Phil Spector; Time to lay down his last track.

The Hit Man Goeth.

It's the final sweet release for flaky Phil Spector,
Gun enthusiast and mad  genius musical director,
Hit after hit till, finally, one fine day
Fatefully and fatally he blew it all away;
Phil, put the safety on when you gun play.

Perfect within his 'wall of sound' but mentally unsound,
The slow slide from Top of the Pops to deep Underground,
Soft the muffled farewell bell rang,
A token sob from the mournful old gang;
Gone out with a whimper, not a bang.

(As is all too obvious, I'm a fan of his music, not the man.)
credit; Murray Webb.


12 thoughts on “Phil Spector; Time to lay down his last track.

      1. I sometimes think that the egomania and intolerant obnoxious personality makes a bad person but a good producer… they know the end result they want and don’t put up with any roadblocks along the way.

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  1. A tortured soul at best. They tend to make great producers and artist because they can’t focus on more than one thing at a time and exist in an alternate reality. His was music production and he did a fine job of it for a long while. Not many people know that he is the guy in the Rolls Royce buying cocaine from Peter Fonda in the movie Easy Rider.

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      1. Quite possible. Spector was a sniffer before it became hip in LA. Fonda and Hopper were your regular old potheads and bourbon drinkers. About the time that film came out, a buddy and I took a trip to Florida from Texas in my VW bus, which of course had peace symbol stickers plastered all over and surfboard racks. We had the obligatory longish hair and Texas plates. What could go wrong? We were pulled over a few times in Louisiana and Mississippi just so the officers could say ” you not from around here are ya boy?” I look back on that trip now and wonder, “what the hell were we thinking.”

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        1. Different times, and the simple naivety of youth! This wouldn’t have been a red VW microbus, with peace signs? Ah, the bus, powered by fumes…. I can just picture it now ; Perhapsit’s still enshrined in a photo or two, a Microbus stuck in time -perhaps a thanksgiving- or in 27 eight X tens, with circles and arrows drawn on the backs? No wait, maybe I’m getting confused with another VW tale!?


  2. Whilst I agree that Spector often created (forced?) just the sound he wanted, and I do appreciate many of his efforts, the fact remains that he would not have been placed on his (now vaporous and sullied) pedestal without the musical artists he willfully managed to subvert. Talent should be appreciated for what it is, not for what you can manipulate it to be.

    I’m probably being overly-cranky and dismissive. It wouldn’t be the first time. Perhaps I’m still disgruntled over that pivotal moment in my own musical career when Spector took my acoustic folk song about gay pride in rural 80s Oklahoma and turned it into a rap song about police violence, because that was trendy at the time… 😉

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    1. I understand your annoyance, he was in many ways a master manipulator, anything he could he would subvert to his ego. And no, not over cranky, he was a wretch of a man, and fame only stoked his ego further. There’s a familiar story- what fresh Hell was in the New York water in the early Forties?

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