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Spectropop V#0404

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 04/06/00

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       Volume #0404                           April 6, 2000   
                    Special Disc Jockey Record 
    Subject:     Overproductions
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        David Feldman
    To:          Spectropop!
    > If My Car Could Only Talk To Me - Lou Christie.
    Forgive me, for I think I posted about this before, but 
    the mention of one of my favorite Lou Christie songs and 
    the ongoing "favorite moments in girl groups songs" brings
    to mind that I have a soft spot for songs/albums who are 
    "overproduced" in thrilling ways. There is always something
    moving about watching someone's reach outstrip his grasp. 
    That's one reason why Ed Wood is a moving figure, and not 
    a merely a laughable one. 
    Of course, even a brilliant artist can "overproduce," too.
    To my taste, for example, "River Deep" falls into that 
    category, IMO -- I know this is heresy, but the Spector 
    recording doesn't move me nearly as much as "Walking in 
    the Rain" or "A Fine, Fine Boy" or "(Today I Met) The Boy 
    I'm Going to Marry," because he buries the song, and it's 
    a GOOD SONG (I realized this most profoundly when I heard 
    Darlene Love sing it recently with a 4-piece band and no 
    vocal accompaniment backing her up).
    So if some "overproductions" just strike me as pretentious
    and "over the top," others I find moving. Here are a few 
    1. "Funny How Love Can Be" - Danny Hutton. 3 production 
    hooks per ten seconds; everything but the kitchen sink is 
    thrown in, shamefully so. What unbelievable fun.
    2. "I'm Into Looking for Someone To Love Me" -- Bobby Vee.
    Did he produce this himself? A desperate stab at a hit -- a
    Yorkshire Terrier attempt at one.
    3. The whole Johnny Mathis-Thom Bell collaboration, "I'm 
    Coming Home." A shotgun marriage between the then-hottest 
    producer in R&B and the Great Romantic, the results are 
    sometimes hilarious, sometimes gorgeous, almost always 
    interesting. It includes one beautiful anti-abortion 
    polemic ("A Child Is Born"), an anthem ("I'm Coming Home"), 
    a cool R&B cover ("I'm Stone In Love With You") and a 
    crazily ambitious, wildly overproduced but still wonderful
    "Life Is a Song Worth Living."
    I'm glad I'm not a music critic. Guess I'd have to carp 
    about the productions on all three of the above, but you'd
    have to mug me to wrest any of these recordings from my 
    clammy little hands.
    Dave Feldman
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    Subject:     Exciting posts
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        john rausch
    To:          Spectropop!
    Thanks to all who have submitted posts lately, I have 
    enjoyed reading Spectropop lately and there seems to be a 
    lot of activity. It`s like everyone had a burst of energy 
    all of a sudden. I too also enjoyed reading the post by J. 
    Crescitelli. What a great image he has painted with words. 
    I also would like to mention that Ronnie Spector will be 
    performing in NY at the From The Heart IV benifit concert 
    for Timi Yuro. Sunday, April 30th. Location is the Nassau 
    Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 
    Also performing are:
    Bobby Rydell
    Joanie Sommers
    Barbara Harris and the Toys
    ...just to name a few acts that would interest those on this 
    list. There are also some R&B groups from the doo wop era 
    Keep those great posts coming everyone!
    John Rausch
    Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes @
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    Subject:     For J.Botticelli & J. Madani
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        Jimmy Crescitelli
    To:          Spectropop!
    <<< This may have been the alltime spectropop post of alltimes.
    I swear I shed a tear while reading this. 
    --- Jack Madani >>>
    I heartily concur...Botticelli
    Hey you guys, thanks so much! Makes a writer proud to know
    he's reached his audience.
    Jimmy Crescitelli
    P.S. With names like Madani, Botticelli & Crescitelli, it 
    sounds like we've got the makings of a tough Brooklyn guy 
    gang... : )
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    Subject:     Barnstormers/Availability
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        jake tassell
    To:          Spectropop!
    Dear Frank
    I don't know if those records are available. It might be
    worth checking the Ace catalogue
    However, there is a RealAudio file of the Holly St. James 
    record at:
    Jake Tassell
    [ed. note: Although the Ace website is worth a visit,
    unfortunately none of the tracks mentioned in Jake's 
    previous post are to be found there.] 
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    Subject:     Re: High Fidelity
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        Stewart Mason
    To:          Spectropop!
    At 06:25 AM 4/5/00 +0900, Spectropop List wrote:
    >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!),
    One of the characters chases a customer out of the store 
    and up the street because he wants to buy Stevie Wonder's 
    "I Just Called To Say I Love You." That answer your 
    >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. 
    >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?
    In a word, yes. To give you an idea, when I bought the 
    book upon its US publication several years ago, my friend 
    Joyce read the jacket copy and said, "Wow! Someone wrote a
    book about you!" The novel might appeal more than the movie, 
    and I suggest reading it before watching the film (the 
    soundtrack of which ranges from fairly obscure Kinks and 
    Love tracks to a song by current UK press darlings the 
    Beta Band, whose prog-pop-jazz-funk oddities sound like 
    Hatfield and the North crossed with Beck). However, those 
    fans of the novel who worried that the film wouldn't 
    withstand the shift in location from south London to 
    Chicago can rest easy. The movie is exceedingly true to 
    the novel in nearly every respect, and record store geeks 
    exist in every western city.
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    Subject:     Re: High Fidelity and Vinyl
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        Nat Kone
    To:          Spectropop!
    Jamie wrote:
    >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. 
    That's a good description. I suspect most people here 
    would enjoy the scenes that take place in the record store, 
    if not the scenes that don't.
    I'm going to take advantage of this moment to do some 
    shameless self-promotion for a film that most of you may 
    never get a chance to see but who knows? Maybe with 
    self-promotion like this, something will change.
    This is MY documentary on a similar subject to High 
    Fidelity. I started it five years ago but unfortunately 
    it's only emerging into the world now. I so hoped it would
    emerge just before High Fidelity - which I read after I 
    started my film - but the truth is, it's probably better 
    that it comes out after the Hollywood film has softened 
    the ground a bit.
    Here's a quasi website, if you can read really small 
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    Subject:     High Fidelity movie
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        Frank Youngwerth
    To:          Spectropop!
    Well, somewhat. It's plot-heavy, based on a novel that's 
    set in the U.K., not Chicago, which provokes a little 
    confusion here and there. One line of dialog taken right 
    from the book refers to Father whatever and the Smurfs as 
    a potential musical influence on a new band; the Smurfs 
    had some pop hits in England, but never over here, so it 
    probably should have been changed to, oh, something like 
    Schoolhouse Rock.
    The store itself looks to have an all-too predictable 
    selection (e.g. 70s Isley Brothers, Fleetwood Mac), and 
    its employees are more full of themselves than they are 
    really in the know. In the end I'd say the movie might not
    be especially sophisticated about records, but it's pretty 
    endearing all the same. Like, the first song you hear is 
    the 13th Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" and the 
    last is Love's "My Little Red Book." 
    Frank in Chicago
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    Subject:     High Fidelity/Low Obscurity
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        DJ JimmyB
    To:          Spectropop!
    In a message dated 4/4/0 4:21:59 PM, you wrote:
    >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!),
    I have yet to see the film version of "High Fidelity" but 
    I read the book about 4 years ago. One of the things that 
    disappointed me was the tip 'o' the iceberg hits the 
    alleged vinyl junkies in the book referred to. All were 
    very well-known songs. The guys I know that run used 
    record shops go for the obscure, cool, and strange sounds 
    not found on the radio. This was my only REAL beef with 
    the book though. I heard from an old friend (boy is this 
    guy old too) that the characters that work in the shop are
    worth the price of admission...
    Hope that he'ps..JB 
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    Subject:     Re: hi fidelity.....and fuel injected dreams...and my 
    Received:    04/06/00 2:57 am
    From:        Rough Trade Shop
    To:          Spectropop!
    The nick hornby book this is based on is great! and the 
    music WILL appeal...its full of moments that will touch 
    every spectropopper's heart.......there's one great part 
    in the book where a 'wronged wife' wants to sell her 
    husband's record collection for fifty pounds (read the 
    book for more...) and its full of sue originals etc etc...
    and the narrator of the book is a sometime dj who is 
    ALWAYS Making 'topten' lists.....actually the record shop 
    and its workers are very similar to intoxica in portobello
    road, but don't tell them i said that......
    another book which i've been meaning to recommend is 'fuel
    injected dreams' by james robert baker. it's absolutely 
    fantastic! it's a kind of wild fictional mystery story that
    includes pastiched versions of pretty much every apocryphal
    'mad producer' story you've every heard..its centred round 
    a fictional girl group as well.........its kinda extreme 
    and beserk but absolutely fantastic (in my opinion and I'm
    always right of course...hem hem!)
    My favourite girl group moment is pretty much the whole 
    song 'dead' by caroline o sullivan...especially juxtaposed
    on the compilation album I found it on which includes paul 
    and paula and the 'peanuts'.....very strange...couldn't 
    believe my ears first time i heard it.........
     xxxxxxx delia xxxxx
    p.s. u.k. members look out for my 'actionettes' dance 
    troupe which is an all girl dance troupe which does 
    routines to girl group songs.....we're planning a 
    performance at the may da doo ron rons if chris king lets 
    if you'd like to be sent regular new releases emails let 
    me know
    ph-0171 792 3490
    fax 0171 221 1146
    at....130 talbot road , london, wiiija, u.k.
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    Subject:     BOUNCE: Non-member submission
    Received:    04/02/00 10:39 pm
    From:        Spectropop: Archive | Bulletin Board
    To:          Spectropop!
    ========= Start of forwarded message =========
    Don't It Make You Feel Good
    Posted by Jim Gardner on Tue, 04 Apr 2000 09:16:32 
    This is the most likely place I know of to find an answer 
    to a question I have about an obscure, beloved 45. If it's
    not appropriate here, or there's a better place for me to 
    ask, please let me know. I acquired a tape of a 45 that 
    has baffled me and I'd like to know more about the record 
    and the group. The song, "Don't It Make You Feel Good," is
    a snappy pop thing with traditional 60's combo 
    instrumentation: guitar, combo organ, rhythm section. The 
    title line is the hook and there's some nice, two-part 
    harmony on it. There's a nifty organ solo that sounds not 
    unlike one of Leon Russell's Gary Lewis efforts; in fact, 
    the whole thing sounds not unlike G. Lewis' type of 
    material, although the lead singer's much better. Not that
    I'm suggesting this may, in fact, *be* them. I got the tape
    from a d.j. who has a white label promo copy of the 45. The
    only writing on the label is the song title and the word, 
    "Over," which the d.j. took to be the band name, but I 
    figured indicated the B side. (Don't know *which* side 
    "over" was written on.) As in, flip the 45 over. This is 
    probably a hopelessly obscure Midwest, late-60's group 
    (the d.j. was formerly on the air in West Lafayette, 
    Indiana), and the 45 may be self-released by the band for
    all I know. If this title or anything about the song sounds
    familiar, please post here or drop me an e-mail. And 
    thanks. (Btw, the Spectropop site rocks!)
    Jim Gardner 
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