Phil Spector was convicted yesterday of second degree murder. For some of us, this verdict is sure to forever add a dark sticky context to the "little symphonies for kids" with which he eternally changed the face of pop music. So now, as a tribute to a man who has just graduated from being the Fatty Arbuckle to the O.J. Simpson of pop music, I present to you my list of the 12 best Spector-produced tracks--one track for each juror who convicted him. Personally, I think these tracks alone are worth at least one human life. Hell, the entire Back to Mono collection is probably worth fighting a war over. In no particular order:
1. John Lennon, "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)"
"Instant Karma's gonna get you." Hey Phil, you just got got!
2. The Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
You've lost that sweet smell of freedom is more like it. I think Phil will soon be learning about whole new kind of "lovin' feelin'" up in San Quentin.
3. The Crystals, "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)"
Hit you? You're lucky he didn't shoot you.
4. Darlene Love/The Crystals, "He's a Rebel"
He IS a rebel--the murdering kind.
5. Ike and Tina Turner, "River Deep - Mountain High"
Is this in reference to the river he's about to go up? Spector is facing 18 to life. Sentencing is set for for May 29.
6. George Harrison, "What is Life?"
See No. 5.
7. The Teddy Bears, "To Know Him is to Love Him"
....And have him shoot you in the face.
8. The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
Is that anything like being somebody's bitch?
9. The Ramones, "Rock 'n' Roll High School"
He just wanted to have some kicks. Apparently things got out of hand.
10. Curtis Lee, "Under the Moon of Love"
....There is a body.
11. The Alley Cats, "Puddin' 'n' Tain"
Bullet 'n' Brain.
12. The Crystals, "Da Doo Ron Ron"
Ba Bang You're Dead.