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Spectropop V#0071

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 4/19/98
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        Volume #0071                               04/21/98
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    Subject:     Burt's Special
    Sent:        4/18/98 7:40 AM
    Received:    4/19/98 7:01 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    >Listen to "Walk On By." Is there a word in the lyric that 
    >is longer than two syllables? The succession of one-
    >syllable words:
    >   "If you see me walking on the street,
    >    And I start to cry,
    >    Each time we meet,
    >    Walk on by..."
    >give the song its movement, reinforcing the title.  Just 
    >brilliant stuff.    
    Absatively, David, it certainly has *gravitas*, donut?   ;
    Overall, I was disappointed in the program. Leaving aside 
    Dionne's numbers, I really only enjoyed Mike Myers' wacky 
    What's New Pussycat, Elvis Costello's second song God Give
    Me Strength, and Wynona's stirring Anyone Who Had A Heart (
    man! talk about melancholia!), which I think was the 
    highlight of the evening. Barenaked Ladies were okay, too.
    How about this for a point of connection: check out the 
    ambiguity in God Give Me Strength and Walk On By. In GGMS,
    at the climax Elvis sings "I want him to hurt...I WANT HIM-
    ---------I want him to hurt!" Leave aside all the gender 
    roles in this song (I keep getting the roles all confused 
    because in my mind I hear Dusty Springfield singing the 
    song), and look at how at the highest point in the song, 
    for a second the singer is saying "I want him", which is 
    the exact opposite of the rest of the line. Similarly, in 
    Walk On By, in the turnarounds the backup singers are 
    singing "Don't....Stop....Don't...Stop" which is supposed 
    to mean "don't stop" as in just keep walking. And yet, it 
    sounds a whole lot more like they are singing "Don't!! 
    Stop!!!" as in turn around, look at me! You know that fine
    line between love and hate? Here are two songs that deftly 
    and subtly skip back and forth over that line. Genius.
    All Saints were a travesty, I thought. Four young women on
    stage singing a Bacharach number, and they couldn't manage 
    even a halfway decent harmony among them. Feh. Plus, they 
    slouch. Plus, they dress like slobs. Gad, how I miss the 
    beehives and the sequin dresses and the high heels, and 
    the good posture.
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     Claudine
    Sent:        4/18/98 7:16 AM
    Received:    4/19/98 7:01 AM
    From:        Jack Madani,
    >Claudine Longet
    >I didnt know she had recorded albums, so, can 
    >anyone tell me if there are others available? I really enjoy 
    >that one, songs like "Cry me a river", "Close to you (they 
    >long to be)", are done in a delicate way, very refreshing. 
    >"Ain't no mountain high enough" is done with French lyrics, 
    >courtesy of Ms Longet. Now, if only there were liners as for 
    >the date and musicians, that would top it all. 
    >Any infos on Claudine would be welcome, Thanks, Marie
    Well of course, first of all there's that whole Spyder 
    Savitch [sic] thing....
    As for music, there's at least one other album, and I 
    think there are several others. But the one I have in 
    front of me is A&M 121, "Claudine Longet." Producer, Tommy
    LiPuma, Engineer, Bruce Botnick (where have I heard that 
    name before?), and well whaddayaknow, the arranger is Nick
    De Caro. I just recently bought this lp at the local public
    library fundraiser, and it's in great shape, although I 
    haven't actually listened to it yet. But the vinyl looks 
    practically pristine, and the liner sleeve is in perfect 
    condition. It's got ads on it for all them other fine A&M 
    artists, like the Baja Marimba Band and Herb Alpert and 
    the Lemon Pipers and Chris Montez (the more I see you.....
    ). Was there ever a cooler cover than Whipped Cream and 
    Other Delights? And here's something I learned not long 
    ago: the model was like seven months pregnant at the time 
    of the photo shoot.
    I can't remember specific titles, but I recall hearing at 
    least one song of Claudine's on the AM top 40 radio when I
    was a kid.
    n.p. Brian Wilson, "Let's Go Away For Awhile" [stereo 
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "It is when the gods hate a man with uncommon abhorrence that they
     drive him into the profession of a schoolmaster." --Seneca, 64 A.D.
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     Re: Claudine Longet
    Sent:        20/4/98 10:47 am
    Received:    21/4/98 2:30 am
    From:        Big L,
    >>>Any infos on Claudine would be welcome, Thanks, Marie
    Seems I remember her covering Sopwith Camel's "Hello Hello." 
    Also, she was under suspicion for some time in the 
    death of skier Spider Sabich. It was implied thet they 
    were lovers. I never did hear how that case turned out. It
    was years ago.
    Big L                   
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0070
    Sent:        4/18/98 4:24 AM
    Received:    4/18/98 8:14 AM
    From:        Paulurbahn, PaulurbXXX@XXXXXXm
    In a message dated 98-04-17 15:09:32 EDT, Marie wrote:
    << I recall Claudine from that funny movie, "The 
     Party", where she befriended a clumsy and hilarious Peter 
     Sellers. I didnt know she had recorded albums,  >>
    Yes, I have all of them and some of the singles that were 
    not on albums. Unfortunately, she does not appear on the 
    soundtrack of "The Party" and the song she performed "
    Nothing To Lose" is by the henry Mancini Chorus. I believe
    she issued the song as a single on A&M (where most of her 
    best selling albums were) but I haven''t been able to 
    locate it. During the mid-to-late 60's Claudine Longet had
    quite a few "turntable hits" those were records that 
    received a lot of airplay because the DJ's liked them, but
    they didn't sell all that well. I believe some made the 
    Easy Listening chart. But her albums for A&M normally made
    the album charts as she sold to the adults not kids.
    Email me personally and I will let you know what I can.
    Paul URbahns
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     Claudine
    Sent:        4/20/98 1:17 AM
    Received:    4/20/98 2:01 AM
    >Any infos on Claudine would be welcome, Thanks, Marie
    With references to Peter Sellers' the Party and Claudine's
    appearance, it stands to reason we will be hearing from 
    Birdy Num Num any second now...
    Claudine Longet's 60's albums are just wonderful. How 
    could you go wrong having Herb Alpert doing A&R, Nick 
    DeCaro arranging and Tom LiPuma producing? Bacharach, 
    DeCaro, Roger Nichols, names synonymous with the very 
    stylized A&M sound, and all had a hand in Claudine's 
    Claudine's albums were:
    Claudine ('67)
    Look of Love ('67)
    Love Is Blue ('68)
    Colors ('69)
    Run Wild, Run Free ('70)
    Claudine had no less than five Billboard chart entries, 
    notably a cover of Sopwith Camel's Hello, Hello. I like 
    everything I've heard of hers, and my favorite so far 
    without a doubt is Roger Nichols' "Hard To Say Goodbye." 
    Just magical.
    Someone could make a TV movie about her mysterious life. 
    She was married to American MOR singer Andy Williams for 
    several years, although there are stories that Ms. Longet 
    enjoyed the company of other men during their marriage, 
    including as the story goes Mr. Alpert himself (now that's
    what I call good A&R). She left Williams for over-the-hill 
    Olympic skier Spider Sabich. They lived in Aspen with 
    Claudine's kids. She apparently resorted to violence 
    against Spider in public several times - stuff like 
    beating him over the head with a ski and throwing a shot 
    glass at him head from across the room. Anyway, one day 
    she had a .22, he had a gun wound, police were summoned, 
    Spider died, Claudine walked after a 30 day token sentence 
    for criminally negligent homicide. After she got out, it 
    was reported that she fled to Mexico with her defense 
    attorney, and her story seems to have faded away with this 
    But forget about all that intrigue and dig the music. I think 
    her voice is simply magical, framed perfectly by Nick DeCaro's 
    One last note: Claudine recorded a song called "Small Talk" 
    which, if memory serves, is a Bonner/Gordon song. I know
    this was also recorded by Harper's Bizarre and Lesley Gore.
    I think none of these is the original, but I can't remember
    who else did it. Critters, maybe?
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     Re: Spectropop V#0070
    Sent:        4/18/98 6:18 AM
    Received:    4/18/98 8:14 AM
    From:        Paul MacArthur, RTF_XXX@XXXXXXDU
    > CD of the Month:  "The Lateness of the Hour" (Eric 
    Got his last disc. Really liked the sound of it (Though 
    the liner notes were the most pretentious I've ever read, 
    unitl I saw his interview in Tracking Angle).
    Is this like his last one?
    - Paul
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    Song of the Week: Beach Boys "Trader"
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    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---
    Subject:     SMOKEY JOES CAFE
    Sent:        20/4/98 10:39 am
    Received:    21/4/98 2:30 am
    From:        Keiko Kondo,
    I saw Smokey Joes Cafe last Saturday night. I enjoyed many
    Leiber and Stoller songs, especially "I'm a Woman" was 
    unbelievable and...I think I better stop writing about 
    each song, they were all good. Anyway, MIKE STOLLER was 
    there. (Jerry Leiber was not. Anyone knows why?) What a 
    happy night.
    --- archived by Spectropop - 21/4/98 - 02 :32:59 am ]---

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