Friday, July 20, 2007

Burt Bacharach Day

In the middle of all these postings about last weekend's San Francisco Silent Film Festival comes. . . the 20th of this month, so that means it's Burt Bacharach Day.

Alas, Burt wrote nothing (that I know of) to accompany silent movies, but I'll pay tribute to the great pop composer-arranger-songwriter anyway. This month's clip, of L.A. psychedelic-garage-folk-punk rockers Love performing Bacharach and David's "My Little Red Book" on American Bandstand, is precisely the kind of unorthodox treatment of Burt songs I like.

It's unlikely that Burt and Hal liked this rocked-out 1966 variation on this tune, but who cares - it ties in with the stretch of Arthur Lee and Love related material I posted earlier this month.

I'm still waiting for Elvis Costello's variation on "My Little Red Book".

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