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Spectropop V#0318

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/07/99

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       Volume #0318                       September 8, 1999   
              This is the new design in today's music         
    Subject:     Rosecrans Blvd.
    Received:    09/07/99 6:36 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Tobias is obsessed, with good reason, with the...
    > Re: Rosecrans lyric :
    I think I mentioned this on the list once before, but the 
    only time I had a chance to ask Jimmy Webb a few questions
    (on an online chat), I asked him about this song (probably 
    my favorite JW composition) and he chuckled. The 
    inspiration for the song was evidently a flight attendant 
    who relieved JW of his virginity. Many flight attendants 
    live in this South Bay area of L.A., and every time he 
    went to see her, he passed the Rosecrans Ave. exit sign.
    At the risk of waxing a la LePage, I've always viewed the 
    song as murder mystery song, with a lover's betrayal a 
    metaphor for murder. When the lover is "shot down on a 
    noncombatant mission" and the song ends abruptly with "I 
    wonder why I did it," it is like a sudden confession from 
    a murderer on Perry Mason. The singer is the murderer.
    The Fifth Dimension version dull? Gee, it's my favorite 5D
    song -- love the arrangement, and most of all, I love Billy
    Davis's vocal -- I think he understands the lyric on a much
    deeper level than Rivers.
    Dave Feldman
    Single of the Week: "One Wonderful Night (The Honeybees)
    CD of the Week: "Baby" (Michael Carpenter)  
    Book of the Week:  "Faster" (James Gleick)
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    Subject:     If You See Me Getting Smaller I'm Leaving
    Received:    09/07/99 6:35 am
    From:        Hans Ebert,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    A question: Jimmy Webb wrote a song on the El Mirage album 
    called "If You See Me Getting Smaller I'm Leaving." 
    Who inspired this line?
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    Subject:     British Sunshine
    Received:    09/08/99 4:34 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Does anyone know where and how the British Sunshine Pop 
    compilations can be obtained? 
    Thanks in advance again..
    Jimmy/"Jimmy's Easy" airs on 88.1FM WMBR, 
    Cambridge at MIT on Tuesdays from 6-8am. 
    It can be heard in Real Time by downloading Real Audio 
    and visiting our wevsite at
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    Subject:     I Met Him On A Sunday- original is available
    Received:    09/07/99 6:36 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, Pauluxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Billy wrote:
    >The 1958 original on Tiara Records (re-issued by Decca) 
    >that some writer has called "The First Girl Group Record"
    The original Hit version is on the Rhino comp "Best Of the
    Girl Groups, Vol. 2" Most Shirelles Greatest Hits sets I 
    have found the Scepter '66 version because they don't know
    any better. besides it's easier to license all the Scepter 
    stuff from one source rather than try to license one song 
    from Decca (oops MCA) The Shirelles two disk set on Tomato
    (R271731) has the I Met Him On A Sunday '66 labeled simply 
    as I Met Him On A Sunday, but it is placed in the proper 
    sequence with the other 1966 releases including the B side
    Love That Man. All tracks were licensed from Rhino.
    Paul Urbahns
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    Subject:     Re: Revola
    Received:    09/07/99 6:36 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Dave Mirich, Dmxxxxxcom asked:
    >Does anyone have the web address for Revola?
    RA clips there if your computer can handle it...
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    Subject:     Shirelles
    Received:    09/07/99 6:36 am
    From:        Michael B Kelly,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    By the way, the Shirelles were offered "He's A Rebel" 
    before the Crystals, but they turned it down as too 
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    Subject:     Eli's coming and other delights...
    Received:    09/07/99 6:36 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    David Feldman wrote:
    >> I'm sure you're all familiar with the Shirelles song "I 
    >> Met Him on a Sunday" ... A neighbor of mine had a 
    >> version of that song that was ten times better
    >Might you be thinking of Laura Nyro's version...
    I think Laura Nyro is so underrated and we don't discuss 
    her great work nearly enough here. 
    Laura Nyro died at 49 of ovarian cancer. Such a waste. 
    Nevertheless, she left for posterity some fantastic songs.
    She debuted at the age of 19 and was quickly discovered by
    David Geffen. After Geffen signed her she penned such 
    classic songs as "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic" 
    and "And When I Die." 
    Nyro worked with Charlie Callelo, Roy Halee, Arif 
    Mardin etc., and it is to her fine credit that her songs 
    are regarded as classics today. Undoubtedly Nyro's work 
    will continue to be highly regarded in generations to come.
    "Laura Nyro, didn't she write a song for Fifth Dimension 
    or something?"
    Check out her works. A treasure of recordings awaits the 
    Surrey on down,
    Jamie LePage
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    Subject:     the high-pitched voice/the dum dum ditty
    Received:    09/07/99 6:35 am
    From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List, writes:
    >Of course, too, 1962-1963 was 
    >the heyday of the high-pitched voice... witness the 
    >closing note on "I Had A Dream."
    Or my latest brand-new fave, Lori Martin's The Home Of The
    Boy I Love and Mine 'Til Monday, from the new Del-Fi GG 
    comp. I confess, that kind of cewpie doll voice makes me 
    all wobbly in the knees.
    Robin Ward, Miss Cathy Brasher, Bonnie, sigh.
    One other thing: who's GENIUS idea was that thing that the
    Goodies do in the middle of their version of The Dum Dum 
    Ditty, when one of the girls says "I wanna say yeah yeah,"
    and then all of a sudden you hear the TOUGHEST chick EVER 
    drawl, "yeah yeah yeah" just before the wall of sound 
    comes crashing back in like a collapsing stack of empty 
    packing crates?
    BTW, that isn't the same backing instrumental track as the
    Shangri-La's used, is it? It's pretty darn close.
    jack "how does he get in so much trouble" madani
    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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