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There are 4 messages in Spectropop -  Digest Number 53.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Carole King, Bach's Lunch, Myddle Class
           From: Kevin Kern 
      2. Mel Carter
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      3. Monkees misprint/Pass It Along
           From: Stewart Mason 
      4. the cool ones (1967)
           From: Jack_Madani


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 09:59:03 -0400
   From: Kevin Kern 
Subject: Carole King, Bach's Lunch, Myddle Class

Hello Spectropop!

I was surprised to see this record described on the garage 
rock website:

> Bach's Lunch
> Will You Love Me Tomorrow / You Go On 
> (Tomorrow T-911) 
> 1967 
> Carole King is writ large across this East Coast girl
> group 45. It's her label, her production and on the top
> side one of her classics - reworked in a slow,
> deliberate and dramatic style with forlorn female
> vocals. You Go On is even stronger - a brooding baroque
> beat-ballad written by Rick Philp and Dave Palmer of
> The Myddle Class (credited as "Philip Palmer"), which
> lends weight to a rumour that the group was heavily
> involved with and played on this 45.

I thought I had all of the Myddle Class tracks (7), but
this is something new! Now, this is a job for
Spectropop! Does anyone have this music, especially the
B-side? Willing to share: tape, CDr, mp3? Are these
tracks on (gasp!) any legitimate reissues?

Kevin Kern
At the Jesrsey Shore
My maiden post here.

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 06:26:58 EDT
   From: Paul Urbahns 
Subject: Mel Carter

In a message dated 10/25/00 7:01:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Claudia wrote:

> Can anyone tell me anything about who produced for Mel
> Carter? I recently heard his rendition of "When a Boy
> Falls in Love"...Great! I always loved the full
> orchestral sound behind all his stuff. I see he is
> currently touring, to my great delight.

This is not a direct answer to your question, but for
those who haven't seen him on tour, he appeared on the
DOO WOP 51 PBS special taped in Pittsburgh this year. My
brother who lives there sent me a tape copy and his
performance of Hold Me Kiss Me is fantastic. Don' tmiss
it on your PBS station during pledge week this year.

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 10:09:06 -0600
   From: Stewart Mason 
Subject: Monkees misprint/Pass It Along

Glenn Sadin wrote:

>Some interesting trivia: On the very 1st pressings of the 
>first Monkees LP (October 1966), the song is listed as 
>"Papa Jean's Blues," not "Papa Gene's Blues." That was 
>quickly corrected and the LP was reissued with a "RE" 
>after the catalog number.

I've often wondered why Colgems bothered to do that,
considering how notoriously lax labels often are about
things like spelling and song titles.  Columbia
flip-flopped the titles of two songs on Miles Davis'
KIND OF BLUE, an oversight which wasn't corrected until
over 30 years later! One of my favorite Elvis Costello
songs, "Men Called Uncle," was erroneously released as
"Man Called Uncle" in 1980 and it wasn't rectified
until the 1994 CD reissue.

Joseph Scott wrote:

>Personally, I think this track by this British alt-pop 
>group is likely to be a publicity stunt, intended to get 
>the group's name attention in the press so that the group 
>can profit financially in the long run. I think if this 
>vocalist were as concerned about artistic integrity as he 
>claims to be, they'd be sampling artists who particularly 
>struck their artistic fancy, rather than what looks 
>suspiciously like a list of artists who are particularly 
>likely to get the group coverage in the press because they
>are well-known to the public, such as Eminem, the Beatles, 
>and Madonna. Just my opinion.

Ah, but Chumbawamba, silly name aside, have long
considered themselves anarchists and provocateurs. 
This is the same band which told its fans they should
shoplift their record out of Tower and HMV a few years
ago. Press coverage is the entire point, because press
coverage gives them the opportunity to babble on at
length about their (generally fuzzy and
self-contradictory) agenda.  Think anyone in the media
would care if they sampled Diane Renay?



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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 23:56:51 -0400
   From: Jack_Madani
Subject: the cool ones (1967)

I've just finished watching an absolutely monumental
movie:  "The Cool Ones," from 1967.  What a terrific,
magnificent movie this is; it ought to be required
viewing for the Spectropop Faithful.  It's got the
wacked-out humor of the Beach Party flix, the
production values (and professional editing) of a Viva
Las Vegas, and groovy what-if-bob-fosse-had-been-a-
baby-boomer, movin-with-nancy styled go-go dancing all
over the place, replete with laura petrie go-go boots
and matching vinyl go-go caps (you know the cap I mean?
the one with the bouffed crown for the girl's hair and
the broken brim of a cabdriver's hat?).  The music is
sensational(!!), the costumes and sets to die for. On
top of which, in the secretarial pool of the
faux-Spector producer type, I SWEAR I saw the
drool-inducing actress who later starred in that
"Gamesters of Triskelion" episode of Star Trek as the
fightin' babe in the aluminum foil bikini. (in addition,
I believe the chick sidekick to the faux-Spector type
was the actress who also played the "White Russian" on
Hogan's Heroes.)  This movie was even listed in Gene
Sculatti's 1982 must-read The Catalog Of Cool: "Au
go-go mania with Roddy McDowall as a flip Spector-type
music mogul.  Teens twist and shout from an aerial
tramway, invent a dance sensation ('The Tantrum'), and
bug grizzly TV exec Phil Harris.  An underling catches
embarrassed Harris perfecting his Tantrum, causing
Philsy to stop mid-frug: 'It's my underwear.  My wife
buys it too small and it itches.'  Gear."

Gear indeed.  The musical contributions are from Lee
Hazelwood, Billy Strange, and Ernie Freeman.  Also
appearing as the house singer on the "Whizbam Show" is
Glen Campbell.  Oh man, I can't say enough about this
groovy slice of 60's LA.  There's a groovy teens-music
tv show that parodies Shindig/Hullaballoo, with as much
wigged out go-go dancing as you can stand, plus music
>from the show's house band that simply HAD to be the
Wrecking Crew (sorry for using that phrase, Carol, but
it's just so darn handy as a catch phrase for all you
outtasite studio cats who made the great music of the
sixties that we love on Spectropop).  The performed
tunes include This Town (later covered by Frank Sinatra
himself, as well as daughter Nancy on that Movin' With
Nancy show that was run on AMC this past summer).  Plus
spectrofied versions of pre-rock standards like The
Birth Of The Blues, Secret Love, and It's Magic. 
There's also some Faux-Tijuana Brass music for good

The female lead, Deborah Watson, is so wholesomely
gorgeous with her blonde Clairol Flip and her upturned
nose, that she makes me want to cry.

Directed by Gene Nelson, who if memory serves was the
lead in the movie War Of The Worlds.

I think this movie may have changed my life.  You have
to see it.

jack p.s.  thanks to those who confirmed the Papa
Gene's Blues/Hello Mary Lou connection .

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