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Spectropop V#0013

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/13/97

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                          "ALL THE POOP THAT FITS"
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           Volume #0013                                 11/14/97
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    Subject:     slow down!  aagh!
    Sent:        11/13/97 12:20 AM
    Received:    11/13/97 7:55 AM
    From:        Jack Madani, Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    
    
    dang!  People are answering stuff that *I* wanted to say, so's I could 
    appear to be all knowledgeable and so forth!
    
    Carol Knudson, who in private refers to this list as Spectropoop, sez:
    > Though not of the  'Spectropop' era, one of my favorite lines 
    > in any song is "You ain't  a beauty, but hey you're 
    > alright..."
    
    What a coincidence, that's one of the few Springsteen songs that I really
    adore.  Leave us not forget that the outro to that tune is based on the 
    Hal
    Blaine Be My Baby "boom, ba-doom WHACK!"
    
    >   And let's not forget the Main 
    >Man himself in "He's Sure The Boy I Love" "When he holds me tight, 
    >everything's right..."
    
    This is the one that I wanted to mention, and you beat me to it.  
    Therefore,
    let me merely add that my favorite part is the beginning, when Darlene 
    sez,
    "but he sure ain't the way I thot he'd be."  I love how she pronounces
    "thot."
    
    >CAROL (who had Jimmy Soul's "If You Want To Be Happy" played at her
    >        wedding
    
    This was the other tune I wanted to mention.  I think what's going on 
    here is that these songs have a high HUMOR quotient, something which also 
    seems to have left the music world after "Relevance" came in.
    
    >For the curious, I'm pretty sure that an Ullman comp 
    >CD exists on Rhino (where else?)
    
    There are two Tracey Ullman discs:  one is indeed a Rhino comp, which 
    includes all of her album "You Broke My Heart In 17 Places," plus several 
    tracks from her other album, called "You Caught Me Out."
    
    However, for those who are intrigued by Tracey's sound, I'd recommend 
    trying to find the complete YCMO, which was originally released on Stiff 
    and which does exist on cd as an import, with bonus tracks included.  One 
    song in particular is magnificent, called "Sunglasses."  Faux Spector all 
    the way, including high compression on the mix.  But if you can tune down 
    the treble to stop your ears from bleeding, you'll fall in love with this 
    track.  Sunglasses *is* one of the cuts added on to the Rhino disc, but 
    the import disc of YCMO also includes an extended version of Sunglasses 
    that is worth hearing.
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    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   Jack_MadXXX@XXXXXX2.nj.us
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
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    Subject:     Nice Guys Finish Last
    Sent:        11/13/97 3:24 AM
    Received:    11/13/97 7:55 AM
    From:        Kevin & Collette Mangold, discXXX@XXXXXXmail.com
    
    
    I bought a Jan & Dean boot cassette a few years ago, (please don't rat  
    on me!), and one of the songs really stood out.
    
    'Nice Guys Finish Last' must have some J&D connection, but as there were  
    no liner notes with the tape, I don't know what it might be.
    
    A Jan Berry production?  Was it an unreleased Matadors track?
    
    Did Jan co-write the tune?  Was Dean or Gary Zekley involved?
    
    (When Jan & Dean were here in Las Vegas a few months back, I wanted to  
    ask them about the song... but figured that it was so obscure that  
    they'd look at me like a lobotomy patient).
    
    Any help here would be greatly appreciated!
    
    Rock On!
    
    Kevin
    
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    Subject:     Oldies radio
    Sent:        11/13/97 12:45 AM
    Received:    11/13/97 3:22 AM
    From:        Big L, bXXX@XXXXXXt
    
    
    > It seems to me that as far as Oldies Radio is concerned, 
    > programming  leaves much to be desired. It stands to reason 
    > that if listeners like  "Locomotion" by Little Eva and "Will 
    > You Love Me Tomorrow" by Shirelles,  the sound of a less 
    > popular but artistically wonderful record like the  Cookies "I 
    > Never Dreamed" would sound familiar enough to Oldies Radio  
    > listeners to spark interest, and because so many wonderful 
    > records of the  Spectropop era were flops, endeavors in this 
    > area could expand interest  in the genre horizantally. I know 
    > Oldies reissues aren't big business in  general, but Oldies 
    > Radio pays no attention to the myriad CD reissues of  lesser-
    > lnown Spectropop era recordings. By ignoring them, they 
    > actually  contribute to their own format becoming stagnant.
    
    This is a discussion we have had often on the broadcast-airchex list. The 
    consensus is that:
    
    1. Oldies radio is more concerned with product than emotions.
    
    2. Oldies radio is more concerned with money than anything.
    
    3. Most people in their 40s and 50s want the nostalgia limited to gentle 
    prods. They look upon their younger days with some embarrassment. They 
    seem to want to remember only what they can relate to in the present. 
    Listening to "Jumpin' Jack Flash" reminds them that they did things in 
    their youth that they are not comfortable with now.
    
    Take "Walkin' In The Sand." For the most part, a poignant song that 
    brings back only good memories. Contrast that with "I Can Never Go Home 
    Anymore." A similar record, maybe better - but brings back memories of 
    conflicts with parents, maybe even the time you ran away. Not warm, fuzzy 
    feelings for most folks. They don't want to be reminded. That's why 
    you'll never hear ICNGHA on your typical oldies station.
    
    4. Oldies radio serves, in most cases, as background music in the car or 
    office.
    
    5. Oldies stations have continually narrowed their playlists until many 
    are only playing a few hundred records.
    
    There are exceptions. WCBS-FM in New York is probably the best oldies 
    only station in the country - and they've been around long enough to 
    celebrate THEIR 25th anniversary. I also like WMJI in Cleveland, and WGRR 
    in Cincinnati.
    
    The worst? Probably KRTH in Los Angeles. Like WCBS-FM, they have all the 
    heritage jocks from the old KHJ days. However, unlike WCBS, they stifle 
    them. Even the legendary Don Steele (RIP) was only allowed to intro and 
    outro the songs, Drake style. WCBS lets the jocks talk. Can you imagine 
    Dan Ingram being forced to read liners over a record outro?
    
    I've heard WJMK in Chicago compared to KRTH, but haven't heard enough to 
    make a judgment. I can't imagine John "Records" Landecker or Dick Biondi 
    allowing themselves to be likewise constrained.
    
    So, taking the "product" approach, playing only records that originally 
    were Top 10, you're not going to get much in the way of the more esoteric 
    records, that may have been wonderful, but weren't big hits in their 
    time. And, really - how can you argue with the concept? If a record 
    wasn't even a hit during it's first run, there must have been a reason.
    
    BTW, I'd like to list a few songs that I loved, even though they weren't 
    hits:
    
    Lonely Drifter - O'Jays (later covered by Pieces of Eight)
    No Good To Cry - Wildweeds
    River Is Wide - Forum
    
    That's just a few of many.
    
    I post WABC surveys from the early 60s every week on my web page. These 
    may be of great interest to Spectropopers. The URL is below in my sig 
    file - push the WABC button for the main WABC page. At the bottom of the 
    page, there is a link for WABC surveys.
    
    
    Big L                
    
    
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    Subject:     Pet Sounds box
    Sent:        11/13/97 12:45 AM
    Received:    11/13/97 3:22 AM
    From:        Big L, bXXX@XXXXXXt
    
    
    I like the stereo mix everywhere, with one exception: I can't stand the 
    way they butchered "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."
    
    This went beyond "remixing" and "remastering:" it is rerecording, 
    something that should never be done.
    
    My judgment is based on the Sampler: I don't have the box set yet.
    
    Big L              
     
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    Subject:     CAN T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE - the Group
    Sent:        11/13/97 3:27 PM
    Received:    11/14/97 1:07 AM
    From:        Javed Jafri, javedjaXXX@XXXXXX.ca
    
    
    Is this the same song Question Mark and the Mysterians recorded. The ? 
    mark song was also covered by a group called Colorfield in the 80's. I 
    quite like that version. Colorfield were an offshoot of the Specials and 
    Fun Boy Three.....Javed
    
    > From:        Jamie LePage, le_page_XXX@XXXXXXies.com 
    > 
    > 
    > To follow is a working list of Gary Zekley songs I have been 
    > compiling over the last 
    > 
    > CAN T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE - the Group, Dick & Dee Dee, 
    > Yellow Balloon...
    
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    Subject:     Tedesco Obit
    Sent:        11/13/97 3:34 AM
    Received:    11/13/97 7:55 AM
    From:        Kevin & Collette Mangold, discXXX@XXXXXXmail.com
    
    
    Read in the paper this morning about the passing of Wrecking Crew 
    guitarist Tommy Tedesco.
    
    Looking back on his career, it was truly remarkable; the local rag said  
    that he may have been the most recorded guitarist in history - (don't  
    know about that... my money would be on Chet Atkins).
    
    On the 'previously supressed' side of Jan & Dean's UA Anthology album, 
    Jan intoduces Tedesco as 'the world's oldest teenager.'
    
    Hate to sound morbid, gang, but we're lucky to have lost as few of these 
    great 60s musicians as we have. (A few years ago, my wife suggested that 
    we try to contact some of these people to thank them for all of the 
    wonderful music they've given us - unfortunately, we  never got around to 
    writing Mr. Tedesco).
    
    We're fortunate to have had his talents to enjoy and his loss, although 
    not headline, is truly noteworthy.
    
    Surf's down,
    
    Kevin
    
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