________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Enoch Light Presents the Fresh Young Sound of The Free Design ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 283: 1. sam From: Alan Zweig 2. RASHKOW, GREENWICH & CO. From: Mick Patrick 3. Re: Pickettywitch From: Mike Rashkow 4. Sam the Record Man From: "Vlaovic B" 5. Re: Cars, Wheels And Analogies From: James Botticelli 6. RE: new Swing Out Sister From: Scott 7. Re: made in japan, or made in home record depot:? From: James Botticelli 8. Diamonds/Solitaires From: "Paul Payton" 9. The Liquid Room-10/28/01 From: "David Ponak" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 02:26:59 -0500 From: Alan Zweig Subject: sam Rip Gooch wrote: > >Sam The Record Man is closing its doors. If any of you >are in Toronto in the next couple of weeks, don't >forget to pay a visit to the store in Yonge Street. >Could be your very last chance to pick up those >obscure CDs. It's not closing till at least Boxing Day. The teenager inside me is sad for its passing. It was an exciting thing to visit there and cower in fear at the cigar smoking old men who seemed like hoodlums but were actually clerks and salespeople. It was mecca for me back then. Especially when the other great record store - A and A's - was right next door. But I don't think I've been there five times in the last twenty years. I must have gone ten years without going to Yonge Street period. There are other places to get pretty well anything you could find there, except maybe the jazz. It's kind of neat to think that someone moved here partly because that record store was here. If that's true, then that's sad. But now that you have moved here, you can be happy that you live in the (approximate) location where Chris Dedrick lives. That's something. AZ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 00:50:25 +0000 (GMT) From: Mick Patrick Subject: RASHKOW, GREENWICH & CO. Greetings, MIKE RASHKOW wrote: > ... I have no memory of Jean Thomas singing on "Stop, > Look & Listen" ... I've been known to be forgetful, > but I don't think she was on this one. Just Ellie and > Mikie is my memory ... It was Ellie herself who told me that Jean Thomas was a member of Les Girls but she did not actually say she sang on the group's Laurie label 45. I may have put 2 and 2 together and made 5. Lead-singer Mikie sure had a great voice. I assumed she was black until Ellie told me otherwise. Of course, one has to be careful not to confuse her with Micki Harris of the Shirelles. > ... Rag Dolls? Fill me in ... The Rag Dolls were a girl-group masterminded by producer Bob Crewe. Their publicity picture featured lead-vocalist Jean Thomas with Mikie Harris and Susan Lewis but Jean was often backed by session-singers on their actual records. The group's first record "Society Girl" was an answer-song to the 4 Seasons' "Rag Doll". Hence their name. John Clemente tells their story in great detail in the Jean thomas chapter of his wonderful book Girl Groups: Fabulous Females That Rocked The World. > ... The three (Ellie, Mikie & Jean) did tons of > background work during the 60's (Melba Moore would > often fill a spot if one couldn't make the date) ... > Everbody used to just call them "the girls" that's > where Les Girls came from, though ultimately some > people have stated it had other connotations ... Other connotations?! The thought never crossed my mind! However, my friend Charlotte Greig, when interviewing Ellie for her BBC Radio documentary series "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", asked her about her sexuality. Ellie told Lottie that, although she was friends with Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Vicki Wickham and Nona Hendrix, she was not a lesbian. Les Girls' "Stop, Look & Listen" can be found on the CD "Kiss'n'Tell: 30 Works Of Heart" (Ace CDCHD 330) but, to my knowledge, "I Still Love You", the A-side of this fantastic single is presently unavailable. Shame. MICK PATRICK PS: Attention British Brill Building fans: the A & E documentary "Hitmakers - The Teens Who Stole Pop Music" is to be screened at the NFT in London on November 19th as part of this year's London Film Festival. Click here for further information www.rlff.com or call 020 7928 3232 to book tickets. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 08:01:37 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Pickettywitch > > > Ellie's second single for Bell Records, "(It's Like A) > > Sad Old Kinda Movie." > > Is that the same song as was done by the group > Pickettywitch on Pye Records in the early '70s? > > If it was written by Macaulay and McCleod, then it's the same old kind of sad old kind of movie. Rashovsky --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 12:11:34 -0500 From: "Vlaovic B" Subject: Sam the Record Man Geez. 'Where the Girls Are'... What a terrific compilation! And that weird cover photo! Where did that come from? The first hint that I might not have been the only one to have heard of 'The Cake'. Never picked up the 'Stop, Look and Listen' but wishing I had. And Yes Micki and Hilda Harris (sisters I guess) , along with Ellie G. did back up vocals on the first and fourth (Eat to the Beat) Blondie LPs. Anyway focus from this Torontonian is the sad bankruptcy of 'Sam The Record Man'. I do admit that their mall and suburban locations are soulless and uninspiring; but the Yonge street location in Toronto is a Mecca for collectors of obscure music. And their recently closed Website was tremendous! The downtown store has been in its current location since 1961 with giant (2 ? story) neon spinning records on the facade. Just north of the sleaze and grime of Dundas and Yonge it's a landmark in this city to be sure. Kind of like what Colony records must have been to Times Square years ago. The main store front hasn't changed an iota in at least 30 years (check out the 1970 Canadian film 'Going Down to Road' to see what it looked like then) Inside it's a warren of rooms, storefronts and staircases. With its own system of organization and long box CD cases its an anachronistic jumble to be sure, but what a mess! Although it's been stated that this, the flagship store, will remain open indefinitely it really is a shame for Toronto if it does close. HMV which is almost next door is pretty characterless, even worse is the horrible 'Sunrise records' or the scuzzy niche music shops in the vicinity. If you were looking for the common (most current CDs sell for less than any other location) to the obscure (Abba solo Swedish language CDs, Turkish Superstars, forgotten soundtracks...) there really was no other place like it. My own memory of shopping at Sams dates back to when I was not even 10 years old buying singles at the downtown location in my own hometown. The Toronto location was always a destination. I can remember visiting it in 1981 and venturing up to the (long since closed) third floor and finding an unlimited supply of sealed 60s LPs (Kingsmen, Supremes, Jay and the Americans, etc.) all being sold for a buck. Amazing! Even now the range of their stock is remarkable! Focussing heavily on imports (at good prices even!) and marked down domestic stock the place is a music fanatics wet dream. If you've never been there you're really missing something, it's how record stores used to be! Tacky, gaudy but beautiful I'm hoping it lives on. Last night being a warm night, I strolled down to that end of the city and walked by. It was still open at 9.30, the records were still spinning on the facade; it really would be a shame if it were to disappear, it is quite honestly, my favourite thing in this city I love. Geez, it's sad --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 22:48:29 EST From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Cars, Wheels And Analogies In a message dated 11/2/01, spectropop writes: > Robin Ward's smash hit of the winter of 1963/4, > "Wonderful Summer", was one of the most heavenly pieces > of pop music ever recorded. "Winter's Here" was even > better. "Johnny, Come And Get Me": superior still. "In > His Car": perfection on wheels. That track was the most > sublime piece of autoerotica this side of "Don't Drag No > More" that piece of writing surpasses even the record itself! Keep it comin'! I enjoy Spectropop (sometimes, when its not too wankingly spectoresque, even though I love Spector....but ya gotta admit, his output was limited in the general scheme of things!) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 21:20:09 EST From: Scott Subject: RE: new Swing Out Sister Great band and unbelievable they're so overlooked - Unique sound and they've gone through some tough personal times, but continue to push on. I've always wondered why an act like Sade (whom I like a great deal), attracts waves of attention, while an equally talented act like these guys is ignores ... Scott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 22:58:43 EST From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: made in japan, or made in home record depot:? In a message dated 11/2/01, spectropop writes: > But ouch, Japanese import means too expensive. Is there > any plan to release this new Somewhere Deep In The Night > domestically? pay da man....or else prepare to shop at "Record Depot" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 00:25:26 -0500 From: "Paul Payton" Subject: Diamonds/Solitaires Just back from a week away and catching up - but needed to quickly note that about a month ago the Solitaires (2 of 4 originals, including lead Milton Love) played live at the UGHA [United in Group Harmony Association] meeting in North Bergen, NJ. Of course they did "Walkin' Along" - and it, and they, still rocked! Country Paul --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 16:50:18 -0500 From: "David Ponak" Subject: The Liquid Room-10/28/01 The Liquid Room, hosted by David Ponak (me), airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at http://kpfk.org. If you're in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out the Scramarama festival this Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd at the historic Palace Theater located at 1630 S. Broadway in downtown LA. Artists performing include Brute Force, The Music Machine, Deniz Tek and many more. I'll be DJing live there on Saturday night. For more info, go to http://www.scrammagazine.com/scramarama.html Also, I'd like to note that this Saturday (Nov. 3) The Liquid Room will be participating in the KPFK Fund Drive. If you enjoy the show, this is the time to call in and become a new KPFK member (or renew....) The Liquid Room-10/28/01 1.The Association/Come On In Birthday (WB) 2.Amon Tobin/Bridge Permutations (Ninja Tune) 3.The Hollyridge Strings/Shaft Hits Of The 70's (Capitol) 4.Pulp/The Birds In Your Garden We Love Life (Island-UK) 5.The Raymakers/Presto (12" Mix) Wow! Pneumatic EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany) 6.The Lou Hoffner Trio/Moog Walk 7" single (Sheep-Germany) 7.The Electronic Concept Orchestra/Aquarius Moog Groove (Limelight) 8.Bertrand Burgalat/Sunshine Yellow The Sssound Of Music (Emperor Norton) 9.Beachwood Sparks/Confusion Is Nothing New Once We Were Trees (Sub-Pop) 10.The Ballroom/Karmic Dream Sequence #1 Magic Time: The Millenium/Ballroom Recordings 11.Springs/The Drifter Marvelous Springs (Universal-Japan) 12.Van Dyke Parks/Come To The Sunshine It's A Soft Rock World (Keystone-Japan) 13.Dahlia/The Measles Quatrieme (Happiness-Japan) 14.Mel Torme/She's Leaving Home A Time For Us (Capitol) 15.Chet Baker/Come Saturday Morning The Mad, Mad World Of Soundtracks Vol. 2 (Motor/Universal-Germany) Guest DJ Set From Kim and Edwin of Scram Magazine and Scramarama! 16.Brute Force/In Jim's Garage Confections Of Love (Columbia) 17.The Music Machine/Masculine Intuition Turn On (Big Beat) 18.Red Planet /Revolution 33 Red Planet (Gearhead) 19.Bangers & Mash/Bangers & Mash Theme As Primitive As Can Be 20.The Loud Family/Good, There Are No Lions In The Street Day For Days (Alias) 21.The Loons/16 Story Reflection 7" (Screaming Apple) 22.Radio Birdman/Aloha Steve & Danno The Essential Radio Birdman (Sub-Pop) 23.Nikki & The Corvettes/He's A Mover Nikki & The Corvettes (Bomp) 24.The Cynics/Baby What's Wrong Rock 'N' Roll 25.Harvey Sid Fisher/Party Hard 7" single 26.Brute Force/Sit On A Sandwich Confections Of Love (Columbia) 27.Fantastic Plastic Machine (with Kahimi Karie)/Subete Of Yurashite (On A Chair) Contact (Avex-Japan) 28.The Sugar Shoppe/Take Me Away The Sugar Shoppe (Capitol) 29.Souvenir/Aux Etoiles The Soft Rains Of Delta Cephei (various artists) (Radio Khartoum) 30.Michel Polnareff/Ame Caline Les Premiere Annes (Universal-France) 31.Figurine/Impossible The Heartfelt (March) 32.Cornelius/Nowhere Point (Trattoria) 33.Rolling Stones/She Smiled Sweetly Between The Buttons (London) 34.Josie & The Pussycats/It Don't Matter To Me Stop, Look And Listen: The Capitol Recordings (Rhino Handmade) 35.Jimi Tenor/Utopian Dream Utopian Dream (Saihku-Finland) 36.Trembling Blue Stars/Haunted Days Alive To Every Smile (Sub-Pop) 37.The Aphex Twin/Vord Hosbn Drukqus (London-Sire) 38.Thu Su Yung/What A Sound Asian Takeaways (Q.D.K-Germany) 39.Spiritualized/Out Of Sight Let It Come Down (Arista) 40.Spring/L.O.V.E. The Politics Of Disappearance (various artists) (Radio Khartoum) 41.Wendy & Bonnie/Children Laughing Genesis (Sundazed) 42.Ester Drang/Words That Cure Part 1 Golden West (Burnt Toast) 43.The Friends Of Dean Martinez/Wichita Lineman Wichita Lineman 44.Pulp/Wickerman We Love Life (Island-UK) The Liquid Room Love Hour 45.Telex/The Look Of Love Belgium One Point (Sony-Belgium) 46.Brigitte Bardot/C'est Une Bossa Nova Brigitte Bardot (Phillips-France) 47.Tim "Love" Lee/One Night Samba Just Call Me "Lone" Lee (Tummy Touch-UK) 48.Grace Jones/I've Seen That Face Before Private Life (Island) 49.Serge Gainsbourg/Ballade De Melodie Nelson (Howie B Remix) I Love Serge (Mercury France) 50.Bang Bang/Bye Bye Blues Je T'aime, Je T'aime (Yellow-France) 51.Ai No Rhythm/Onna No Negoto 5" picture disc (Eros) 52.Paul Weller/Wildwood (Portishead Remix) Boys (soundtrack) (A&M) 53.The Gentle People/Parfum Simply Faboo (Rephlex-UK) 54.Isaac Hayes/Walk On By Hot Buttered Soul (Staxx) 55.Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On Someday Man (Reprise) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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