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Spectropop - Digest Number 843

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Scopitones! on
           From: B Vlaovic 
      2. Re: American Dreams
           From: Justin McDevitt 
      3. Beatles Anthology - Include Music Videos?
           From: Rex Strother 
      4. Re: Association
           From: Paul Richards 
      5. Brian Wilson On Tour DVD
           From: Bill Reed 
      6. war songs
           From: Patrick Rands 
      7. Gordian Knot
           From: Justin McDevitt 
      8. Re: Skip Bifferty
           From: Stephane Rebeschini 
      9. Re: Monkees novelties
           From: Phil Milstein 
     10. Re: Monkees novelties
           From: Mikey 
     11. Kay Starr...and Edwin
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     12. Re: War Songs
           From: James Botticelli 
     13. Re: Beatles Anthology - Include Music Videos?
           From: Mark Frumento 

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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 07:23:36 -0500 From: B Vlaovic Subject: Scopitones! on Patrick: > Do some poking around at this site and you can find some > scopitones for Michèle Richard and Jenny Rock, and some > others too - Great Quebecoise site! I'd heard that there were some Canadian Scopitones and here they are! The leftfield web site used to post a weekly scopitone but the owner of the site seems to have run out of them for now. You can still view the final one posted at the site, but I'd suggest visiting occassionally as she might obtain some more. If anyone is in Toronto and wants to see an actual scopitone player go to the Faema store (2nd Floor) at the corner of Dupont and Christie. In amongst all the state of the art espresso machines somehow they've managed to plonk a scopitone machine, complete with all it's original films. No idea if it works or not, none of the staff knew anything about it. I was astonished to find it there and started poking around in back and saw that all the films were still loaded in the machine. big names on the title cards other than Petula Clark. But an amazing bit of stuff to stumble upon! N -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 09:23:45 -0600 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: Re: American Dreams Andrew Jones wrote: > My big question about "American Dreams" is: What's gonna happen when > Bandstand moves to L.A.? Andrew, you raise an interesting question, one which I also made a mental note of during one of the show's early episodes. When the show first aired, the historical timeframe was around Sept-Oct 1963, just prior to the Kennedy assassination. As I recall, and I may be a year or two off here, American Bandstand began its new season, (September 1963) in Los Angeles. Again, my memory of the exact move to LA is a bit fuzzy. However, if in fact, Bandstand did relocate to LA in mid 1963, then American Dreams really is taking some historic/geographic licence. Justin McDevitt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 08:56:22 -0700 From: Rex Strother Subject: Beatles Anthology - Include Music Videos? I wanna pick up the Beatles Anthology now on DVD. Does anyone have this yet - does it include the music videos for both "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" (the Lennon tracks which were appended by the then remaining Beatles)? Has anyone noticed all that remains of the Who is the lead guitar and vocalist, while all that remains of the Beatles is the bass player and drummer? I suggest they unite and tour as the "Whotles." Or possibly the "Bho." Rex Strother -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 11:22:13 EST From: Paul Richards Subject: Re: Association Thanks guys for putting me onto brilliant to see video clips of Windy, Requiem for the Masses, Along comes Mary, Changes (with Andy Williams on vocals, very nice) Everything that Touches You & my favourite 'Birthday Morning' They're the greatest ever in my book. Anyone know if these videos are available to buy (I doubt it) or if anyone has them to exchange? Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 16:58:18 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Brian Wilson On Tour DVD In the 1960s, while nearly all my rock crit brethren had the good sense to direct their energies toward writing about such trendoid outfits as Martha Proud and the Birth of God, AxeMeat, Urban Sprawl, the Desi-Rays, and the Triffids, etc., I had the "bad fortune" to be deeply strung out on the uncool Beach Boys. I was flakking for the BB's at a time when they couldn't even get arrested. Pre-Beatles, they were the hottest thing in American pop, but by the time of the so-called Summer of Love they were considered a joke. A 1969 concert at the Fillmore East had been a near disaster. They came on stage decked out in ice-cream colored suits. Fillmore habitues liked their groups grungy, raw and au courant, and the Good Humor apparition on the stage couldn't help but bring out their sadistic side. By the end of their set the Beach Boys were reduced to goosing each other and acting like panicky circus ponies. The "Boys" were so desperate for coverage of any kind, that I received their full cooperation during this period on numerous pieces I wrote about them in "Rolling Stone," "Fusion" and in "ROCK." For the latter, in 1968, I had the opportunity to do a phone Q & A with the notoriously reclusive Brian, the Mary Pickford of rock. A sample: Brian: Bill? Me: Yes, Brian. Brian: Have you ever talked with Mick Jagger? Me: No, I never have. Why? Brian: Are you going to? Me: I'd like to, sure. But I don't foresee it in the near future. Brian: I think you should. Me: What do you mean? Brian: I think he would be a really interesting rap. He's in this movie, "Performance," where he's dressed like a girl, and I think he'd make a good rap. Me: Okay [Beat] Are you tired of being asked about "Surf's Up"? Brian: NO! Me: Do you think it might make it onto a future album? Brian: No. Me: Why? Brian: We lost it. Me: No dubs or anything? Brian: Nope. it's gone. [Slightly retooled, the dubs, or course, DID appear on the BB's 1971 album "Surf's Up" not long after this interview took place.] Me: What are you working on now? Brian: I'm doing the soundtrack of an Andy Warhol movie about a spade gay surfer? There was eventually a Warhol movie along these lines, "San Diego Surf." But it was never released and to the best of my knowledge Brian Wilson had nothing to with its music. Put-on artist or space cadet? I couldn't figure out then, and three decades later, folks, myself included, still haven't quite cracked the conundrum of Brian Wilson. I think I did my best in the 60s and 70s to help propagate in the rock press the then novel idea of Brian Wilson as a creator of something beyond MERE surf music. It's just about the only thing I'm proud of during the few years time I spent shilling for the record industry food chain. All of which leads me to a gift I received for my birthday yesterday-- --along with two too small belts. . . hey! I'm a growing boy!---- the brand new Brian Wilson On Tour DVD. There has been a bit of back and forth in these parts recently about exactly the degree to which Brian Wilson is or is not manipulated into performing these days and the validity of such efforts. Brian Wilson On Tour provides a few clues. Watching Brian in action on the DVD, the sound of his music echoing back to his ears, as played by his twelve-piece WONDER band, brings to his face what appear to be smiles of genuine happiness and fulfillment. Apparently he likes hearing this timeless music over and over again just as much as we, his fans, do. What's NOT to like? From time to time this look of satisfaction seems to come from his band actually translating into "live" performance" actuality what had oft- times taken him hours, days, and even weeks to conjure up in the crucible of the recording studio The fairly lengthy rehearsal sections included in the document should dispel any suspicion that Brian might just being going through the motions; here he seems fully engaged and in charge of the proceedings. Lingering around the edges are traces of the old (almost) autistic demeanor typical of yore. But I sense that presentation of self is more out of habit and doesn't reflect much in the way of a muddled inscape of the mind these days. In the best of all possible worlds a person of Brian Wilson's gifts and accomplishments should be able to find at least a modicum of peace and stability. IMHO this is definitely not the best of all possible worlds, but Brian appears to have beat the odds and managed to have found some Love and Mercy anyway. In a recent interview Brian Wilson spoke to the effect that of all his accomplishments, he was proudest of having beat the odds of mental illness. I think I always knew he would make it. . .and I only talked to the guy on the phone once back in '68. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 17:48:19 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: war songs I'm a little nervous getting this thread going (and seem to recall it has been discussed, but was unable to dig anything up in the archrive), but now is as good a time as any to get a list of topical war songs together. I'm working on a compilation of songs and would love some help. Especially with the early 60s, but also the later 60s period too. Also if the songs are available anywhere would be nice. If not, maybe we can post some of them in musica? Anyone have any interest in this thread? I was depressed to hear of Edwin Starr's passing from a heart attack yesterday. He was a great singer, and he will be missed. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 12:18:42 -0600 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: Gordian Knot Hello Spectropop, Recent comments regarding the group Gordian Knot prompted me to consult for a some biographical data. There were two references to Gordian Knot, one a Soft rock group from the 60s, the 2nd notation referenced a rock group from the 90s. A look at identified a couple of Cds from the 90s group, but no titles from the 60s era Gordian Knot. This leads me to ask; was a Cd released of material from the 60s group? Justin McDevitt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 21:07:43 +0200 From: Stephane Rebeschini Subject: Re: Skip Bifferty Country Paul a écrit: > Ashley: "Skip Bifferty"?!?!?!? (or am I showing my ignorance again?) There's an entry about the UK group "Skip Bifferty" here (look at "Skip"): Stephane -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 12:24:45 -0500 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Monkees novelties Guy Lawrence wrote: > there ever a novelty record inspired by the Monkees? In a > huge bout of wishful thinking I've managed to convince myself > that someone must have recorded say, a "Don't Draft My Darling > Davy" record. Does anyone out there know of any kind of Monkee > cash-in? I have a "Hollyridge Strings play the hits of The Monkees" type of LP. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 16:17:27 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Monkees novelties There is a Monkees rip-off LP called "Monkey Business" on Wyncote Records, which was the budget division of Cameo Parkway. Funny stuff....songs like "Papas Blue Jeans" to confuse people into thinking this was the real deal. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 16:26:45 EST From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Kay Starr...and Edwin Country Paul inquired about Kay Starr. Kay was one of the most successful female hit parade singers of the 40s to mid-50s, second only probably to Doris Day, Patti Page, and Rosemary Clooney! Don't know if she's still alive or not, saw her on her tour with Frankie Laine years ago in the 80s. Other big hits of hers were "Rock & Roll Waltz," "Allez-Vous En," and "Kay's Lament." Believe she was on the Mercury label during the period of "Wheel of Fortune" (with apologies to Pat and Vanna) Another Starr, talented "soul" who convinced me that Detroit was never more than "25 Miles" away from Chicago (for me!) has sadly passed away this week at 61--RIP Edwin, a true Agent Double-O-Soul. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 16:17:47 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: War Songs Patrick Rands wrote: > I'm a little nervous getting this thread going (and seem > to recall it has been discussed, but was unable to dig > anything up in the archive), but now is as good a time as > any to get a list of topical war songs together. I'm working > on a compilation of songs and would love some help. Especially > with the early 60s, but also the later 60s period too. Also > if the songs are available anywhere would be nice. Patrick...You might recall when I used to do my "Sugar Shack" soul program in the 80s, I did a Veterans Day salute to vets everywhere in listening range. (I would have reached farther, but no one would have heard it ;-) I have a collection of about forty 45s of soul and gyrrrl group soldier songs. Not in the anti- war vein, but a lotta my listeners were vets and dug it on that level. Of course today's American army is comprised of volunteers, not conscriptees........Anyway, I would be into working on it with you and please, don't be nervous. Its okay! JB (you can contact me off list) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 23:57:00 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Beatles Anthology - Include Music Videos? Rex Strother wrote: > I wanna pick up the Beatles Anthology now on DVD. Does > anyone have this yet - does it include the music videos > for both "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" (the Lennon tracks > which were appended by the then remaining Beatles)? Rex, Yes it does and it has an excellent "making of" the amazing "Free As a Bird" video. Really a landmark DVD! Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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