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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 4/18/99

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       Volume #0258                          April 19, 1999   
           From the entertainment capital of the world                 
    Subject:     Re: Harpers Bizarre
    Received:    4/18/99 6:19 PM
    From:        Stewart Mason,
    Doc Rock asks:
    >Stewart Mason, wrote
    >Tobias' mention of Harpers Bizarre reminds me that I 
    >recently bought their THE SECRET LIFE OF HARPERS BIZARRE
    >Who is listed as the producer?
    That would be Anna and Joey's dad, Lenny Waronker.
    ****************************FLAMINGO RECORDS****************************
    Stewart Allensworth Mason        
    Box 40172                         "Visne saltare? Viam Latam 
    Albuquerque NM 87196               Fungosam scio."             
    **********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE***********************
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    Subject:     another experience
    Received:    4/17/99 1:49 PM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    "Ya Gotta Take A Chance" by the Bonetts. Big BIG wall of 
    sound, real uptempo. Sounds like a Gold Star recording for 
    sure, but in a funny way I can't put my finger on, it 
    doesn't sound like Spector. It sounds like David Gates. 
    What a winner of a faux-spector number! Anybody with any 
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred." 
     --Henry Cabot Henhouse III
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    Subject:     Tracey Dey
    Received:    4/17/99 1:49 PM
    From:        john
    Hi all
    Can anyone tell me about Tracey Dey? I know she was 
    produced by Bob Crewe, had an answer song to the 4 Seasons 
    Sherry, etc...There is a cd i came across with some more of 
    her material, and one song in particular is called Ska Doo 
    De Yah and is simply irresistable,one of those songs you 
    hear once and it is stuck in your head forever.Has anyone 
    on the list heard this song? where is it from? and where is 
    Tracey now?
    John Rausch
    Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes at
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    Subject:     Geeto-Tiger!
    Received:    4/17/99 1:49 PM
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    Jack Madani, wrote:
    >On today I heard a neat little faux-early-
    >beachboys tune called "Geeto Tiger" by the Tigers.  In fact 
    >it wasn't half bad.  Would I be right in guessing this is a 
    >Gary Usher or Roger Christian project?
    I dont have my original Colpix 45 handy, but I dont believe 
    Usher or Christian were involved. Its very likely the 
    Tigers were a studio group.
    It's on Sundazed's "Surf & Drag" Volume 2 CD, and I agree 
    its a fun song. The white label 45 is worth a lot of money, 
    since it was a promotional item Colpix pressed for Pontiac 
    dealers to promote the new GTO. Wished I had the picture 
    sleeve (I found it for 25 cents at a thrift store!) 
    One thing I credit Pontiac for is not dragging the GTO logo 
    through the fuel economy minded late 70's-early 80's with 
    crummy 4 cylinder small cars, like Ford did with the 
    Billy G. Spradlin
    29 Rim Road
    Kilgore, Texas 75662
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    Subject:     Ray Davies' innocence?
    Received:    4/17/99 1:49 PM
    From:        Robert
    Big L asked:
    "So, opinions... was this a very clever double entendre' 
    couched in a manner that would only be understood by the 
    target audience, or is it innocent, as Ray Davies claims?"
    Unless and until an Englishman travelled outside the UK, he 
    would not have known that 'fag' meant anything OTHER than 
    cigarette, or its more arcane second definition in the UK: 
    'to fag' was to serve as a valet for an older boy at 
    boarding school, which made you his 'fag.'  'Fagging' was 
    ripe for cruel exploitation, vividly depicted in Tom 
    Brown's School Days and other Dickensian literature from 
    100+ years ago, but that's hopelessly obscure for those who 
    didn't attend boarding school.  For those who did attend 
    boarding or prep schools, on either side of the Atlantic, 
    Davies' 'David Watts' is another stunner.
    What's more, Davies used Cockney rhyming slang -  
    birthplace of hiphop? - in several songs.  If US listeners  
    were perplexed by 'fag,' what about their reaction to  
    'Harry Rag?'  [Cockney for 'fag.']
        Tom's old ma is a dying lass
        Soon they reckon she'll be pushing up the grass
        Well, her bones might ache and her skin might sag
        Still she's got the strength to roll herself a harry rag
        Harry rag/Harry rag/Do anything just to get a harry rag
        Well I curse myself for the life I've led
        Roll meself a harry rag and put meself to bed 
    Though Ray was clearly not afraid to deal with 'homo' 
    themes.  Recall the 'Crying Game' scenario of 'Lola?'  
    "Walks like a woman/talks like a man."  A lifetime before 
    'Dude Looks Like A Lady.'
    Because of his literate aspirations/pretensions, Ray 
    Davies' body of work contains a lyrical depth missing from 
    many of his contemporaries.  His best work stands alongside 
    the finest of the period, and has stood the test of time.  
    Granted, he could get a bit too Noel Coward fey-coy 
    occasionally, but that's why brawling brother Dave was 
    always around, to give him a swift one up the arse, keep 
    him honest.
    For those who like the 60's-Anglo stuff, might I recommend 
    Ray's 'Storyteller' most highly?  It's the history of The 
    Kinks, as we came to know them, in a lovingly-etched, sepia 
    detail: the family saga, the little green amp, the tweedy 
    Python-ish managers, it's all there, as only Ray can tell 
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    Subject:     Moby Grape's Skip Spence dead 
    Sent:        4/14/19 12:53 PM
    Received:    4/20/99 1:43 AM
    From:        Dame Edna Hoover,
    Hey all,
    here's some sad news....
    -----Original Message-----
    We've just received the news that Alexander 'Skip' Spence 
    died, apparently from cardiovascular failure in a Santa 
    Cruz, Calif. hospital on Friday, April 16. A trust fund, 
    administered by Spence's son, has been established in 
    Santa Cruz to help defray the family's expenses. Members 
    of Sundazed's extended family are urged to send whatever 
    they can to:
    Omar Spence, trustee
    TF Alexander 'Skip' Spence
    attention Marilyn Guzman
    Comerica CA,
    1960 41st Ave, Capitola CA 95010.
    Skip Spence had been an integral thread in San Francisco's
    hip rock tapestry right from the beginning--when Marty 
    Balin picked him out of a crowd in 1965 (because of the 
    way Spence looked, so goes the legend) and appointed him 
    the drummer for a folk-rock band Balin was assembling at 
    the time. When Spence left the San Jose combo he'd been 
    playing with up until then, he informed them that Balin 
    was still torn between two names for his newfound group, 
    and the San Jose outfit could assume the name Marty didn't
    select. Thus Jefferson Airplane became a San Fran legend 
    and the Otherside remained a South Bay musical footnote. 
    Always a man with itchy feet, Spence soon moved on after 
    one album with the Airplane, to hook up with Moby Grape 
    for their first two classic longplayers. Spence then 
    jumped ship in 1969 to record Oar, his solo masterpiece--
    an album with the power to carry the listener through the 
    other side of the looking glass of the mind into uncharted
    mystical realms. Oar has long been slated as a focal point 
    in Sundazed's summer release schedule, and now, sadly, it 
    must also become a monument to one of rock & roll's 
    undiscovered national treasures. --Jud Cost
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