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Spectropop V#0251

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 04/03/99

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       Volume #0251                           April 5, 1999   
                      Young - New - Exciting                  
    Subject:     GTO-the car, not the group
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        james fisher,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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?
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    Subject:     Re: The GTOs
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Stewart Mason, flamiXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    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. 
    ****************************FLAMINGO RECORDS****************************
    Stewart Allensworth Mason        
    Box 40172                         "It's my party and I told you
    Albuquerque NM 87196               to eat it!"           
    **********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE***********************
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    Subject:     Jerry Riopelle
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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.
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    Subject:     MIKE BERRY
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Warren Cosford, raXXXXXXXXNet
    To:          Spectropop,
    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.
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    Subject:     Mrs. Kotter's singing career
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Brian, LesToilXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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* 
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    Subject:     Boy, is my bass red!
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Brian, LesToilXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    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)
    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.  (click the brian clarke site)
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    Subject:     Wonder Bread
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > white wonderbread blandness
    Careful, Buddy!  Them's fightin' words!
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    Subject:     RE: Home of the Brave
    Received:    04/03/99 11:31 pm
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXXXXXXXcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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! 
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