Monday, July 14, 2008

what the world needs now...



the cat is in his hat, the confession's in the bag.

This post is partly inspired by Matt's latest on Perceptions. Delusions. This Burt Bacharach / Hal David song is pretty much what I imagine cops in the early 70s might have listened to over a martini or two when they came home to an empty apartment after a hard shift on the beat.

Probably, I'm nowhere near the mark.

BURT BACHARACH: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE from "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle b/w What The World Needs Now..." 45 (A&M) 1968 (US)

TOM CLAY & THE BLACKBERRIES: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE / ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN (MEDLEY) from "What The World Needs Now... / Abraham, Martin & John (Medley)" 45 (MoWest) 1971 (US)

BURT BACHARACH CLASSICS

5 comments:

Matt said...

I like how you took the ball and ran with it...
I can just see the weary cop mixing his drink in the dusky, dusty apartment, slogging over to the upright record player and clicking it on. Dropping the needle onto this record (the only one he owns, by the way), he turns back to his linoleom-topped table and slumps into the only chair.
He undoes the cap from a jar of olives and drops three into his glass...

ib said...

We need Stanley Kubrick to direct this! Either him or Tay Garnett, the guy who directed John Garfield and Lana Turner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice"...

I've already got the olives and the chair here ; now all we need is a damn good necromancer who knows how to roll some film!

Matt said...

Heh... I was thinking Lars Van Teirs (sp?). Make it the most downer film ever.
Alternately, Michael Gondry... The phonograph player could waddle over to the cop and lean against his shoulder, and together they'd watch the olives swirl, turning whirlpool, until they (the cop and the phonograph) get sucked into an alternate universe where the world has too much love!

I think my hydrocodone is kicking in!

By the way, were you ever able to DL that Burroughs stuff? I DL counter says it's been DLd a bunch, but the traffic (MB) seems much too low. I'm wondering if I got the links correct...

Anonymous said...

The Tom Clay track reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's "Silent Night" mixed with the evening news. Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. Hard to believe that was #8 on the hot 100 billboard charts!

ib said...

Hey,gentlebear. Thanks for stopping by and adding your tuppence worth. Comments are mana and delay me from huffing off on a strop as I have done in the past!

It is hard to believe the Tom Clay 45 made #8, I totally agree. For all that it might be accused of being cheesily maudlin, I feel it proves that record buyers of yesteryear were considerably more adventurous that their contemporaries today. I love this version.

Incidentally, thanks for making the Simon & Garfunkel comparison. I have been known to ferret out S&G shamelessly in a verily intoxicated condition. They lurk permanently in a corner of my iTunes.