Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Girl Groups: The Story of Sound.

These screenshots are from a great little 80s-era documentary on the early 60s girl group phenomenon.  It is in 5 parts starting with Part 1 HERE.   It quickly covers everything from inescapable iconoclasts like The Supremes that remain in heavy rotation on the Oldies radio waves, to more obscure identities like the talent behind The Blossoms, who were hidden under layers of identity at creepy elf/troll-king Phil Spector's decree.   It also touches on obscure gal groups like the The Pixies Three and lesser-known facts like 70s Au natural singer-songwriter Carol King's early success as a writer behind the scenes for some of the most successful girl groups.  One of the most intriguing and revolting aspects (the car crash scene scenario) is the relationship between Phil Spector and 'his artists', including little peeks behind the veil as Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes cheerfully recounts some disturbing tales of Phil's dominating, abusive behavior towards her.... psychological torture and domestic abuse signs at its most eccentric.   Of course, Phil Spector was not interviewed for this one.   It is so fun, though, to see so many of the 80s-era girl group scensters all grown up and decked out in 80s versions of their 60s looks: big hair, flamboyant eyeliner, stylized glasses, and kitschy clothes (yup, it had all come full circle in its own way by the 80s).


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