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Burt Bacharach gets political! And he even has an Australian angle; the lead song on his new protest CD is entitled Please Explain.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/07/2005 at 10:20 AM
    1. I was just saying to the wife the other day, “I wonder what Burt Bacharach’s take on global politics is.”

      No wait, that was Bert Kaempfert.  Never mind.

      Posted by Mike G on 11/07 at 10:44 AM • permalink


    1. Burt Bacharach?!? I thought his gigs these days consisted of making the rounds of old folks homes in Ft. Lauderdale, crooning to captive audiences. In fact, I thought I heard somewhere that he had developed a new style: creating a castanet effect with his false teeth while singing “In a Little Spanish Town”? Somehow, when it comes to protest music, I just don’t see him as a consort for, say, Grace Slick.

      Posted by paco on 11/07 at 11:08 AM • permalink


    1. Burt Bacharach?  I thought he was dead.

      Posted by wronwright on 11/07 at 11:13 AM • permalink


    1. Burt Bacharach?  I thought he was dead.

      You’re thinking of Snake Plisken.

      Who, to be honest, I’d much rather hear from.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 11/07 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. wronwright beat me to it.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 11/07 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. I just don’t know what to do with myself.

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 11/07 at 11:40 AM • permalink


    1. “Please Explain.”

      As if it hasn’t been explained 100,000 times already; you lot simply reject the explanation out of hand and then pretend the explanation was never made.

      Maybe that will work the 100,001st time, Burt.

      Posted by bovious on 11/07 at 11:44 AM • permalink


    1. I particularly liked his Sympathy for a Suicide Bomber</i>…

      <i>Just like me,
      They long to be
      Close to you…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 11/07 at 12:15 PM • permalink


  • Is Burt Bacharach a philosopher?

    Posted by Dave S. on 11/07 at 01:34 PM • permalink


  • I don’t think Burt’s enlistment in the Moonbattery is going to make a huge difference. In the first place, as indicated in the comments above, most people seem to think he was already dead. Secondly, he wasn’t what you call real popular even at his “peak”. I mean, this is a guy whose LP’s can be found outside of thrift stores in a big box marked “Take As Many As You like”.

    Posted by paco on 11/07 at 02:03 PM • permalink



  • Interesting side comment in Bacharach’s article:

    “[Bacharach] did not call on the “brilliant” [Hal] David, with whom he has written such pop standards as “The Look of Love,” because, in part, “I (did not) know where he stood on some of the issues”

    Hey Burt: if you don’t know the views of your decades-long writing partner, you might want to ask yourself why he didn;t share them with you. Maybe he sensed that he’d have better results talking to his own foot.

    Posted by Paul Wright on 11/07 at 03:42 PM • permalink



  • Burt must be a jerk. He married Angie Dickinson and she dumped him. Says all I need to know.

    Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 11/07 at 04:23 PM • permalink


  • I won’t hear a word said against Burt.  The man is a stone-cold solid-gold genius.  As for his politics, if you’ve seen any interview footage with Burt over the last 10 years or so, it’s painfully evident that he is suffering from some form of nervous/mental illness.  Seriously.  So let’s be charitable, and put his political opinions down to that cause.

    Posted by cuckoo on 11/07 at 06:09 PM • permalink


  • Joke c. 1970

    Q: what sits on top of your car and plays the piano?

    A: Burt Pack rack

    Posted by Consuela Potez on 11/07 at 06:18 PM • permalink


  • Bacharach.

    Isn’t that something they play in Vegas?

    Posted by rinardman on 11/07 at 06:19 PM • permalink


  • At his age “we’re all screwed” is his *inspiration*?!  Or does he mean ‘screw loose’?
    Looks like retirement home therapy anyway you see it.
    A Bacharach ‘protest song’ – Isn’t that 40 years late?

    Posted by Barrie on 11/07 at 06:43 PM • permalink


  • Another good reason not to listen to that syrupy, meaningless, err, uhm – crap.

    All right, all right: “Moon River” was good.

    He should be taken to task just for giving the Carpenters something to sing.  I never could figure out what was wrong with Angie anyway.  I mean, she used to hang with Sinatra, man.  Well, at least she redeemed herself.

    Posted by Winger on 11/07 at 07:08 PM • permalink


  • #15. I agree – most major talents are kind of whacky. The only fault I can find with Burt is that his songs get stuck in your head.
    ‘why do birds , suddenly appear…’ ARRGGHH!!
    It’s so good it’s BAD!

    Posted by Deo Vindice on 11/07 at 07:12 PM • permalink


  • #19 You’re yanking my chain, right?  Moon River is Henry Mancini.  Luckily, he was not a moonbat: can you imagine if the MoveOn crowd had had an anthem as catchy as the Pink Panther theme?  Kerry would be in the White House today.

    Posted by cuckoo on 11/07 at 07:46 PM • permalink


  • Clearly looking for a part in Team America II.

    Posted by noir on 11/07 at 08:14 PM • permalink


  • Oh no! Not you too Burt?
    Please!! Stop now!

    Posted by Brian on 11/07 at 09:29 PM • permalink


  • I don’t know, the older I get, the more I like Burt Bacharach.  And the Carpenters for that matter.  If I had said that in the seventies, I would have been ostracized.

    I still hate Abba though.

    Posted by wronwright on 11/07 at 09:41 PM • permalink


  • What a bunch of cornhuskers! Solid bringer-downers! Lace your boots up, gates, and get hep to the jive! Try some Cab Calloway or Erskine Hawkins on for size. Well alreet, NOW we’re cookin’ with gas! Bacharach? THE CARPENTERS?!? (Does Karl know about this, Wronwright?).

    Posted by paco on 11/07 at 09:56 PM • permalink


  • wronwright — My 72-year-old MOTHER doesn’t even listen to Burt Bacharach anymore…!

    Of course she has this unhealthy fixation on Michael Flatley dance revues…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 11/07 at 11:27 PM • permalink


  • I won’t hear a word said against Burt.  The man is a stone-cold solid-gold genius.

    Yeah, he wrote “Close to You,” the song that is now playing over and over in my head because all I have to do is see the title in print and my childhood memories of repeated forced listenings makes the song start playing in the channel it carved in my brain. You know that scene in Pi where the protagonist puts an electric drill through his skull?

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 11/08 at 12:45 AM • permalink


  • On the day that you were born/the angels got together/and decided to make a dream come true/so they sprinkled gold dust in your hair/and golden starlight in your eyes of–


    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 11/08 at 12:47 AM • permalink


  • #28 lol!! You’re lucky. I had the trumpet solo from ‘Close to you’ on a loop in my head for maybe close to a week. I dont even LIKE trumpet solos.

    Posted by Deo Vindice on 11/08 at 01:12 AM • permalink


  • *now desperately humming “Mighty Quinn”*

    It’s that or the Black & Decker.

    Posted by Achillea on 11/08 at 01:54 AM • permalink


  • E tu Burt…I’ll never fall in love again..

    Posted by crash on 11/08 at 01:59 AM • permalink


  • Andrea, if all else fails to get the song out of your mind, there’s always the trusty Bananaphone

    Posted by PW on 11/08 at 02:48 AM • permalink


  • cuckoo #21:  You are so right.  Knew I should have checked that.  Had to get to a meeting.  My apologies.  Mancini is better anyway.  Off to another meeting.

    Posted by Winger on 11/08 at 12:56 PM • permalink


  • At least he kept his mouth shut during Vietnam!

    I think it’s they sprinkled moon dust in your hair Andrea.

    It’s drilled into my brain too! 😉

    Posted by Brian on 11/09 at 06:49 AM • permalink


  • I’ve been “Wishin’ and Hopin’” he’d keep his mouth shut. As he has always had a poor singing voice, he left the singing to actual singers. I wish he’d take the same policy for politics.

    I don’t know, the older I get, the more I like Burt Bacharach.  And the Carpenters for that matter. If I had said that in the seventies, I would have been ostracized.

    People in the seventies thought Jimmy Carter was the answer to America’s problems. I’d be honored to be ostracized by such tone-deaf philistines.

    Posted by Attmay on 11/09 at 03:58 PM • permalink


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