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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Strange Hits And Crazy Misses!


THE RECORDINGS YOU ARE ABOUT

TO HEAR COVER A WIDE RANGE

OF STYLES AND A TIME SPAN

OF MORE THAN 50 YEARS.

CAN YOU DETERMINE WHAT

THEY HAVE IN COMMON?


 MISS TONI FISHER 


Our twisted journey begins in the waning weeks
of 1959 when "The Big Hurt" by Miss Toni Fisher,
a little lady with powerful pipes, was red hot on
 the radio on its way to a top 3 finish on the chart
early in 1960. "The Big Hurt" has a distinctively
weird sound effect running throughout, the result
of an accident in the studio that created what is
believed to be the first "phasing effect" ever used
on a popular recording. Without intending to the
engineer mixed the mono and stereo versions of
the song together out of sync. You might say the
tekkie set phasers to stun, producing a unique
space age sound that was too good to waste.

"The Big Hurt" - Miss Toni Fisher
(Dec. 1959, Jan. 1960, highest chart
position #3 Hot 100/#2 Cash Box)





 MISS CATHY BRASHER 


Pop singer Miss Cathy Brasher went to school
in Norwalk, a suburban community near
Los Angeles. In 1964 Cathy released a
single for Hollywood's Era Records.


"Too Late to Be Lovers" was pushed
as the A side, but it is the killer bee,
"I'll Remember Jimmy," that achieved
everlasting greatness. When you listen
to this smooth girl pop relic you might
agree with me that Cathy sounds
a lot like Lesley Gore.

"I'll Remember Jimmy"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(May 1964, uncharted B side
of "Too Late to Be Lovers")




Cathy next signed with Chattahoochee,
another small independent Los Angeles
area record company. I love the dynamic
production on her Chattahoochee sides.


Listen to the excellent but uncharted
"Only When I Dream," and once again
you will think it's Lesley Gore's voice
filtered through a dense Wall of Sound.

"Only When I Dream"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(1964, uncharted)




Around 1965, Cathy Brasher's vocals were
used on singles credited to the Murmaids,
the girl group known for their late 1963
and early 1964 hit "Popsicles and Icicles,"
a record regarded by historians as the last
#1 single of the Pre-British Invasion era.


My Pick to Click by Cathy Brasher is a solo
single released in the fall of '65 with the odd
title "Sh ... Listen." The overdubbing of
Cathy's vocals along with female back-
ground singers make this an exciting
girl group record, one of the best
ever to miss the chart entirely.
It never even bubbled under!

"Sh ... Listen"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(October 1965, uncharted)




The B side, "He Told Me He Loved Me,"
is highly derivative of "Then He Kissed Me,"
the 1963 hit by the Crystals. Nevertheless,
it's a groovy recording in its own right.

"He Told Me He Loved Me" 
 Miss Cathy Brasher 
(Oct. 1965, uncharted
B side of "Sh ... Listen")





 MISS CRAZY 


They're part Kiss, part Cinderella, part Motley Crue,
part AC/DC, part Def Leppard... I could go on and on
but you get the idea. They're retro styled hard rock
and sleaze metal band Miss Crazy, winners of the
2013 Shady Award for Best New (to me) Band of
the Year. It is 100% pure adrenaline when these
guys and a girl (bass playing beauty Kim Racer)
take the stage. Proof can be found in this clip
from a San Antonio rock bar as Miss Crazy
performed "Life's Been Good," a song
from their debut self-titled album.

"Life's Been Good" - Miss Crazy
(from Sept. 2006 album Miss Crazy,
live perf. at Bond’s 007 Rock Bar,
San Antonio, Texas)




 MISS MOTIF 


You first saw and heard this Irish miss in 2016
at Thea Queen's Rave. She's a singer, songwriter,
producer and international DJ (think Riley Blue
of Sense8) and her name is Amanda D'Arcy,
stage name Miss Motif. In this sensational
performance, Miss Motif covers "Sexy Silk,"
a song recorded by English singer Jessie J
for use in the soundtrack of the 2015
teen comedy film The Duff.

"Sexy Silk" - (Jessie J cover)
Miss Motif (March 2013)




I hope you enjoyed these

strange hits and crazy misses.

See you next time!

Have a Shady day!

36 comments:

  1. I want to take this opportunity to announce that Mrs. Shady (Kathryn) is “leaving us” under the best of circumstances and with my sincere gratitude. Kathryn will no longer be commenting on SDMM on a regular basis, although she might pop in occasionally to say hello. This is mutual decision based on the fact that Kathryn recently became involved in other pursuits which require her time and attention.

    I checked my archives and determined that Kathryn joined us in the summer of 2015. She has commented on nearly every post since then. I greatly appreciate her contributions to the blog over the last two-and-a-half years. Thank you very much, Kathryn. I wish you success in your future endeavors. Please remember that you are always welcome here at your home away from home Shady Dell Music & Memories!

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  2. Good luck with the new endeavors, Kathryn!
    Miss Crazy just oozes with that 80's sound. Always funny to find a new band with an old style and they are making it work.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for joining me today and giving a listen to these strange hits and crazy misses. I'm happy to see you, good buddy!

      I suspected that you would appreciate Miss Crazy. Those guys and a girl really rocked me in 2013, enough to defeat several other new-to-me bands in my Awards show that year.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. ... Oh, and thank you for wishing Kathryn well. Her contributions on SDMM began in the spring of 2015 when I asked her if she would like to comment on a special post I was running, a tribute to Jeri Lyn Stapleton, the former member of The Action Kids dance troupe on Dick Clark's music TV series Where The Action Is. Jeri Lyn was a survivor of abuse and I knew that posts about the empowerment of women are important to Kathryn. The Jeri Lyn post inspired Janie Junebug to join me as a guest blogger and share her own story. Kathryn read Janie's post with great interest and commented on it. To my surprise and delight, Kathryn stuck around and continued to comment on nearly all of my music posts and TV series parodies since then. Currently, with Kathryn immersed in a new project that requires a considerable amount of her time and attention, I recommended that she take a break from SDMM with the understanding that she is welcome to pop back in when time permits and the mood strikes.

      Thanks again, good buddy!

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  3. What do they all have in common? "Miss" in their names I imagine.

    I'll comment on the actual recordings later on in the week.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for hustling over on day one, good buddy. I'm glad to see you!

      You are correct, sir. All of these artists have "Miss" in their names. As the first person to come up with the correct answer, the $50,000 prize is all yours! :)

      I hope you will return later to check out the sounds. Thanks again for dropping by, Kirk, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. Hi Shady! Wow! I sure did like Miss Crazy! They're a little far out there, but, I would surely have to get up and dance to "Life's Been Good", unless, they would let me sing backup with them. Even though, the lead singer probably has a permanent sore throat, the band has a great musical sound and I loved them!

    Miss Cathy Brasher does have a sound similar to Leslie Gore, and also Shelley Fabares in "I'll Remember Jimmy" and "Only When I Dream". "Sh...Listen" was a chart worthy song, I agree, Shady. It is more individual, that is, she has her own sound on this one. The song has the lonely-like story line similar to "Leader of the Pack". And, you are so correct, Shady, that "He Told Me He Loved Me" is so similar to "Then He Kissed Me". They could have dubbed the two together as they do with some songs, and, possibly had a pretty good duet from them, lol!

    And, you brought some great memories back with "The Big Hurt"! Oh, I don't mean that I had any BIG HURT in the late 50's, lol...this was a big song, and all of us 9 year olds tried to outsing each other on this one. Haven't heard it in years!

    Well, Shady, I'm sorry to see Mrs. Shady leave the Dell blog! I enjoyed her knowledgeable comments regarding music and various TV series. She will be missed, and, it will be a treat to have her visit your blog anytime. Best wishes for much success in your new endeavors, Mrs. Shady!

    This is a great post, Shady. I liked your offering of 'strange hits' and crazy misses'! I hope it's getting more comfortable in your neck of the woods. We're having cool mornings now, warming up to the 80's in the afternoons, and it is more tolerable. Scootie is turning 9 years old on Thursday, so I'm off now to find some decor for the celebration. We always have a small family party, and I will be delivering treats to his class on Thursday. He's pretty excited! Have a great week, dear friend, Shady! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for coming over and sampling the sounds of strange hits and crazy misses.

      I'm excited to know that the retro styled hard rock/sleaze rock band Miss Crazy tickled your fancy. It's a shame you weren't in San Antonio in the mid 2000s when Miss Crazy was playing gigs at Bond’s 007 Rock Bar. The lead singer and guitarist Markus Allen Christopher (later with the band Freakshow) sounds a lot like Cinderella's lead singer/guitar player Tom Keifer in that they both shred their vocal cords. It didn't hurt that Miss Crazy also featured the beautiful bass player Kim Racer as part of the act in early years, replaced by another female on bass Brandi Lee.

      Yessum, Miss Cathy Brasher sounded like Lesley Gore, Shelley Fabares and many other girl pop singers of the early and mid 60s. Cathy released some fine sides but wasn't as successful as some of her contemporaries, probably because she made records for small independent record companies.

      Like you I well remember the popularity of the top 3 national hit "The Big Hurt" and the strange space age sound effects on the record. Miss Toni Fisher's single reminds us that some of the greatest moments in music history have come about by accident, other examples being blundered vocals left on recordings, making them "perfectly imperfect."

      It's rainy and somewhat cooler here today, Suzanne. Little by little autumn is asserting itself and I couldn't be more happy about it. I hope we can kiss the long, grueling hurricane season goodbye, too.

      Yessum, I originally asked Mrs. S to join the discussion on a couple of 2015 posts relating to women's issues and she was nice enough to write something for almost every post since then. Now that she is super busy with her new project I told her it is AOK with me if she breaks away from SDMM and tends to her business.

      Hooray for Scootie having a birthday so close to Halloween. That makes it easy to find the right party decorations. I wish your grandson a very happy 9th birthday! Just think. He's 91 years younger than Marsha Hunt! :)

      Thanks again for your kind visit and great comments, dear friend Suzanne. Have a super week!

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  5. As often is the case, it's all new to me. I also don't think I knew "Kathryn" was Mrs. Shady! Best wishes to her in her new pursuits!

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for being on hand as I present the sound of strange hits and crazy misses!

      I enjoy digging up little known artists and recordings and there are a few in this post along with a song that is well known to most boomers my age, "The Big Hurt," a record that was hot on the radio in the early weeks of 1960. With the wide range of styles represented here I hope you found something you like.

      Yessum, Kathryn is Mrs. Shady. She has contributed a lot to the blog since 2015, led important discussions about politics and women's issues, and will be missed.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Kelly!

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  6. Tom,

    I'm sorry to read that SDMM is losing such a loyal commenter and friend. I really appreciated getting to know Kathryn through you, though. That's just one of the fun perks of blogging. Best of luck to you, dear Kathryn!

    Okay, you had me transported to the 60s era with Miss Cathy (what a fine spelling of her name, too!) when BING, Miss Crazy was thrown in the mix. How different can you get with these two artists back-to-back? You certainly described this band well. Their white faces make me think of Mimes and I wouldn't have noticed that one of the band members is a girl had you not told me. I do recall the introduction of Miss Motif. She has a lovely vocal style. I think after I leave her I'll pop over to YouTube to listen to more of her recordings and as always you've pulled together an entertaining packed post, my friend. Be well and God bless!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thank you very much for dropping in!

      Yessum, busy as Kathryn is these days, I felt a little guilty asking her to read my drafts in advance and write comments for me to post on publishing days to lead off the discussion. Generous as she is, I'm sure she would have continued to do it had I not discussed it with her, thanked her for her 2.5 years of service and freed her up to devote more of her time and energy to other pursuits.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed Miss Cathy Brasher, a girl pop artist who deserved a hit or two given the number of quality sides she recorded. I am also pleased that you singled out Miss Motif doing her jazzy number "Sexy Silk." I think her cover is a winner and she is an exciting artist. I haven't been able to find many songs performed by Miss Motif because she is primarily an international dance club DJ like Riley Blue of Sense8 fame. As a singer Miss Motif is best known for her dance hit "Up & Down" credited to the group Scent:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7n6dPifVmQ

      Thank you again for joining the party, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. Hiya Tom,
    Wow, I absolutely LOVE Miss Motif's "Sexy Silk"! I've already listened to it twice and am now listening to the song you referred Cathy to, "Up and Down." She definitely has a unique voice. "Sexy Silk" should be a big hit, in my opinion. For sure that's my Pick to Click.

    I also really liked "He Told Me He Loved Me." Interestingly, the first time the chorus hit, although she was singing "and then he told me he loved me" my head was singing "and then he kissed me." Lol.
    I also like Cathy Brasher's "Sh...Listen" - and I loved the 'comic book' animation video! That was fun.

    I wasn't crazy about Miss Crazy. I liked the music, it had me moving, but the vocals just didn't do it for me.

    So sorry to hear that Kathryn is no longer going to be starting off the SDMM comment threads! I so enjoyed reading her comments and she will be missed. But I'm glad to hear that she'll be popping in once in a while. Hope you enjoy your new pursuits Kathryn!
    (and I have to say: if we didn't already know it, it would be hard to tell that you two are married by your comments & responses. Was that intentional? I've always been curious about that...)

    Thanks for presenting us with a unique blend of "crazy Misses"! It was good fun! Have a great weekend Shady...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Welcome and thanks a lot for coming over today, dear friend! I'm glad to see you!

      You surprised me, dearie. I have come to know you as primarily a rock enthusiast. I thought your Pick To Click would be Miss Crazy playing at that bar in San Antonio. How wrong I was! You were instead drawn to international beat music artist Miss Motif and to the 60s girl pop of Miss Cathy Brasher. I'm happy to know that my music selections helped you break your usual pattern.

      "Sexy Silk" was originally done by English dance pop singer Jessie J and is found on the soundtrack of the 2015 teen comedy movie The Duff starring Mae Whitman whom you might remember from the TV series State Of Grace and Parenthood, along with Skyler Samuels, an actress I came to know in recent years in seasons of American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

      I'm sure Kathryn will appreciate this outpouring. She doesn't yet have a blog of her own (although she is constantly talking about starting one), and therefore I don't think she realized until now how important the comment section is to bloggers like you and me who appreciate "meaty" comments, and how many people read her remarks week by week. I don't quite know what you are saying/asking in this section of your comment:

      "if we didn't already know it, it would be hard to tell that you two are married by your comments & responses. Was that intentional?"

      Are you asking what is it like being married to an opinionated and very outspoken feminist? :) Remember our recent email conversation about football? :) Hey, you never replied to me. Did you watch the link I sent you showing the Terry Bradshaw - Franco Harris play known as "The Immaculate Reception"?

      Thank you again for sampling some songs with me, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  8. Oh no, I totally forgot about that email Tom! So sorry. I'll have to go back and look for it. I've had so much going on that one day leads to the next and yesterday's mail becomes lost in the shuffle of life.

    What I meant in that question was that the comments between you two never refer to each other as being married. I didn't for the longest time know that Kathryn was your wife. I just thought she was another blogger. At least in what I've read, there was just no indication that you all were a couple. I had no idea up until recently. Maybe I'm just oblivious though... which is the most likely scenario. :)

    Glad I surprised you with my top musical choices in your post.
    I just found a new song (new to me anyway) that I love: I happened to catch a dance on Dancing with the Stars last night as I was flipping through channels and I was mesmerized by the dance (with former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and his DWTS partner Cheryl Burke): Terrell Owens kicked ass in this Jive dance, I thought (and so did the judges: he got three 9s and a 10). The Jive is my favorite dance to watch. Anyway I love the song they danced to ("Feel It Still" by Portugal.The Man -- never heard of that group! Did you??) Here's a link to the dance & song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rMpLm9lcYk

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    1. Hi again, Michele!

      WOW - thanks for sharing that link. I don't watch DWTS but I appreciate a good song and a good dance performance and Terrell and Cheryl really nailed it. I love the song, too!

      Regarding the mystery of Mrs. Shady, you need to realize that during my first 2.5 years of blogging I remained anonymous, never once revealing my actual name on SDMM. I finally outed myself at the end of 2010. In her comments Kathryn has often used the words "you and I" or "our," especially when thanking me for posting one of our favorite TV series in the form of a parody. So it was never a deep dark secret, just something we thought most people would pick up on since we share the same last name and she addressed me on the blog with great familiarity for more than two years.

      Yessum, please watch that clip of the miracle football play I sent you. The movie Flashdance which, as you know, is set in Pittsburgh, makes reference to that famous play. Character Richie Plasic mentions it in his stand-up comedy routine. Remember?

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Michele!

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  9. I haven't heard of any of these I wonder why that is

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my friend around the world? Thanks for coming!

      I think I can explain why you haven't heard of any of these acts. Three of them are from California. Los Angeles singer Miss Toni Fisher was a one-hit wonder. California girl Miss Cathy Brasher was a NO-hit-wonder. All of her recordings missed the chart. Miss Crazy, a band from San Jose, has released four albums to date but as far as I know they don't have any hits on the national chart. Miss Motif is from Ireland. In other words, there are no Aussies in the bunch. Even so I hope you found a tune or two that you like.

      Thanks again, Jo-Anne!

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  10. Oh MY GOODNESS, I remember "The Big Hurt" and I have not heard it in many many years ! Always wondered how they made the sound and the echo in her voice.
    Great music again !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thanks a lot for joining the fun, dear friends!

      I'm happy to know that you remember Miss Toni Fisher's signature song "The Big Hurt." I surely do. Seems like the record played every 15 minutes on the radio for weeks on end at the beginning of 1960, and it featured those bizarre sound effects that no earthling had ever heard before. Now you know the story of how it came about entirely by accident.

      I'm pleased that you enjoyed my musical lineup, dear friend Gayle. Take care, please pat Winston on the head for me, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  11. Hi Shady, "Miss" YaYa here enjoying the music on this Wednesday evening! Now call me weird but I liked Miss Crazy, "Life's Been Good"! It's weird because I'm not a huge fan of heavy metal but for some reason this one just sounded really good to me! I'll follow this up by really liking "Sh.." song by Miss Cathy Brasher. Maybe it's the name Cathy that appeals to me although if she spelled it with a "K" it would be better! Well, anyway you spell it I'm glad I didn't "miss" this post! Have a great rest of the week. It' turning chilly up here so be glad you can go trick or treating in short sleeves down there! On a tiny sad note, I can't believe it's been a year since our dear Eddy passed..miss that sweet dog! Take Care!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming by on your Wednesday evening, dear friend. It's always a pleasure to see you!

      I don't know what's going on here. My rock loving friend Michele (above) reports that she didn't like Miss Crazy very much. To my surprise she took a liking to Miss Cathy Brasher's songs and the jazzy number performed by Miss Motif. It all seemed way out of character for Michele. Now here you come telling me that you actually like Miss Crazy, a band that was influenced by and dresses and performs in the style of classic 80s metal bands like Kiss, Cinderella, Ratt, Poison, Def Leppard, etc. I am delighted to help you expand your horizons, dear friend! Maybe the Halloween season is responsible for putting you in a rockin' mood.

      I am also glad you appreciated the girl pop songs by Lesley Gore sound-alike Cathy B.

      Oh my, I was just thinking about my old buddy Eddy and wondering how long it has been since we lost him. I will always remember that wonderful dog of yours and Jordan's. Your kitty, too. Thanks for letting me know. You know how much I care.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  12. Today I'm feelin ... meouw - ... friend Shady ... will be back when feeling meouw + ... and that's a promise ... smiles ... Love always, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming down, dear friend!

      I'm sorry to learn that your current status is meouw - and hope it soon turns into a +. Please take good care of yourself in the meantime and come back and see me when you are feeling better. I'll be thinking about you, dear friend cat.

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  13. Hi Shady!

    I had to listen to "The Big Hurt" a few times because I was amazed with the sound. It almost reminded me of Star Trek and other astral shows/movies I've watched. I thought it was cool - I hope others in the 1960s found it just as cool. Thank you for posting that gem.

    I LOVED Miss Crazy. You're not kidding - they do sound like a blend of hard rock and hair metal. I might have to check out more of their music.

    Have a great day, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Welcome in, dear friend! I'm happy to have you over for a visit as I present Strange Hits and Crazy Misses.

      "The Big Hurt" was made a couple of years before Phil Spector started going crazy in the echo chamber and enhanced sound recordings went mainstream. I think "Big Hurt" caught on because in 1959 and 1960 America was obsessed with the space race. In addition there were several science fiction TV series airing around that time, such as The Twilight Zone, which made heavy use of eerie sound effects.

      I suspected that you'd like the retro rock band Miss Crazy as much as I do. You will find other cool clips of the band on YouTube.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Hi Shady,

      Twilight Zone is one of my favorite shows! I can see why "The Big Hurt" was such a big success, then.

      I'm not too familiar with recording and mixing, how are mono and stereo mixed together?

      Have a great Sunday, dear friend!

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    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Happy Sunday to you, dear friend!

      Yessum, it amazes me how many TV series about the supernatural or having to do with science fiction cropped up right after the space race began. From 1959 to 1962 you could watch The Twilight Zone, 'Way Out, Outer limits, One Step Beyond and Boris Karloff's Thriller, along with Alfred Hitchcock's mystery/suspense anthology series.

      Even if I knew how mono and stereo are mixed it would take too long to describe it here. Do what I do - use Wiki. :)

      Have a great week, dear friend JM!

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  14. Big Hurts phasing effect is definitely interesting. It's funny how new sounds get discovered accidentally. Miss Crazy is definitely crazy. I'm afraid I would go crazy listening to an hour's worth of their music.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for a visit, dear friend!

      Yessum, many great recordings were created by accident or by leaving mistakes on the final edit. I once ran a post featuring vocal blunders that were left on the final mix and actually made the recordings groovier. They include "You've Got What It Takes," the blown duet by Brook Benton & Dinah Washington, "I Saw Her Again" by The Mamas And The Papas, and "Do You Wanna Dance" by The Beach Boys.

      I'm sorry to learn that listening to Miss Crazy would drive you crazy. Better stick to Driving Miss Daisy! :)

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry!

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  15. I really like Miss. Motif...her voice is unique and hits the notes. The Kiss band/rock band is ok but not my cup of tea and what a departure from what you showcased before and after. Women are the dominant theme here and the first gal is also unique. I enjoyed the gal whom you showcased more than once. The last one with her, the one with that certain beat, sounds very familiar but I can’t recall which song. Wishing Katherine all the best in all her endeavours. You never know...she may be back one day

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down for a visit, dear friend. I'm happy to know your ears liked what they heard for the most part.

      I'm delighted that you and a few others have singled out Irish singer/DJ Miss Motif and her exciting cover of Jessie J's "Sexy Silk." It reminds me of the song "Big Spender" from the Broadway musical and film Sweet Charity. As you might recall a modified version of "Big Spender" was also used as the ad jingle for Muriel Cigars sung by actress Edie Adams.

      If the last song I posted by Miss Cathy Brasher sounds familiar it's because it is ripped from the Phil Spector playbook, shamelessly derivative of the Crystals hit "Then He Kissed Me."

      Thank you for wishing Kathryn well. She is shocked by all the people who have said they'll miss her. I hope to lure her back here with a post she doesn't know I am putting together to be published November 6. Stay tuned!

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend BB!

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  16. You're right, Miss Cathy Bradshaw does sound a lot like Leslie Gore. In particular "Sh..Listen" is right out of the Gore High School Melodrama playbook (and I mean that as a compliment. I love Gore)

    Miss Motif...WOW...I'm not sure I can compare her to anybody. Well, let me try, umm, a little Ann Wilson, a little Cyndi Lauper, a little Debbie Harry, a little Stevie Nicks, a little Shirley Bassey, a little Annie Lennox, as well as a little Devo, A-ha, and Talking Heads. That's the best I can do, I'm grasping at straws, but I like what I heard.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for returning to the scene of the grime, good buddy. :) I appreciate it!

      I can tell its a football weekend because you called Miss Cathy Brasher Miss Cathy Bradshaw. :) However, I am happy to know your ears match mine and you agree that Cathy sounds a lot like the late Lesley. Back then, as now, imitators came out of the woodwork whenever a particular style became popular. The overdubbed, wall-of-sound girl pop style made popular by Spector's girls and by Lesley Gore, Shelley Fabares, Little Peggy March, Marcie Blane, The Pixies Three, Angels, Dixie Cups and others, encouraged many wannabes and their handlers to try their luck in the studio. Cathy Brasher had talent but the field was crowded and she recorded for small indie companies. For those reasons she remained a no-hit-wonder.

      I'm delighted that you found Miss Motif interesting and identified possible influences. In her own words on her Facebook page she states the following:

      "So many people have influenced me to create the type of music I do today from kraftwerk and New order,to U2 and Radiohead,Blondie in a big way...
      Debbie harry is such a star...from The Prodigy to The Doors from Aretha Franklin to Mozart himself..."

      Thanks again for making good on your pledge to come back and listen to the tuneage, good buddy Kirk. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  17. I actually did catch my Bradshaw/Brasher mistake, but for some reason didn't go back to correct it!

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    1. That's AOK, Kirk! I needed to delete and correct my reply three times because I kept finding typos, even after I proofread it. :)

      I'm pleased that you enjoyed the post, my friend. I'll have a new post on Monday and I need to caution you right now - it is not for the faint of heart. :)

      Have a nice Sunday, Kirk!

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