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Spectropop - Digest Number 666

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 21 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: music in commercials
           From: Patrick Beckers 
      2. Re: Then He Kissed Me
           From: Mikey 
      3. Toni Jones/Cupcakes
           From: John Clemente 
      4. Vontastic Voyage
           From: Bill Craig  
      5. Re: Gomez
           From: Stewart Mason 
      6. Re: Rascals
           From: Steve Harvey 
      7. Oh the pain!
           From: Martin Roberts 
      8. Re: music in commercials
           From: Martin Roberts 
      9. Tea's ready, Cupcakes time!
           From: Martin Roberts 
     10. Toni Jones/Cupcakes
           From: Ian and Pat Slater 
     11. Re: Rascals
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Re: Vontastics
           From: zombie7123 
     13. Jim Backus On Vacation
           From: zombie7123 
     14. Marginal girls
           From: Doc 
     15. Doo-Lang
           From: Doc 
     16. Cupcakes and Toni Jones
           From: Mike Edwards 
     17. Hale & The Hushabyes
           From: Martin Roberts 
     18. I own a Hale & The Hushabyes
           From: Steve Harvey 
     19. Re: Jim Backus On Vacation
           From: Dave 
     20. Where Have You Been The Last Month?!
           From: Martin Roberts 
     21. Dear dear
           From: thomas taber 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 10:58:44 +0100
   From: Patrick Beckers 
Subject: Re: music in commercials

Alan Gordon:
> Does anyone know who does that really nice sparse arrangement 
> of The Beatles "Getting Better" for the Philips ads on 
> American tv?  Sounds a little like Jellyfish.

If Philips hasn't made a new recording by a new artists, it must be the
British band Gomez.

Patrick Beckers

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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 08:49:02 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Then He Kissed Me Robert: > What is the instrument playing the solo on this song's > introductory bars? [Then He Kissed Me] Robert, that's a guitar and piano in unison. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 11:10:44 -0500 From: John Clemente Subject: Toni Jones/Cupcakes Hello All, This is in answer to Mike Edwards' inquiry about the Toni Jones/Cupcakes records. I'm surprised that you haven't found an original copy of "Pied Piper", as it is fairly common. As far as the Toni Jones single goes, it seems that collectors are still in bidding wars over that one. I haven't seen a copy go for less than $25.00 in private auctions. Sorry, I can't help you with CD versions of either. Regards, John Clemente -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 16:44:52 -0000 From: Bill Craig Subject: Vontastic Voyage The discussion about the possibility that Lennon and McCartney had not written one of the Beatles' hits that they are credited with, made me think of a somewhat similar story. In the mid-nineties a friend of mine named Andy had become friendly with Jimmy Webb. When I heard that he knew Mr. Webb I asked him to mention to him at some point that a friend of his (me)had always suspected that the Johnny Rivers song Poor Side Of Town had actually been written by Jim Webb although he was not so credited. When Andy brought this up with J.W. he avoided giving him a definitive answer but implied that he might be on to something. Thus began, over a few months, a series of conversations between Andy and J.W. in which the legendary writer and Grammy winner confessed that over the years, mostly late '60s, early 70's, he had ghost-written many big hits for other artists and let them claim writing credits for themselves,including THE BEATLES! When Andy reported this in strictest confidence back to me and another friend, we were, of course, skeptical but intrigued. To make a fairly long story short, after totally convincing Andy that this was true and adding enough detail to the story to have the rest of us almost wavering on the brink of suspending disbelief, Jimmy admitted that the whole thing was a goof. I guess anybody who can write such great pop classics is also creative enough to spin a convincing yarn. Regards to all, Bill Craig -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 12:03:29 -0500 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Gomez Alan Gordon asks: > Does anyone know who does that really nice sparse arrangement > of The Beatles "Getting Better" for the Philips ads on American > TV? Sounds a little like Jellyfish. As noted by others, it's the British pop group Gomez -- the full version is on their odd'n'sods album ABANDONED SHOPPING TROLLEY HOTLINE (Virgin, 2000). S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 09:56:19 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Rascals Country Paul, If you see Eddie ask him if he's talked to Mari Thelander lately. She was the one holding the Rascals torch aloft during the 90s. By the way, how did you get into voiceovers? [offlist] -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 19:05:21 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Oh the pain! > If I were Mo Ostin, I'd probably have chosen not to release > it either. Country Paul's words went through me like a knife! Oh the pain, the hurt and the rejection!!! Or am I over reacting? :-) Ain't it funny though how bears like honey and you want EVERYONE to love the music you love? Earlier postings of mine might have indicated that if a record release has a date post '66/'67 my eyes (and ears) start to glaze over. The impression is correct! It's not that I don't know I'll love some post punk era music - this was about the time I gave up on 'modern' stuff-more to do with the still vast amount of 60s discs I've yet to hear. How many records, books, films, websites and magazines can one person consume! Around this 'real world' I've somehow got to find the time to run my business, feed my family and sleep! But since I started collecting and editing the Nitzsche site it seemed only proper to obtain Jack's discs, CDs etc; Even if this meant finding dates attached to them as alien to me as 1971, 1988, 2001!! Yikes! For the most part I have, as expected, enjoyed them. "3 Piece Suite", although not an immediate smasharoony really gets under my skin. I love it. "Lower California", "The Loneliest Fool", "Little Al", "Sleeping Daughter" and "Marie" (pure beauty on plastic!), for example. And just to let you know Jack never took himself too seriously, the 'fun' of "New Mexico" and "On The Moodus Run". As surreal as the lyrics by Robert Downey are, it is Jack's use of music to create a mood that hits me in the guts. Van Dyke Parkisms? Some, agreed, but I'm not clued up enough on Van Dyke to be sure they were not originally Nitzscheisms! Certainly echoes of this facet of Jack can be heard on a fair few of his 60s records. And just as I was putting away my still soggy hankie, the latest part of C.P.'s review came in and put the smile back on my face! Pleased you enjoyed two of the demos Paul, what about Carly and Reno? As for the rather gorgeous Priscilla and her sisters, yes I have the LP and used to have 3 of the 45s but I went through a phase of disposing of 'duplicate' records, shame. Channelling the mysticism induced by Marie, I feel a Paris Sisters 45 might turn up as next week's Record Of The Week! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 19:49:38 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: music in commercials Alan Gordon wrote: > Does anyone know who does that really nice sparse arrangement > of The Beatles "Getting Better" for the Philips ads on American tv? Sounds a little like Jellyfish. ...and Phil Milstein replied: > I presumed it to be studio hands, rather than an intact combo. ....and Bryan replied: > Actually, the version you may be thinking of is by the British > group Gomez. The Wondermints, Liquor Giants and other bands > I know and love (some of 'em) turned in versions of "Getting > Better" to the ad company as well, but they went with Gomez. And Martin replied: Strewth, is there no end to the knowledge you can find on this site! Martin PS Mentioning the Beatles again, Day Tripper, UK slang? Maybe it's my convent education but in our family we used to have a few 'day trips' to the seaside etc. Maybe some kids from the tougher side of the tracks can elaborate?! :-) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 18:34:22 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Tea's ready, Cupcakes time! Hi Mike, I was chatting off line with another 'popper and he also wanted to hear Cupcakes. I still have it on my hard drive, so nice and easy mp3 playing on musica. I had intended to use Toni Jones on Jack's Record Of The Week in the near future. If nobody else posts it, I'll play it then. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 20:46:10 -0000 From: Ian and Pat Slater Subject: Toni Jones/Cupcakes Like me, and doubtless others on the group, Mike Edwards has been hunting down Alan Betrock's top 131 girl group records. He asked about the availability of: Toni Jones - Here Comes My Baby (Smash, 1963) Cupcakes - Pied Piper (Diamond, 1965) The first was reissued under the title "Dear (Here Comes My Baby)" on the Japanese "A-Side" label CD "Phil Spector Master -piece Vol. 2". It's a gimmicky, fast, doo-woppy record with a male-lead chorus croaking "Dear dear dear dear..." in the background. A great party record. Written, I think, by Uncle Phil (the sleeve notes are mostly in Japanese) but I'm sur someone on this site will be able to confirm or refute that with authority. I'm pretty sure the CD is deleted now and quite scarce. The Cupcakes record is absolutely classic girl -group sound, about a boy who has all the girls running after him (you probably guessed that). Written by Ritchie Cordell and.... Paul Simon!) The flip, a ballad - "Winter Blue", is almost as good, written by Ritchie Cordell who produced both tracks. To my knowledge neither side has ever been reissued, more's the pity. Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 17:23:53 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Rascals James B Gerwitz wrote: > Of course in those days "More" was filler compared to all . their other killer stuff. for a modern take on "More" check out Balanco on Nicola Conte's label out of Italy. Bossa-fied with live instruments. A gem of a version IMHO JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 03:23:27 -0000 From: zombie7123 Subject: Re: Vontastics Billy: > I always thought "Day Tripper" was a British (slang) term, > and no American black musican could have come up using > that term. Steve Harvey wrote: > Daytripper was about a prostitute. One of three hooker tunes > the Fabs did. No, not according to John and Paul: a "day tripper" is more like a part-time hippie, a poseur. Here are some quotes they said about writing the song (if you do indeed accept the fact that they wrote the song -- notice the discrepancies in their accounts): JOHN 1980: "That's mine. Including the guitar lick, the guitar break, and the whole bit. It's just a rock 'n roll song. Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferry boat or something. But it was kind of-- you know, you're just a weekend hippie. Get it?" PAUL circa-1994: "Acid was coming on the scene, and we'd often do these songs about 'the girl who thought she was it.' Mainly the impetus for that used to come from John-- I think John met quite a few girls who thought they were it... But this was just a tongue-in-cheek song about someone who was a day tripper, a sunday painter, a sunday driver, somebody who was committed only in part to the idea. Where we saw ourselves as full-time trippers, fully committed drivers, she was just a day tripper. That was a co-written effort-- we were both making it all up but I would give John the main credit." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 03:35:28 -0000 From: zombie7123 Subject: Jim Backus On Vacation I have been searching for quite a long time for a novelty song by Jim Backus called (I believe) either "On Vacation" "On Vacation From My Last Vacation", or simply "Vacation." As far as I know, it's the flip side of one of his most famous singles, "Delicious". Does anybody have a copy? Post it to musica? I realize that Jim Backus isn't quite in the Spectropop purview, but perhaps playing the father of James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" will earn him one free pass to the inner sanctum of rock 'n' roll. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 00:27:26 -0500 From: Doc Subject: Marginal girls Patrick: > Does anyone have any information on these compilations > on Marginal? Thanks a bunch! I have 9 volumes. They are so-so. The early volumes are best. Doc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 00:30:30 -0500 From: Doc Subject: Doo-Lang Tony: > I hope Varese can locate Andrea Carroll. It seem to me > there was an interview some time ago in Goldmine with her. > I'd also love to get Doo Lang on CD by her, but that track > may be too obscure for you. It is on Marginal 080, Meet the Carroll "Family" Girls CD. Doc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 21:31:44 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Cupcakes and Toni Jones A big thank-you to John Clemente, Martin Roberts and Ian Slater for responding to my enquiry about The Cupcakes and Toni Jones 45s. Martin played "Pied Piper" to musica in super quality (how DO you do that?) and he's promised to play Toni Jones too. An extra thanks to you, Martin. I like the Betty & Karen song as well. But, who is Jack? And how do we hear his record of the week? Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 20:49:37 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Hale & The Hushabyes Just read John's message on the $25 selling price of Toni Jones' "Dear" on Smash. Quite dear. Just noticed that Hale & The Hushabyes' "Yes Sir That's My Baby" on Apogee has sold on an eBay auction 'buy now' for a price of $300. Now that's VERY dear! Do I own a copy? No. I'll have to make do with the later York release. Martin ["dear" == UK-speak for "expensive"] -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 14:26:42 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: I own a Hale & The Hushabyes Got that single years ago and only kept it because I knew the B side is by Sonny Bono (anything that mentions Quetzal has a Bono connection). Later found out that Brian Wilson and Blossoms were on it. That the session where Hal Blaine stopped drumming to get his camera because the Rolling Stones had walked in and nobody had seen anybody with hair like that at the time. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 18:11:32 -0500 From: Dave Subject: Re: Jim Backus On Vacation zombie7123 writes: > I have been searching for quite a long time for a novelty song by > Jim Backus called (I believe) either "On Vacation" "On Vacation > From My Last Vacation", or simply "Vacation." As far as I know, > it's the flip side of one of his most famous singles, "Delicious". > Does anybody have a copy? Post it to musica? "I Need A Vacation" is, indeed, the flip of"Delicious" (Jubilee 5330). Unfortunately, I'm not set up to play it to musica. -dave -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 22:46:45 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Where Have You Been The Last Month?! Mike Edwards: > But, who is Jack? And how do we hear his record of the week? Hi Mike, 'Jack' is the Mr Nitzsche who arranged the Spector-written song "Dear", which was originally recorded by Bob B Soxx & the Bluejeans on their "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" LP. This, of course, was produced by Mr Spector and also arranged by Mr. Nitzsche. Some smug b* has a London American copy signed by Bobby Sheen & Darlene Love. But he ain't got Hale And The Hushabyes! Record Of The Week for Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop is currently Ramona King's "Ballyhoo". Glad you're enjoying the music, Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 14:51:07 -0800 (PST) From: thomas taber Subject: Dear dear We Americans have known what "dear" meant to the British for nearly 35 years now, ever since we started wondering if we too would be able to afford, in our dotage, to "summer" on the Isle of Wight! My dotage is now less than 12 years away! re: songs that choke me up - "The Great Mandala" by P.P. & Mary gets me every time. Tom Taber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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