there's a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) > election in Hollywood coming up; one of the candidates for > the Board is Aki Aleong. Thought someone here might be > interested. If he wins, maybe he'll recite "Shombolar" as his acceptance speech! (Then again...) Marc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 22:14:41 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Star Trek Phil Milstein: > .....I haven't had this > independently confirmed, but a prominent L.A. studio singer, > who's done many sessions with Jackie, told me that she's the > source of the otherworldly wordless vocal on the Star Trek > intro theme. > No, it's Loulie Jean Norman, the wife of conductor Gordon > Jenkins. Perhaps someone can help me. A while ago on a BBC Star Trek dedicated night, they used a very 'sixties' version of the theme as background music. And this means 'sixties' in the Motown/dance sense. I really want it. Any ideas, anyone? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 00:22:32 -0000 From: Jon Subject: Lovelites CD In regards to the Lovelites, I have a great CD (not bootleg) on the Chi-City Music label. The CD is called, "Herb Kent, The Kool Gent Presents The Lovelite Years". There are 20 tracks. The last few tracks have Deneice Williams on lead. Appearently, she was their lead singer for awhile before she struck out on her own. The CD is great! I highly recommend it for girl group fans. I think I may have gotten it through David Nathans site. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 20:03:06 -0400 From: Deena Canale Subject: Hairspray on Broadway This probably won't be as exciting as the Cleveland Girl Group Get-Together posts, but gee, I might be the first Spectropopper to take in Hairspray on the Great White Way--appropriately enough, at a theater situated a mere two blocks away from the Brill Building. I visited my hometown (currently live in T.O.) this past weekend specifically to see it, and I'm here to tell you it's a splendid production--truly one of the best musicals I've ever seen, with nonstop singing, dancing, color, joy, fun, wit, inventive sets, gorgeous costumes (though some of the women's skirt lengths were more mid-'50s than early-'60s--minor but important sticking point if you're going for period accuracy), high hairdos, and meaningful messages of self-acceptance and racial equality. For the benefit of those who plan to see it soon, I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but I will say that it's not an exact copy of the movie--which is a good thing, 'cause who'd want to pay $65-100 to see a live carbon copy of a well-loved flick? Some characters from the film (such as Amber's dad as played by Sonny Bono, and the great Beatniks played by Pia Zadora and Ric Ocasek) have been written out of this script, and here Amber's mother Velma Von Tussle (played by Deborah Harry in the film) is not only the pushiest stage mother since Mama Rose, but is also the racist producer of the Corny Collins Show (totally different from Mink Stole's role in the film). Likewise, some plot details and scenes have been eliminated or changed, and lots of the trademark John Waters sensibility has been, uh, watered down for the masses, but the basic story line is the same. [J.W. himself is also cleverly incorporated into the show as a voice-over.] Furthermore, the only tune from the film that survives is "The Madison"--leaving room for terrific original songs that both lyrically propel the story along and successfully capture the sound of the time (especially in the first act--I found most of the second act's songs to be more contemporary-sounding). Lastly, stellar performances all around, particularly from those playing Motormouth Maybelle, her son Seaweed, Penny Pingleton, and of course, all three Turnblads. If Harvey Fierstein does not win a Tony for his brilliant turn in the Divine role, I'll eat my Playbill. By all means, Go. Signed D.C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 12:55:03 -0400 From: David Ponak Subject: The Liquid Room 8/25/02 The Liquid Room, (usually) hosted by David Ponak (me), airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at http://kpfk.org/ The Liquid Room 8/25/02 1.The Association/Come On In Birthday (WB) 2.The Baldwin Brothers/Funky Junkyard Cooking With Lasers (TVT) 3.Kiyoko Ito & The Happenings/Organs Tokyo Bossa Nova Lounge Chronical (Teichiku-Japan) 4.Cubismo Grafico/Rosemary Trockel Untitled (Escalator-Japan) 5.Juana Molina/Salvese Quien Pueda Tres Cosas 6.Julie Driscol & Brian Auger/Light My Fire Street Noise (Polydor-UK) 7.Ladytron/Seventeen Light & Magic (Emperor Norton) 8.Astrud Gilberto/Dreamy Windy (Polydor-Japan) 9.Ivy/Let's Go To Bed Guestroom (Minty Fresh) 10.Peter Thomas/Oh, Oh, Oooh, Ei Ei Ei-Wo Immer Es Auch Sei Peter Scores-The Erotic World Of The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra (Diggler-Germany) 11.The Coral/Goodbye The Coral (Sony-UK) 12.Pat Williams/The Streets Of San Francisco The Mad, Mad World Of Soundtracks Vol. 2 (Motor-Germany) 13.Wondermints/Out Of Mind Mind If We Make Love To You (Smile) 14. Paper Dolls/Darlin' House: The Pye Anthology (Castle) 15.Antonio Carlos Jobim/Brazil Stone Flower (Epic) 16.Beck/Paper Tiger Sea Change (Geffen) 17.Primal Scream/Some Velvet Morning Evil Heat (Sony-UK) 18.Elvis Vs. JXL/A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit Remix) single (RCA) 19.Blossom Dearie/Long Daddy Green Whisper For You (Polydor-Japan) 20.Mali Music/Spoons Mali Music (Astralwerks) 21.Karia Nomoto/Wild Strawberries The Girl From R.E.A.D.Y.M.A.D.E. (Readymade International-Japan) 22.Charlotte Leslie/Les Filles C'est Fait Wizzz! (M Delabel-France) 23.Felix Da Housecat/Madame Hollywood (Tiga's Mister Hollywood Version) Madme Hollywood/Silver Screen Shower Scene Remixes (Emperor Norton) 24.Cymbals/Wingspan Sine (JVC Victor-Japan) 25.Dotti Holmberg/Sea Of Tears Sometimes Happy Times (Sundazed) 26.Mastretta feat. Julieta Venegaas/Luna De Miel Mastretta (Minty Fresh) 27.Ennio Morricone/Deep Down Danger: Diabolik (soundtrack) (Sycodelic-Italy) 28.The Negro Problem/Watering Hole Welcome Black (Smile) 29.Nicola Conte/La Coda Del Diavolo performed by Karminsky Experience Ltd. Jet Sounds Revisited (Rambling Records-Japan) 30.Juana Molina/Yo Se Que Tres Cosas 31.Cornelius/Point Of View Point (Yann Tomita Remix) 12" (Matador-UK) 32.Mieko Hirota/A Lonely Summer Good Night Tokyo (Readymade-Japan) 33.Lydia Lunch with the Anubian Lights/Nothing But Trouble Champagne, Cocaine & Nicotine Stains (Cripple Dick Hot Wax-Germany) 34.Jazzanova/L.O.V.E. And You And I In Between (Ropeadope/Atlantic) 35.Karin Krog/Meaning Of Love Raindrops, Raindrops (Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany) 36.The Flaming Lips/Are You A Hypnotist?? Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (WB) 37.Freescha/Booggy Foot Slower Than Church Music 38.The Ray Makers/Moonflower (Baldwin Brothers Remix) Phantom Third Channel (Transistor) 39.The Lovin' Spoonful/Younger Girl (Demo Version) Do You Believe In Magic (bonus track) (Buddah) 40.Les Hommes/Intraspetto Les Hommes (ESL) 41.Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On Someday Man (Reprise) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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