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(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me

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"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
Single by Lou Johnson
B-side"Wouldn't That Be Something"
Format7-inch single
GenrePop, soul
LabelBig Hill
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Burt Bacharach
Lou Johnson singles chronology
"Reach Out for Me"
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
"Kentucky Bluebird (Message To Martha)"

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" is a song written in the 1960s by songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Originally recorded as a demo by Dionne Warwick in 1963, "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" first charted for Lou Johnson whose version reached No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1964.[1]

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Sandie Shaw version

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Sandie Shaw.jpg
Single by Sandie Shaw
B-side"Don't You Know"
Format7-inch single
LabelPye, Reprise (US)
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Tony Hatch
Sandie Shaw singles chronology
"As Long As You're Happy Baby"
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me"
"I'd Be Far Better Off Without You"

British impresario Eve Taylor heard Johnson's version while on a US visit scouting for material for her recent discovery Sandie Shaw, who consequently covered the song for the UK market. Rush-released in September 1964, the song was premiered by Shaw with a performance on Ready Steady Go!, the pop music TV program. The first week after its release, the single sold 65,000 copies.[2] Shaw's version reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, spending three weeks at the top of that listing in November 1964, and that same month it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. However, despite reaching the Top Ten in some markets including Detroit and Miami[3] Shaw's version failed to best the US showing of the Lou Johnson original; the Hot 100 peak of Shaw's version was No. 52.[4]

A No. 1 hit in Canada and South Africa, Shaw's version of "...Always Something There to Remind Me" was also a hit in Australia (No. 16), Ireland (No. 7) and the Netherlands (No. 10), the track's success in the last territory not precluding hit status for the Dutch rendering by Edwin Rutten [nl] entitled "Ik moet altijd weer opnieuw aan je denken" (No. 12). Shaw herself recorded "...Always Something There to Remind Me" in French, as "Toujours un coin qui me rappelle", with lyrics by Ralph Bernet [fr], which reached No. 19 in France. A cover by Eddy Mitchell was more successful, reaching No. 2 in France in April 1965 and also reaching No. 3 on Belgium's French-language chart. Shaw made a bid for a German hit as well, rendering "...Always Something There to Remind Me" as "Einmal glücklich sein wie die ander'n". It was not a success.

Chart history

English version
Chart (1964-65) Peak
Australia 16
Canada 1
The Netherlands[5] 10
Ireland 7
New Zealand (Lever)[6] 6
South Africa 1
UK [7] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 52
US Cash Box Top 100[8] 49
French version
Chart (1965) Peak
Belgium 3
France 2

R. B. Greaves version

"Always Something There to Remind Me"
Single by R. B. Greaves
from the album R.B. Greaves
B-side"Oh When I Was a Boy"
Format7-inch single
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Ahmet Ertegun, Jackson Howe
R. B. Greaves singles chronology
"Take a Letter Maria"
"Always Something There to Remind Me"
"Fire & Rain"

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" – as "Always Something There to Remind Me" – entered the US Top 40 for the first time via a version by R. B. Greaves which reached No. 27 in February 1970. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969, with production by Ahmet Ertegun and Jackson Howe, Greaves' version was also a No. 3 Easy Listening hit.[9]

Naked Eyes version

"Always Something There to Remind Me"
Naked Eyes - ASTTRM..jpg
Single by Naked Eyes
from the album Burning Bridges
B-side"The Time Is Now"
ReleasedJanuary 1983
RecordedSeptember 1982
GenreSynthpop, new wave
3:40 (7" & LP)
EMI America Records (North America)
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer(s)Tony Mansfield
Naked Eyes singles chronology
"Always Something There to Remind Me"
"Voices In My Head"

Twenty years after its composition, "Always Something There to Remind Me" (so titled) reached the US Top 20 for the first time via a synthpop reinvention of the song by Naked Eyes which reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1983.

Vocalist Pete Byrne and keyboardist Rob Fisher first cut "Always Something There to Remind Me" as one of a number of demos recorded in Bristol upon forming the duo later known as Naked Eyes in early 1982. Byrne would recall: "I had always loved [the] song ["Always Something There to Remind Me"], so we called a friend who had the record, he read the lyric over the phone and we put it together from memory."

On the strength of the demos cut in Bristol, Byrne and Fisher were signed to EMI Records in May 1982 and the track "Always Something There to Remind Me" was cut on 1 September 1982 in a session at Abbey Road Studios produced by Tony Mansfield. Byrne would recall: "The record was recorded at Abbey Road, and we were invited to a party downstairs, with Paul McCartney and many other stars...When we returned upstairs to the studio around 1 a.m., I decided to have a go at the vocal, It was the first time I have ever recorded a vocal in one take".[10]

Released in the US in January 1983, Naked Eyes' "Always Something There to Remind Me" gradually gained attention, entering the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1983 to peak at No. 8 that June.[11] The cachet of entering the US Top Ten allowed the single, previously overlooked in its performers' United Kingdom homeland, to make a July 1983 UK chart debut, although it only rose to No. 59. "Always Something There to Remind Me" did afford Naked Eyes' Top 10 success in other countries besides the United States: Australia (No. 7), Canada (No. 9) and New Zealand (No. 2).[10]

In Brazil, the song was included on the international soundtrack of the soap opera "Guerra dos Sexos/War Of the Sexes" in 1983.

Naked Eyes re-recorded the song as an acoustic version for the 2007 album Fumbling with the Covers.

In the Philippines, the song was one of the most popular singles released in 1983.

Naked Eyes' version appears in a 2017 commercial for T-Mobile,[12][better source needed] as well as the trailer for the fifth season for Arrested Development in 2018.[13]

Chart history

Weekly charts
Chart (1983) Peak
Australia KMR[14] 7
Canada RPM Top Singles 9
New Zealand 2
UK (OCC) 59
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 8
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[16] 31
US Billboard Dance/Disco 37
US Cash Box Top 100[17] 7
Year-end charts
Chart (1983) Rank
Australia[14] 42
Canada[18] 60
New Zealand[19] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 46
US Cash Box[21] 50

Tin Tin Out featuring Espiritu version

"Always (Something There to Remind Me)"
Always (Something There to Remind Me).jpg
Single by Tin Tin Out featuring Espiritu
from the album Always
Released13 March 1995
  • 3:29 (Original Edit)
  • 7:02 (Original Mix)
  • Darren Stokes
  • Lindsay Edwards
Tin Tin Out featuring Espiritu singles chronology
"Always (Something There to Remind Me)"
"Here's Where the Story Ends"
Music video
"Always (Something There to Remind Me)" on YouTube

English electronic music duo comprising Darren Stokes and Lindsay Edward recorded a house cover of the song titled "Always (Something There to Remind Me)" in 1995. It features vocals by singer Espiritu and went to No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart.

Critical reception

Music & Media wrote about the song: "The first thing she reminds you of is all the previous versions of this Burt Bacharach & Hal David song. Spirited and dancey as it is, it doesn't make a poor figure at all."[22]

Chart history

Weekly charts
Chart (1995) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[23] 42
Ireland (IRMA) 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 14
UK Dance (Official Charts Company) 1

Other versions

Dionne Warwick re-recorded "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" on 13 April 1967 in the same session which produced her Top 40 hit "The Windows of the World", and it was on the July 1967 album release The Windows of the World that the first-named track was debuted. Warwick's "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" had a belated single release in August 1968 as the intended B-side of the Top 40 hit "Who Is Gonna Love Me"; the first-named track received sufficient airplay to reach No. 65 on the Hot 100.[24] Warwick's re-recording was later featured in the Black Mirror series 4 finale, "Black Museum".[25]

Other artists who have recorded this song include Viola Wills, Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band, Braid, Lou Christie, José Feliciano,[26] Wayne Fontana, The Four Seasons, the Hippos, Jay and the Americans, La Lupe, Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee, Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore, Martha and the Vandellas, Johnny Mathis, Ted Neeley, The Troggs, Don Williams (when part of the Pozo-Seco Singers), Delroy Wilson, Mari Wilson[27] and Blue Swede.

Michael McDonald made his recording debut singing lead vocal on a 1968 single version by the Del-Rays.[28]

Sandie Shaw re-recorded the song in 1985 for the soundtrack of the movie Letter to Brezhnev.[29]

In 1965, Percy Faith and his orchestra released an album titled Percy Faith Plays Latin Themes for Young Lovers that included an "easy listening" instrumental version of this song.[30]

In 1966, Gianni Morandi released an album titled "Gianni 3" that included an Italian version of this song (Il mondo nei tuoi occhi), text by Sergio Bardotti and Giuseppe Cassia.

In 1971, The Carpenters released their eponymous third album titled Carpenters that has a "Bacharach/David Medley" which includes "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me".

In the TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess," a "metal" version of the song was performed by the warlord Draco, who was under a spell to make him fall madly in love with Xena's sidekick Gabrielle ("Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire", 2000)


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Further reading

  • Serene Dominic. Burt Bacharach, song by song: the ultimate Burt Bacharach reference for fans. Schirmer Trade (New York NY) 2003. ISBN 0-8256-7280-5
  • Karina, Spanish pop singer, recorded a cover for Hispavox Records in 1966

External links

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