Crowdsourced Song Of The Day 6/10/2013: Lou Johnson - "Always Something There To Remind Me"


Today's CSOTD comes to us courtesy of Vanessa Trudell. This is the original 1964 version of the well-traveled hit song, composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, arranged and conducted by Bacharach. It was a #1 hit in England for Sandie Shaw. Dionne Warwick did it as well. It didn't become a chart hit in America until 1970, when R.B. "Take A Letter Maria" Greaves got it in the Top 30. It did not reach the Top 10 in the US until new wave duo Naked Eyes finally nudged it up to #8 in 1983. Blue Swede, they of "Hooked On A Feeling" fame, did it. Even the Troggs, of "Wild Thing" note, did a Big Country-esque version of it in 1989. Thurston Moore's done it. Pete Doherty's done it. Butch Walker did it with Marvelous 3. Venom's done it. Front 242's done it. NWA's done it. G.G. Allin did it. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir did it, just for warm-ups. Igor Stravinsky wrote some variations on it collectively titled "The Rite of Burt" and carelessly lost them in a West Hollywood tea room. Scott Joplin, who died 47 years before the song was created, came back from the dead sometime in the late '60s, did one verse of the song on an upright piano in an old abandoned farmhouse in Missouri, then died again. It is the second song you hear upon your arrival in heaven -- the first being, of course, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk. Damn, that song's everywhere.

But this was the original version. It's held up well. Thanks Vanessa!

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