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Spectropop V#0403

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 04/05/00

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       Volume #0403                           April 5, 2000   
               PLAYABLE ON STEREO & MONO PHONOGRAPHS          
    Subject:     Crestelli Takes Cake
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB
    To:          Spectropop!
    In a message dated 4/3/0 3:07:06 PM, you wrote:
    >This may have been the alltime spectropop post of alltimes
    >. I swear I shed a tear while reading this.
    I heartily concur...Botticelli
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    Subject:     Re: The Hairer! ======> The Ronettes
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli
    To:          Spectropop!
    For Jack Madani and the rest of the Spectropop Crew... 
    glad you enjoyed my nostalgic walk around the corner and 
    up the block. The early 60's in Brooklyn were SO cool. I 
    was only 7 by the time the summer of 1963 ended (America's
    truly last innocent summer), but the memories and the 
    soundtrack are vivid. (I have a writer's memory, it being 
    my avocation.) There were bad girl gangs (beehived, 
    mascaraed, switchbladed dropouts who smoked), who 
    regularly beat up on good girls (usually cheerleaders and 
    babysitters), even going so far as to ban certain of them 
    from their Mc Kinley Park turf. Led by Joanie "Queen of 
    the Park" S., they ruled for years... her hair for years 
    looked like a black-varnished, industrial-sized 
    wastebasket sitting atop her head. She eventually married 
    an ex-con and tried to live a normal housewife's wife in a
    basement apartment on the block (Tupperware parties), but 
    it didn't take. She liked me, though, because I was 
    fascinated with her and always took the time to ask her 
    questions about her exotic lifestyle.
    And the boy gangs: the Eighth Avenue Midgets struck terror
    into any good Catholic school boy, so much so that you went
    blocks out of your way if you knew they were up ahead. "
    Chico has a jacket that says 'Rebels' on the back," maybe 
    so, but these gangs were REALLY bad. Richie S., Joanie's 
    brother, came to a bad end, and I remember him stealing a 
    penknife from me when I was... eleven?... and letting it 
    get to me until I went to his house and DEMANDED that he 
    give it back. Which he did. I think he respected me, brat 
    that I was.
    In 1970, Joanie S. gave me her cherished copy of the 
    Ronettes' Philles album. 
    I still have it, too, signed by Ronnie years ago when she
    sang at the old Club 802 in Bay Ridge in... what, 1976? It 
    was where Travolta filmed "SNF" on their disco floor.
    Thanks for letting me tap into the vaults, boys and girls...
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    Subject:     If My Car vocalists
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        Doc Rock
    To:          Spectropop!
    3) If My Car Could Only Talk To Me - Lou Christie.
    Beautiful clanging production on this one. Jack Nitszche's
    much-beloved Well Of Sound. Who were those backing 
    The Angels.
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    Subject:     Re: barnstorming production
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        Frank
    To:          Spectropop!
    >Anybody else on the list got any barnstorming production 
    >Jake Tassell
    There's at least one more it's a version of Clapton's 
    LAYLA produced by Lou Eizner and arranged by Will Malone 
    and sung by Ronnie Charles. Speaking of Wall Of Sound this
    has got to be the big Wall of China. By the way do you know
    if the records you listed are still available?
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    Subject:     Susan Rafey
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB
    To:          Spectropop!
    In a message dated 4/3/0 3:07:06 PM, you wrote:
    >1) The Big Hurt - Susan Rafey.
    >This has got to be one of the aurally biggest Wall Of 
    >Sound type records I've ever heard. I can only guess that 
    >this record was produced by Godzilla, arranged by King 
    >Kong and engineered by Ben Grimm from The Fantastic Four. 
    >You need to hear this to believe it.
    I actually own that rekkid, and I believe David Ponak does
    as well. In fact it was produced by Alan Lorber for Verve 
    Records in 1966 (It is not a Spector Wall Of Sound 
    recording, but a wall it truly is). Alan Lorber was the 
    man who produced the infamous "Bosstown Sound" for MGM 
    Records in 1967. Failure though it was--mainly due to 
    massive hype and minimal REAL talent--the era produced a 
    few memorable records, among them the great Orpheus LP's. 
    Happily the sound died a rather quick death but the 
    original Orpheus LPs are usually priced at $12 -$15 around
    Boston. God Only Knows where one can dig up a copy of Susan
    Rafey's LP. The quote above is correct though. This version
    of the Toni Fisher's pioneering trip into phase-shifting 
    equals the original in strengh and listenability. And that
    fuzz guitar....It IS a killer, trust us.
    Jimmy Botticelli/still grinnin' at Crestelli's take on Brooklyn
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    Subject:     A Question...
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        Keith D'Arcy
    To:          Spectropop!
    Hi All,
    I've recently had my head ripped off by "Every (Little) 
    Breath I Take" by Roddie Joy on Red Bird. Anybody know if 
    this song has ever made it to CD in a reasonably good 
    remastered form? What a giant track. I'd also like to find
    a remastered version of "Do What You Wanna" by Dee Dee 
    Barnes. Another brilliant pop moment; great vocal.
    Any ideas?
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    Subject:     High Fidelity
    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        Jamie LePage
    To:          Spectropop!
    Spectropop Listers in the United States are surely aware
    of Touchstone Picture's new romantic comedy release "High
    Fidelity," but I wonder if it isn't worth mention here. 
    There is a lot of hype going around; perhaps members 
    familiar with the project can present a more balanced 
    I haven't seen the flick, but the synopsis apparently is:
    Self-professed music junkie Rob Gordon (John Cusack) onws
    a not-too-successful all-vinyl record store in Chicago.
    Rob and his staff, armed with "vast knowledge of pop
    music" (I hope that doesn't mean Elton John and Santana!),
    converse about their relationships, comparing and
    intermingling real life experiences with the music they
    love. The screenplay is based on a novel by Nick Hornby. 
    One reviewer of the film mused that "in many ways music 
    helps define us, or at least in our minds, as it can be 
    anything from our 'soundtrack', to our social compass, our
    shrink, an emotional release, or just a good way to have a 
    good time".
    I thought that was interesting. It reminded me of Jimmy 
    C's recent post on Brooklyn hairdos and the ever-present 
    transistor radio. Certainly pop music up to the mid-60s 
    was a common "soundtrack" for nearly everyone. After rock 
    became serious, popular music progressively splintered 
    into different genres and sub-sub-genres (alternative 
    post-modern drums n' bass ambient house, anyone?), little 
    by little the across-the-board common soundtrack for a 
    generation seemed to disappear.
    Has anyone seen the film yet, and if so, irrespective of
    the period of music these "pop" vinyl junkies are "vastly
    knowledgeable" about, will it appeal to us music junkies?
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    Received:    04/05/00 5:33 am
    From:        CHRIS KING
    To:          Spectropop!
    Dear fellow Spectropopsters.
    DA DOO RON RON, my femme-tastic (you won't hear a single 
    MALE lead vocalist!) celebration of 60's girl group & 
    sassy soul sisters, has a further trio of dates in London 
    during April. There's an Easter eggstravaganza on GOOD 
    Friday 21st April Upstairs @ The Garage & two nights @ the
    downstairs bar of The Social. Full details below. Many 
    thanks, Chris.
    Tues 11th APRIL - @ the downstairs bar of The SOCIAL, 05 , 
    Little Portland Street, London, W1 (Venue Tel:-0171-636-
    4992) 7pm - Midnight Admission free DJs Chris & Dec
    Good Friday 21st APRIL - Upstairs @ The GARAGE, 20 - 22, 
    Highbury Corner, London N1 (Venue Tel:-0171-607-1818) 9pm 
    - 3am Sterling 4 w / flyer DJs Chris & Mark Norton
    Tues 25th APRIL - @ the downstairs bar of The SOCIAL
    For more info please check out the DDRR Web site:-
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