Eric Burdon’s blistering take on “We Gotta Get Out of this Place,” a 1965 hit with the Animals, gained new life last year when Bruce Springsteen lauded it as part of his keynote speech at SXSW. Few know its complicated history, however.
Originally written by the husband-and-wife Brill Building songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, the song was recorded by Burdon even as Mann was preparing to record it himself. From then on, the song would be intrinsically linked not with Mann and Weil but with the Animals — something which likely caused the rift that Burdon, in a new talk with Noise11’s Paul Cashmere, references in talking about the song’s continued resonance.
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