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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 07/02/00

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       Volume #0424                            July 3, 2000   
              Playable only on 33 1/3 RPM Instruments         
    Subject:     Warner Spector/ Big Tree Spector singles
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Anthony G  Pavick
    To:          Spectropop!
    This may be a common question -- but I'll ask anyway --
    lurker's privilege :-)
    Can anyone tell me if there is a discography of the
    singles on Warner Spector available? I want to have a
    full run, SPS 0400 to SPS 0410, but am missing the
    SPS 0406 -- no info
    SPS 0409 - Ronnie Spector - Paradise -- I only a promo so
    I need the b-side
    I am also interested to know if there ever was a B side
    to Dion's Born to Be With You on BigTree Spector(BT-16063).
    BTW - I note two different pressings of this promo. One
    on labels with a darker black print on both the blue
    stereo side and the white mono side, and one on almost
    faded greyish print. The darker one has a heavier
    typeface and carries the matrix ST-BT-32031 MO for stereo
    and BT-32031 MO for mono. The lighter one has a smaller
    typeface and carries the matrix ST-BT-32031 PL for stereo
    and BT-32031 PL for mono. Different pressing plants I
    Oh finally .. what does the image of the Warner Spector
    label signify. What i mean is, if you hold it up to a
    curly mirror, is it supposed to look like something?
    -- a girl who looks great in vinyl
    PS -- wouldn't mind getting mp3s of the missing tracks,
    but that wouldn't be legal
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    Subject:     Soft Pop special on the web
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Michael White
    To:          Spectropop!
    Hello everybody!
    As a sort of audio companion piece to my cover story about
    the past and present of Soft Pop in the October '99 issue
    of Toronto's 'Exclaim!' Magazine, I recently recorded a
    90-minute program for the internet radio station
    It's been posted for a couple of months now (what can I
    say?...I've been otherwise engaged, distracted, detained,
    sleeping...) but is still up on their homepage, owing
    primarily - I'd like to think - for the great feedback
    it's been receiving.
    I don't pretend to be worthy of shining David Ponak's
    shoes (to wit, my near-ten year absence from broadcasting
    is apparent) but I hope some of you, Soft Pop afficionados
    or not, might enjoy it.  I've called it "The Incomplete
    History of Soft Pop" (Part One, I hope), and it dabbles
    all over the chronological canvas, from the Millenium and
    the Free Design to the High Llamas and the Cherry Orchard.
    I'm currently trying to convince the CBC's Radio Escapade
    program to let me produce a similar show for them, in
    which case the sadly aborted on-air interviews with Sean
    O'Hagan and David Bash would finally happen, so finger
    crossed there. If you choose to check it out, please feel
    free to drop me a note with your thoughts.
    Kinda wasted without you,
    Michael White
    Vancouver, BC
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    Subject:     "Blue Marble"
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Zapp Brannigan
    To:          Spectropop!
    I've been listening to the second Sagitarrius record 
    lately (thanks, Mr Guy Incognito!) and I like it a lot 
    better then "Present Tense". A lot of the Present Tense 
    songs don't take off for me, it's like they're dripping of "The Truth Is Not Real" - so overproduced too. 
    "Blue Marble" is simpler which makes for a more enjoyable 
    listening experience. I don't have any credits on my CDR 
    copy, can somebody post the full tracklisting with 
    songwriting credits, please? Was Curt Boetcher out of the 
    picture? Who are the musicians and vocalists? I assume 
    Gary Usher produced the whole album, the farting synths 
    (yes, *those* synths, Madani!) he used on the Byrds' 
    "Notorious..." are all over "The Blue Marble". 
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    Subject:     Donna Loren aloha!
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Jack Madani
    To:          Spectropop!
    Check out this amazing link:
    Donna Loren's a fashion entrepeneur in Hawaii, and she's
    got this web site for her business, and now she's got
    connected to it this terrific site with all this stuff
    >from when she was Donna Loren in the sixties, if you get
    my drift.  There's tons of quicktime sound and video
    clips here, too. It's amazing stuff, and overwhelming,
    too.  I've only just begun to check out the incredible
    wealth of clips.  One thing I do have to recommend,
    though, is you listen to her clip of "Call Me," from 1965.
    It's fantastic, utterly spectropoppish.  Yeow.  I want a
    copy of this!!
    Note that it says on this site, "A new, limited edition
    CD entitled "The Best of Donna Loren" was released in the
    fall of 1998 in Europe. A CD version of the original
    "Beach Blanket Bingo" soundtrack will be available in
    record stores and on this website in the fall of 2000."
    Does anyone know anything about that Best Of cd?  And
    there wouldn't be any chance that the BBB soundtrack will
    have the recordings that were used in the movie, would
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540   
    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred." 
     --Henry Cabot Henhouse III
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    Subject:     Recording Session
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        jake tassell
    To:          Spectropop!
    I see that threads still going about which one recording
    session you'd want to get involved in and what would you
    I guess I'd want to be in on 'The River Deep Mountain High'
    session. What would I change? Welllll, couple o' more
    pianos, three or four extra saxophones, half a dozen
    guitarists to beef things up around the middle, er.. two
    more basses (don't want to get top heavy), strings? - five
    or six extra players, backing singers? - can someone get
    on the phone and see what The Mormon Tabernacle Choir are
    doing on Friday + more hand percussion, tambourines,
    maracas - how about some cannons for the instrumental
    section......I could go on...
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    Subject:     That one session......
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Joe Foster
    To:          Spectropop!
    > I know this probably isn't the genre under discussion,
    > but Bohemian Rhapsody would have had to have been very
    > interesting.  If not that Heroes and Villians.
    > dave marshall
    ........and if the former isn't a derivative of the latter,
    I'll eat my lurex shorts!....
    Joe Foster
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    Subject:     Some Questions for Hal David
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        David Feldman
    To:          Spectropop!
    Mr. David,
    I can't tell you what a thrill it is not only to be able
    to ask you some questions, but also to tell you how much
    pleasure you have given me.  You are my favorite lyricist,
    ever, and I marvel how lyrics that meant the world to me
    40 years ago mean more to me today.
    1. I think the Dionne Warwick rendition of "Last One To
    Be Loved" is a combination of a  spectacular melody,
    lyric, vocal, and production.  I know that "Make Way For
    Dionne Warwick" was virtually a greatest hits album, but
    was there any consideration toward making this a single? 
    2. In all your canon, I can think of only one lyric that
    seems odd to me.  It occurs in a song that I love, "Odds
    & Ends."  They lyric is:
       "How can you go and leave so completely?"  
    Just curious about the use of the word "completely" there.
    3.  Usually, your lyrics meld seamlessly into the song. 
    But I can think of one unusual lyric that is stunning and
    to me is the emotional key to the song.  In the great
    "Check Out Time," I was just wondering how you came up
    with the idea of:
       "I want to taste all the things I missed, FOR EXAMPLE,
    4. I'm often struck by the seeming simplicity of the word
    choice your lyrics.  In "Walk on By," the vast majority
    of words used are one-syllable.  Was this a conscious
    choice?  Does it make a difference to the rhythm of the
    song if the beats consist of consonants or whole words?
       "If you see me walkin' down the street"    
    would scan as well (but not sound as good!) if expressed
      "Phosphorence never disappoints"
    Do you consciously think about matters like:   "Given the
    shuffle beat and the walking theme, short words will give
    more of a sense of movement?"  Or is this not a factor at
       5.  Given the passion and directness of so many of
       your lyrics,  there was a period in the 1969-1970 era
       when many of your lyrics in your hits, whether
       expressing happy or sad emotions, had a sort of
       bemused, detached  tone.  In many cases, Burt's music
       supported the ironic tone (e.g., "Raindrops") and
       other times serves as a counterpoint (e.g., "Odds &
       Ends, "Everybody's Out of Town").   Did your frame of
       mind change?  Was it the times?  Or of no cosmic
       significance whatsoever?
    6.  Of your many gifts, one of the most powerful has to
    be coming up with fantastic first lines of lyrics.   
        "A chair is still a chair, Even when there's no one
        sitting there" 
        "Once there was a boy who left the bed he slept in"
        "What's it all about, Alfie?"
    are all like the beginning of  mysteries to me.  How can
    you not stick around to find out what these lyrics lead
    to?  Could you talk a little bit about the importance of
    the first line of a song?
           Thanks again for giving us an opportunity to "talk"
           to you.
        Dave Feldman
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    Subject:     Hal Q
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        Jill Mingo
    To:          Spectropop!
    Jamie LePage wrote:
    >Since the last Spectropop I have been listening to a lot 
    >of Hal David-penned records, paying particular attention 
    >to the words. I was reminded once again of how on many 
    >songs the lyrics feel happy and optimistic at the hook, 
    >yet on closer examination are lonely and desperate. Always
    >Something There To Remind Me, What the World Needs Now is 
    >Love, Do You Know the Way to San Jose and This Guy's In 
    >Love With You each utilize this device to great effect; An
    >instantly memorable sing-song hook segues to this intense 
    >longing in the verses. I'll tell you one thing - that 
    >contrast gives deep emotional impact to many 
    >Bacharach/David penned recordings.
    Further on this point that Mr. Le Page makes about the
    lonely and desperate lyrics. I would like to ask Hal what
    a person has to go through to write such emotional
    despair. I've always thought "Wow...Hal must have been on
    a bummer." So I suppose I'd like to ask if he really was.
    The words just seem to paint a pretty clear picture in
    many of his songs, and that world is not really such a
    nice place, but full of passion nonetheless. Really...I
    can identify with it...
    Jill "Mingo-go"
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    Subject:     The Nice Age-6/25/00
    Received:    07/02/00 9:21 pm
    From:        David Ponak
    To:          Spectropop!
    The Nice Age streams every Sunday from 3-6PM (PDT) at
    Buffalo Daughter-Autoban Musique Non-Stop A Tribute To
    Kraftwerk (EMI Japan)
    Jack Jones-Lollipops And Roses Best Of (MCA)
    Thievery Corporation-Indra The Mirror Conspiracy (ESL)
    The Black Panthers-Day Tripper Good Night Tokyo
    (Readymade Japan)
    Capsule-Le Salon Parismatic (Catskills UK)
    ECD-Direct Drive (Readymade Remix) All Systems Are Go Go
    (Ursula 1000 Mix CD) (ESL)
    Haruomi Hosono-Omkae De Gonsu Atomic Kids (WEA-Japan)
    Das Pop-The Little boy Llama Ranch Compilation
    Scott Walker-Stormy Till The Band Comes In (BGO-UK)
    Polysics-Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth XCT (Ki/oon-Japan)
    Devo-The Words Get Stuck In My Throat Pioneers Who Got
    Scalped (Rhino)
    Citrus-Blue Mercedes Wispy, No Mercy (Trattoria-Japan)
    Gene Pitney-Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart The Best
    Of (Varese)
    The Incredible Moses Leroy-I Had You Growing Up Clean In
    America (Ultimatum)
    Claudine Longet-Sugar Me The Very Best Of (Varese)
    Harco-...Ue No Workaholic EP (V2-Japan)
    Curt Boettcher-That's The Way It's Gonna Be Misty Mirage
    Pizzicato Five-Bananas On Her Magesty's Request
    The Rotary Connection-Ruby Tuesday The Rotary Connection
    Lord Sitar-I Can See For Miles The Sound Gallery Vol. 2
    Boredoms-Jungle Taitei (Yann Tomita Remix) Super Roots 8
    Watermelon-Hong Kong Blues Cool Music (Alfa-Japan)
    Nona Reeves-Animation 5 Animation (Warner-Japan)
    Tomovsky-Itoshi No Wonder Orange Fiction (Dohb
    Tahiti 80-Heartbeat Puzzle (Minty Fresh)
    Shy-Theme From A Summer Place Atomium 3003
    Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends-Don't Take
    Your Time The Complete... (Polydor-Japan)
    Motocompo-Take Me To Your Party Single (Poplot-Japan)
    Kraftwerk-Tour De France single (EMI-Germany)
    Advantage Lucy-How Do You Feel Station (Toshiba-EMI-Japan)
    Hi-Posi-You Are My Music single  (Kitty-Japan)
    Hideki Kaji-Georgie Boy George 15 Angry Men
    Ultramaniax-Ultra Man Theme Remix Ultramaniax Beat
    Fantastic Plastic Machine-Take Me To The Disco (Legendary
    Disco Allstars Remix) single (Heatwave-Japan)
    Patrasche-Fantastic Something Minty Fresh Japan
    Compilation (MF-Japan)
    Kahimi Karie-The 7th Wife Of Henry VIII Journey To The
    Centre Of Me (Polydor-Japan)
    Esrevnoc-Bee Charmer Better (Sony-Japan)
    Mieko Hirota-A Lonely Summer Goodnight Tokyo
    Puffy-Pool Ni Te single (Epic-Japan)
    Plastics-Complex Welcome Plastics (Victor-Japan)
    David Ponak-Host Of The Nice Age 
    c/o TOKYOPOP Music 
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    David Sanford-Head Of Music Programing
    Spike Internet Radio Inc. 
    1445 N. Stanley Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
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