__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0342 November 8, 1999 __________________________________________________________ The First Name in EntertainmentSubject: Christmaspectoripoffs Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: Spector Collector, spectorcollxxxxxail.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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" section! 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 22.214.171.124'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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: jelly beans on a bison sleigh Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: john rausch,xxxxx.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 http://members.tripod.com/~rauschj/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Don't Hurt My Little Sister Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: Carol Kaye, caroxxxxxhlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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. Carol http://www.carolkaye.com/ video interviews at: http://www.experience.org --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Susan Rafey Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: elements of classic US Pop Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 will...in 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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: things are changin Received: 11/06/99 11:29 am From: Bob Hanes, Bobxxxxxv.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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