__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0312 August 26, 1999 __________________________________________________________ The Sukiyaki Song - Kyu SakamotoSubject: Japanese pop Received: 08/25/99 11:25 am From: Glenn Sadin, glenn_mxxxxxlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Sheila sez... >My name is Sheila B. and I >publish a fanzine called "Cha Cha Charming"...which >celebrates sixties girl groups, Japanese pop, and heavy >metal...my Japanese pop obsession has had my Discoveries >and Goldmine subscriptions on hold for awhile. Welcome Sheila! I, too, am a big collector of Japanese pop. In fact, I am currently producing two compilations of Japanese pop from the '50s & '60s for Romulan Records, to be titled "Ginza Go Go" Volumes 1 & 2. >And if anyone is interested in those 90s producers looking >to capture that sixties sound, I'd HIGHLY recommend getting >a copy of a single by Japanese female pop duo-Puffy. The >single is called "Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi" and IT >IS the sixties. Recorded in mono, Beatles sound, >infectious melodies, young female singers. Absolutely >breathtaking. You can order it from >http://www.deodeo.com Puffy is one of my fave contemporary J-POP groups. The above-mentioned single (which, translated, means "This is my life's path") was a #1 hit in Japan a few years ago. It was written and produced by Tamio Okuda, who has recorded some truly great pop albums of his own. "Kore Ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" is also available on Puffy's great "Jet CD" album, which is also available from Not Lame Recordings (www.notlame.com). Girl Group fans would also be well-advised to seek out recordings by another Japanese group called the Peanuts, who were big stars in Japan from the late '50s through to the mid-'70s at least. The Peanuts are comprised of two twin sisters, and are best known in America as the tiny fairy princesses who sing the Mothra song in the old Godzilla movies! I have about six CDs by the Peanuts, and they are really delightful, especially when they take American pop songs like "Sherry" or "Poetry in Motion" and sing them in Japanese! >Puffy and New York 90's girl group IT"S MY PARTY are the >only groups that give me faith in the recreation of "that" >sound. When my band recently appeared at the International Pop Festival in Los Angeles, It's My Party played in the slot just before us. They were really cool! Glenn Glenn Sadin glenn_mxxxxxhlink.net Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for THE BERKELEY SQUIRES: http://www.termites.com/BerkeleySquires.html Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s: http://home.earthlink.net/~glenn_mariko/nihon.htm --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: even more charming.... Received: 08/26/99 6:46 am From: Sheila Burgel, pxxxxxrport.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Hello again! I thought since a few of you have expressed interest in Cha Cha Charming, I'd list some information about the 'zine and how to obtain it. The new issue features a HUGE guide to Japanese pop music (Puffy, My Little Lover, Chocolat, Shena Ringo), Sixties British girls feature with lots of rare photos, guide to obscure French sixties girl singers (Chantal Kelly, Annie Philippe, Gillian Hills), girl groups top ten lists by Spectropop guests (Doc Rock, Will Stos, Ian Chapman, etc) and others, Megadeth in Japan, and also pieces on It's My Party, Irma Thomas, and more!! You can order it directly from me for $5 domestic, $8 international. Check, cash, or money order! Sheila B. 284 Lafayette Street #5D New York, NY 10012 I couldn't agree more with Will Stos' comments about the new "Where the Girls Are" Volume II. Even though Goldie and The Gingerbreads are on the CD cover, the compilation feels more like a soul comp. than a GG comp. Silky and the Shutangs and The Teardrops are definitely the highlights! It seems that everyone picks The Teardrops' "You won't be there" as the favorite, though I much prefer the flipside "Tears come Tumbling." It almost has the same sadness and innocence of the Shamettes "you're welcome back." I'd have to say Tammy St. John's "dark shadows...." kills the Diane and Annita version. If there is any Brit girl track that GG fans should hear, it's Tammy doing this number. It's featured on Here Come the Girls volume I. Sheila B. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Cha Cha Charming/It's My Party Received: 08/25/99 11:25 am From: Kaye Krebs, ThePixxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Hello Sheila, This is actually my first post to Spectropop too, although I have enjoyed reading this informed, interesting group for several months. Your mention of the NY 90's girl group, "It's My Party," inspired me to write as I just met them and they are, indeed, terrific! John Giotto, the group's manager/producer, contacted me to ask if the girls could meet us before or after the show in Boston (last Saturday). I invited them to have breakfast with us Saturday morning...at which they blew us all away with an a capella rendition of "Summertime USA," one of our more obscure....ah, let's change that to "most collectible".... records. We were so impressed by these personable and talented 14-year-olds that we added the number to the show Saturday night and (to their surprise) brought them up on the stage to sing it with us. Afterwards, we invited them to a party where they jammed like pros with the rest of the show....the Olympics, Ernie Valens and Brook Street. Welcome to Spectropop, Sheila! You are probably not aware of it, but you actually gave me some [music] credibility with my two daughters when you published that article on The Pixies Three next to the article on Megadeth in "Cha, Cha Charming." I owe you, Sheila. Kaye Krebs --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Hep Stars Received: 08/26/99 6:46 am From: David Atlee Phillips, wuxxxxxet.se To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Billy G. Spradlin asked about The Hep Stars' album of Millenium/Sagittarius/Ballroom covers: >I just wondered if they sang these songs in Swedish or >English language? I assume, without really knowing, that these sung were sung in English. If you put everything in perspective, the Beatles' breakthrough was only 2-3 years back at the time, and it was the first time that people (I guess in every non-English country, not just in Sweden) saw the power of using the English language. As this was the first generation which didn't use its native languages, most of the bands relied on original material written by English or American composers. I guess it was simply more practical, because it wasn't like it is now with English speaking culture being *everywhere*; on TV, on radio, in newspapers, etc, etc. Back in the sixties, a platform, for want of a better word, for music written in English by people who didn't have it as their native language, didn't exist. Another reason for using material by American/English songwriters was of course that it was a safer way to public recognition, atleast locally. A line should, or at least, could, be drawn between the Nuggets bands from USA and their global counterparts, represented in Sweden by bands like Tages, The Shanes, and, yep, The Hep Stars. Garage bands playing the same songs ("Hey Joe"...."Louie Louie") all over the world at the same time. Tages started their career by playing Beatles covers and won a contest in 1964 which labeled them as "The Beatles of the Swedish west coast". So it was things like that that got most of these bands going in the first place, and I assume it was similar in USA too. *Why* The Hep Stars chose to cover unknown Californian stuff is beyond my imagination, when they probably could've been more successful (artistically as well as commercially) by covering more famous songs. >I also remember reading on a ABBA Fan page that some of >the Hep Stars recordings have been re-issued on CD in >Sweden in the early 90's. I know I have a lengthier article/review of The Hep Stars back catalog *somewhere*, but I can't find it...it'd be interesting to find out what's written about this record, so I'll see if I dig it up later this week (sorry, I'm pretty busy, advanced maths and things like that....) >I always held ABBA in high >regard as a classic Pop group when critics and rock fans >here in the USA dismissed them as a disposable Top 40 >bubblegum act. It's always been like that....who listens to the artists 'the critics' hyped in 1974 *today*?? Let's just say "Tarkus" hasn't aged that well... :-) Trucker Toby --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tony Burrows & the Hit Squad Received: 08/26/99 6:46 am From: Jamie LePage, le_pagxxxxxities.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com I just got a brand new CD by Tony Burrows & the Hit Squad, "All the Hits & More" released on the UK Prestige label (CDSGP 0418). It is a re-recording of several hits Tony originally sang for various artists. I generally stay away from albums of re-recordings, and no doubt the original Burrows recordings are superior, but this album is a worthwhile listen for fans of Ivy League, Flowerpot Men, White Plains and Edison Lighthouse. Burrows is in fine voice and the backing band and arrangements are not annoyingly intrusive. The sleeve, though, is an atrocious brown with yellow/brown lettering and a photo of Tony and his "hit men" decked out in gangster attire! If I didn't know the name Tony Burrows, I wouldn't have given the CD a second look. The UK Prestige label is run by Keith Thomas, who apparently was a touring member of the Hollies in the 60's. According to sources, Keith co-wrote their 1965 hit Look Through Any Window with Graham Gouldman under the pseudonym "Silverman" (Can our Hollies experts shed any light on this?). Prestige specializes in budget line releases of re-recordings by US and UK artists who no longer have deals. They have re-recordings out by Foundations, Troggs, Middle of the Road, Herman's Hermits, and many others. These are CDs one is likely to encounter at roadside markets, kiosks, etc. But what makes this re-recording more palatable than other similar re-recordings is the outstanding songwriting. Great pop songs crafted by UK writers John Carter, Ken Lewis, Tony Macauley, Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook. Here is the track list (with the original artists listed next to the title): Tossin and Turnin (Ivy League) Funny How Love Can Be (Version 1)(Ivy League) Let's Go to San Francisco (Flowerpot Men) My Baby Loves Lovin (White Plains) When you are a King (White Plains) Carolina's Comin' Home (White Plains) Julie do you love me (White Plains) In a moment of madness (White Plains & Flowerpot Men) I've got you on my mind (White Plains) United we stand (Brotherhood of Man) Where are you going my love (Brotherhood of Man) Beach Baby (First Class) Love Grows (Edison Lighthouse) Melanie Makes Me Smile (TB) Gimme Dat Ding (Pipkins) Funny How Love Can Be (version 2, a slowed down "big ballad" version) I don't care *at all* for the "new" arrangement of the last track. If they were going to go to the trouble of doing two versions of this song, I wish they would have done an up tempo version like Danny Hutton's. Hutton's recording has always been a personal fave. Tony Burrows rules! All the best, Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Lesley Gore/Little Peggy March Received: 08/26/99 6:46 am From: john rausch,xxxxx.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com I recently sent some scans of L.Gore pic sleeves to this guy who runs a nice Lesley Gore site and thought someone would be interested in checking his sitexxxxxtp://www.patswayne.com/lesley/lgore.htm He has also some other sites going as well,one is for Little Peggy Mxxxxxp://www.patswayne.com/peggy/ John Rausch Presenting The fabulous Ronexxxxxp://www.geocities.com/Sunsetstrip/Studio/2469/ And Phil Spector`s wall Of sxxxxxp://members.tripod.com/~rauschj/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: *Girl* George?!?!?! :-) Received: 08/25/99 11:25 am From: David Atlee Phillips, wuxxxxxet.se To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Shelby Riggsxxxxxmci.net wrote: >Other Female Singers receiving votes are: ^^^^^^^^ >Boy George ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Ohhh my Gawd.........hahaha, I'm speechless!!!! Tobias --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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