The episode: “Danger! Death Ray,” ep. 620
The riff: Remarked by Crow during the extremely repetitive music that plays during the opening credits. The only words are “bah da da da da daaaahhh.”
The explanation: Hal David was a prolific songwriter of both pop music and movie soundtracks, along with his longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach, the more famous “name” of the songwriting team. Together, they produced hits like “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “What the World Needs Now is Love.” He also worked on movies like the James Bond series and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” As for why they’re making the reference to him, I’m thinking this one is just straight-up sarcasm, given David’s real-world credentials and accomplishments. He was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress in 2011 and passed away in the fall of 2012.
Novelty factor: I’ve certainly heard his work of course, but I had never heard of Hal David before. Somehow, it does not surprise me that several of these cheesy love songs were written by the same guy.