Phil Spector Is Guilty

April 13, 2009


Sad but true. Living legend Phil Spector has been found guilty of the murder of some b-movie actress that no one cared about anyway. What kind of world do we live in where OJ, Jacko, and Robert f’ing Blake are big enough celebs to get away with murder/child molesting but a visionary like Phil Spector is found guilty? Sure, maybe he threatened Dee Dee Ramone with a gun (who hasn’t?), trashed Tina Turner at Ike’s funeral, and (allegedly) said the phrase “I think I killed somebody” directly after a woman was killed by a gunshot in his house, but what does that prove? I suppose we could have seen this coming from the man who’s first hit was inspired by a line on his (suicidal) father’s tombstone.

In the meantime, let’s remember Phil not as an eccentric, murderous recluse, but as an amazing songwriter, producer, and Ike Turner-wrangler. Here’s the song Phil considered his best, and tell me after listening to this that the real crime isn’t that this song wasn’t a bigger hit.

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4 Responses to “ Phil Spector Is Guilty ”

  1. revisingproust on April 14, 2009 at 12:32 am

    that hair is awesome!

  2. Matt_Erickson on May 4, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Phil Spector should have died at 27 like a good rock star should. All the hits without the hair, the murder, or Let it Be.

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