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Spectropop V#0312

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 08/25/99

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       Volume #0312                         August 26, 1999   
                 The Sukiyaki Song - Kyu Sakamoto             
    Subject:     Japanese pop
    Received:    08/25/99 11:25 am
    From:        Glenn Sadin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
    > 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
    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 
    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" 
    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 Sadin
      Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for THE BERKELEY SQUIRES:
      Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:
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    Subject:     even more charming....
    Received:    08/26/99 6:46 am
    From:        Sheila Burgel,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
    New York, NY
    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.
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    Subject:     Cha Cha Charming/It's My Party
    Received:    08/25/99 11:25 am
    From:        Kaye Krebs, ThePixxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 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
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    Subject:     Re: Hep Stars
    Received:    08/26/99 6:46 am
    From:        David Atlee Phillips,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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
    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'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
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    Subject:     Tony Burrows & the Hit Squad
    Received:    08/26/99 6:46 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    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,
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    Subject:     Lesley Gore/Little Peggy March
    Received:    08/26/99 6:46 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    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 
    He has also some other sites going as well,one is for 
    Little Peggy Mxxxxxp://
    John Rausch
    Presenting The fabulous 
    Phil Spector`s wall Of sxxxxxp://
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    Subject:     Re: *Girl* George?!?!?! :-)
    Received:    08/25/99 11:25 am
    From:        David Atlee Phillips,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Shelby wrote:
    >Other Female Singers receiving votes are:
    >Boy George
    Ohhh my Gawd.........hahaha, I'm speechless!!!!
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