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Spectropop - Digest Number 602

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Best 60s-era revival edwyn collins
           From: Richard Hattersley 
      2. SLOW FIZZ - Manchester party - website ready!
           From: Elisabeth 
      3. Radio Rotation
           From: Alan Gordon 
      4. Mostly radio
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Daily Flash, Warren Zevon and Gordon Lightfoot ill; Suzi Jane Hokum
           From: Country Paul 
      6. Still playing catch-up.
           From: Martin Roberts 
      7. The Liquid Room 09/15/02
           From: David Ponak 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 17:35:35 +0000
   From: Richard Hattersley 
Subject: Re: Best 60s-era revival edwyn collins

> It sounds so 60s because he sampled the first couple bars of
> Len Barry's 1965 hit "1-2-3" and looped it over and over as
> the main riff of that song. Great song anyway, I was very 
> happy when it became a radio hit here in the USA.

I didn't know that - thanks for the info.

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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 18:07:56 -0000 From: Elisabeth Subject: SLOW FIZZ - Manchester party - website ready! Dear Spectropoppers, Further to yesterday's post, I've managed to get a webpage for SLOW FIZZ up and running: You will find the flyer, directions for the venue and contact details. Bookmark it so you can check back for any news or bits and pieces - and don't forget to email me if you're planning on coming so we can get you on the list. (It would be nice to know who is coming along, too!) love, elisabeth x -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 20:39:11 -0700 From: Alan Gordon Subject: Radio Rotation Sorry... I'm not up to snuff on my Spectropop digests, so this may have been covered in posts I haven't got to yet. I think music is just slightly more than "background music", as some of you SpectroFolks have said. I think music is also basic bookmarks in people's history. It's the easiest way to access memories for most of us, as it's probably the most basic emotional tie with our past. Actually, I understand "smelling" is the best interface for remembrances - with the nose, not the armpits - but I like music better. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 00:15:27 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Mostly radio Once again, I'm catching up on stuff. First the short stuff... Kingsley Abbott: re. "More Rockin' On Broadway" on Ace CDCHD 853, is there a track list on-line for that, please? The Time/Brent/Shad labels of the '58 - '61 period had some great stuff, i.e., the Bell Notes (not just "I've Had It" but the beautifully innocent "Old Spanish Town") and also Bertha Tillman's exquisite "Oh My Angel" on Brent. Tom Taber: "Baby Sittin' Boogie" (Columbia) was a medley of Buzz Clifford's greatest hit! I think he had one or more follow-ups on Dot, but no success with them. Neil Hever and others have commented extensively on the junk that passes for US commercial radio these days. As a 29-year vet of many formats, including playing a lot of tracks we talk about here when they were new, I couldn't agree more. Focus groups and 10-second snippets on the telephone have taken the place of people "with ears", and it shows. Oldies stations are egregious sinners in this field - yes, Fats Domino had more hits than "Blueberry Hill" - honest!), but this shortsightedness transcends all formats. "New country", for example, a wide-open free-ranging sound when it coalesced in the late 80s, is now as stereotypical in its mid-tempo suburban-blue-collar-plus-twang sound as top 40 (or Contemporary Hit Radio) is with its narrow Britney-boy-band-and-hip-hop focus. When somehow something of quality finds its way onto the charts despite lack of airplay, or something different from the expected norm hits big (the most famous recent examples being the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack in the country field, or the John Mayer album in pop), the suits just mutter "aberration," go back to their ever-narrowing charts, and wonder where the listeners went. Fortunately, there is public radio. NPR is probably, on their news and feature programs, exposing more new and interesting music than 95% of commercial music stations. All the subdividing of today's commercial station formats now hides the fact (possibly new to younger members of this list) that both top 40 and album-rock/progressive radio played a wide range of styles by artists of a rainbow of colors. The Edwin Hawkins Singers "Oh, Happy Day", is a perfect example of a song that was irresistible and a mammoth hit on white pop as well as r&b radio. It probably doesn't get played today because it might be taken as too religious and thus politically incorrect since it would be "promoting Christianity". Not that I want to see pop music go exclusively to gospel - I'm kinda off to the liberal left myself - but good music is timeless. Dan Hughes, if your town had two oldies stations (or any format) and one had a well-chosen and more music-freak-oriented longer playlist, it would struggle and scrimp on equipment and salaries, but the folks who worked there - and who listened to it - would love it faithfully and put up with fewer dollars for more satisfaction. Alas, the owner, unless s/he had a similar commitment, would probably be looking at the bottom line and finding the idea of making less money than the crosstown competition intolerable. But there are those ever-rarer owners who do stand by their stations that way. As Freya, JB and others have noted, the "Clear Channelization" of US radio has created not only a dearth of quality music on commercial airwaves but also of talent to present it. Their arrogance and the-masses-are-always-right attitude are astonishing. Sadly, it is true that to most people, music is "sonic wallpaper", and most other people don't care as much as we do. For now at least, there is internet radio, but as Tipsy Dave noted, "Is it really surprising that the Powers That Be have targeted internet radio lately?" At this time, it looks as though it may provide the only way any good music, new or other, will get out. Keep your eye on the out-of-control out-TO-control FCC. And by the way, WCBS-FM's "liberal" playlist just narrowed considerably; the end of August saw the end of the "Doo Wop Shop", as recently as 10 years ago the #1-rated Sunday night radio program. Why? Because that music's target audience has aged out of the advertising spectrum - theoretically, their brand choices are already made, and thus, no matter how many of that age group listen, their numbers don't count. The station has been re-set to aim at 40-year-olds and the music of THEIR youth - old enough to have money, young enough to not be locked in to brand choices. I sent an e-mail to 'CBS-FM when the Doo Wop Shop was cut back by an hour and got a reply saying effectively "F*** You, who cares?" They didn't even respond to the one I sent when they killed the show. Lindsay Martin: one of my favorite stations on the net or anywhere is KDAV, Lubbock Texas With studios on Buddy Holly Avenue, you can imagine what they play! They're a local 1000 watter run by folks who are obviously in it for love. They might be one generation too early for this list, and definitely have a country accent, but it's the true-blue stuff that rock and roll is made of. Have fun! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 00:47:59 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Daily Flash, Warren Zevon and Gordon Lightfoot ill; Suzi Jane Hokum Jimmy B and Phil M, in addition to the Daily Flash bio you quote, they have a 45 EP(!) recently issued on Sundazed of previously unreleased tracks. One, "Girl From The North Country" (not the Bob Dylan song) is really good, sort of like Lyme & Cybelle's "Follow Me" (White Whale, 1965). Which brings to mind - "Lyme," of course, was Warren Zevon, recently reported to have inoperable lung cancer. Only 55 years told. Very sad. News reports have him taking it very stoically. Also ill, apparently quite dangerously, is Gordon Lightfoot. No details except for second hand info I'd rather not repeat without substantiation. Re: Suzi Jane Hokum, from "Fuzz Acid & Flowers": "An associate of Lee Hazlewood, Suzi Jane Hokum released several solo records, in a folk/country/pop style rather outside the scope of this book. She deserves a mention however as she was also the producer of several LHI groups, like the International Submarine Band or the Kitchen Cinq, and played the role of Dorothy on the strange Mort Garson's The Wozard Of Iz, An Electronic Odyssey." From the site "The mysterious Miss Hokum was a staffer at Lee Hazlewood's LHI Productions, and the subject of his ghastly 'Suzi Jane is Back in Town.' She makes a terrific Dorothy, with a voice at once jaded, naive and adorably congested." By the way, International Submarine Band was reissued on Shiloh; there's an article at Further illumination on ISB and Suzi Jane from Rhino, "By the time "Safe At Home" was recorded in 1967, The International Submarine Band was down to just Parsons and John Nuese, plus an assortment of friends (such as 'Hickory Wind' cowriter Bob Buchanan) and hired guns (including future Burrito Brother Chris Ethridge). 'We pretty much cut the album live,' producer Suzi Jane Hokum told Barney Hoskyns in Mojo. 'It was, "Let's go for that pure, raw sound that comes without too much fiddling around.'" Now you know why they call me Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 20:10:39 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Still playing catch-up. I'm still looking through my old digests and finding things I wish I'd commented on:- Firstly, congratulations to Mark (one half of that great duo, The "M & M's")Frumento and his great site dedicated to Mark (the other half of the duo) Wirtz at Think I've said it before (I'm afraid that's what happens with age) but I can't believe that "A Teenage Opera" was not a huge US hit. The site serves as a super reminder (for those that need reminding) that there is a lot more to Mark Wirtz than 60s European smash hits. Secondly, what about the contact from The Lovelites!! WOW, already, myths and legends are being corrected. The Spectropop Team's track record of new features and pages leave me in no doubt that we have not heard the last from The Lovelites. Thirdly, Bill Reed mentioned Petula Clark's great Sequel double CD release, "En Vogue" but omitted to mention that said release is a Mick Patrick "production". (Now where have I heard that name before?!) Fourthly, in answer to the quiz that Tony Hatch(!) set, I'd suggest the answer is all of the songs on the list were recorded by Petula Clark in French. And I claim my prize! (Or have I missed this already!) Fifthly, Hip, Hip Hooray! for Elisabeth. Two 'Spectropop' parties in a few months - who says the 'Brits' don't know how to party! Sixthly, Ginny Arnell turning Japanese! WOW!! Martin PS Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop's new Record Of The Week is another groovy girl group item. The Westwoods "I Miss My Surfer Boy Too". If you've previously missed it, download the mp3 quick! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 12:34:30 -0400 From: David Ponak Subject: The Liquid Room 09/15/02 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 Please join me this coming weekend (9/23) for a live in studio performance from Juana Molina, the amazing singer/songwriter from Argentina. The Liquid Room 9/15/02 1.The Association/Come In In Birthday (WB) 2.The Cymbals/Radiation/Vibration Sine (JVC Victor-Japan) 3.Mark Lindsey/Something Big The Mad, Mad World Of Soundtracks (Motor-Germany) 4.Ladytron/Blue Jeans Light&Magic (Emperor Norton) 5.Komeda/Cul De Sac What Makes It Go (Minty Fresh) 6.Inner Dialogue/I Go To Life Inner Dialogue (RG) 7.The Bran Flakes/Autumn Bounces! (Happi Tyme Records) 8.The Rolling Stones/We Love You Singles Collection-The London Years (Abkco) 9.The Polyphonic Spree/Track 7 The Beginning Stages Of... (Good Records) 10.Orchestral Manoeures In The Dark/Waiting For The Man Navigation: The OMD B-Sides (Virgin-UK) 11.Saint Etienne/7 Summers Action (single b-side) (Mantra-UK) 12.Marie Laforet/Paint It Black (French) Femmes De Paris (Anthology-France) 13.Wondermints/Ride Mind If We Make Love To You (Smile) 14.Brian Wilson/Marketplace Landylocked (Geritol) 15.Nicola Conte/Arabesque Vocal Version Performed by Micatone Jet Sounds Revisited (Schema) 16.Olivia Newton-John/Sam Magic: The Very Best Of... (UTV) 17.The Witch Hazel Sound/2 Or 3 Things I Know About Her This World, Then The Fireworks (Hidden Agenda) 18.The Walker Brothers/Deadlier Than The Male Portrait (bonus track) (Phillips-UK) 19.Pico/Akai Sabaku E Ikanai Ka ABC-Pico First (Kitty-Japan) 20.Spookey Rubin/When You Fall In Love With Someone Who's In Love With Someone Else Bed (Hi-Hat) 21.Bee Gees/Red Chair, Fade Away Bee Gees Ist (Polydor) 22.Bee Gees/Mrs. Gillespies Refrigerator From The Bee Gees Archives (BGR) 23.The Coral/Goodbye The Coral (Sony-UK) 24.The Negro Problem/Father Popcorn Welcome Black (Smile) 25.Beck/Lost Cause Sea Change (Geffen) 26.Neil Diamond/A Modern Day Version Of Love Play Me: The Complete Uni Recordings... (MCA) 27.Evan Dando & Sabrina Brooke/Summer Wine Total Lee! The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood (Astralwerks) 28.Juana Molina/Salvese Quien Pueda Tres Cosas (JM) 29.Felix Da Housecat/Silver Screen Shower Scene (Ladtron Live At Eric's Mix) Madame Hollywood/Silver Screen Shower Scene Remixes (Emperor Norton) 30.Miss "Misdemeanor" Elliot/Work It (Instrumental) Single (Elektra) 31.The Specials/Sock It To 'Em JB More Specials (Capitol) 32.Peter Thomas/Oh, Oh, Oooh, Ei Ei Ei-Wo Immer Es Auch Sei Peter Scores! (Diggler-Germany) 33.Roy OrbisonSouthbound Jericho Parkway The Singles Collection 1965-1973 (Polydor) 34.Faultine/The Colossl Gray Sunshine (Vocals by Wayne Coyne) Your Love Means Everything (Elektra) 35.The Love Generation/Love And Sunshine Love And Sunshine-The Best Of The Love Generation (Sundazed) 36.The Free Design/Peekabo Cosmic Peekaboo (Marina) 37.Les Hommes/Weegee Les Homme (ESL) 38.Novo/Akai Mori Softrock Drivin'-Koi No 246 (King-Japan) 39.Pulp/The Trees (felled by I Monster) Single (Island-UK) 40.The Who/My Generation (Instrumental) My Generation (Deluxe Edition) (MCA) 41.The Ray Makers/What Would You Like To Play? Phantom Third Channel (Transistor Recordings) 42.Bob Dorough/She Smiled Sweetly To Communicate (Vivid-Japan) 43.Café Tacuba/Insomnio Y Tu Mama Tambien (soundtrack) (Anhelo) 44.Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends/Trust The Complete.... (Polydor-Japan) 45.Nana Kinomi/Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa 60's Cutie Pop Collection: Suki Suki Edit (King-Japan) 46.Mastretta/White Sheets, Tight Bed Mastretta (Minty Fresh) 47.Paul Williams/Mornin' I'll Be Movin' On Someday Man (Reprise) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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