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Spectropop - Digest Number 615

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Squires of the Subterranean
           From: Christopher Davidson 
      2. Uncle Phil
           From: Mark Frumento 
      3. Re: 42nd St.
           From: Mike Rashkow 
      4. Re; King Karol's on 42nd St.
           From: David Bell 
      5. Bobby Sheen
           From: Carlos Sheen 
      6. Re: King Karol's on 42nd St.
           From: Mike Rashkow 
      7. Re: Bobby Sheen
           From: F. Wright 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 08:11:07 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Christopher Davidson 
Subject: Squires of the Subterranean

I believe someone mentioned the Squires of the
Subterranean's first disk a while back.  Looks like
the follow-up CD is out.  I ordered mine from Not
Lame.  May be of interest to '60s pop-ists jonesing
for a little more R&R.  Here's the write-up from Not

The Squires Of The Subterrain - Big Boy Pete Treats
Wow!!! The followup to 1998's "Pop In A CD", this is 
a heady, sumptuous stew of tasteful 60s inspired Beat
power pop that mixes Beach Boys/ Wondermints melodies
and expansive song structures and strokes of paisley
pop a la Game Theory and strong doses of Zombies with 
a bit of cold filtered '67/68 Rolling Stones and "See
Emily" styled Pink Floyd, as well. Hard to escape,
happily so we report, the Wondermints and Beach Boys
influence. They extend the pop continuum, showing that
'psychedelic pop' is not an artifact frozen in another
time, but a vital, living tradition. Imagine The
Resonars and psychy XTC playing up on the Dukes Of
Stratosphere vibe and you may get an even better idea.
This is crucially beautiful paisley, psych power pop
that is not to be missed! The highest of
recommendation from Not Lame! Utterly Fantastic!

Chris Davidson
The Sixth Dave Clark Five

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 21:36:02 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Uncle Phil I'm sure the "Uncle Phil" bootlegs have been mentioned on Spectropop in the past but I could only find one post about them. It seems to me that there are quite a few really great uncomped songs (unless I missed some comps, which is possible) on the two LPs. Some of the great ones are Carla Thomas' "I Loved You Like I Love My Very Life", written by Toni Wine. That one almost sounds like a demo. Can anyone shed some light on the availability of these songs on CD. Of all the tracks only a few like The McKinleys, Nino Tempo/April Stevens etc seem to have appeared. Mark Frumento -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 06:59:49 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: 42nd St. Mick Patrick: > A question for you Rashkovsky, mate: Did you ever have > a hot dog in Gorman's on 42nd Street? If so, with whom? Never even heard of it. But I worked at King Karol's record shop on 42nd. Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 14:05:28 EDT From: David Bell Subject: Re; King Karol's on 42nd St. King Karol's in 42nd Street? I blitzed that store in 1979 on my first trip to New York. My wife was pretty unhappy though at the size of the Mastercard bill after we returned to the UK. Happy memories. David. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 19:57:52 -0000 From: Carlos Sheen Subject: Bobby Sheen (From the Spectropop Public Bulletin Board) Hey everyone, Well I'm still looking for songs that my dad recorded for Phil Spector. I almost have his complete recordings from when he sung with the Robins, but I'm still looking for his stuff that he did on Liberty and Dimension. I know he did a song called "Seven Million People" (it sounds kinda like "He's A Rebel" with a cha-cha beat) and another one called "Talking About My Baby" (it sounds a little like Dee Clark's "Your Friends"). I think both were produced by Phil. I'm sure there are others that I don't know about. Most of my father's friends have now passed away. They really didn't know much about what, when or who he recorded for back in the late 50s early 60s. So please, if you can help it would be great. Thanks. Carlos Sheen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 23:33:43 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: King Karol's on 42nd St. David Bell: > King Karol's in 42nd Street? I blitzed that store in 1979 on my > first trip to New York. My wife was pretty unhappy though at the > size of the Mastercard bill after we returned to the UK. Good store. You should have seen the basement. Wow! At the time I worked there they were the largest "one-stop" in the city. Sold a ton of stuff to other stores that were too small to have accounts at the distributors. Funny thing is that Phil King and Benny Karol got into the business because they had a hamburger stand in, I think, Rockaway Beach that was doing nothing at all. A rack-jobber guy comes by and puts in a rack of 45's. The records start selling better than the burgers. Two Yiddish guys from Brooklyn--it doesn't take them long to figure out which side of the bun their butter is on. They convert to a record shop and the rest is, as they say...hysteria. Three of the guys I worked with there were running their own little business out of the basement selling 33's on the street for a buck a piece. They'd take orders, then when they were down in the basement pulling orders for the store, they'd pull their own orders, put theirs in the big trash cans, cover them with clean trash--record boxes/brown paper-- and go about their business. At closing time, they'd take the trash cans out leave them in the alley by the front of the store. They'd mark theirs in some kind of way so their buddy would swing by, early in the AM, before the trash hauler got there and make the pickup of the records. They ran that scam for a couple of years. Cute! We thought they were the best guys to work with. Always did the hard work down in the basement--always volunteered to bring out the trash. Me, I'm looking at 45 labels and trying to figure out how to get in a recording studio. I'd guess they were taking out 200-300 albums a day. The real business was so huge the owners had a hard time keeping track of inventory and they were busy watching the front door. It was all going out the back. :)- Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 05:07:37 -0000 From: F. Wright Subject: Re: Bobby Sheen Carlos Sheen: > ...who he recorded for back in the late 50s early 60s. So please, > if you can help it would be great. Thanks. I have two Bobby Sheen solo 45's: Liberty 55459 - How Many Nights (How Many Days)/How Can We Ever Be Together - both sides prod. by Phil Spector, arr & cond by Arnie Goland. and a later stereo 45 released in 1975 Chelsea CH3034 - Love Stealing/Come On And Love Me. One side is a soulful ballad, flip is 70's disco. Producer: Ed Sherman. Unfortunately, both of these 45's are in fair to poor condition. Hope this helps. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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