__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0251 April 5, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Young - New - ExcitingSubject: GTO-the car, not the group Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: james fisher, JHFAXXXXXXXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com This is off Spectropop topic but....thanks Jack Madani for mentioning the Pontiac GTO--I've got two 1967's! Whenever I dust one off and take it out on a Sunday for a little nostalgic cruise I always play a tape (8-track of course!) of The Rascals "Groovin'"---that song sounds like it was written for that car! The Pontiacs and this-list-type '60's music are my big time-consumers. Some unkind souls would say "time wasters" but I don't really think so, do you? Regards, Jim --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: The GTOs Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Stewart Mason, flamiXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com William Stos asks: >Has anyone ever heard >of Girls Together Outrageously (the GTOs). Frank Zappa's >girl group? A little off-topic, but I'd like to know. I've >never heard anything by them, although they recorded an >album. I have the GTOs sole album, PERMANENT DAMAGE (reissued by Restless in 1990), and I absolutely love it. The uninitiated should definitely know beforehand that most of this album has a tangential relationship to music at best, as most of it consists of bizarre scripted (I'm pretty sure) exchanges between the GTOs, a loose knit tribe of L.A. groupies, the most famous of whom these days is author/ VH1 Behind the Music regular Pamela des Barres. The songs, such as they are, are mostly these kind of simple mass chants about other members of the Zappa universe, like Captain Beefheart, Rodney Bingenheimer and Larry "Wild Man" Fischer. That said, some of them (especially "The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes") are awfully catchy. I suppose the closest approximation to *anything* that I can come up with is "If Zappa's LUMPY GRAVY had funnier dialogue segments and its sections of Varese-inspired modern "classical" music were replaced with schoolyard jump-rope rhymes as performed by either the very stoned or the slightly autistic, it would sound like PERMANENT DAMAGE." Whether you want to hear this album depends on whether or not you think this would be a good thing. Stewart ****************************FLAMINGO RECORDS**************************** Stewart Allensworth Mason Box 40172 "It's my party and I told you Albuquerque NM 87196 to eat it!" www.rt66.com/~flamingo **********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE*********************** --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Jerry Riopelle Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Ian Chapman, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I'd have to echo Carol's comments about Jerry, not that I ever met him, but the guy that interviewed him said what a nice guy he was, and he certainly came over that way. Jerry lives in Arizona, and still performs regularly in Phoenix. Sometime in the 80s, he had a small acting part in a movie (I think it was a TV movie), called "A Shining Season". Timothy Bottoms starred in it, and it was based on a true story of an athlete who developed cancer. Jerry looked a lot younger than you might expect. Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: MIKE BERRY Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Warren Cosford, raXXXXXXXXNet To: Spectropop, SpectroXXXXXXXXties.com Someone mentioned Mike Berry. One of the reasons The Guess Who were such a great band in the 60's is, when they were Al & The Silvertones, Chad Allen and The Reflections and Chad Allen and The Expressions (they were all of those within a period of a few years with, essentially the same group of guys), someone in the group had family in Great Britain that sent them hit records from England's charts. While the rest of the hundred or so bands in Winnipeg were doing mostly "covers" of U.S. Chart Records, The Guess Who were doing covers of English Chart Records. Pretty smart. Two of their biggest hit singles in Winnipeg were Shakin' All Over (Johnny Kidd and The Pirates) and Tribute To Buddy Holly (Mike Berry). In the 70's, Steve Popovitch who owned Cleveland International Records (the guy who discovered Meatloaf) released a Mike Berry album. And now you know the rest of the story. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Mrs. Kotter's singing career Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Brian, LesToilXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com In my vast collection of not-too-glamorous girl group cd comps that list nothing but the tracks and their performers I came across a song recorded by Marcia Strassman--that's right, Mrs. Kotter from the '70's tv show Welcome Back Kotter. I was blown away by this discovery, not because it displayed any great singing ability (cuz it actually displayed unbelievably BAD singing ability, which suited me just fine) but because I had no idea this woman had any type of a career in entertainment before Kotter. I absolutely love this nicely produced pop song and I found it amusing that she sung JUST as bad as she acted. Can anyone give me some background on HER? I suppose she was in her early twenties then. Same goes for Bernadette Peters. How developed was her 60's pop career? Was there a label that did a "build up" for her? I'm sure we all have a few cuts from her. And by the way, wasn't it Cher who recently said "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was her all time fave song? I think so. And it's a pleasure to email someone who was responsible for ANY part of the great Pet Clark's career. We were mentioning all time greatest pop/rock songs? Well "Downtown" ranks up there in my book for sentimental reasons. Every time I hear it I turn in to a 5 year old kid again. *sniff* Brian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Boy, is my bass red! Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Brian, LesToilXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I'm sorry for dividing my e-mails into two but I just came back from visiting Ms. Carol Kaye's website and I feel kind of--er--lame for being so awestruck over the fact that she worked with Pet Clark. It's kind of like asking Quincy Jones if it was a thrill working with Snoop Doggy Dog (though God forbid I'm comparing the legendary Petula to a rapper!). My brain reeled in a frenzy when I laid my peepers on that staggering list of musicians she's worked with. I just read a book called Angry Women In Rock about the women that broke the barriers of gender discrimination. They went on and on about groups like Fanny and The Runaways because both were among the first female rock artists to get signed to major labels. In my opinion a huge major documentary should be made with Ms. Kaye as the subject! Obviously one is long overdue. I'm sure Ms. Kaye wants to smash her bass over my skull for being the umpteenth Johnny-Come-Lately to embarrass her like this. My apologies. =c) Brian PS: While I'm here, may I say your site was aesthetically candy to my professionally-trained eyes. I happen to play a mean tune with my pencils and paint brushes and I think your web publisher is A-1. www.lestoil.net (click the brian clarke site) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Wonder Bread Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com > white wonderbread blandness Careful, Buddy! Them's fightin' words! Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: RE: Home of the Brave Received: 04/03/99 11:31 pm From: Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Some thoughts on this song that has gotten such coverage lately! From a guy who was nagged to get a haircut by his mom for years before the song came out in 1965. Bonnie and the Treasures made the play lists of very few stations, as evidenced by a Billboard national chart placing of 77. I never heard their version on the radio, not once. However, on the stations I listened to, Jody Miller was played a lot and made the Top 10 (#25 nationally). I always thought that this success was odd, as she was a country artist, and I expected country fans to resent the somewhat anti-patriotic slant of the song. Being on Capitol probably helped Jody. And, in fact, my rural friends had long hair long before the Beatles did (like Chuck Conners, TV's Rifleman had). Only squares had short hair! Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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