__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0274 June 15, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Radio Caroline - The all day Music StationSubject: I'm Cryin' too Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Ron Bierma, ELRONxxxxm To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com In a message dated 6/13/99 2:19:33 PM, spectroxxxxies.com writes: >I seem to recall someone else having a crack at that >tune (Crying) in the late 70's (?) and also turning >in a feather-weight version. It became a hit I think. That was ole Don "the day the music died" McLean's entry into the country charts. It may have even crossed over to the pop charts. El --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: John's Children again--Stewart & Jamie Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: haoleboy, kxxxxoy.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Jamie LePage wrote: > btw, love the White Whale single by Brit band >John's Children "Smashed! Blocked!"... Stewart & Jamie, I was a heavy T-Rex collector in the sixties and seventies. I had "Smashed! Blocked!" in my collection for a time until another collector gave me an obscene amount of money for it. Why do I keep thinking Marc Bolan & John's Children???? kana Eddie Would Go! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: John's Children Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_xxxxies.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Stewart Mason wrote: >I own John's Children's THE LEGENDARY ORGASM ALBUM, a >reissue on Cherry Red of an album released by White Whale >in 1968. ORGASM is 12 studio cuts covered with tapes of >hysterical screaming (legend has it that the screaming is >from A HARD DAY'S NIGHT) to simulate a live album. I have this Cherry Red release as well. It is such a dismal album. Its "legendary" status seems to have been achieved through the stories of Napier Bell using screams from the Beatles' movie soundtrack and the fact that this obscure British band's sole LP release was only released in US on White Whale. When I wrote "I know little about White Whale," I actually had the Orgasm album in mind. How in the heck did White Whale end up with John's Children? >Cherry Red reissued the album, with both sides of the >"Smashed Blocked"/"Just What You Want, Just What You'll >Get" single appended. But I am nearly certain the B-Side on the US White Whale single was not Just What You Want..., it was something out-of-character for the band, almost a novelty song. Anyone recall the title? I don't think I have seen it on any CD reissues. >...listening to this song twice in a row right now, no >way is this Hal, Carol and company. You are right; this is NOT a typical Hal Blaine, Steve Douglas, Carol Kaye Gold Star sound. I agree with your analysis of the production, too, but I DO believe the "legend" that this particular example of freakbeat came from the session players of Los Angeles (this part of the legend is congruous with Napier Bell's faking a live album due to his belief that the real band was incompetent). I have seen both stories printed as fact several times; particularly in Brian Hogg's unambiguous telling of these stories in the liner notes to JC's "Midsummers Night's Scene" comp. >Whoever is playing this record is either extremely stoned >or borderline incompetent. This is not a bad thing, as >it's a wonderful example of freakbeat, as appealing in >its way as anything by the Creation. I always heard the extremely-stoned-to-the-point-of- incompetence feel of the record as contrived and orchestrated. I guess I reached that conclusion by comparing Smashed! Blocked! to recordings by REALLY stoned and incompetent musicians. ;-) Also, as endearing as the rest of the John's Children recordings are, nothing else the band did approached the production sensibilities in Smashed! Blocked! I really hope someone on the list can provide a bit more background on this unique recording. Finally, I have to agree with Stewart again. John's Children and Creation have similar yet distinctive appeal. Each of these bands produced only a small body of works, but each in its own way was among the best of the genre. Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Landlocked Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Ron Bierma, ELRONxxxxm To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com In a message dated 6/13/99 2:19:33 PM, spectroxxxxies.com writes: >The person selling Landlocked claims it's pristine vinyl >from Brother Records. How? I didn't think any of them made >it to production. A cleverly disguised boot? I have this album. It is definitely a boot. It may say Brother on the label, but it is not a legit release. El --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Soft rock essentially Californian? Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: DJ JimmyB, DJJimmyxxxxm To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com In a message dated 6/13/99 3:20:13 PM, you wrote: >BTW, is it a coincidence that soft rock essentially is a >Californian type of music? On one hand I'd have to agree. But preparing a broadcast devoted to this sound has made me think about that one hand washing the other. I see Soft Rock as having a pendulum-like application. On the Left Side (repping the Left Coast) you see the Folk-Rocky Mamas & Papas type and on the Right Side you see the Blue-Eyed Soulful type like Keith, Buckinghams (admittedly from Chicago), even SOME Four Seasons. The sound seems to run the gamut between those two types of sound with Pure Pop influenced by rock right in the middle. I have found the best stuff to be the obscure albums by failed groups trying to cash in with both a soft rock sound and an alternative culture look, with overly-hippie type song titles. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Randy/Elephant 6/etc. Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Stewart Mason, flamixxxxom To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Tobias asks: >Oh yes! Again, Harpers Bizarre did a wonderful version of >Snow as well, but I haven't heard anyone else's recording >of the song. Hey, why did so many artists cover Randy >Newman in the sixties? When you think about it, he was >totally unknown until Nilsson recorded his album of Newman >songs in..was it 1971? Newman must've had a lot of music >industry contacts because his first album sold only a >thousand copies when it came out! Specifically, Harpers Bizarre recorded Randy's music because their producer/mentor, Lenny Waronker (son of Simon, head of Liberty Records, and father of Joey, Beck and R.E.M.'s drummer, and the lovely Anna, former singer in That Dog) has been Randy Newman's best friend since they were kids. More generally, so many people covered Randy Newman's songs because that was his job -- he wrote songs for Metric Music, which I believe was owned by Liberty Records (his pal Lenny's influence again). http://www.randynewman.com has a great article elaborating Randy's 60s career, at Metric and elsewhere. >BTW, I've been spinning non-stop the new Apples in Stereo >CD recommended on this list (by I forgot who?). It is a >fantastic example of the 60s sound, and the song >Strawberry Delight (I think it's called, it's out in the >car) would have been a smash FM song in 1967-69 era - WOW!! >I LOVE this kind of stuff! This Schneider fellow from >The Apples produces Olivia Tremor Control, and other music >from his studio in Denver named Pet Sounds. He also has an >early, adorable sounding, pre-Apples CD called Marbles. That was me -- glad you're enjoying it! The Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control are only the start of it. Other bands in the Elephant 6 Recording Company collective include: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Minders, The Music Tapes, Beulah, Of Montreal, Secret Square, and Black Swan Network, along with Robert's solo CD as Marbles. The music ranges from Apples-like psych-pop (Secret Square, starring Apples drummer/singer Hilarie Sidney, The Minders and Beulah) to more challenging stuff (OTC, NMH) to fringey experiments that either work or don't (just about everything else). If HER WALLPAPER REVERIE catches your fancy, the other three Apples CDs, The Minders' HOORAY FOR TUESDAY, Beulah's WHEN YOUR HEARTSTRINGS BREAK, Olivia Tremor Control's BLACK FOLIAGE: ANIMATION MUSIC and Neutral Milk Hotel's IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA are the next most accessible releases. And I cannot believe a conversation about 60s hotties has gone on for days and not one person has mentioned Elizabeth Montgomery! What is *wrong* with you people? Oh, and one final note: if the people who own the publishing to Love's "She Comes In Colors" don't sue the pants off Madonna for her current single, then copyright law is officially meaningless. Stewart ****************************FLAMINGO RECORDS************************** Stewart Allensworth Mason Box 40172 "How many 'He's Dead, Jim' headlines Albuquerque NM 87196 do you suppose we'll see?" www.rt66.com/~flamingo **********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE********************* --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Total Heart Throb True Confessions Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimmyxxxxm To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Patty or Cathy, you ask? Definitely Cathy. Somehow she was ... prettier. Sweeter. I've got a couple of Patty's LPs, too... really couldn't sing, so they quadruple-tracked her ! Her description of the records she made, in her book " Call Me Anna," are hilarious. Shelley and Annette weren't much better, but back then we were buying dance records, not voices... go figure! I also saw that Patty Duke reunion show... I thought it was pretty dismal, sad to say. That totally sophomoric script! How labored. And Pop-o looks the same; good old Uncle Martin! It's nice to know that some things never change. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tuesday Weld... Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Robert Charles-Dunne, xxxxt.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Hey, hey y'all: About 25 years ago I did an interview with Alice Cooper, in which he used the word 'sexy.' I asked for his definition, to which he IMMEDIATELY replied: "Tuesday Weld in a dirty slip." Some things are hard to forget... Check her out with James Caan in "Thief." Her character was a hard-as-nails babe who'd been around the block a number of times, but she still conveyed the same guileless beauty... even without the dirty slip. Robert Charles-Dunne --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Kam Nelson Received: 06/15/99 1:04 am From: Andrew Spellman, spellxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Anyone from the LA area remember the show _Groovy_ with Robert W. Morgan hosting? Ah, to return to the halcyon days of Kam Nelson dancing to "Crystal Blue Persuasion" with the TV camera poised just below the hem line! Sorry for retro un-PC-ness! :) spellmax >What is this, True Confessions? I nominate Barbara Eden.. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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