No. 21 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72
By Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Lead Vocal: Barry
Album: Odessa 1969
“I am illegal that means so are you”
Nowhere else do the Bee Gees sound quite like this. And nowhere else were their lyrics quite as suggestive of hidden, illicit, pleasures.
There is something very fitting about the way Whisper Whisper follows the cryptic Suddenly, maintaining the mood of obliqueness but shifting gears.
Barry delivers an excellent Lennonesque vocal absolutely in keeping with the song, accenting every syllable and adding a wavering drawl at the end of some lines.
The lyrics intrigue throughout and electric piano offers something new. The whole thing rocks compellingly.
And then at 2.30 comes Colin Petersen’s first and only drum solo and we’re into an unexpected fast leadoff with more niftily rhyming lyrical intrigue thrown our way.
Sly, knowing and counter-culturally cool, above all, ‘Whisper Whisper’ wears a smile on its face – the closing brass trumpets it.