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Name: Fender Bender
Subject: RE: Anyone Remember The Honeycombs? lsc
Date: Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time: 8:48:33 PM
Remote Address: 188.8.131.52
Message ID: 306840
Parent ID: 306836
Thread ID: 306779
I didn't know much about Meek before now but this discussion piqued my curiosity and I've just read a bunch of stuff on him. One thing seems consistent -- he had mental issues, being bipolar and paranoid, and was eccentric beyond measure. Meds that were not available then but are now might have helped him. Being gay at the time, he was constantly subject to blackmail which affected him financially and exacerbated his mental state. As for the "deceased" stuff, sources say that he believed be could communicate with the dead. He brought tape recorders out to a local cemetery in an effort to seek out ghost voices, and even believed that Buddy Holly frequented his studio as a "technical consultant" of sorts. Amazingly, he built all his studio gear from scratch, with components mostly scavenged from army surplus stores. Perhaps that would explain the trademark sound of his recordings. As for the comparisons with Spector, they were both strange cats but there were notable differences. Spector was musically trained and very adept, whereas Meek was tone deaf and could neither read music or play an instrument. Unlike Spector, Meek never bothered with state of the art recording facilities, trained engineers, or top-notch studio players, relying on musicians and bands that came in off the street. And one story even had Spector calling Meek to pay respects to his craft, with Meek angrily accusing Spector of stealing his production techniques and slamming down the phone. At any rate, Meek seemed to have a gift for devising novel and interesting sonic effects years before commercially available black boxes made the task routine. And getting the sound of rocket shop takeoff on "Telstar" was worth a chuckle -- it seems Meek recorded the sound of a toilet flush, ran the tape backwards, slowed it down and ran it all through his home made reverb device. I never saw the movie "Telstar" when it came out, but think I'll be giving it a watch.
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