Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart

A much-underrated slice of chamber-pop worthy of adulation on the same sort of level as certified classics by Burt Bacharach and Scott Walker, the evocative 'Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart', written by the collaborative team of Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, was originally a top five hit for crooner Gene Pitney in 1967. However, it's the 1988 resurrection of the song, conceptualised as a duet between notorious former Soft Cell frontman and synth-pop bon vivant Marc Almond and Pitney himself that gave the composition its highest recognition, going all the way to the top spot in Britain. Check out the kaleidoscopic video clip of this version, suitably set in a decidedly idealised version of Las Vegas.


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