Looking for something to do? You could do worse than watch this 1934 independent anti-eugenics film about the problems with forced sterilization.
Available to view right now for free without any troubles through the Archive.org.
It was directed by Crane Wilbur, something of a hero of mine, who toiled as an actor, writer and director for years in the muckiest of trenches of the business of show both behind and in front of its proscenia.
Wilbur in 1917.
Producer Bryan Foy, was a second generation vaudevillian, who ran the B-movie unit at Warner Bros. while producing racier exploitation stuff like this on the side.
If this capsule review from Photoplay doesn’t sell it, I don’t know what will:
As the helpful note on the Archive.org indicates, the film reminds us that eugenics was an American movement that precedes the implementation of Nazi sterilization programmes.
Imagine if the equivalent of your mailman or someone at the department of motor vehicles had the power to decide whether or not you could reproduce….
Phil’s spectre thru the years—in his own work, his influence on others and other friends and rivals… NOTE: I hate the Righteous Brothers so don’t expect any of that…
- Wall of Sound - Three Bonzos and a Piano (2012)
This overview of Phil Spector’s accomplishments bests David Mamet both to the punch and in terms of its overall quality. Comprised of former Bonzo Dog Banders Rodney “Rhino” Desborough Slater, Roger Ruskin Spear, and Sam Spoons with pianist David Glasson, Three Bonzos and a Piano have released two albums. This is from their second.
- Be My Baby - the Ronettes (1963)
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson called this Phil Spector production his favourite record.
- Don’t Worry Baby - the Beach Boys (1964)
Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian and produced by Wilson for the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson claimed he was trying to capture the energy of BE MY BABY.
- Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) - the Shangri-Las (1964)
- Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton (produced by Joe Meek 1961)
Produced by the legendary and tragic British independent producer Joe Meek. When Meek received a phone call from Phil Spector, he is said to have accused Spector of stealing his ideas before terminating the call.
- He’s a Rebel - the Crystals (1963)
- Every Breath I Take - Gene Pitney (1962)
Produced by Phil Spector, written by Gary Goffin and Carole King
- Little By Little - the Rolling Stones (1964)
Featuring Phil Spector on Maracas and Gene Pitney on piano—following Pitney’s hit recording of the Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham song That Girl Belongs to Yesterday. This was a B-side to the Stones version of NOT FADE AWAY.
- He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss) - the Crystals (1963)
Produced by Phil Spector, written by Gary Goffin and Carole King. The song is said to have been inspired by something that Little Eva, who babysat for Goffin and King, said about her boyfriend.
- Instant Karma! - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Lennon wrote and recorded INSTANT KARMA! in one day, calling up Phil Spector to produce. The rapid turnaround saw it released in a little over a week and preventing Spector from being able to add strings and choir.
- When You Walk in the Room - Jackie DeShannon (1963)
Spector protege Jack Nitzsche launches Jackie Deshannon with her own composition, which was later a hit for Liverpool band the Searchers.
- This Could Be the Night - The Modern Folk Quartet (1964)
Co-written by Spector and Harry Nilsson. The Modern Folk Quartet included future rock photographer Henry Diltz and songwriter, Monkees producer and one-time Turtle Chip Douglas.
- River Deep-Mountain High (mono version) - Harry Nilsson (1967)
Released just a year after Ike & Tina Turner’s heroic version, Nilsson’s take on this Spector chestnut is no less raucous, appearing here in mono. Nilsson remixed it and other material from his two 1960s records for a 1971 LP.
- Across the Universe - the Beatles (1970)
Spector slowed the tape and added lavish strings and choir to George Martin’s 1968 recording for the Beatles’ LET IT BE album.
- Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King (1960)
Written by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Check out Spector’s demo here: tinyurl.com/SphHrm
- Not For Me - Bobby Darin (1963)
Nitzsche also produced this obscure Bobby Darin session.
- Da Doo Ron Ron - The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra and Chorus (1964)
The side project of the Stones’ manager/producer with Mick Jagger on vocals.
- I’ve Been Wrong Before - Cilla Black (1965)
Produced by Beatles producer George Martin, and written by Randy Newman.
- What Is Life? - George Harrison (1970)
From the 1970 LP, and not the 2000 de-Spectored Harrison remaster.
- The Last Race - Jack Nitzsche (1965)
Quentin Tarantino resurrected this Jack Nitzsche instrumental—which Nitszche himself had used as the theme music for the 1965 giant-teenager movie VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS—for his Grindhouse feature DEATH PROOF.
- Try Some Buy Some - Ronnie Spector (1971)
Written by George Harrison and produced by Harrison and Spector, former Ronette and Spector’s soon to be estranged wife Ronnie released TRY SOME BUY SOME as a single on the Beatles’ Apple Records. Harrison’s own version appeared in 1973 on his LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD album. David Bowie covered the song in 2003.
- Be My Baby - John Lennon (1974)
Outtake from John Lennon’s Specter-produced Rock and Roll sessions.
- Many Rivers to Cross - Harry Nilsson (1974)
Nilsson’s Lennon-produced PUSSY CATS sessions were essentially a continuation of Lennon’s Lost Weekend/Rock and Roll album sessions.
- Phil and John Lennon in the studio 1974
- To Know Him is to Love Him - the Teddy Bears (1958)
Phil Spector put together the Teddy Bears while still in high school, penning this number 1. In a 2009 BBC documentary, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, Spector explains that his obsession with the song had a lot to with the fact that it was written for his father, with whom Spector had a troubled relationship.
- The Long and Winding Road (live) - Wings (1976)
In the same 2009 documentary, Spector asks why if McCartney didn’t like Spector’s arrangement of The Long and Winding Road, did McCartney attempt to recreate it on Wings 1975-1976 tour.
- My Sweet Lord - The Chiffons (1975)
The Chiffons, a girl-group Spector did not produce, released their version of George Harrison’s MY SWEET LORD (which Spector did produce), amidst the controversy wherein Harrison was sued by an unscrupulous industry figure for copyright infringement of the Chiffon’s hit HE’S SO FINE.