December 10, 2013

Modcast #286: The Mod's Mod -- Burt Bacharach

[Update 2.09.23] I just don't know what to do with myself. The mod's mod, Burt Bacharach, has walked on by. RIP]

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This week's show is a tribute to a man I consider as mod a composer, as mod a musician, as mod a man, as any mod out there. Mr. Burt Bacharach.

Ever since his first chart hit --written for Nat King Cole in 1952-- Burt Bacharach has written music that swings with soul. He wrote a number of hits for northern soul singers like Jerry Butler as well as groundbreaking chart toppers like The Shirelles (arguably the first all-girl soul group to top the chart) not to mention sixties superstars like Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and Sergio Mendes.

Bacharach has done it all. He's got grammys, emmys, and oscars. He's dated supermodels, hung with the rat pack, and even gave the Beatles a run for their chart supremacy. And then, somehow became the poster boy for easy listening as the king of lounge music during the cocktail music revival of the 90s.

The Five Blobs -- The Blob (1958)
Jerry Butler -- Make It Easy On Yourself (1962)
Dionne Warwick -- Anyone Who Had A Heart (1964)
The Shirelles -- Baby It's You (1961)
Paul Weller -- Close To You (2004)
Noel Gallagher-- This Guy's In Love With You (1996)
Shonen Knife -- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (1998)
Naked Eyes -- Always Something There To Remind Me (1983)
The White Stripes -- I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (2002)
Jack Jones -- Wives And Lovers (1963)
Tom Jones -- What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Arthur Lee & Love -- My Little Red Book (1966)
Splittsville -- I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1998)
Robin McKelle -- Walk On By (2012)
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach -- God Give Me Strength (1998)
Burt Bacharach -- Trains And Boats And Planes (1965)
Burt Bacharach -- Hasbrook Heights (1971)
Burt Bacharach -- Nikki (1966)

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach -- My Little Red Book

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