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The Liquid Room From: David Ponak ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 11:08:54 -0400 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: Brill Building Doc I too saw the Brill Building documentary last week at the Museum of TV and Radio. The official name was "Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music." Much like another filmmaker who recently documented another American musical form on PBS, producer Morgan Neville admitted near-total unfamiliarity with the Brill Building sound before diving into this project. In the post-film interview, he claimed that the project was difficult because of a dearth of source and research material; this is odd, because the period has been extensively documented in such books as Gillett's Sound of the City, Ward's Rock of Ages, and countless issues of Goldmine, Discoveries, Record Collector, Bomp, and every other reference work or periodical covering American popular music. Even a cursory web search brings up Richie Unterberger's fine introductory essay, the fact-packed Spectropop website, and countless other informative hits. Thank god he had the good sense to get Greg Shaw to put most of it into a meaningful context. Because it was all news to the producer, the show kind of feels like a history of Trenton, NJ as told by a guy who drove there for the first time last week. The obvious names were contacted and interviewed, but many nuances (and major players) were notably absent. Neil Diamond's name is mentioned, once. Bert Berns doesn't exist. Steve Lawrence speaks, but his connection to Kirshner/Goffin/King is unclear. Phil Spector's apprenticeship in NY goes unmentioned, his contributions limited to live clips of the Crystals, Ronettes and Righteous Brothers (asked why no Spector interview or Philles tracks were used, Neville said he'd heard these were impossibilities to negotiate "so I didn't even ask"). I fear the casual viewer will come away with the impression that 25 or so memorable ditties hardly placed the Brill players in the Cole Porter / Irving Berlin firmament. The film should have ended with a collage of 3-second musical clips and images that would have definitively demonstrated the remarkable range and depth of this talented stable of tunesmiths. That said, the clips and the interviews were fun, and it was wonderful to finally see some serious attention paid to this underappreciated period in American pop music. Al Q. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 13:28:40 +0100 From: Jill "Mingo-go" Subject: Twinn Connexion You say this LP isn't impossible to find...I've seen it once in 5 years of looking for it, which was in Japan for 40 pounds (I had already spent a considerable amount of money, didn't buy it and regret it to this day. I usually stay away from ebay as I don't want to get suckered into the whole paying more than I can afford thing, but if anyone on this list has an extra copy for sale, PLEASE let me know...do you know how much it goes for on Ebay? If it isn't too unreasonable, I'd gladly buy it. I've put ads in Record Collector and never even had an acknowledgement on it. I also routinely ask in second hand collector shops, and only once have I spoke to someone who knew what I was talking about. It is an AMAZING LP. Jill "Mingo-go" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 10:30:07 -0400 From: "Jack Madani" Subject: Mary Mary spectropop writes: >Mary Weiss rules! Does she ever. You know, I was always a fan of the girl groups, but in more of a oldies-radio sort of way. My time on the Spectropop list has really galvanized my interest, to the point where I have been learning about all these other obscure groups. And I tellzya, this quote from Shadow Morton hisself so spot on captures my feeling about Mary: >"Here she was, this teenage >girl with no experience in show-biz, and I made her act >out all these crazy parts...Nobody else was doing >anything like 'Past Present and Future' and 'I Can Never >Go Home Anymore'...I musta been outta my skull...but no >matter what I asked her to do, she delivered, each and >every time." The more I hear other tales-from-the-crypt recordings, the more I realize that Mary was absolutely the greatest actress of the genre. Compare, for instance, a tune called "Condition Red" (which I think happens to be by the Goodies, but I can't remember for sure without the disc in front of me); it's a great production and all, but the lead girl's emoting at the end of the song comes off as whiny, not tragic. At one point, she kind of gasps, "gawd!" only she makes it sound more like she got some blood spattered on her dress and was going "ewwwww!!!" Mary, on the other hand, in tunes like "I Can Never Go Home Anymore" and even the classic "Leader Of The Pack", manages to infuse as much world-weariness into her roles as, say, Marlene Dietrich did in "Touch Of Evil." Only, Mary was, like, a teenager. When I listen to the spoken parts of "Give Him A Great Big Kiss," I get goosebumps. And when she says, "he's good bad, but he's not evil," my hair always stands on end. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 13:14:52 -0000 From: "Tony Leong" Subject: Re: DynoVoice Hey Joseph and Mick, I have not yet seen the Dynovoice collection, but I'm wondering if there are any unreleased Toys cuts on there. When I met the ladies a few years ago, they told me that they recorded a second LP after "Toys Sing A Lovers....", but the project was shelved. I was also told, and John Clemente wrote it in his book (a MUST for every girl-group nut!!) that the group also cut versions of "Opus 17" and "Let's Hang On". That would be interesting to have the "lost" Toys LP on CD, just like the Red Bird Story included the "Lost" Jelly Beans LP (with chatter, missed notes and all!!). As an aside, can you all imagine "The Lost Shangri-Las CD" complete with between the takes gum cracking and salty language?? Tony (still enchanted by the presence of the elusive Mary Weiss!!) [ John Clemente's Girl Groups: http://www.spectropop.com/gg/girl.html ] Joseph E. Vine Jr. wrote: >"Mick Patrick" wrote: > > > > I just opened my copy of the new DYNOVOICE STORY double > > CD this morning. Diane Renay, Jeanne Thomas and the Beach > > Girls are all featured. > > I would like to see the full DynoVoice CD Track List. > Who released the DynoVoice / DynoVox CD? (Westside?) > > My dynoVoice CD "wish list": > > The Toys: > See How They Run MONO version > > The Toys: > Attack STEREO version > > The Toys: > Silver Spoon > > The Toys: > Happy Birthday Broken Heart > > The Invitations: > Hallelujah > > The Invitiations: > What's Wrong With Me Baby --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 21:49:20 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: THE DYNOVOICE STORY Greetings, For the benefit of Mike Arcidiacono, Joseph E Vine and David Ponak, here are more details about THE DYNOVOICE STORY: This is a brand new release on the Westside label. Catalogue number is WESD 226. I buy all my CDs from Jim Stewart. He gets all the new 60s CDs in stock as soon as they are issued. His URL is: http://www.soulsearchingplus.co.uk/ It's a 56 track double CD with a 12 page colour booklet. Artists contained include the Toys, Mitch Ryder, Eddie Rambeau, Norma Tanega, Diane Renay, the Invitations, the Beach Girls, Jeanne Thomas, Jessica James, Maggie Thrett, the Hi Fashions, Charlotte & Emily, the Motivations, Billy Dearborn, the Sky, the Chicago Loop, George McCannon III, Lainie Hill, Kenny Wells, Duff Thurmond, Peter Antell, George 'n' Sonny Sands, the Little Bits featuring Karyl Mann, Jimmy Williams, the Glitterhouse and, of course, the BOB CREWE Generation. I suspect some Spectropoppers will gag over certain trax . . . the Karyl Mann side, for starters, is a killer - kinda Frankie Lymon meets the Ronettes. Ronnie should keep a copy under her pillow. Great to read of MARY WEISS of the Shangri Las spotted out in public at the Brill Building documentary screening. I have an amusing Shangs story to share but it will have to wait until another day because I simply HAVE to wash my hair. MICK PATRICK --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 6. INTENTIONALLY DELETED FROM ARCHIVES --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 16:57:08 -0400 From: Alan Zweig Subject: Ellie Greenwich Finally I bought a record that's fully relevant to the Spectoresque aspect of this list (which I was actually ignorant of when I first joined. I noticed the "pop" not the "spectro") The record is Ellie Greenwich Composes, Produces and Sings. Half the songs are originals. I don't think they're quite the classics some of her other tunes are but I like the arranging - by Hutch Davie, Gary Sherman and Jimmy Wisner - and her voice is certainly suited to this kind of vaguely Ronettes-ish material. Of the five originals, I think maybe "Goodnight Goodnight" could have been a hit. If it wasn't. I don't recognize any of the originals myself. They all have that sound but I don't think they quite measure up to her more famous hit songs. Anyway in the liner notes it says she's about to produce a group called The Definitive Rock Chorale. Did that happen? That sounds interesting. Oh and just so I can avoid writing a third post, what can anyone tell me about "The Jon and Robin Elastic Event". It's a boy girl thing that sounds almost exactly like Nancy and Lee. Did they have any hits? They do this tune "Doctor John" that sounds like it could have been a minor hit. I was at a record show. I bought anything that looked likely. The big score was something called Queen Anne's Lace, featuring a woman named Anne Philips. It's a great soft pop record. AZ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 16:57:07 -0400 From: Alan Zweig Subject: Marcia Hillman Who was Marcia Hillman? I bought some records somewhat relevant to this list at a record show on the weekend. One of them was the Music Explosion "Little bit of soul". The liner notes are by Marcia Hillman. I thought "I just read that name somewhere". Yes there it is on the writing credit to a truly strange and awful song - but somehow enjoyable - song called "Feeling" on The Hobbits record "Men and Doors". (How many bands called The Hobbits were there???) She also wrote other songs on this record. I guess I'm also asking because Marcia Hillman sounds like the name of someone I could have grown up with. Another record more relevant to this list is "Queen Anne's Lace". Really nice soft pop. The group is led by Anne Philips. Who's she? She was good. AZ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 21:12:31 -0000 From: "Jennifer" Subject: zombies petition I'm sure many of you like the zombies!! anyway please follow this link for my petition to vh1 to tape the upcoming rod argent/colin blunstone shows in new york. This is one tremendously influential band who deserve to get the credit that they missed out on in the 60s!!! http://www.PetitionOnline.com/zmbievh1/petition.html thanks in advance for your support. love, jennifer --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 10 Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 15:25:24 -0400 From: David Ponak Subject: The Liquid Room Hello once again. Here's what went down over the weekend in The Liquid Room. The Liquid Room airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) at 90.7 FM KPFK Los Angeles as well as streaming at http://www.kpfk.org. For Los Angeles residents, there's a few groovy live shows coming up which you may want to attend: Tuesday May 8-Goldfrapp at the El Rey Theater Wed May 9-The Tiki Tones at Liquid Kitty Thursday May 10-Linus Of Hollywood at the Alterknit Lounge in the Knitting Factory (9PM) Thurs May 17-Tipsy/DJ Me DJ You/Seksu Roba-The Knitting Factory Sun May 27-The Cripple Circus Tour with Anubian Lights/The Ray Makers/Seksu Roba & more Mr. T's Bowl (5621 N. Figueroa, Highland Park) The Liquid Room-5/6/2001 The Association/Come On In Birthday (WB) Chocolate Barry/Hell The Stations Of Abandoned Days (Radio Khartoum) The Avalanches/Since I Left You & Stay Another Season Since I Left You (XL-UK) Nancy Sit/Hanky Panky Girls In The Garage Vol. 9 (Romulan) Cibo Matto/About A Girl Moonchild Sampler (WB) Martin Denny/Sake Rock Quiet Village (Scamp) Rupert Holmes/Who What When Where Why The Epoch Collection (Varese) The Bee Gees/Technicolor Dreams This Is Where I Came In (Universal) Fun Lovin' Criminals/Loco Loco (Chrysalis-UK) Priscilla (Paris)/I'm Home Priscilla Sings Herself (York) Chisato Moritaka/Tokyo Rush This Summer Will Be More Better (Zetima-Japan) Ennio Morricone/The Man With The Harmonica (Apollo Four Forty Remix) Morricone RMX (Reprise) Laika & The Cosmonauts/The Ipcress File The Amazing Collossal Band (Upstart) Nick DeCaro/Under The Jamaican Moon Italian Graffitti (MJM) Rolf Kuhn/Paranoid New Happy Discoteque (BASF) Fantastic Plastic Machine/Love Is Psychedelic Beautiful (Emperor Norton) The Divine Comedy/Mastermind Regeneration (Parlophone-UK) Al Green/I Want To Hold Your Hand Love Ritual (MCA) Dominatrix/The Domanatrix Sleeps Tonight The Perfect Beats Volume 2 (Tommy Boy) George Sarah/Eyes Goodbyes Opus Eleven (BIABD) Reportage/Satisfaction Italia (RLP) Linus Of Hollywood/Need You Around Let Yourself Be Happy (Franklin Castle) The Mamas & The Papas/12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) The Best Of (MCA) Our Hour/Anarchy The The UK Not Dead (LD&K-Japan) Scott Walker/Thanks For Chicago Mr. James Till The Band Comes In (BGO) Gypsophile/Les Regards A L'Envies Dee Lone Les Choses (Radio Khartoum) The Parade/Sunshine Girl The Parade (A&M) Springs/Paradise Picnic (Universal-Japan) Leslie Gore/Je Ne Sais Plus (You Don't Own Me) It's My Party Vol. 5 (Bear Family-Ger) Goldfrapp/Lovely Head Felt Mountain (Mute) The Isley Brothers/Hello It's Me Beautiful Ballads (Legacy) Neil Hefty/Man Chases Man The Odd Couple (soundtrack) (Dot) Hideki Kaji/Disco Madonna My Love, My Milk (Trattoria-Japan) Francoise Hardy/Le Petit Garcons The Vogue Years (BMG-Ger) The Free Design/Springtime Cosmic Peekaboo (Marina) Jackie & Roy/The Winds Of Heaven Grass (Capitol) Motocompo/Snack Music Krackerjack Party (Poplot-Japan) Gil Tythall/Wildwood Flower Country Moog (Athena) Gary McFarland/A Hard Days Night Sympathetic Vibrations (Verve) Christian Bruhn/Ford Capri II Pop Shopping (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) Charles Fox/About Her Love American Style (soundtrack) (Capitol) Mike Post/Wouldn't It Be Nice Railhead Overture (MGM) Lalo Schifrin/Vaccinated Mushrooms There's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Going On (Dot) Sakura & The Qwests/My Boy Lollipop Girls In The Garage Vol. 9 (Romulan) Nana Kinomi/Suki Sa 60's Cutie Pop Collection. Suki Suki Edit (King-Japan) Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On Someday Man (Reprise) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- End
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