by Mike DaRonco
So far, two notable moments have sprung from Mike D.s harmless, innocent obsession: a personal meeting with Patty Duke herself (as the last page of issue #2s booklet captures the exaggerated surprise on her face while leafing through issue #1) and a 7-inch vinyl compilation that pays tribute to the 60s diva.
The results include a collection of some of the most charming pop ditties to ever recognize a former sitcom star. All four contributors provide their indie interpretations of Patty Duke hits that would be perfect for any given slumber party. Gaze and Rose Melberg gently lay down their innocent shenanigans that could soothe any broken heart. International House of Karen bounces out a synthful, two-minute romp thats impossible not to clap and sing along to. And then theres Buck, a band that rocks out to "Sure Gonna Miss Him," as vocalist Lisa Marr (who sounds more like Muffs vocalist Kim Shattuck this time around) sings the regrets of a soured relationship.
The Patty Duke Fanzine #2 is proof that the worshiped artist is more than a recovering icon of 60s pop culture. Shes an Academy Award-winning actress whose work can be appreciated on stage and screen. And as this compilation documents, her albums were more than novelty records that deserve more respect than being placed in record store quarter bins. Get the whole package from Top Quality Rock & Roll, Box 1110, Southgate, MI, 48195.