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Spectropop - Digest Number 209

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            You'll get all the Top Pops at Boots Record Shops

There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 209:

           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Friday Kind of Monday/Aussie versions
           From: Lindsay Martin
      3. Re: "The Productions"
           From: "Jack Vanhouten"
      4. Re: Charles Blackwell
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
      5. Re: Poni-Tails
           From: Jane Wade 
      6. Collecting HIT Records...and that's called sad
           From: "Martin Roberts"
      7. Connie Landers where are you today?
           From: Paul Urbahns 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 20:15:36 +0100 (BST)
   From: Mick Patrick


Stress, pollution, UV. Want to protect the youthfulness of
your skin? Do like I do, lock yourself in a dimmed room,
put on a Steve Lawrence CD and have a quiet scroll around
the Spectropop site.

Loved the new TEARDROPS page. However, I spotted
something absent from their discography:

contains not only YOU WON'T BE THERE but also I LOVE YOU.
The latter track is available nowhere else. Not even on
the group's brand new CD. And, no, it isn't the same song

This has been a public service announcement. Ooh, here


Check out The Teardrops at Spectropop: History, photos,
discography and more! Full track listing and order
information on their long-awaited CD!

The Teardrops at Spectropop!
The Teardeops in 1965

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Message: 2
   Date: 15 Jul 2001 03:14:31 -0700
   From: Lindsay Martin 
Subject: Friday Kind of Monday/Aussie versions

Donny Hampton & Jamie mentioned Ellie Greenwich's rare
"Friday Kind Of Monday".  

I assume this is the same Mamas-and-Papas-like song that
Australia's Johnny Farnham had a minor local hit with in

If the Australian record industry in the 60s had one
finely honed skill it was in locating US & British songs
for Aussie artists to record.  These were often rare or
little known tracks.  Thus, for example, we had The
Virgil Brothers doing The Knight Brothers' "Temptation's
'Bout To Get Me", or Pastoral Symphony's version of the
Roosters' "Love Machine".  I was really disillusioned to
discover that one of the finest Oz tracks of the 60s,
Dave Miller Set's "Mr Guy Fawkes" is a remake of an Eire
Apparent track which Jimi Hendrix had a hand in.

One of the most puzzling is a wonderful track called "Go
To Him", a 1965 Australian B-side by Ray Brown & the
Whispers which was recorded by US bands The London
Knights (Los Angeles) and Tyme's Children (Salem,
Oregon); only thing is, the Ray Brown recording seems to
predate the US versions by a year.  Surely not a case of
obscure US bands covering an obscure Aussie track?  The
mind boggles at this point, and I've given up working it
out.  (I mean, I've assumed above that The Roosters'
"Love Machine" is the original, but should I make that

By the way, since Nuggets 2 is non-US there's a fair
smattering of Oz tracks, eg Ronnie Burns, Atlantics,
Master's Apprentices, Twilights (who, incidentally, 
covered the Hollies' "What's Wrong With The Way I Live").


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Message: 3
   Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 15:43:38 +0200
   From: "Jack Vanhouten" 
Subject: Re: "The Productions"

Hi Brian,

Great tracks in your selection, but as far as I am
concerned there are too many tracks by Spector to capture
in one single cd. For example Angel Baby or one of the
other tracks from the record Menlove Avenue by John

Lots of success in making the cd and I hope to hear from
you. Greetings from a devoted Spector fan from Holland

Ivo van Dijck

>From: "Brian Flaherty" 
>To: Spectropop Group 
>Subject: Spectropop - "The Productions"
>Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 23:05:28 +1000
>For argument's sake I'm about to release a CD
>compillation of the *best* Spector types. The ones on
>which you crank up the volume into red, settle back and
>luxuriate. At the end of the CD should be an orgasmic
>satisfaction of a long AAAHHH
>This list is "Productions" only.
>!    River Deep
>2   Loving feeling
>3   Baby I love you
>4   Little Boy
>5   Bells of St. Marys
>6   I.N.N.M.T.T....Tina
>7   Then he kissed me
>8   Love is all I have to give..Tina
>9   Save the last dance..Tina
>10  Be my baby
>11  Christmas.Baby please come home
>12  Here comes Santa Claus
>13  Proud Mary..Tina
>14  Hung on you
>15  Da Doo Ron Ron
>and five extra
>16  We belong to the night...Ellen Foley
>17  The power of love       ...Jennifer Rush
>18  See my baby jive        ...Roy Wood
>19  Simply the best           ...Tina
>20  Dum dum ditty            ...Goodies
>Any suggestions on how I should alter my track
>Brian Flaherty

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Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 21:06:49 +0100
   From: "Peter Lerner" 
Subject: Re: Charles Blackwell

"Jake Tassell" wrote:

> Charles Blackwell was originally Joe Meek's
> arranger, did the arrangements for Fireball XL5 and
> worked on the very fabulous "I Am PJ Proby".

And just for completeness, Spectropoppers should note that
Charles Blackwell did those great UK sessions with Jackie
DeShannon, which turned out Don't Turn Your Back on Me (so
nearly a huge UK hit); I Remember the Boy (quite brilliant)
and Dream Boy - inventing the folk rock sound, with Jimmy
Page on guitar.


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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 09:17:54 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Jane Wade 
Subject: Re: Poni-Tails

Tom Waters wrote:
> The Poni-Tails are one of my favourite girl groups of all
> time. 

>  Be warned that there is a pseudo-Poni Tails group out
>  there posing as the real thing.

Thanks for that, Tom.

There are so many rip off groups out there now and the
people who go see them are mostly ignorant that what
they're seeing is NOT the original. That's another
subject, though. 


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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 20:55:01 +0100
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Collecting HIT Records...and that's called sad

Sorry Paul, only teasing!! I know how obsessions (like Doc
Rock's...have the Clinger Sisters ever made any decent
records?!) can get a hold. If I'm honest I suppose a good
1/4 of my records are not really play for fun but bought
for the label, writer, song etc. Would I give/sell them
away? Hell no!

Galloping drums, pounding bass, rinky dink Da do ron ron
style piano, cavernous echo - all or some of these can
give a record a "Spector Sound a Like" feel (pages & pages
of them in Fitzpatrick/Fogerty's Collecting Phil Spector
book), but what really sets the Erect a Spector's apart 
is the passion and drama found in almost all Phil
Spector's originals.

His records move you in an emotional way. Ronnie, Darlene,
La La, Bobby, Phil & Bill may be acting, reading somebody
else's script but as with the finest artists you're swept
along on a high. Not just vocally but musically as well. Hal
Blaine's drumming, our own Carol Kaye on bass, Steve
Douglas blowing on sax etc,etc. These tiny 45's can leave
you stunned.

Very few Erect A Spector's/Wall of Sound cops  (or whatever
you call them) can do this!

Now okay, British covers might add a bit more beat and a
Cockney or Liverpudlian accent, European releases a
foreign language (not always even that) and (annoying to
me) a happy, bouncy, poppy sound. Sunshine Lollipops and
Rainbows more than the Look of Love.

Hearing The Dacrons' Then He Kissed Me on Hit Records, Les
Surfs' Baby I Love You on Fr Festival or The Breakaways' He's
A Rebel UK Pye are not bad records, how could they be with
the writing talent involved? But its like choosing between
The Bushey Players production of Hamlet in the church hall
or watching The Royal Shakespere Company at the Barbican.
You might choose to buy tickets for both but you know
where you're money has been most wisely spent!


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Message: 7
   Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 06:35:40 EDT
   From: Paul Urbahns 
Subject: Connie Landers where are you today?

Mike C wrote:
> And did I read here a while ago that Connie Landers
> was aka Connie Dee?  I own Connie Dee singing a *Hit*
> record song entitled "Ring Telephone".  One of the
> worst things I've ever heard, but I love it and still
> play it:

Yes MIke, issued on Hit 186, Ring Telephone has a strong
Lesley Gore type sound (in my mind) but the song was
actually written by Connie Landers (look at the fine print
under the title on the record). It is one of my personal
favorites. This is issued about the same time Lesley Gore
had a song out called "Look Of Love" which Connie sang on
Hit 189. Connie is listed in the BMI song writer database

Will George  wrote:
> I have a recording of Connie Landers doing an odious
> job with "Heart In Hand." Really off-key and whiney. I
> had no idea she actually had a "career." Did she only
> do cover tunes?

No she did the Hits when attending Peabody College college
in Nashville. She also did studio work on other major
recording projects from Nashville. She was (according to
an old newspaper article I have, the Discovery Of The Week
artist at The Nashville Tennesseean's park concert series
before doing the Hits. It is my understand she eventually
joined "The Auctioneers" a singing group/band that toured
with a country singer (Leroy Van Dyke, I think) who had a
hit with the song The Auctioneer.

Paul Urbahns

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