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Burt Bacharach (and Elvis Costello, Part 2)


“No one has to push me to be complex.”




If there has been a musical menage à trois more sublime and more successful than that of composer Burt Bacharach, lyricist Hal David, and singer Dionne Warwick, I can’t think of it.

Elvis Costello (and Burt Bacharach, Part 1)

“I think there’s as much self revelation in “What Is This Thing Called Love” by Cole Porter as there is in any song by Kurt Cobain.”


imgresElvis Costello is nobody’s idea of Dionne Warwick. But in 1998 he pulled off playing both the Warwick and Hal David roles when he teamed up with Burt Bacharach.

Aimee Mann

“It doesn’t even pay to sell out.”


The Both: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

The Both: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

January, 1996, in advance of the “I’m With Stupid” release and tour

By phone from her home in Los Angeles

 I caught sight of Aimee Mann on TV last week. She was rocking out with Ted Leo, her unlikely partner in a new band, The Both. Singing and player a Fender bass, Mann pulled off a look few 53-year-olds would dare: black leather jacket, black hot pants, black fishnet stockings, sneakers.

The next day I tried to listen to The Both’s new record on Spotify but it wasn’t to be found, not there. Of course not. Spotify’s royalty rate is minuscule and Aimee Mann got fed up with getting ripped off a long time ago.