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1  noun  ˈbläg, -ȧg   plural -s
2  intransitive verb   -ed/-ing/-s
: to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately : lie boastfully

Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach died yesterday.

My Dad was my first and main music influencer in my life, and if he'd entirely had his way, I would have grown up listening only to bebop jazz - and specifically only to artists of whom he approved - and orchestral music, post-Baroque but pre-Minimalist.

But I was born in 1971, and I wasn't raised in total social isolation. I was bound to hear Burt Bacharach, and I loved Bacharach melodies and sounds always. I'm sorry, Dad! I love him!

This week's Phoole & the Gang show has a theme already and it isn't Burt Bacharach. I might do a Bacharach Loungecore special next week to commemorate the sad occasion - but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite Bacharach tunes and tributes.

I am buried in work this week and don't have time to write little paragraphs illustrating why I love these tunes, so please listen to them, love them yourself, and discover why you love them.

'I'll Never Fall In Love Again," Splitsville

"Toledo," Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello

"Close to You" from the soundtrack to MIRRORMASK

"Always Something There to Remind Me," Naked Eyes

"Austin" (version of "Alfie") from a deleted scene from GOLDMEMBER, performed by Susanna Hoffs and the cast of GOLDMEMBER

"Casino Royale Theme," Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

"Drum & Bacharach" by The Young Punx (tone tribute, not a cover)

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