My Little Red Book

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"My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)"
Single by Manfred Mann
from the album My Little Red Book Of Winners
B-side "What Am I Doing Wrong"
Released June 1965 (1965-06)
Format 7"
Length 2:18
Label Ascot
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) John Burgess
Manfred Mann singles chronology
"Oh No Not My Baby"
(1965)
"My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)"
(1965)
"If You Gotta Go, Go Now"
(1965)

"Oh No Not My Baby"
(1965)
"My Little Red Book"
(1965)
"If You Gotta Go, Go Now"
(1965)

"My Little Red Book" is a song composed by Burt Bacharach with lyrics by Hal David. In the wake of the British Invasion, Bacharach, a former bandleader for Marlene Dietrich, began working hands-on with beat groups of the era such as Manfred Mann.[1] Manfred Mann recorded the song for the 1965 film What's New Pussycat?, filmed between October 1964 and June 1965; the entire catalogue of music for the film was written by Bacharach and David.[2]

In 1966, the song became a rock standard when remade by the Los Angeles based group Love, where it reached No. 52 in the US national charts.[1]

Love recording

"My Little Red Book"
My Little Red Book.jpg
US issue
Single by Love
from the album Love
B-side "A Message to Pretty"
Released March 1966 (1966-03)
Format 7"
Recorded Winter 1965 at RCA Studios, Hollywood
Genre
Length 2:38
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Hal David
Producer(s) Jac Holzman
Love singles chronology
"My Little Red Book"
(1966)
"7 and 7 Is"
(1966)

"My Little Red Book"
(1966)
"7 and 7 Is"
(1966)

Love's adaptation was the opening track for their eponymous debut album. and was released as a single with the B-side "A Message to Pretty". Love's version gained moderate mid-chart success and,[clarification needed] with its radical interpretation of the original's pop sensibility, became a garage rock standard.[1][4] The track, unlike its predecessor, features a strong primitive sensibility and a stiff chord progression simplified by Arthur Lee and guitarist Johnny Echols and blasted out over a stomping, tambourine-fueled rhythm section. As well as its garage traits, the song has been credited for its "punk" quality; a sound Love fully achieved with its later single "7 and 7 Is".[3][4][5][6][not in citation given] A key feature[clarification needed] of the track was Lee's rugged vocal performance, which has been highlighted by music critic Stewart Mason who particularly notes the way Lee sings the lines "All I did was talk, talk about you/Hear your name and I start to cry".[4]

"My Little Red Book" received a negative review from one of the song's collaborators, Burt Bacharach: Love had altered his chord changes. Nonetheless, the record was a Southern California hit and won Love a spot on American Bandstand. The disc did not chart in the UK but received airplay on the offshore pirate radio stations Radio London and Radio Caroline. (The opening lines of the melody of Love's version reminded some British listeners of the theme tune to the popular BBC TV comedy series Steptoe and Son). The guitar riff to the song showed up in altered form, as played by Syd Barrett on the Pink Floyd song "Interstellar Overdrive", released on their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967).[7] The riff of "Interstellar Overdrive" originated when early Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner was trying to hum a song he couldn't quite remember (which turned out to be "My Little Red Book").[7]

"My Little Red Book" and "Always See Your Face" (from Four Sail) are included on the soundtrack of High Fidelity, actor-producer John Cusack's 2000 adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. "My Little Red Book" played over the credits. It also appeared in the Beverly Hills 90210 episode "Alone at the Top" in 1995.[8]

Other versions

Music video

Two music videos were made for the song; only by Toni Basil and Tommy Tutone.

Toni Basil version

In Basil's music video, it takes place in the jungle. Basil is portrayed as a jungle princess where she reads a letter from her former lover, Cheetah, saying, "We're through!" on it. Seeing the breakup letter shocks Basil, and so does an animatronic skull head. Afterwards, she crumbles up the letter, throws it out, and starts dancing with a small group of jungle princesses. Then, one of the princesses opens a life-size replica of her said "little red book", complete with addresses and phone numbers inside. Meanwhile, two safari explorers discover Basil and begin to dance. Then, Basil immediately notices a gorilla behind the plants. The gorilla swings into the jungle on a vine and joins in the dancing. Basil immediately accepts the gorilla and they dance together while the others watch. The music video ends with one of the jungle princesses closing the book and a bunch of animated jungle plants crawl in.

Tommy Tutone version

In Tutone's music video, a CGI animation of a red book opens, flipping pages until it stops on a certain page where James appears Chroma keyed on the Aurora. Then, we see the band performing the song at an empty-seated House of Blues. The music video ends with the stage becoming dark while the curtain closes.

References

  1. ^ a b c d S.Dominic, Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, (Music Sales Group, 1 Jun 2003), pp.149-50, ISBN 0825672805
  2. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "What's New Pussycat?: Film Review". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Love, Love: Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Mason, Stewart (2012). "My Little Red Book". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Da Capo, Love: Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Schinder, S. & Schwartz, A. (2008). Icons of Rock. ABC-CLIO. p. 263. ISBN 9780313338465. 
  7. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  8. ^ "Alone at the Top". Beverly Hills 90210. tv.com. 22 February 1995. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Boyd, Alan. ""Little Red Book" really recorded in 1967?". The Smiley Smile Message Board. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Chidester, Brian. "Busy Doin' Somethin': Uncovering Brian Wilson's Lost Bedroom Tapes". Paste Magazine. pastemagazine.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 

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