Song Of The Day: The Stranglers – “Walk On By” (1978)

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Happy Birthday to Burt Bacharach, who turns 89 today. Bacharach sits just a notch or two below Lennon/McCartney when credit is handed out for defining the musicality of Sixties Pop. Bacharach’s strikingly unusual chord patterns and melodies – many drawn from his love of jazz – helped give pop music a sophistication it never had before. I would argue that Bacharach’s influence would have been even deeper if he had collaborated with a more contemporary lyricist than Hal David. Although David did write some great lyrics – “What The World Needs Now” comes to mind – too often his old-fashioned sentiments veered somewhere between the banal and the inane. Still, more than 1,000 artists covered their songs, and this is one of my favorites, and one of the more unlikely versions of a Bacharach/David song.

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