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Spectropop - Digest Number 405

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                   Headed for No. 1 on all the charts

There are 25 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 405:

           By: Spectropop Administration
      2. ray stevens
           From: Alan Gordon 
      3. Lloyd Thaxton
           From: Bill Reed 
      4. Pop Music from the the Japanese perspective
           From: James Botticelli 
      5. Re: Buchanan/Miller/Ervin
           From: Michael Edwards 
      6. Jay & The Americans' Anders & Poncia Songs/The Goodtimes
           From: Leonardo 
      7. Lesley Gore interview
           From: Patrick Rands 
      8. Re: Tokens/Anders-Poncia/Warner Brothers
           From: "Robert Conway" 
      9. Chords and lyrics
           From: Bobby Lloyd Hicks 
     10. Where The Boys Are
           From: Richard Globman 
     11. Re: ray stevens
           From: Mark Frumento 
     12. Elvis Costello/Merseybeats
           From: John Clemente 
     13. I Stand Corrected
           From: James Botticelli 
     14. Re: Grass Roots
           From: "Robert Conway" 
     15. Les Girls
           From: Simon White 
     16. NRBQ site; Trade Martin; great sins
           From: "Paul Payton" 
     17. Re: Sins Of A Family & History
           From: Doug 
     18. Re: Sins Of A Family & History
           From: Dan Hughes 
     19. Re: Elvis Costello/Merseybeats
           From: "Norman" 
     20. Re: Trade Martin
           From: "Norman" 
     21. Sorrow
           From: "Javed Jafri" 
     22. Re: Sins Of A Family & History
           From: "Robert Conway" 
     23. Re: Grass Roots
           From: Dan Hughes 
     24. Jan & Dean/P.F. Sloan
           From: "Robert Beason" 
     25. The Liquid Room-3/3/02
           From: "David Ponak" 


Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 21:48:31 -0800
   From: Alan Gordon 
Subject: ray stevens

I just wanted to chime in with my fave Ray Stevens stuff.
(Sorry, I'm a bit behind in my reading.)

"Mr Businessman" is a totally "groovy" toon.  I really
loved it as a kid.  I was in a punkish band in the 80's
that did a heavy version of it.  Very powerful lyrics,
even though they were made-to-order for my hippie

"Unwind" is a bit like "Mr Businessman," with the same
tappet (tink tink tink) piano, but still a real keeper. 
Great melody and fantastic dynamics.  Probably too
contrasting in it's use of dynamics for the mainstream
market... but real melodious, powerful and yummy.

"Sunset Strip" is a great tribute to Brian Wilson.  Lush
vocals and a Spector/Wilson-ish instrumental backing
track.  Sounds just like a gorgeous red-layered Tequila
Sunset-esh (probably from the pollution) Los Angeles
sunset... (hic)  ...'scuse me.

And the best country version of "Misty" (kidding.  i
didn't think there were more, but i could very easily
stand corrected in my ignorance).  God I love this
version... Wonderfully wistful and totally kick-ass
country at the same time.

Ray did a great example of multi-track recording, live...
on the Merv Griffiths show when I was a kid ('60's).  He
laid down all the tracks:  Piano, drums, bass and
multi-tracked vocals.  I have no idea what song it was
but I went right out and bought a Tascam 3340 with my
paper route money.  Inspiring as heck to me.

al babe

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 10:09:08 -0800 (PST)
   From: Bill Reed 
Subject: Lloyd Thaxton

"Frank Carmack" wrote:
> I remember seeing Lloyd Thaxton's show every weekday
> afternoon, in Roanoke,  VA,after WHERE THE ACTION IS.
> I remember watching in early '66, particularly.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lloyd Thaxton a few
months ago at his home in North Hollywood. Just a lovely
man. And if anyone wonders, financially very comfortable
and extremely youthful. Fit. Looks pretty much the way he
did skeen-teen years ago. Listening to all that rock and
roll will do it for you!

His daughter, whose name I am blanking on right now, is a
big COUNTRY star in...Sweden!


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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 14:45:44 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Pop Music from the the Japanese perspective

>Is Warner Brothers having success in Japan with all of
>these back catalogue releases, especially the soft pop

The Japanese are the true appreciators of all musics
american....just listen to Pizzicato 5 or Mansfield.
(HIGHLY Recommended: Its a Man's Man's Man's Field) I'm
sure David Ponak can list many many others. They have this
sensibility that incorporates soft pop, ez listening, disco
and electronica...often surrounding it with retro wordless
vocal melodies that evoke an era while simultaneously
creating a new one. There's nothing in the world like
it....Try some today!...


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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 21:40:29 -0500
   From: Michael Edwards 
Subject: Re: Buchanan/Miller/Ervin

Is Alan Warner, the Alan Warner who wrote "Who Sang What
In Rock 'n' Roll"? That's a real fun book.

----- Original Message from: "Alan Warner"

> I think it worth pointing out that they were important
> musical figures in their own right.

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 17:33:28 -0000
   From: Leonardo 
Subject: Jay & The Americans' Anders & Poncia Songs/The Goodtimes

As Jay & The Americans have some great Anders and Poncia
tunes that should be found:

UA 50448 Gemini/ You Ain't going to wake up Crying features
a single produced by A&P. The A side is Written by A&P but
the B-Side is the Louie Prima song done Psych complete with
Mellotron and a killer dance beat groove and very
aggressive Acoustic Guitar and Bass. I always spin this at
the clubs and always get a few kids dancing. Speaking of
great lost LP, Jay and the Americans Capture the Moment has
a few Anders and Poncia songs as well on the LP including
the excellent Thoughts That I've Taken to Bed & He loves
The Feeling (actually co written with M Kupersmith instead
of Anders but has the sound we love so much.)

Has anybody seen or heard the Goodtimes LP on Kama Sutra
8052? As Anders and Poncia wrote and Produced one of their
singles I figured they had more involvement with the LP.
I've never even seen it for sale. 

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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 20:57:12 -0500
   From: Patrick Rands 
Subject: Lesley Gore interview

There's a Lesley Gore interview online to listen to here:


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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 09:35:36 -0600
   From: "Robert Conway" 
Subject: Re: Tokens/Anders-Poncia/Warner Brothers

>From: Mark Frumento:

>...I was wondering about the Anders-Poncia
>catalogue. I love my 2 CD Japanese set but it is clearly
>incomplete and not of the highest sound quality. Anyone
>know of plans to get some of that wonderful material out
>to the masses? Certainly the Tradewinds album deserves to
>be reissued if nothing else.

Here's info the the state-of-the art Anders and Poncia CD.
Their later W.B. LP remains unissued in Japan.

Bob Conway

Anders N Poncia
List Price: $35.99
Audio CD (May 12, 1999)
Bmg V; ASIN: B00002JX2N
Track Listings 1. Mind Excursion
2. Catch Me In The Meadow
3. Bad Misunderstanding
4. New York' S A Lonely Town
5. I Believe In Her
6. Only When I'm Dreamin
7. Small Town Bring Down
8. To Be With You
9. Huggin In The Hall
10. Little Susan's Dreamin
11. There's Got To Be A Word
12. Mairzy Doats
13. Someone Got Caught In My
14. All I Ask
15. Your Show Is Over
16. A Lifetime Lovin You
17. Whence I Make Thee Mine
18. It's Not Gonna Take Too L
19. All I Do Is Think About Y
20. I Don't Wanna Be Around Y
21. Do You Believe In Magic
22. Day Turns Me On
23. So It Goes
24. Virgin To The Night
25. Yes We Have No Bananas
26. Sunrise Highway
27. Baby Baby
Editorial Reviews
Album Details
Japanese Exclusive Release.
The names Peter Anders and Andre Poncia may not sound
familiar to you but you surely know some of their songs,
like the gorgious "The Best Part Of Breaking Up", "Soldier
Of Mine", "When I Saw You", "Do I Love You", that they
wrote for the Ronettes while Spector was too busy with his
other projects . Like Mann & Weil, Barry & Greenwich or
Goffin & King, this is one of these cult duets of
songwriters whose name was overshadowed by the people they
worked with, Phil Spector & The Ronettes, and also Cher
and Darlene Love . This compilation focuses on the
1965-1969 period, that is to say on their self-produced
songs, mostly published under the names Tradewings and The
Innocence. "New York Is A Lonely Town"(65) is a beautiful
and vibrant surf-pop hit with a Spector-like production,
There's Got To Be A Word", their most succesful single is
also excellent, just as the other tracks, although it
doesn't make up for the fact that their best release, The
Tradewings' 1st LP "Excursion" has been unavailable for
such a long time . This Best Of contains some tracks of
this album, and that alone should justify you buying it .
Anders & Poncia put an end to their collaboration in 69
and each of them went on producing minor pop records such
as Mary Travers, Ringo Starr or Kiss.

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Message: 9
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 17:28:28 EST
   From: Bobby Lloyd Hicks 
Subject: Chords and lyrics

Where are good web sources for song lyrics (and chords)?

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Message: 10
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 14:50:59 -0800
   From: Richard Globman 
Subject: Where The Boys Are

Al Babe commented on this wonderfully innocent movie:

> Besides the overall beach accommodations, Connie
> Francis sings the great Neil and Howard lead song in
> a cool jazz club with Frank Gorshin playing a
> stand-up bass... and Yvette Mimieux sorta attempts
> suicide... very cool.  Dolores Hart and Paula
> Prentiss... what more could a growing boy need?

Absolutely!  And tell me you didn't crack up at Frank
Gorshin swimming around in the tank all bug-eyed.  And
George...forget his last name...he made his reputation by
always being tan...actually had genuine speaking lines.

...and TV Thompson...


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Message: 11
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 02:31:00 -0000
   From: Mark Frumento 
Subject: Re: ray stevens

--- In spectropop. Alan Gordon wrote:

> I just wanted to chime in with my fave Ray Stevens stuff.
> (Sorry, I'm a bit behind in my reading.)

And don't forget his production duties on Dolly Parton's 
"Don't Drop Out." What a great song and great Spectoresque 

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Message: 12
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 18:37:59 -0500
   From: John Clemente 
Subject: Elvis Costello/Merseybeats

Hello All,

I have a various artists compilation LP entitled "Sometimes
A Great Notion", on which Elvis Costello sings a version of
"Really Mystified".  I've never heard The Merseybeats'
version.  Can anyone who has heard Costello's version tell
me if he's reasonably true to the original?


John Clemente

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Message: 13
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 15:09:09 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: I Stand Corrected

>>> I actually have never heard the Merseybeats UK, but
>>> Elvis Costello covers their song "I Stand Accused" on
>>> his album GET HAPPY!, and it's pretty wonderful.

actually that's a Jerry Butler song

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Message: 14
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 09:22:48 -0600
   From: "Robert Conway" 
Subject: Re: Grass Roots

>Will George wrote:
> > In the Rhino liner notes, it says, "Sloan maintains that
> > the first officially released version of "Where Were
> > You..:
Doc Rock replied: 
>What of Jan Berry's version on the Folk n ' Roll LP that
>came out before the Roots' 45?

I am sure Sloan is referring to the first officially
released version by the "Grass Roots."  Interesting though
that Jan and/or Dean had a fondness for Sloan's ditties...I
always thought the duo's version of "I Found a Girl" was
quite good.

Bob Conway

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Message: 15
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 10:44:24 +0000
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Les Girls

Further to recent the Les Girls "Stop, Look and Listen!"
mentions here in Spectropopland, I have a question for
members and I suspect in particular of Mr. Mick of Patrick.

In 1985, the Ace subsidary, Impact issued a rather splendid
Laurie Girls groups compilation entitled  " Stop Look,
Listen " and  compiled by the aforementioned Mr Patrick.
The cover is wonderful, featuring a rather 60's design and
three girls in 60's style clothes  in stop, look and listen

So cutting to the chase, this is my question.

Is the girl in the middle ['LOOK']  the great British
'modern' artist of some rupute , Tracey Emin ?  It don't
half look like her!

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Message: 16
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 01:37:38 -0500
   From: "Paul Payton" 
Subject: NRBQ site; Trade Martin; great sins

Re: Merseybeats USA - I have no first-hand knowledge
either - nor the time to gather it at the moment - but
perhaps someone could e-mail Terry Adams via

Re: Mike Rashkow's comment - I've seen Trade Martin's name
on various records, and I know he had a hit with "That
Stranger Used To Be My Girl." There was also an
instrumental 45 on late-period Gee. I think he was a
guitarist; what else? (And was Trade really his first name?!?)

And yeah, P. F. Sloan's "Sins of the Family" was a great
track. In my book, it gave "electric Dylan" a run for his

Country Paul

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Message: 17
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 17:32:06 -0000
   From: Doug 
Subject: Re: Sins Of A Family & History

--- In spectropop, Michael Rashkow wrote:

> A singer, writer, musician, producer named Trade
> Martin, produced a record called Sins Of The
> Family--the "artist", NYC disk jockey and TV
> personality, Murray The "K".  Same song?

  Yep.  It was on the Red Bird label, if I remember
correctly.   You can go to this link and find a lot Sloan
related things, including a link for cover versions:


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Message: 18
   Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 09:44:48 -0600
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Re: Sins Of A Family & History

Michael Rashkow writes:

> A singer, writer, musician, producer named Trade Martin,
> produced a record called Sins Of The Family--the
> "artist", NYC disk jockey and TV personality, Murray
> The "K".  Same song?

And another question about this song:  P.F. Sloan's version
is called The Sins of a Family; Barry McGuire had it as The
Sins of the Family.  Just sloppiness?  This is the kind of
mistake that will cost you money on a quiz show!


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Message: 19
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 18:04:48 +1030
   From: "Norman" 
Subject: Re: Elvis Costello/Merseybeats


I haven't heard Costello's version of Really Mystified
although I could imagine him stretching it out a little
on the vocals.

The original appeared as the B side to Don't Turn Around
in 1964.

As with most B sides it can be considered better than the
A side which incidentally was written by Peter Lee

Stirling later came to fame under the name Daniel Boone.



A reformed version of the group, The Merseys,  had a hit
in England with Sorrow.  If you think David Bowie's
version is great give a listen to the original!

Now, I'm off to find a turn table to give Really
Mystified a spin.


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Message: 20
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 18:27:23 +1030
   From: "Norman" 
Subject: Re: Trade Martin

Trade Martin recorded a couple of LP's with Al Gorgoni
and Chip Taylor as Gorgoni, Martin & Taylor.

on Gotta Get Back to Cisco (1972) they do Chip Taylor's
"The Baby" , which was a great song by the Hollies
(featuring Mike Rikfors?).

on GM&T they do a 1971 rendition of Gorgoni and Taylor's 
"I Can't Let Go" (Which was a hit for Hollies!).

I have a solo LP, Let Me Touch You,  by Trade Martin
which seems to me a lot more serious than the other two

All albums were released in 1972.

Glenn A Baker in The Name Game cites Trade Martin's real
name as John Lione.


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Message: 21
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 07:17:13 -0500
   From: "Javed Jafri" 
Subject: Sorrow

> A reformed version of the group, The Merseys,  had a hit
> in England with Sorrow.  If you think David Bowie's
> version is great give a listen to the original!

Bowie's version of Sorrow was a cover of a cover. The
McCoys recorded the original version of that song and it
was a great one too.


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Message: 22
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 13:58:33 -0600
   From: "Robert Conway" 
Subject: Re: Sins Of A Family & History

I have the 1994 Grass Roots' "Where Were You When I
Needed You" CD on Varese Sarabande.  It is a remastered
version of the first LP issued by the "group" complete
with great liner notes and six bonus tracks of early
singles/unreleased material including "Eve of Destruction.

I highly recommend the CD to any P.F. Sloan fan. His
commentary in the liner notes is invaluable. And the CD
is quite a statement--historically and musically--about
early Dunhill Records/Trousdale Music and the legendary
P.F. Sloan (and Steve Barri).

Bob Conway

>From: Dan Hughes 

>And another question about this song:  P.F. Sloan's version
>is called The Sins of a Family; Barry McGuire had it as The
>Sins of the Family.  Just sloppiness?  

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Message: 23
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 02:30:43 -0600
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Re: Grass Roots

Bob sez:
> Interesting though that 
> Jan and/or Dean had a fondness for Sloan's ditties...

On the back of the first Barry McGuire album, one of the
first releases by the Dunhill label, there's a note that
invites you to send your name and address and receive a
free booklet about all the Dunhill stars, including among
others Jan & Dean.  I've often wished I'd sent for that
booklet....  Anyway, that seems to indicate more of a Jan
& Dean connection than just a liking for Sloan's songs. 
Anybody know more?


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Message: 24
   Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 13:46:29 +0000
   From: "Robert Beason" 
Subject: Jan & Dean/P.F. Sloan

Bob Conway wrote:

> Interesting though that Jan and/or Dean had a fondness
> for Sloan's ditties...

Not too fond of Sloan's presumably liberal politics,
though; witness Berry's changing Selma, Alabama to
Berkeley, California in the duo's version of "Eve Of

I've always loved J&D's version of Sloan/Barri's "I Found
A Girl" too. It was a top ten hit in my hometown of
Chicago in December 1965, though apparently it was not a
national hit.

Bob Beason

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Message: 25
   Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 16:36:27 -0500
   From: "David Ponak" 
Subject: The Liquid Room-3/3/02

The Liquid Room, (usually) 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 Check it out this weekend!!!!

The Liquid Room-3/3/2002

1.The Association/Come On In
Birthday (WB)

2.Golden Boy with Miss Kitten/Rippin' Kittin
Or (Emperor Norton)

3.Harpers Bizarre/Funny How Love Can Be
The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre (Sundazed)

4.Joey Ramone/Mr. Punchy
Don't Worry About Me (Sanctuary)

5.Jack Jones/Light My Fire
Where Is Love? (RCA)

6.Boards Of Canada/1969
Geogaddi (Warp)

7.Marc Eric/Night Of The Liones
A Mid Summer's Day Dream (Revue)

8.Mean Machine/Johnny Back
Cream (Epic-Japan)

9.Cornelius/Drop (Kings Of Convenience Remix)
12" (Matador-UK)

10.The Tammy's/Egyptian Shumba
Lou Christi & The Tammy's (RPM-UK)

11.Supercar/Yumegiwa Last Boy
Japan For Sale Volume 2 (Sony)

12.Arthur Lyman/Taboo
Taboo (DCC)

13.The Inner Dialogue/Too Much For Me
Friend (Ranwood)

14.Fila Brazilla/Bumbleharem
Jump Leads (23-UK)

15.Francoise Hardy/Chanson D'o
Le Question (Virgin-France)

16.Outkast/Movin' Cool (The Afterparty)
Big Boi & Dre Present... (Arista)

17.The Burbank Philharmonic/These Boots Are Made For Walking
The Burbank Philharmonic (Bravo)


19.The Elektrik Cokernut/Jungle Juice
Go Moog! (MFP-UK)

20.Air/People In The City (Modjo Version)
Everybody Hertz (Astralwerks)

21.Kahimi Karie/Ice Age Train
Tilt (Polydor-UK)

22.Julie Driscoll & Brian Auguer/Season Of The Witch
Open (Disconfomme-Germany)

23.Pulp/That Boy's Evil
A Little Soul (single b-side) (Island-UK)

24.Terry Callier/Just As Long As We're In Love
What Color Is Love (Cadet)

25.Miho & Smokey/Summer Rain
Miho & Smokey/Afro Samba

26.The Singers Unlimited/Angel Eyes
Sentimental Journey (MPS)

27.Frank Sinatra (Elmer Bernstein)/Silver
Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems Of Color (Capitol)

28.Cloud Eleven/Later
Orange And Green And Yellow....

29.James Last/Baby Come Back, Heroes & Villians, Paper Sun (Medley)
James Last Goes Pop (Polydor-Germany)

30.The Chemical Brothers/Pioneer Skys
Come With Us (Astralwerks)

31.Gene Russell/Up, Up And Away
Up And Away (Decca)

32.Maxwell Implosion/From Mousey To Marvelous
Small Circle Of Friends (Emperor Norton)

33.The Turtles/You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain
Solid Zinc (Rhino)

34.The Fur Ones/El Cacahuate

35.Balanco/Theme From Cocktail Nova (Nicola Conte Mix)
12" (Schema-Italy)

36.Lee Hazlewood/Jose
Lounge Legends (Universal-Germany)

37.Bent/A Ribbon For Her Hair
Progammed To Love (Ministry Of Sound)

38.Thelma Houston/Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon
Sunshower (Dunill)

39.The Easy Access Orchestra/Cable Car
The Affair (Irma-Italy)

40.Paul Williams/Mornin' I'll Be Moving On
Someday Man (Reprise)

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