After looking back at Jack Nitzsche’s towering accomplishments I thought it would be nice to resume my succession of modern Spector soundalikes. I hope some of you readers out there discover new songs to your liking through this ongoing feature? If anything, it’s an opportunity for me to hand-pick the cream of the crop of all the modern soundalikes I’ve collected.
Today’s post is about Spoon, a band that hails from Austin, Texas. These guys have been around since the early 90s and I’m highlighting a song off their 2007 album ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.’
‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ is one of those songs that can be interpreted in different ways. To some, including perhaps the band members themselves, it might be construed as an attempt at a Northern Soul-type floorfiller. It’s not overly Spectoresque, certainly not compared to some of the modern songs I’ve featured previously.
To these ears though there are enough Spector trademarks to merit inclusion as a song that partly harkens back to the Wall of Sound. A driving beat? Check. Fat saxophones mostly used for a percussive effect? Check. Glockenspiels? Check. Thick Gold Star-like reverb? Check. It’s there alright. Both on the tambourine and parts of the vocal.
Basically, ‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ is a song that falls between the Motown and the Spector sound with a heavy nod towards the former – in spirit then, it’s not that far removed from the few Spector productions that revealed subtle influences from Berry Gordy’s Detroit operation; songs like ‘Do I Love You’ and ‘Here I Sit’ by the Ronettes or ‘Long Way to Be Happy’ by Darlene Love.
This one’s a keeper. Enjoy!
Spoon – ‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ (2007)