==================================================== (`|)[~/`~|~|)/\|)/\|) _)| [_\, | |\\/| \/| Volume #0082 May 11, 1998 ==================================================== The Get-with-it SoundSubject: The Association Sent: 05/09/98 9:50 pm Received: 05/10/98 8:15 am From: Alan Haber, zoog ink.net Jamie wrote: >Next Tuesday at the BMI Pop Awards Richard Addrisi will be >given the Seven Million Performance Award for co-writing >Association's "Never My Love." Reportedly, this has always been >one of Alan Haber's favorite songs in the whole wide world ;-). Indeed it is, Jamie! In the sixties, The Association almost always managed to edge out every other fave group of mine as tops of the pops. I used to play the Insight Out album on my parents' Lafayette stereo and play with the left and right channels on Windy, separating the harmonies on the chorus. Basically, I just loved, and continue to love, the group's intricate harmonies. Somewhere around this musical museum/apartment in which I live I have a videotape of The Association guest hosting on The Mike Douglas Entertainment Hour television show in the 1970s. They sang a good number of songs, all live. If I can dig it up, I'll report back to the list on contents. And Jeff said: >The best available Association compilation CD is by far the >Japanese FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES CD ... Another >excellent Association CD was a U.S. disc released on Pair >Records (licensed from WSP) called SONGS THAT MADE US FAMOUS. The available Association CDs are few, unfortunately, and hard to get on top of it all. The French E.P. CD has been spoken about here. The Original Master Tapes CD is the best, as Jeff says. I play it regularly. I didn't know Dreamer was taken from a 45! :o) It sounds great! The Pair two-fer of the first two albums really sounds pretty wonderful, but, alas, it is out of print. I've never seen a copy in a used bin. I picked mine up at Sam Goody's in New York City when it came out those many years ago and treasure it still. Jeff also said: >Hey, Jamie, why haven't they put out the Association LP's out >on CD in Japan? I can shed a little light on this. Well, not as to why these CDs aren't out in Japan specifically, but... When I had Russ Giguere on my Pure Pop radio show last summer, he told me off the air that the group has been trying to get them released forever, but Warner Brothers wants way too much for the masters. And apparently Warners doesn't think enough people will buy them. I'm sure they're wrong -- The Association is one of the seminal harmony groups in popular music. And they had hits, Warners! Wake up! Hey, I'd buy a zillion of 'em! I could go on with this Association stuff -- I bought two copies of the group's Columbia comeback, Waterbeds in Trinidad (a terrific album, by the way), last year to replace my worn copy that I bought at May's Department Store in Massapequa on Long Island when it came out (I traded one copy to fellow Association fan Herb Somers recently). I rode by bike from Farmingdale (a no-speeder, by the way -- the bike, that is :o)) and had to throw it over a fence so I could cross the main drag to the store. And then I had to fight the windy elements to ride back home. That's a fan for you! Alan ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Re: Spectropop V#0081 Sent: 05/09/98 3:45 pm Received: 05/09/98 3:54 pm From: Paul MacArthur, RTF_ DU >>Imagine, the Beatles having the Top 5 songs on Billboard at >>once! >Didn't the Bee Gees come close to equalling or this mark >during their Saturday Night Fever fling. Not sure off-hand, but the one act that had five albums in the Billboard Top 20 is... Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. - Paul ---------- Album of the Week: Philip Glass HEROES Song of the Week: Gil Scott-Heron "Winter In America" RIP: Carl Dean Wilson (1946-1998) Thumbs Down: To VH-1 for their wimpy disclaimer before their Ted Nugent documentary and their attempts to slight his politics in the documentary. Nothing short of a disgrace. ---------- ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Re: "Sukiyaki" Sent: 05/10/98 11:06 am Received: 05/10/98 5:55 pm From: Marc Wielage, rax.com Jamie LePage <le_page_ ies.com> asked: >This is an interesting song. I believe it holds a couple of >records in terms of chart success; say - Mr. Wielage, do you >have any noteworthy musictrax facts about [Sukiyaki]? ------------------------<snip>------------------------ Here's most of what I know about the song, from my notes: "Kyu's first and only Top 40 American single, though he went on to have dozens of major hits in his native Japan. The original Japanese title of this song was "Ue O Muite Aruko," which loosely translates to "I Look Up When I Walk," a downbeat ballad about a man trying to recover from a failed romance. This song was one of the rare hits to make the Top 10 in three different decades, each by different performers: Taste of Honey did it in 1981 as a soulful Top 5 ballad, and 4 PM did an updated pop version as a Top 10 hit in early 1995. Sakamoto was one of only two Japanese artists to score a Top 40 hit in America; the other performers were Pink Lady, from 1979." --MFW -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- -= Marc Wielage | "The computerized authority =- -= MusicTrax, Ltd. | on rock, pop, & soul." =- -= Chatsworth, CA | rax.com =- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Regional Hits Sent: 05/10/98 5:09 am Received: 05/10/98 8:15 am From: David Feldman, feld erables.com DICKYG ponders: > Interesting observation, Doc. Question: What makes certain > songs big hits in some parts of the country while the same song > might be completely ignored in other areas? > This subject has always fascinated me. The Carolinas have always fascinated me. I think the aficianados of beach music have great reason to be proud, because they have adopted music that suits them based on feel and quality rather than strict genre or image requirements. Like pornography, beach music is hard to define but somehow identifiable. Of course, some songs became regional hits primarily because of the proximity of the proximity of radio stations to the record companies. It seems to me that growing up in L.A. in the 50's and 60's, Capitol and Dot/Liberty had more than their share of regional hits. I remember listening (and buying) the Four Coquettes "Sparkle and Shine," a white female-harmony song that was a hit in L.A. (in the late fifties, I believe) for Capitol. I've never heard it anywhere else. But some regional hits seem to be based much more on taste. It's still hard for me to believe that Them's "Gloria" wasn't a huge hit everywhere. It was a *monster* in L.A. When KHJ did its Top 300 of all time yearly surveys, based on listener votes, " Gloria" consistently scored in the top 5 ("Satisfaction" always seemed to win) man years after its release. I'm not sure the Shadows of Knight version was even played in L.A. 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 "http://www.imponderables.com" ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: Regional Hits Sent: 05/09/98 1:04 pm Received: 05/09/98 1:08 pm From: Doc Rock, docro om >Interesting observation, Doc. Question: What makes certain >songs big hits in some parts of the country while the same song >might be completely ignored in other areas? Well, several possibilities come to mind. 1. Payola 2. Home-town act. 3. DJ or music director who likes the song/singer. 4. Station that plays what is requested, and not just what is on the national charts. 5. Record company rep (or a local distributor) who pushes a release. 6. An act that tours only regionally (like the Pixies Three) 'cause they are still in school. >And, can anybody think of any other examples >of regional hits like this one? A very big hit in Kansas City the summer of '62 was Tobin Mathews "Susan" on Columbia. But it never even bubbled on Billboard. Another is the Original "Yellow Balloon" by Jan & Dean (Columbia) and the cover of "Bonnie & Clyde" (Buddha) by the Chicago Prohibition 1941. I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands more. ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== Subject: 60s radio is back Sent: 05/10/98 1:26 pm Received: 05/10/98 5:55 pm From: Big L, bi mail.com <>>>>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE..... FINALLY, THE LONG WAIT IS OVER. 60S PERSONALITY TOP FORTY RADIO IS BACK AS BIG AS EVER. STARTING MONDAY, MAY 18TH, RICKY THE K'S SOLID GOLD TIME MACHINE WILL COMMENCE BROADCASTING 60S PERSONALITY RADIO FIVE NIGHTS A WEEK OVER INTERNET RIGHT TO YOUR COMPUTER. TO FIND OUT HOW TO BE A SUBSCRIBER, THE SUBSCRIPTION RATES AND MUCH MUCH MORE, HERE IS THE WEB ADDRESS: www.60sradio.com THERE ARE TWO HOURS OF FREE DEMOS IN REAL TIME AT THE WEBSITE. LISTEN TO DEMOS A THROUGH D. DEMOS E AND F ARE FOR FUTURE USE. ENJOY THE DEMOS AND REMEMBER THE FUN BEGINS FOR REAL ON MONDAY, MAY 18TH! "PAMS is a registered service mark of PAMS Productions, Inc., Dallas, Texas. Used under license." == Big L Check out my Radio Legends pages at: bi mail.com http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/9816 ====================[ archived by Spectropop ]==================== End
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