Welcome to The Spectropop Group, a non-commercial organization of multimedia facilities established for the purpose of education and research.

The discussion forum is the place for on-line enthusiasts of the Brill Building, Girl Groups, West Coast surf and harmony, European and Soft Pop and topics generally related to the legendary pop music of the pre-Woodstock 60s. Founded in 1997, the group brings together those interested in records made by producers such as Jeff Barry, Curt Boettcher, Bob Crewe, Leiber & Stoller, Jack Nitzsche, Van Dyke Parks, Jerry Ross, Phil Spector, Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson. Although discussion occasionally wanders outside the above parameters, members are requested to avoid topics related to rock music.

Spectropop is a moderated group, and all the better for it. To ensure discussion remains on-topic, posts are routinely edited by our moderators, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. It is Spectropop policy that moderators do not discuss with members matters related to the running of the group. To keep their workload to a minimum, please take the time to read all of this document. On becoming a member of Spectropop it is deemed that you have read, understood and agreed with its content.

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Spectropop is a moderated group, which means that every message is checked and approved before appearing on the board. This can take from a few hours up to a couple of days, depending on the number of messages and the amount of formatting required for presentation. New members are advised to look around for a while and get the feel of the discussions. However, for those who wish to get stuck in right away, please make sure your message is text only, without attachments and as close as possible to the following format:

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   From: My Name < my email address > 
   Date: Mon Jan 01, 2004 0:00am 
Subject: overview of my message
	[OR Re: existing thread]
	[BUT NOT "Spectropop Digest Number xxxxx"]
previous sender writes:
> This is the relevant part of the message you are 
> replying to because it contains something you would
> like to discuss further.
Hi, I'm interested in what you have to say, and would 
like to add something to this thread using lines that 
are no longer than 53 characters, employing regular 
punctuation: upper-case at the start of a sentence,
a full-stop (period) at the end followed by a space.

Whilst I don't totally share the previous sender's 
opinion, I respect their right to hold that opinion 
and will remain friendly.

Although I might have thoughts on how the group could 
operate, I appreciate that such comment isn't allowed
here and is likely to be edited out. 

Best regards, 

My Name 

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Spectropop Group discussion policy is informal and flexible, but messages should remain on-topic.
If a thread wears out its welcome, no matter how on-topic it is, please drop it and move on.

Administrative comment is not allowed in group discussion. Even remarks as seemingly harmless as "I don't know if this is on-topic or not..." may be edited for content.

Please note: Comments about group discussion policy are routinely edited from messages.

The moderators reserve the right to remove anyone from the group who, in their sole opinion, abuses the forum.

Your messages should be submitted as plain text. ATTENTION OUTLOOK/OUTLOOK EXPRESS USERS: Make sure you have "Plain text" set, not HTML. Do not use special characters such as "smart quotes", umlaut, cedilla or tilde, as these will display strangely in some territories. Spectropop Group discussion is published only in plain text. Please limit your line length to maximum 60 characters.

Members are expected to sign every message with their name.

Do not attempt to include attachments in your messages - they are blocked by the Yahoo groups software. However, Yahoo does provide a file-sharing facility, so if you would like to make a file available to other group members, you can upload to it by logging into the Spectropop Group files area at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/files

N.B. Your use of the Yahoo service is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

Only members may post to the group, and only from the email address from which they subscribed.

Personal attacks will not be tolerated. We're discussing 60s pop music here, folks, not egos. "Flaming" - the act of berating someone in response to their message - will not be tolerated. In addition, judgemental and condescending tones are discouraged. If you disagree with someone and cannot be civil in your response, don't say anything.


  • Virus warnings (they're almost always hoaxes).

  • Chain letters (they are always hoaxes).

  • Anything in poor taste, (if you're not sure, don't post it).

  • Humor-with-light-content is very welcome, but avoid sending one-liners or similarly short responses.

While you are encouraged to post and participate, if you have nothing of substance to add to the discussion, either send it privately or don't post it at all. Send a "me too" message to the original poster, not to the group (if you have to send them at all).

Use clear, concise subject headings. Sometimes the content of threads changes (thread drift) and the original Subject line no longer matches the topic being discussed - so change it!

Members are asked to edit quoted messages to show only the part of the message that has relevance to the reply. Please do not quote the entire previous digest. Lines quoted from a previous email message should begin with the "> " characters (a "greater than" character followed by a space) so it's clearly understood that you're quoting another writer. Make sure that your original lines do NOT begin with the "> " characters.

ATTENTION AOL USERS: Set your mail preferences to "Use Internet style quoting" rather than AOL style quoting.

A MESSAGE IN ALL UPPERCASE IS HARD TO READ AND IS THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING. Do use normal capitalization or sentence-case. Separate your paragraphs with blank lines. Make your message inviting to your potential readers.

It is OK to use uppercase sparingly to EMPHASIZE a word or two. And *asterisks* surrounding a word can also be used to make a point.

Do not cross-post a message to multiple groups - that is, do not send the same message to more than one mailing group at a time. Even with the best of intentions, cross-posting is spam.

Veteran members - be tolerant of newcomers, who all make mistakes when they first join a group. If you feel you must correct someone, do it courteously and/or use private email. We were all newbies once.

New members, lurk for a while before you post the first time. Observe the tone of discussion, and what is and isn't appropriate material. Lurk for a week or so, then "announce" your arrival with a posting that introduces yourself.

Bottom line: treat other group members with respect.


It is inappropriate to take someone's private email you received and post it to the group without their expressed permission. In addition, group messages should never be forwarded, printed, or otherwise shared with others without the expressed permission of the original poster(s). Not only is it unethical, but it's also a copyright violation.


The Spectropop Group respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Please refer to Yahoo Groups Terms of Use policy regarding Yahoo Groups membership policy.

Please bear in mind that there are no absolute rules when the issue involves how much one is permitted to take of another's copyrighted work and still be protected by fair use doctrine. However, use for the purpose of education and research is more likely to be considered fair use than is commercial use, and factual works receive less protection than fictional works. If you quote another's work without permission, and are relying upon the fair use doctrine to protect your copying, make certain that you quote accurately, provide proper credit to the source of the copied work, and if possible add value to the quoted material by comparing, criticizing or commenting upon such material. The foregoing is not legal advice. You should consult an attorney if you have legal questions that relate to your specific publishing issues and projects.

For a general guideline on what constitutes "fair use" under copyright law, please refer to

Spectropop welcomes unsolicited submissions from members for publication. Whilst the member retains copyright on such submissions, by submitting material, the member thereby grants Spectropop the right to publish it as part of the collection.


In the context of an ongoing discussion, mentioning a web site for the purpose of information is acceptable and usually welcome, but please do not use the form or any other facility of Spectropop Group solely for the purpose of advertising or promoting private enterprise, alternative discussion forums and/or websites. Flagrant promotion or advertising of other web sites is spam and will be not be tolerated. **NO EXCEPTIONS - NO MATTER HOW ON-TOPIC**

If you are about to promote your website to the group ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I sell anything on the website?

  • Do I stand to profit?

  • Am I sending this message to multiple sites for the purpose of promotion/advertisement?

  • Is the nature of the post even slightly off-topic?

If the answer to these questions is yes, the message will probably be deleted from the dispatch queue. Repeated attempts to spam the group may result in the posting address being banned from the group. If the answer to all these questions is no, the chances are Admin will think so too and approve the message accordingly.

Commercial messages may be posted to the group ONLY IF the message

  • The message is clearly marked as commercially motivated.

  • The message content is relevant to current group discussion.

  • The message content is informative.

  • The message does not contain a long list of FS items.

  • Spectropop Admin deems the message to be appropriate.


SPECTROPOP membership is open and encouraged to grow, based on introduction to the group from current members. To invite someone to join the group, use the quick and easy-to-use invitation form at http://www.spectropop.com/files/recommend.html

SPECTROPOP GROUP ADMINISTRATION reserves the right to revoke membership at its sole discretion.

Please save this document! In the future, you may wish to leave the group and if you haven't saved it, you won't know how.

Finally, as Yahoo! incessantly reminds us, over and above the Spectropop Group policies, your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

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