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Spectropop V#0372

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 01/17/00

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       Volume #0372                        January 17, 2000   
      a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free 
    Subject:     Soft Rock / Soft Pop
    Received:    01/17/00 2:40 am
    From:        Timothy
    To:          Spectropop List
    I have read with interest the Soft Rock debate over the 
    last few issues. The Searchers' "Sounds Like Searchers" 
    album (issued as "The New Searchers L.P.2 in the States) 
    could be easily classified as soft rock although they were
    more usually classified as 'Merseybeat' in the U.K. and 
    'British Invasion' in the U.S. (not unsurprising since they
    came out of Liverpool at the height of the Merseybeat / 
    Beatle boom).
    In those days, drummer Chris Curtis was mainly responsible
    for the musical direction of the band. After he left the 
    band in early 1966 he went into the production side of the
    music business. He did a lot of work with Paul and Barry 
    Ryan and was responsible for their version of "I Love How 
    You Love Me". 
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    Subject:     Green Tambourine
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        Spector Collector
    To:          Spectropop List
    I'm afraid that rather than solve Nat Kone's 
    "still-nagging mystery" regarding "Green Tambourine," Paul 
    Leka, The Lemon Pipers, and Peppermint Rainbow, I'm just 
    going to add another layer to it by mentioning that the 
    backing track is used yet again on Mrs. Miller's recording
    of the tune on her Amaret Records album "Mrs. Miller Does 
    Her Thing." Just thought you'd like to know.
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    Subject:     Hey Hey Hey! Ba-Ba-Bah-Bah! Boom! Boom! Crackin' Up!
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        jake tassell
    To:          Spectropop List
    I'm going to hang wide of the 'Sunshine Pop' debate, apart
    from to say this:- I'm not 'against' anything and I 
    actually like a lot of Ba-ba-ba-da Generation type discs 
    (I'm also a very big fan of 'Hey Hey Hey!' records too - 
    never heard a bad one, but that's another mood and genre 
    apart entirely, mood and genre hounds). I do prefer things
    a little more on the Promethean side though (Prometheus - 
    Ancient Greek - stole the fire from the Heavens and was 
    thusly punished by Zeus who had him chained him to a rock,
    while a giant bird pecked out his liver - much like our 
    holy prophet of the reverb - Saint Phillip!) but that's my
    headset - you all go ahead and enjoy (or whatever the Latin
    equivalent is).
    The subject of Carol Kaye's bass-line on 'I Was Made to 
    Love Her' came up a couple of Spectro's ago and for an age
    I've been meaning to make comment on what a delight it was 
    to hear it in all its naked, viscous, sculptural glory on
    Carol's Website (and 'Bernadette' - I might add). These 
    awesome slices of hyper-rhythmic, horripilation-inspiring 
    (horripilation -a contraction of the cutaneous muscles 
    causing erection of the bodily hairs and goose-flesh; from
    the Latin 'horrere' - to bristle, and 'pilus' - hair) bass 
    boom-boom are true ultra-vitalist gymnastic wonders that 
    sound even better in the raw than they did on the records.
    Not sure if the 'Phil'-umentary is going to be shown in 
    the UK. Either way, let's hope it's not yet another one 
    where they round up anyone who ever crossed swords with 
    the guy and then waste one hour and thirty minutes pouring
    bile, acid and sewage over his career, his methods, his 
    marriage, his character and his records in his eternally 
    conspicuous absence (these arguments always miraculously 
    vapourise when they have to play the records though!), 
    Which reminds me...
    One thing I want to ask Spectropoppers is something I 
    asked The Joe Meek list a short while ago and got some 
    surprisingly interesting and very thoughtful responses to,
    and that question is:- Why is it that so many of the key 
    figures (Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Joe Meek, Syd Barrett
    etc.) in really 'out there', 'beyond it all', pioneering, 
    'I-can't-believe-I'm-hearing-this' type pop-music; 
    completely lose it, crack up or go mad after producing 
    their best works? I'm not convinced by the drug argument 
    and I don't think I've ever read a satisfactory 
    explanation of this phenomenon in any rock mag, book, or 
    TV documentary. I, for one, think this is the important 
    question about Phil Spector, about the nature of the pop 
    muse, about creativity in general and I'd welcome some 
    feedback on this.
    Also how the *@%**@ did Enya creep into all this???!!!
    Jake 'I Can't Believe I'm Hearing This' Tassell 
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    Subject:     Re: We've all gone soft...but hopefully not in the head
    Received:    01/17/00 2:40 am
    From:        Buffalo Bill Barnacle
    To:          Spectropop List
    Jamie wrote:
    >"Soft Sands" by Chordettes may be the very first
    >record that embodies all the elements of soft pop. A great
    >personal favorite. In the same vein but a bit later, let's
    >not forget the British duo Caravelles. Neat stuff.
    But if we should be really strict, shouldn't soft pop as a
    genre exclude music made outside North America? 95% of 
    these bands remained seemingly uninfluenced by the gritty 
    British R&B invasion. Which is one of the reasons I like 
    this kind of music, because it revolted - non-violently 
    and with a smile, of course :-) - against that kind of 
    music. It is almost as if The Rolling Stones, so called 
    power trios and amphetamines never existed.
    >>"Move with the Dawn" by Mark Eric
    >Is this from the "Midsummer's Day Dream" album on Uni's
    >Revue label? I've not heard Move With the Dawn, but I have
    >heard "Laura's Changing"
    "Laura is changing/she's almost a teen/she's starting to 
    act mature..."
    LOL! That's another thing I like about soft pop, the 
    incredibly naive lyrics. All these groups were in their 
    twenties, at least, but many wrote lyrics like they had 
    barely kissed a girl...who knows? Maybe the soft pop genre
    was invented by lonely men who couldn't find a date for the
    prom :-)
    >(new sub-genre=soft surf rock??).
    It's not so much a sub-genre as one of the roots...the 
    essential 1965-68 soft pop music was pretty much one part 
    surf music, one part Brill Building, one part American 
    folk music and one part studio explorations. Do I sound 
    like a music critic on repeat?
    And as for whoever it was who put Phil Spector and Enya (I
    mean, ENYA!?!?!?!) in the same sentence....jeeeez!! Just 
    don't ever do it again, or I will have to inform a couple 
    of my friends in the poor side of town that some legs need
    to broken, ok? 
    Il Padre T.
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    Subject:     a lily white sound
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB
    To:          Spectropop List
    In a message dated 1/16/0 12:16:47 AM, you wrote:
    >"I'm Hypnotized" by Little Anthony & the 
    >Imperials - pure soft sunshine as per the above!
    I'm curious, is this a Teddy Randazzo piece? And can soft 
    soul fit as a genre into Sunshine Pop? I don't believe so.
    Somehow I get the impression that Sunshine Pop is a lily 
    white sound and Little Anthony, soft though he sang, 
    cannot be put into this category due to the soulfulness of
    his work. What compilation, LP or whatever can this track 
    be heard on?? 
    Jimmy Botticelli
    still tryin' to nail down that Sunshine definition after 
    all this time
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    Subject:     Thru Spray Colored Glasses
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB
    To:          Spectropop List
    In a message dated 1/16/0 12:16:47 AM, you wrote:
    >Dino, Desi & Billy (Dig "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" by 
    Until you hear it by "The Match" Beyond belief...Truly...
    Jimmy Botticelli
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    Subject:     Re: American breed
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        Nat Kone
    To:          Spectropop List
    At 02:21 PM 1/16/00 +0900, John Frank wrote:
    >I haven't heard the one by American Breed. Will have to 
    >check it out. Anyone into uploading mp3s??
    Since I'm the one who mentioned this version, I'm sorry to
    say I don't have the technology for mp3's or CDR's either 
    for that matter. Still using good old-fashioned cassettes.
    But this may be the year... 
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    Subject:     Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sunshine
    Received:    01/17/00 11:07 am
    From:        Jamie LePage
    To:          Spectropop List
    Nat Kone wrote:
    >some of my favourite soft pop bands were jumping on a 
    >bandwagon, though the wagon may not have had a label at 
    >the time. At least that's the impression I get from bands 
    >like Love Generation and Sunshine Company. Or maybe I'm 
    >just distracted by their names. But they give the 
    >impression that one week they were a Lettermen-clone and 
    >the next week they grew their hair and flashed peace signs.
    I suppose many of these vocal groups were aspiring singers
    fortunate enough to make a few records before returning to 
    jingle work, singing in the church choir or doing Top 40 
    in Holiday Inn lounges. But as usual, the labels certainly
    jumped on the (ill-fated) bandwagon. How? By trying to sell
    what was essentially adult contemporary pop music dressed 
    up in Nehru collars and love beads. Target the market that
    bought "Never My Love" with more of the same. It should 
    have worked, and probably would have under the old rules. 
    But the youth market had come of age and rock albums were 
    eclipsing pop 45s as the most profitable music carrier. 
    The record companies said: Dig more of these groovy 
    vocal harmonies," but the amps were pretty much all turned
    up and it was all move-over-Rover-let-Jimi-take-over. 
    Nobody paid much attention to bababada anymore.
    The "over 30" generation wasn't interested in sunshine pop
    either, but it wouldn't have helped anyway. Easy listening 
    pop channels of the day might have tested a Roger Nichols 
    Trio single or played a track off Nilsson's Pandemonium 
    Shadow Show, but it was too late for the EZs too. FM and 
    underground would sentence most of them to life as talk 
    radio or news channels in a few years.
    We are left, then, with a relatively small body of works 
    produced in a short period of time - sort of unofficially 
    called sunshine pop. Many of these records failed 
    commercially and were doomed to obscurity, so it is 
    inevitable that the "underrated producer" is often lauded 
    in sunshine pop discussions. Thankfully though, there are 
    enough fans of this music for the reissue labels to pay 
    attention (A word of praise and thanks here to listers 
    directly involved in the production of these sunshine 
    Much sunshine pop relied on old school production methods,
    session musicians, pop arrangers & Brill style songwriters.
    Sweet Talking Guy by the Chiffons is a good example of the 
    "link" between the Brill-driven girl group sound and 
    sunshine pop. I think of sunshine pop as the very last 
    venue for our Brill-era writers, producers and arrangers, 
    before everything went all singer/ songwriter-ish in the 
    I hope those of us who appreciate sunshine pop do 
    recognize the irony in much of this, though. A lot is 
    pretty darn funny. Here's a snip from the "even too sweet 
    for Kingsley" Love Generation:
    "She touched me
    (Feelin' groovy)
    She put her hand on mine right there
    She touched me
    (Feelin' groovy)
    I still can feel a tingle where she touched me
    (Feelin' groovy)
    A sparkle, a glow, yeah
    Feelin' groovy"
    Officer, arrest that man!
    Jamie "Speak softly and carry a big stick" LePage
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    Subject:     Twinn Connexion & Love Generation
    Received:    01/17/00 2:40 am
    From:        Jill Mingo
    To:          Spectropop List
    Oh, fellow Spectropoppers, 
    With all this talk about the Love Generation and sunshine 
    pop, it has saddened my heart that in fact to this day I 
    have yet to find any Love Generation LPs that didn't cost 
    a small fortune as I live in the UK and this stuff just 
    isn't easy to find. If anyone has any for sale at not too 
    steep prices, please email me direct.
    And as for the Twinn Connexion, does anyone else know 
    anything about this band and where I can also lay my paws 
    on the LP? 
    I'd sure appreciate it.
    x Jill "Without love in my generation" Mingo-go
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    Subject:     Hunter S Thompson
    Received:    01/17/00 2:40 am
    From:        Bobby Lloyd Hicks
    To:          Spectropop List
    Someone sent me this and I thought I'd pass it along.
            "The music business is a cruel and shallow money
             trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and
             pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.
             There's also a negative side."
                                --Hunter S. Thompson
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