Anglo For Your Ear: Sandie Shaw’s “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me”

This 1964 version of the Bacharach standard actually holds up against Dionne Warwick‘s 1967 rendition. Make no mistake, that is truly an accomplishment: Dionne is probably the best female pop singer of the past 50 years. But while Dionne slightly overstates things in her version, the Dagenham-born Sandie Shaw belts the tune without reaching or straining, and it’s all the more moving because of it. You can see why Morrissey was a big fan. (By the way, she was way more attractive pushing 40 than she was as a chirpy 17-year-old. Check out those legs.)

But, when the smoke clears, the Naked Eyes version will be the one that everyone remembers – and rightfully so.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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