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  • Date: 05/10/98
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            Volume #0082                        May 11, 1998
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                          The Get-with-it Sound
    
    
    
    
    Subject:     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
    
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    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
    
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    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.
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    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]?
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    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
    
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    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"
    
    
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    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.
    
    
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    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
    
    
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