The sound of Phil Spector

An article in the Guardian recalls the genius of Phil Spector. It talks in detail about one of his famous songs, To Know Him Is To Love Him, which he recorded with the Teddy Bears. He played the guitar and sang the backing with Marshall Leib while Annette Kleibard sang the lead. They were classmates at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1958.

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Roll over Beethoven! Chuck Berry and rock ‘n’ roll music

So what was so great about rock ‘n’ roll? It was teeny, it was silly, it was fun, It got your toes tapping and then you were up on your feet, swinging your hips, dancing and singing along, belting out the lyrics as fast as you could for rock ‘n’ roll was loud, rock ‘n’roll was fast, the guitars jangling, the drums pounding, and the singers singing like crazy.

It was music with a rush that put you into motion, animating you from your lips to your toes, music that got you reelin’ and rockin’ like Chuck Berry here. He could rock with the best — such as John Lennon. [Read more...]

Singapore new media and rock

Unlike last year, I won’t be at the National Day parade this time. Having just got back to Singapore after a long time, I don’t have tickets for the show. But I am reading all about it as I catch up with the news. And trawling through the net, what strikes me is how the new media here rocks — like rock.

Yes, rock as in Hail, Hail, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rock and Roll Music, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It). Loud, brash, lively, it was never music for all ears. The new media is just as noisy, rambunctious, often crossing the line, hard to control, raising as many hackles as getting Facebook likes. [Read more...]