My Favorite Albums – Mystery Pop – MysteryPop

The sky is just a time machine the stars we see have long since perished.
And every wish we’ve made so far reminds us just how small we are like all the little things we cherish.

This is the 2002 CD release of “Mystery Pop” by the band known as MysteryPop. They were formed in the late 1990s and began with the band name The Spanish Kitchen. The foursome was founded by Simon Glickman (vocals) and Willie Aron (guitars).

Simon Glickman is the Sr. Editor of HITS Magazine, an American music industry trade publication launched in 1986. Willie Aron grew up in Los Angeles and started piano lessons at age four. He co-founded a folk-rock group in 1984 called The Balancing Act which was signed to IRS Records. In the late 1980s, he became a studio musician recording and performing with such talents as Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Joe Henry, Van Dyke Parks, Rebecca Pidgeon, and many others.

The “Mystery Pop” album was recorded at House Of Blues Studios, Encino, Los Angeles, and The Sound Factory, 6357 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, California. It was mixed at the House Of Blues Studios, Encino, and mastered at The Mastering Lab 6033 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California (now located in Ojai). It was released on the Spanish Kitchen Label.

Personnel
  • Bass – Miles Lally
  • Drums – Perry Ostrin
  • Guitar – Willie Aron
  • Lyrics By – Simon Glickman
  • Music By – MysteryPop
  • Producer – Doug Fieger, Richard Bosworth
  • Vocals – Simon Glickman
  • Cello – Guenevere Measham

New classic rock meets power pop, with lots of stacked harmonies, fat guitars, tambourines, mellotrons, cellos, and other garnishes. It was produced by Doug Fieger, founding member and singer/songwriter/frontman for the pop rock band The Knack, and Richard Bosworth, engineer, and producer, based in California. Bassist Miles Lally answered an ad in the Recycler paper[1] and Perry Ostrin won the drum auditions.

Track Listing

All songs – Words Glickman, music MysteryPop

1 Things To Live For

2 Telling Thoughts To Go Away

3 Triflin´

4 This Arrow

5 The Sky Is A Time Machine

6 Denied

7 Your Tune

8 Rue The Day

9 Little Picture

10 Bludgeon My Heart

11 P.S.

I was hooked with the opener “Things To Live For” but the entire album is great. I think my favorite song is “The Sky Is A Time Machine”, from its delayed opening to the great guitar and the lyrics (It’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of the line, it’s not the end of the game, just keep your head down),

“This Arrow”, “Your Tune” (Now I’m as pretty as a picture I could hand in the Louve since I stopped carrying your tune), “Rue the Day”, “Little Picture” really cool guitar, and the ending song “P.S.” a superb tune (I assume that’ Willie Aron on the piano).


Footnotes
  1. The Recycler was first published in July 1973, under the name E-Z Buy E-Z Sell by Canadians Gunter and Nancy Schaldach after they moved to Los Angeles. They modeled their paper after a similar publication in Vancouver. The Recycler changed the economic model of private party classified ads: Instead of charging the advertisers to place ads, The Recycler ran the bulk of its classified ads for free and charged buyers of the newspaper. It started off as a bi-weekly mimeographed 16-page publication. The intention was to sell the paper for 25 cents, but most of the initial 15,000 copies were given away for free. “At the beginning, it was kind of a chicken-egg thing,” recalled John Dorman, who joined the operation in 1974. “People would buy it to get access to advertising, but there weren’t very many ads. But we had to sell papers to get ads.” The name was changed to the Recycler to capitalize on the popularity of recycling in the early 1970s. By 1975 the paper became profitable and started being published weekly. The sale of display ads became an important source of revenue, and the company was able to hire its first full-time salesperson. By the 1980s the Recycler was published in seven editions covering L.A., the San Fernando Valley, the South Bay, the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.

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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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