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Spectropop V#0342

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 11/06/99

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       Volume #0342                        November 8, 1999   
                  The First Name in Entertainment             
    Subject:     Christmaspectoripoffs
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        Spector Collector,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Since I'm the one that turned John Rausch on to the Shonen
    Knife Christmas single that started quite a thread here, 
    let me share some other ways that Uncle Phil has passed 
    his legacy on through the Christmas music of others: 
    On Hybrid Kids' 1980 Christmas album "Claws," released in 
    the UK on Cherry Red B-RED 11, their version of "Listen, 
    the Snow Is Falling" contains samples of both Darlene Love
    and Bing Crosby singing the word "Christmas" from the line 
    "I'm dreaming of a white..." in their respective versions 
    of "White Christmas." As an added bonus, the Kids also 
    cover the flip side to the original version of "Listen, 
    the Snow Is Falling," "Happy Xmas (Was Is Over)," on this 
    delightfully twisted (though lightyears removed from 
    Spectropoppy) seasonal classic. 
    Two Christmas CDs from the more recent past feature cover 
    art sending up that of "A Christmas Gift for You." One is 
    the fairly well known "Just Say No: A Christmas Gift for 
    You from Geffen Records!" compilation from 1996 on U.S. 
    Geffen GEFD-25107, whose cover photo depicts Beck, 
    Southern Culture on the Skids, Aimee Mann, Elastica, and 
    Sonic Youth emerging from gift boxes. The other, released 
    in 1995 on U.S. Zero Hour ZH 1110-2, is called "A 
    Christmas Present for You from Zero Hour." Both the front 
    and inside covers mimic the original Philles Christmas 
    album photos, but in the form of paintings. But wait, 
    there's more: the closing track, "The Christmas Song," 
    consists of one Ray McKenzie (the label boss) delivering 
    the same speech Phil does over "Silent Night" at the close
    of The Greatest Christmas Album of All Time, substituting 
    only his name and those of the artists in the original 
    wording. AND Phil Spector is mentioned in the "Thanks to" 
    That's it for Christmas stuff on this topic, although it's
    worth mentioning while we're talking about Japanese girl 
    groups and oblique homages that the early-'90s release by 
    The's, "Bomb the Twist," features a cover lovingly
    spoofing that of "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes 
    Featuring Veronica," with the back cover sporting a nod to
    another of The Ronettes' famous group shots.
    David A. Young
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    Subject:     jelly beans on a bison sleigh
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Thanks for all the replies to Shonen Knife Xmas single 
    post. I learned more info on them. I am not a Beatle fan 
    so I have never heard their Holiday greetings. So that was
    interesting. And now I know what the meaning behind the 
    "jelly bean" thing is.
    Also thanks to Jamie for pointing out the Phil & Annette 
    etching in the run off groove of the single. I had to 
    check it out immediately. And there it was!
    John Rausch
    Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sound at
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    Subject:     Don't Hurt My Little Sister
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    from Mark:  
    >I have reason to believe (speculate) that Spector MAY have
    >thought about using Darlene Love on the cut, pre-Blossoms/ 
    >EEOC...I have an acetate of the instrumental track that 
    >Spector cut for "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" (later to be
    >used by EEOC), and on the label is printed "Little Sister -
    >D. Love" and "Mar. '65"...At least we can conclude WHEN the
    >track was cut.
    Mark, I do remember that title, but that's all I remember,
    sorry. If I heard it, it would come back to me....I don't 
    have very many recordings I played on, just a handful, and I
    listen to mainly jazz, but I should get back and listen to 
    some of that stuff, probably after the 1st of the year, I
    will have more time to do that. I don't have hardly 
    anything of the Phil Spector dates I recorded - but I will 
    try to get some of those in the meantime. 
    video interviews at:
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    Subject:     Susan Rafey
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 11/4/99 5:56:37 PM, you wrote:
    >> 3.Susan Rafey-The Big Hurt
    >> Hurt So Bad (Verve)
    >Hi David,
    >Nice to see Susan Rafey's "Hurt So Bad" getting some 
    >exposure. A great uptempo version of the Little Anthony 
    >song, with a strong vocal. Recommend to anyone who likes 
    >white girl northern soul....
    I too own the record and for my money, her Alan Lorber 
    produced and arranged take of Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt"
    is a real teeth grinder. It doesn't have the "phase 
    shifting" of Toni's (RIP) original, but with the fuzz 
    guitar and her over the top impassioned singing, for me, 
    it is the LP's winning tune.
    Jimmy Botticelli
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    Subject:     elements of classic US Pop
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 11/4/99 5:56:37 PM, you wrote:
    >Very true. Isn't it amazing that all of those elements of
    >classic U.S. Pop were recognized, if you a
    >recording from (3) girls in Japan.
    For those interested in reviewing just how many elements 
    of classic US Pop are appreciated by the Japanese popsters, 
    I urge you to go out and purchase the compilations 
    "Sushi 3003" and "Sushi 4004" On first hearing you won't 
    even believe them possible to exist.
    Jimmy Botticelli
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    Subject:     Re: things are changin
    Received:    11/06/99 11:29 am
    From:        Bob Hanes,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    This has probably been addressed (I'm really slow) but the
    "things are changing" public service spots all had the same
    backing track (originally Darlene Love and the Blossoms, 
    then Jay and the Americans and finally the Supremes) Brian
    Wilson had written a song for Darlene Love to record called
    "Don't Hurt My Little Sister". He took it to Phil and Phil 
    held a session for the track (with D Love in attendance). 
    The story goes that Leon Russell was too drunk to play 
    piano so Brian sat in on the 88s. After the session Phil 
    demanded partial writer's credits for his "wall of sound" 
    production. Brian refused, claiming Phil had only followed
    his original production ideas. Phil wiped the vocal track 
    and months later recorded the PSA with Darlene Love and 
    the Blossoms using the melody from DHMLS. 
    The Ronettes story about Bri writing a song is with 
    reference to "Don't Worry Baby", written for Ronnie, and 
    when Bri wouldn't share writer's credits Phil wouldn't let
    Ronnie record it. Ronnie has stated that one in a couple of
    interviews and as an intro of Brian at a benefit show from 
    a New York venue (with the reformed Mamas and Papas +) a 
    few years ago. 
    As Robin Williams says "better latent than never" 
    The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, The Church of 
    the Harmonic Overdub
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