Friday, October 28, 2005

If Music Could Talk

When you read something like this these days, especially coming from musicians, don't you just groan with boredom and want to turn the page...

He's one of the greatest hitmakers in pop history, but Burt Bacharach doesn't care if his new album attacking the Bush administration loses him fans. He just had to make it, he tells Brian Boyd.

You read this crap over and over again from Manic Street Preachers to Green Day and now to Burt Bacharach. Just because they're successful musicians, why are we asked to take their political views seriously? Maybe if they had something new or insightful to say, but it's nearly always juvenile guff.

Sample lyric: Who are these people that keep telling us lies? And how did these people get control of our lives? Well, Burtie, assuming you mean your government, how much they lied is still open to debate and it was your fellow citizens who voted for them. Twice.

"I am crying on that song [Where did it go?, where Bacharach softly croons about how changed the world is, about how he could once "ride the subway and never be afraid" - the fact that crime in New York and America in general is nowhere near what it was in the '70s and '80s obviously passing him by]. We recorded it live, in front of an orchestra, and I was really moved. That's the whole album there, the whole betrayal of everything we once stood for. You know we expected something after the changes in the 1960s - expected a better place - and now look what's happening. That song is a real lament."

How bloody precious can you get?
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