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Spectropop V#0362

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 12/25/99

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       Volume #0362                       December 26, 1999   
         The Greatest Recording Organization in the World     
    Subject:     Christmas Trackin'
    Received:    12/25/99 4:05 pm
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi everybody, and Seasonal Greetings,
    I was wondering which Christmas tracks Spectropoppers have
    been playing for their own enjoyment's ten 
    of mine, in no particular order:
    Brenda Lee - Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day - 
    sadly always overlooked in favour of "Rockin' Around The 
    Christmas Tree", this is more in the girl-group 
    beat-ballad mold
    Crystals - Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - a highlight of 
    the Spector album for me, but seems to miss out on plays, 
    I guess because it has no direct reference to Christmas
    Surfer Boys - I Told Santa Claus I Want You - obscure 
    Scepter 45 that uses the riff from "Santa Claus Is Comin' 
    To Town", and dig these lyrics: "The Beach Boys want five 
    shiny cars, the Beatles want some new guitars and a set of
    drums for Ringo too....Jan would like a new surfboard, Dean
    would like a souped-up Ford, but me, I want you......" 
    Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - for me,
    the all-time perfect Christmas track
    Darlene Love - All Alone On Christmas - and almost 30 
    years later, she did it again with a knockout 
    Erect-a-Spector production and a more contemporary lyric. 
    Ironic that this later outing made the UK charts, whereas 
    "Christmas Baby" never did on any re-release.
    Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick - I guess it had to be in 
    there somewhere
    Roy Wood/Wizzard - Ring Out The Old, Bring In The New - 
    great Spector cop that "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every
    Day" is, it does get played to death - this later 45 makes 
    a nice alternative, as does "Rock & Roll Winter" - both 
    bear that WOS influence
    Ronettes - Frosty The Snowman - hard to pick one out of 
    their three tracks, but this is the one that does it for 
    me.....had one been chosen for 45 release, this would've 
    had the most potential, IMO
    Mike Love & Dean Torrence - Jingle Bell Rock - contrived B. 
    Boys sound as you'd expect, but fun just the same
    and finally... Dancer, Prancer & Nervous - The Singing 
    Reindeer - for those of us who never grew up!(actually, if
    you slow this down to 33rpm, you get a great Lettermen/4 
    Preps sound!)
    Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and the very best for 
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    Subject:     Happy Holidays!
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm picturing all of us Spectropoppers dressed in winter 
    finery, posed in giant Holiday packages, smiling out at 
    the world... Happy Holidays and a blessed Year 2000 to one
    and all! 
    Very sincerely,
    Jimmy Crescitelli
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    Subject:     Los Yaki?
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Matthew Kaplan, Twxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    What insights can anybody give to a group called Los Yaki?
    Yes, it is a group that sings in Spanish, whether that 
    means that they were from Spain, Mexico or some other 
    country I'm not sure but I can say that I've got a fab 
    four song seven inch which includes "El Submarino Amarillo", 
    or I'm more likely to call it "Yellow Submarine" 
    (Capitol Records EPEM10109) as well as a great little ditty
    called "Las Estatuas De Marfil". Can anybody tell me about 
    the group and what year this single came out? 
    Matthew Kaplan
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    Subject:     Re: Goffin & King
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Francesc Sole,
    To:          Spectropop,
    I've got a cd called "Goffin And King Songbook" - 
    Connoisseur Collection. VSOP CD134. It's a UK release from
    1989. It features 24 songs:
    Will you love me tomorrow- Shirelles
    The locomotion - Little Eva
    Some of your lovin' - Dusty Springfield
    Some kinda wonderful - Jay and the Americans
    Chains - The Cookies
    He's in town - The Rockin' Berries
    Pleasant Valley Sunday - the Monkees
    Oh no not my baby - Maxine Brown
    I can't hear you no more - Betty Everett
    Let's turkey trot - Jan & Dean
    One fine day - The Chiffons
    Just once in my life - The Righteous Brothers
    Goin' back - The Byrds
    Up on the roof - Laura Nyro
    Hi de ho (that ole sweet roll) - Blood Sweat & Tears
    It might as weel rain until September - Carole King
    Don't say nothin' bad about my baby - The Cookies
    No easy way down - Jackie De Shanon
    I can't stay mad at you - Skeeter Davis
    I've never find another you - Billy Fury
    Take good care of my baby - Bobby Vee
    Don't ever change - The Crickets
    Halfway to paradise - Bobby Vinton
    (You make me feel like a) Natural woman - Peggy Lee
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    Subject:     spector xmas cd
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        James, JAMESxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I thought I would get the spector xmas cd by christmas but I guess 
    you sent it late.
    Let me know...
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    Subject:     The Jerry Ross Girl Groups
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Claudia C.,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I recently bought a CD, "Slow Fizz: Here Come the Girls 
    Vol. 8, the Jerry Ross Girl Groups" and it is quite 
    It features groups such as the Swans ("Boy with the Beatle
    Hair", "You Better be a Good Girl Now"), the Sapphires 
    ("Slow Fizz", "Let's Break Up for Awhile"), Candy and the 
    Kisses ("Do the 81" ,"Two Happy People"), the Yum Yums 
    ("Gonna be a Big Thing"), Honey Love and the Love Notes ("We
    Belong Together") and other songs by the groups the 
    Devotions, and the Devonnes.
    The more I hear it the more the songs grow on me.
    I know all I have to do is ask, so here's what I want to 
    know - Can someone elaborate on the history of these 
    groups, Jerry Ross, and perhaps what became of the groups. 
    Anyone? Thanks..
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    Subject:     Zappa
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Don Richardson said 
    >By all accounts I have read and learned of, and
    >by his own admission, Zappa never learned how to write music 
    >in conventional format. 
    I recorded the first two albums playing elec. 12-string 
    guitar for Frank Zappa, along with Tommy Tedesco and 
    Dennis Budimer. What we had to read were normal notes, 
    nicely-written noted music, as usual. And I spoke to 
    George Duke later on (recording at Fantasy Records, some 
    nice jazz dates together, early 70s) as he went on the 
    road w/Zappa, and being astute, George would not lie about
    this...said he had great admiration for Zappa and the way 
    he arranged his charts etc. So that's from what we've 
    experienced about Zappa. 
    I stopped recording for Zappa, and he respected this, on 
    the 2nd album as I saw the pron lyrics and being a mother 
    raising 3 children, didn't want to be a part of that 
    anymore. He was really nice about it, understood, was very
    nice to work for. Don't know anything about what Don says 
    above....just what I experienced.
    Frank and I kept in touch, sending "hello" messages to 
    each other, and it really was awfully sad about his 
    illness at the end. 
    I sent him my herbal list but never heard back.....he was 
    a good guy, didn't use drugs from what I saw etc. and very
    respectful to studio musicians and from what George Duke 
    said (George btw, is an excellent fine jazz musician) was 
    great to work for on the road too. 
    Happy Holidays!
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Liquid Room Happy Holidaze
    Received:    12/25/99 4:04 pm
    From:        Ponak, David, david.xxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop,
    The Liquid Room airs every Saturday Morning (Friday night)
    from 3-6 on 90.7 FM KPFK. (98.7 in Santa Barbara County).
    Also check out my show The Nice Age at Monday and
    Wednesday evenings from 
    8-10, PST. 
    I've been on vacation, so I've missed sending out the last
    couple of playlists, so we'll catch up now. I'm being 
    pre-empted on Saturday, January 1st, so I'll see y'all 
    back on the airwaves on 1/8/99 with my top ten for 1999.
    This was my birthday, so I did a purely self-indulgent show
    featuring sets by my favorite artists:
    The Fifth Dimension-California My Way/The Girl's Song/The Worst That Could
    Happen/The Magic Garden
    The Aluminum Group-Chocolates/Miss Tate/Sweet Child O' Mine
    Burt Bacharach-Knowing When To Leave/Something Big/Bond St.
    The Four Seasons-Opus 17/C'mon Marianne/Bye Bye Baby
    Scott Walker-Montegue Terrace (In Blue)/The World's Strongest Man/Thanks 
    Chicago Mr. James
    Kraftwerk-Expo 2000/The Model/Airwaves
    Serge Gainsbourg-69 Anne Erotique/Bonnie & Clyde/Elisa
    Pizzicato Five-Loudland/What Now Our Love/Catwalk
    The Beach Boys-We'll Run Away/The Night Was So Young/You're So Good To Me
    The Divine Comedy-Everybody Knows/Make It Easy Of Yourself/Becoming More
    Like Alfie
    Neil Diamond-Sunday Sun/Done Too Soon/The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
    Cornelius-The Theme From First Question Award/The Love Parade/The
    Microdisneycal World Tour/Rock '96
    The Bee Gees-Birdy Told Me/Red Chair Fade Away/First Of May
    Rupert Holmes-Who What When Where Why/Our National Pastime/I Don't Want To
    Hold Your Hand
    Saint Etienne-Jack Lemmon/You're In A Bad Way/Flight To Tashkent
    Lou Christie-If My Car Could Only Talk/She Sold Me Magic/Beyond The Blue
    Paul Williams-Old Souls/Morning I'll Be Moving On
    We'll, since I had to do a show on Christmas morning from 
    3-6AM, I thought I should make the most of it and get 
    1.The Mistletoe Disco Band-Sleighride
    2.Lord Douglas Byron-Surfin' Santa
    3.Chisato Moritaka-Jin Jin Jinglebell
    4.Merle Haggard-If We Make It Through December
    5.The Free Design-Christmas Is The Day
    6.69 Boys, the Quad City DJ's, and K-Nock-What You Want For Christmas
    7.Chocolat-Wonder Christmas
    8.Burt Bacharach-The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
    9.Manfred Mann-Got Rest Ye' Merry Gentlemen
    10.Beck-Little Drum Machine Boy
    11.The Rotary Connection-Silent Night
    12.Can-Silent Night
    13.Charo-Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?
    14.The Enchanters-Mambo Santa Mambo
    15.Beatmas-Jingle Bells
    16.Roy Wood & Wizzard-I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
    17.Pizzicato Five-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    18.The Ventures-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reigndeer
    19.The Mistletoe Disco Band-Silver Bells
    20.Snoop Doggy Dogg-Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
    21.Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66-The Christmas Song
    22.The Malibooz-It's Just Not Christmas
    23.The Beach Boys-Santa's Got An Airplane
    24.B. Bumble And The Stingers-Nut Rocker
    25.Lisa Marie-Listen To The Bells
    26.Flaming Lips-Christmas At The Zoo
    27.The Glad Singers-Deck The Halls
    28.Man Or Astroman?-Frosty The Snowman
    29.Gilbert O'Sullivan-Christmas Song
    30.Saint Etienne-I Was Born On Christmas Day
    31.Steve Lawrence-That Old Christmas Spirit
    32.David Bowie & Bing Crosby-Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy
    33.Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass-Winter Wonderland
    34.Buck Owens & Susan Raye-All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy
    35.Shonen Knife-Space Christmas
    36.Esquivel-Here Comes Santa Claus
    37.Wendy & Carny Wilson-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    38.The Marquees-Christmas In The Congo
    39.Captain Kangaroo-I Want A Hippopatamous For Christmas
    40.Darlene Love-Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
    41.Jim Reeves-Senior Santa
    42.The Go Bangs-Rock In Roll Santa Claus
    43.The Sonics-Santa Claus
    44.Bobby Rydell/Chubby Checker-Jingle Bell Imitations
    45.The Salsoul Orchestra-Little Drummer Boy
    46.Douglas Leedy-Good King Wencalis
    47.Ray Anothony-Christmas Trumpets
    48.The Platters-Christmas Time
    49.The Cold Chillin' Juice Crew-Cold Chillin' Christmas
    50.The Three Wise Men (XTC)-Countdown To Christmas Party Time
    51.The Three Suns-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    52.The Dickies-Silent Night
    53.Miharu Koshi/Haruomi Hosono-Belle Tristesse
    54.The Surfaris-Surfer's Christmas List
    55.The Beach Boys-Merry Christmas Baby
    Merry Christmas everybody! See you next year!
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