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Answers/suggestions written in dried tears on a laminated digital postcard to your friendly neighbourhood psychiatrist….

The Crystals – He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)(1962)

The spectre – please forgive me!- of Phil Spector’s turbulent personal history revealed through documentaries, books, one Al Pacino impersonation and most infamously the Lana Clarkson murder trial for which Spector was found guilty and is currently serving a sentence of 19 years to life now casting an unfortunate shadow over his work and legacy as the Wagnerian producer of Teen Heartache. One could argue his paranoia, insecurities, troubled relations with women, ambivalent romanticism and control freak tendencies were already present in his work and here, there is a palpable sense of menace and unease in this controversial single from 1962, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King who based it on the experiences of their babysitter who when asked why she continued to tolerate physical abuse from her  boyfriend replied that his actions were motivated by his love for her.

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