No. 33 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72
By Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Lead Vocals: Barry & Robin
Album: To Whom It May Concern 1972
“Feel like I’m crying, there’s no use denying it’s all been done”
Showing that the Bee Gees were still strongly influenced by The Beatles as late as 1972, this is a wonderfully infectious, seemingly effortless and immaculately performed (in just one take) piece of guitar and drums rock punctuated by bursts of brass and with some great vocals (unison as well as harmony).
Bad Bad Dreams throws a spanner in the idea that the band were all about slow ballads at this time and forms a vital part of the diverse and under-rated To Whom It May Concern.
There are references to the overall craziness of the world which perhaps reflect the brother’s awareness that their ‘60s success was rapidly waning. Lyrics are defiant – ‘For your information we still own the nation’ and at times self-addressing – ‘Your only hang-up is you hesitate’. In fact, the song can almost he heard as a call to brotherly arms as the three musketeers muster renewed confidence that they can take on the world and win again.
Nevertheless, the album title To Whom it May Concern tells a different story. Its anonymous greeting shows the group feeling undermined by their diminished fortunes.