21 Apr, 2009
Since legendary rock-music producer Phil Spector was convicted of
second-degree murder in the six-year-old shooting death of actress Lana
Clarkson, a disappointed fan base for the controversial Spector has begun to
do the unthinkable: dismantling the famous Wall of Sound.
In the early 1960s, the maniacal and erratic Spector came up with a recording
technique that created a sound so unique that many other record producers
abandoned their careers to become male prostitutes. The Wall of Sound was a
simple concept, considered bad recording practice until Spector used it as an
"Me and a few other record producers," said a former record producer who spoke
under the condition of anonymity, "heard how Phil started building the 'Wall'
and when he had a hit record using it we were embarrassed."
"Indeed," said another former record producer who spoke under the condition of
anonymity, "we were in awe of Phil and wondered how we could all take the same
drugs and yet he thought to create the Wall and we didn't think of it.
Ashamed and belittled, I, for one, thought about suicide."
After Spector was convicted of a charge that carries a penalty of 15 years to
life in prison, no less than 15 people whose careers had been affected
negatively by Spector's Wall met at Canter's Restaurant on Fairfax Avenue in
Hollywood to plan retribution by dismantling the Wall.
The anti-Wall group, all ordering chicken soup and liverwurst sandwiches and
requesting separate checks, explored the details and complications of the
dismantling, as well as the reasoning behind it.