Bursting My Bubble

(In this “column”, anything goes as long as it has to do with a song.)

[Excerpted from our newsletter.]

At home recently, I developed an overwhelming urge to hear, “Baby, It’s You” (Bacharach, David, Williams); NOT the Shirelles wimpy version, but the MOST famous one by Smith. While listening, I browsed YouTube and came across a comment train about those two versions, where I assumed the comments would all strongly favor Smith’s version as the best, when I read, “Not impressed… the Smith’s butchered this hit by the Shirelles from 1962!”

The next response (which was exactly what I was thinking) was: “You’re joking, right?”

“Nope… sorry to pop your bubble.”

All I could think was, “Quit it!”

Another fine example of the wide variety in musical taste, even within the same genre and about the same song. I just wish more of those whose opinions have power (yeah, you know who you are) always, ALWAYS, liked The 15th Floor’s songs. Maybe some day people will be arguing about the best version of, “A World Without Your Face” or “Listen to Me Breathe.” (I would enjoy that.)

As for “Baby”, maybe we should let Burt Bacharach decide which version was the best… but I bet he would guess wrong. 



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