__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0362 December 26, 1999 __________________________________________________________ The Greatest Recording Organization in the WorldSubject: Christmas Trackin' Received: 12/25/99 4:05 pm From: Ian Chapman, iaxxxxx.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com Hi everybody, and Seasonal Greetings, I was wondering which Christmas tracks Spectropoppers have been playing for their own enjoyment lately.....here'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......" Great! 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 2000, Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Happy Holidays! Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Jimmy Cresitelli, Jimxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Los Yaki? Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Matthew Kaplan, Twxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Goffin & King Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Francesc Sole, xxxxx.es To: Spectropop, spectxxxxxities.com 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 best, Francesc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: spector xmas cd Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: James, JAMESxxxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com I thought I would get the spector xmas cd by christmas but I guess you sent it late. Let me know... --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Jerry Ross Girl Groups Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Claudia C., xxxxxv.net To: Spectropop List, Spectxxxxxities.com I recently bought a CD, "Slow Fizz: Here Come the Girls Vol. 8, the Jerry Ross Girl Groups" and it is quite entertaining. 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.. Claudia --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Zappa Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Carol Kaye, caroxxxxxhlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectxxxxxities.com 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 http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Liquid Room Happy Holidaze Received: 12/25/99 4:04 pm From: Ponak, David, david.xxxxxcom To: Spectropop, spectxxxxxities.com 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 http://www.spikeradio.com 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. 12/18/99 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 For 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 Horizon Paul Williams-Old Souls/Morning I'll Be Moving On 12/25/99 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 seasonal: 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! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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