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Spectropop V#0072

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 22/4/98

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         Volume #0072                   04/25/98  
                  Stereo has Come of Age          
    Subject:     Re: Bacharach
    Sent:        21/4/98 5:54 am
    Received:    22/4/98 12:37 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    Jack says, in part:
    > 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. 
    Yeah, what's the deal with them? How in the world did they 
    land this gig and a SNL slot right out of the box? Does 
    payola live? I had pretty much the same reaction as you to 
    the special. Another thing that worried me a bit is how 
    much Elvis's first song sounds like "God Give Me Strength" 
    and his other BB collaborations.
    Dave Feldman
    RIP: Carl Wilson
    Song of the Week:  "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac) from "The Dance"
    Movie of the Month:  Love & Death on Long Island
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the gender survey at
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    Subject:     Eric Matthews
    Sent:        21/4/98 5:54 am
    Received:    22/4/98 12:37 am
    From:        David Feldman,
    Paul Mac asked:
    > > CD of the Month:  "The Lateness of the Hour" (Eric 
    > >Matthews)
    > 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).
    I don't know if I'm alone, but I find myself not reading 
    many liner notes in CD's. I'm still waiting for albums to 
    come back -- I find it infuriating trying to find the 
    composer of a song and taking an eye test instead.
    This is my first Eric Matthews. But I don't think it will 
    be my last.
    Now I'm obsessed with "Landslide" (see new sig.). It's hard
    for me to remember a remake by an original artist that I've 
    ever thought was so much superior to the original, not 
    because of a reinterpretation, but because the singing 
    itself is so much better. In fact, I used to dread Nicks's 
    leads on Fleetwood Mac songs. She is singing *so* much 
    better now it's scary. Can anyone else think of an 
    established performer who has improved so much over time? 
    She's a walking argument for taking care of substance abuse
    And at the risk of veering even further off-topic, I can't 
    recommend the movie "Love and Death in Long Island" enough.
    It's my favorite movie in years, and it will be of interest
    to anyone who has ever loved anyone or anything that others 
    don't understand. It's ostensibly about popular culture and
    homosexuality, but it could be about anything. What a 
    wonderful idea for a movie: "You can find beauty in the 
    most unexpected places." It's only playing in about 20 
    cities in the U.S. now, and it's written and directed by a 
    relatively obscure British director, but it's worth seeking
    out. Any movie in which John Hurt, an effete novelist, 
    becomes obsessed with Jason Priestley (playing a B-movie 
    star) has to be fascinating.
    Dave Feldman
    RIP: Carl Wilson
    Song of the Week:  "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac) from "The Dance"
    Movie of the Month:  Love & Death on Long Island
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the gender survey at
    Archived by Spectropop
    Subject:     Bob Crewe Interview Sunday
    Sent:        21/4/98 6:03 am
    Received:    22/4/98 12:37 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    The man was great to talk to. I can't give you TOO much 
    info, or I'll scoop myself for my article! But here are 
    some tidbits!
    1. He never ever used Hal Blaine.
    2. The story of his seeing a couple of silhouettes on a 
    shade from a train window is totally false.
    3. The Toys never sang on anything by Diane Renay.
    4. The Four Seasons were NOT named after a club, bowling 
    alley, or restaurant (or anyplace else) that they once sang
    5. Freddie Cannon was not named for his explosive singing 
    6. "Sock It To Me Baby" did not have the F word.
    7. There were no Rag Dolls, just a variety of session 
    singers. The photo that I have of them is not really them, 
    'cause there WAS no them.
    8. Ditto the Bob Crewe Generation. Cover photos were of 
    friends, not singers.
    Interesting, eh? This is why I do interviews before I write
    articles or posts. Second-hand accounts, even published ones, 
    cannot be relied upon!
    But I LOVE interviews!
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    Subject:     Rodney and the Kessels (again)
    Sent:        22/4/98 10:23 am
    Received:    23/4/98 12:29 am
    From:        Brad Elliott,
    Page responded to my earlier post:
    >> I'm assuming the Rodney single you're referring to is 
    >> "Little GTO," on which Rodney was backed by the group 
    >> Blondie, with The Honeys on backing vocals...
    > Wow! That brings back memories. Now I recall the single you 
    > mentioned and Blondie/Honeys involvement, but the side I was 
    > referring to was "Rodney on the ROQ." Now I can't remember 
    > whether this was the B-Side to Little GTO or not. 
    Was "Rodney on the ROQ" ever released on vinyl? It's not 
    the B-side of "Little GTO"; instead that spot is occupied 
    by a non-vocal sound collage called "Holocaust on Sunset 
    Boulevard" -- a very obvious throwaway B-side.
    > The album release date is interesting, because 
    > most of those tracks are from the late 70's, I believe. By 
    > 1984, LA was leaning toward the hair band thing with Guns N 
    > Roses just starting to make a buzz. That implies the '84 
    > album was all the stuff the Kessels had in the can from 
    > their Phil bodyguard days during the latter half of the 
    > 70's.
    Interesting observation. I'm sure you're right. And that 
    probably helps to explain why there apparently was no 
    "Volume 2" followup -- nobody was buying that kind of music 
    in the mid-1980s.
    > I love that "A Division of..." credit, btw. Just like Uncle 
    > Phil.
    I guess they did learn something from him after all!
    > Now, a question for you, Brad. Do you agree that Fowley's 
    > track off _74/79_ sounds nothing like Phil circa A Woman's 
    > Story / Lennon's R&R album, yet has much in common with the 
    > production values of Rodney Bingenheimer presents All Year 
    > Party,  Volume One?
    Oh, yeah, absolutely! I'd guess that the actual production 
    credits on that Fowley track are probably something like 
    "Produced by Dan and David Kessel, with assistance from 
    Uncle Phil and Kim Fowley." (You just know Fowley had to 
    get his two cents in there somewhere!) At best, maybe 
    Spector stopped by the studio while they were cutting it. 
    No Spector production touches can be heard at all!
    And hey, I'm still wondering whether anyone knows of any 
    other releases on Martian.
    Surf's up!
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    Subject:     Jack Nitzsche and Harvey Kubernick
    Sent:        23/4/98 12:39 am
    Received:    23/4/98 12:49 am
    Speaking of Harvey Kubernick...
    Harvey does a ten question quickie interview with Jack Nitzsche 
    in the current issue of Mojo. Great quotes on Spector, the 
    Stones, Neil Young and Miles Davis. It's really short, but careful 
    editing preserves Nitzsche telling some classic stories. 
    In the same ish, a brief phoner with Brit Invasion tunesmith 
    Graham Gouldman. Graham is currently doing "unplugged" dates:
    "People are always surprised when they find out I wrote songs for 
    the Hollies and the Yardbirds. If I hadn't have written those I 
    wouldn't be doing these gigs, because it feels so good to let 
    people know I wrote those songs." 
    I personally think he wrote his best stuff around the time of 
    Upstairs, Downstairs and No Milk Today.
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    Subject:     Chad (no Jeremy - and no Claudine Longet)
    Sent:        24/4/98 4:01 am
    Received:    24/4/98 11:33 pm
    From:        Marc Miller, marXXX@XXXXXXom
    Since someone mentioned Chad & Jeremy...the other night 
    I was watching "Jungle Book" for the 3478th time and I 
    noticed that Chad was the voice of one of the vultures.  
    I thought you'd wanna know...
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