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I’ve always been partial to this Naked Eyes record of “Always Something There To Remind Me.” Not because it’s the best version out there, but because it came out when I was 14 years old, slavishly listening to the radio for whatever was new and cool, and this was the first version of the song I ever heard.

The fact is though, no matter what you think of Naked Eyes, even a semi-cheesy four-hit synthpop band can’t go wrong recording a Burt Bacharach/Hal David number. Get two or three martinis in me at a convention where Tabitha Hale has everybody doing karaoke, and even I wouldn’t sound too bad trying a little Bacharach/David.

A few years later I learned that Dionne Warwick had a big hit with “Always Something” back in ’67. Of course Warwick has the chops that she didn’t have to dumb down Bacharach/David’s playful time signature, and so it’s really a much better record in every way. But if I hadn’t been listening to all that New Wave on the radio in 1983, I might never have known about Warwick and Bacharach and David.

Writing this up for you tonight I also discovered that R.B. Greaves (of “Take A Letter, Maria” fame) took a whack at this in 1970, with that patented smooth-soul-meets-Herb-Alpert sound of his.

I guess the point of all this is that Bacharach and David were such a great songwriting duo that a drunk blogger with the world’s flattest singing voice trying to sound cool in a hotel lobby bar can’t totally mess them up. So of course a professional recording artist is going to sound at least as good as Naked Eyes.