Girl groups and me and Joey Ramone and Jayne County, sigh.
I love poppy melody with longing and
emotion. I love mid calf pointed toe leather boots and dark hair beehives and
eyeliner, I love a great Phil Spector production. Girl groups are so fantastic.
Phil is a mess and the history is dark but
the work that remains is brilliant.
Darleen Love ghost sang a bunch of songs and
one or two became a hit. She asked Spector for her own career and recorded
another song with him and then heard it on the radio listed as someone else. She
left the business because it was too brutal and one day she was working as a
maid. She was in the middle of cleaning a toilet when she heard herself on the
radio and she remembered who she was and what she was supposed to be doing and
launched her come back. Her voice still thrills me and kills me.
Once, years later I played guitar with Joey
Ramone during a short set of about 5 songs. One of the songs he did was Love’s “Christmas,
Baby Please Come Home” a masterpiece. My band Fur had broken up and a friend
invited me to play the gig as a kind gesture to remind me how I loved music. Of
course I wore a dark beehive and pointed toe, mid calf, black leather boots. During
the Love song I got to sing unrehearsed background vocals while sharing the mic
with Jayne County. Dreams really do come true. From what I understand, we did
not sound perfect, but I was never a perfectionist. It was all brilliant to me.