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#161, 18th January 1964

London answers back. A quick search for info on the Five draws out this gem – “Contemporaries criticised them for lacking finesse” – well, who’d have thought it? Frenetic, lairy, noisy – there’s hardly anything to “Glad All Over” beyond call-and-response chanting and stomping but it’s close to irresistible.

This is a fast, hard record – apt that the drummer gave his name to the band as the track shows perfectly the way rhythm and speed were becoming a motor in pop. The crudest No.1 to date, perhaps – nobody was going to be comparing this to Schubert.



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    bramble on 8 Sep 2006 #

    For about a month the DC5 were hailed as the Tottenham Sound that would topple the Mersey Sound.Then Dave Clark -always more a business man than a musician -quickly set about establishing the group as the respectable face of British pop in America, alongside Herman’s Hermits – cleanliving young men out to make a lot of money.Bits and Pieces was OK but after that their credibility was shot

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    Marcello Carlin on 27 Sep 2006 #

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    Marcello Carlin on 27 Sep 2006 #

    can somebody sort the graphic options out on this effing board I’m trying to post a stork-boy innit

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    Tom on 27 Sep 2006 #


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    Lena on 16 Mar 2008 #

    I heard this again last night and I love the pause between “Oh yes I am” and “Glad all over” – like he’s actually taking a moment to think of how to describe how completely wonderful he feels.

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    Marcello Carlin on 17 Mar 2008 #

    Oh, and just so it gets acknowledged here – Mike Smith, singer and organist with the DC5, passed away recently from pneumonia aged 64. One of the great unacknowledged screamers in Britbeat (see “Do You Love Me?” – much better than weedy Brian Poole and the Trems – or “Bits And Pieces” for proof) and it’s a real shame he didn’t survive to attend the group’s RnR Hall of Fame induction. RIP, big man.

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    Billy Smart on 12 Feb 2009 #

    TOTPWatch: The Dave Clark Five performed ‘Glad All Over’ on the very first edition of ‘Top of The Pops’, transmitted on the 1st of January 1964.

    Also in the studio that week were; The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Jimmy Saville was the host.

    No copy survives.

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    Tooncgull on 25 Sep 2009 #

    A Crystal Palace FC terrace anthem at one time… not a Palace fan myself, so dont know if that is still the case, but it was in the late 80s, early 90s.
    And if ever a song was designed perfectly to become a terrace chant, then….

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    Erithian on 28 Sep 2009 #

    And indeed it was covered by the Crystal Palace squad as their Cup Final record in 1990. Hardly troubled the chart, though…

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    MichaelH on 1 Dec 2009 #

    It is still a Palace anthem. Very odd to hear several thousand people singing this.

    In fact, it’s endlessly fascinating how the football grounds have preserved songs that might otherwise have long since been forgotten. You’ll Never Walk Alone owes its continuing presence in UK folk memory to the Kop; would anyone still remember that old music hall number I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles but for West Ham (I still find it incredibly moving to hear the East End diaspora return from Essex and sing that at Upton Park); there’s Delilah at Stoke, Blue Moon at Man City, Guatanamera (with lyrics changed) absolutely everywhere, same with Winter Wonderland.

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    wichita lineman on 1 Dec 2009 #

    When was the last time anyone heard Hello Hello I’m Back Again? Or, less contentiously, Son Of My Father?

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    MichaelH on 1 Dec 2009 #

    I’ve heard Son of My Father not so long ago, though I couldn’t give you an actual fixture. There’s a piece to be written about the role of the football ground in preserving old songs, isn’t there …

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    Lena on 4 Jul 2011 #

    Loud and to the point – http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.com/2011/07/let-world-know-swinging-blue-jeans.html Thanks for reading as ever, folks!

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    enitharmon on 4 Dec 2011 #

    I have a pet popular culture project of my own these days. At <a href=http://kinephile.wordpress.com<Kinephile I’m setting out to look at and comment on my not-quite-entirely (I’m loosely referring to the BFI best of British list of 1999) subjective notion of the best British films ever made, in no particular order (except for that in which Lovefilm get to send them to me) and without any attempt to score or rank. (You may generally assume that most films I feature I would give a 6 or more in Tom’s Popular terms.) Some are old friends, some will be new to me, but in each case I’ll be watching afresh before I post.

    I’m posting this here because two of the three films featured so far (Brighton Rock, because it pre-dates the British charts, and Another Year because Popular is some way from getting there if it ever does), don’t fit in with the Popular timeline. But this one:


    was released even as the Dave Clark Five topped the charts.


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    Jimmy the Swede on 14 Feb 2013 #

    Whoops! The Dave Clark Five is suddenly reduced to Two as Rick Huxley miss-times a drive straight to extra cover. RIP. Dave himself and Lenny Davidson survive and glad tidings and good health to them both.

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    Erithian on 3 Mar 2014 #

    It just occurred to me the other day that Punctum’s stork was located hereabouts, which means we’ve missed the 50th of one of this site’s greatest contributors. Happy belated birthday MC.

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    punctum on 3 Mar 2014 #

    Thanks for that, E! Much appreciated.

    Incidentally, just to reassure those wondering where TPL has taken itself; the next entry (which Lena is writing) is something of an epic and therefore taking a fair amount of time to research, think about and put together. We believe it’ll definitely be worth the wait. After that, it should be a fairly straightforward trot towards the end of ’83 – or will it?

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    hectorthebat on 17 Mar 2014 #

    Critic watch:

    1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, and 10,001 You Must Download (2010)
    Bruce Pollock (USA) – The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 (2005)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (USA) – 500 Songs That Shaped Rock (1994?)
    Paul Morley (UK) – Words and Music, 210 Greatest Pop Singles of All Time (2003)
    Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé (France) – 3000 Rock Classics (2009)
    Giannis Petridis (Greece) – 2004 of the Best Songs of the Century (2003)

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    Mark M on 2 Feb 2015 #

    I find it tremendously effective at crowd rousing when played at Selhurst Park, although it possibly says something about the British struggle with rhythm that the clapping to the beat that goes on during the first verse never seems to pick up again after the chorus (a few people try, but most – me included – get horribly lost).

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    Erithian on 15 Feb 2015 #

    BBC2 last night showed a movie-length documentary about the DC5, which if nothing else suggested that they were a bigger deal in the US than here. Among those saying the British Invasion was mainly the Beatles, the DC5 and the Stones were Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Dionne Warwick, Paul McCartney, Elton John and (in full make-up) Gene Simmons. The producer was, er, Dave Clark.

    It led to an amusing series of tweets from Stuart Maconie: “Is this Dave Clark 5 thing on BBC2 a spoof?”; “Macca looks like he’s doing it at gunpoint”; “All of these people cannot owe Dave Clark money”; “Kim Jong Un would find this DC5 documentary biased and self-aggrandising”.

    Other commenters added:
    “I don’t believe any of this happened – it’s like The Truman Show meets The Rutles.”
    “See those Ready Steady Go episodes Dave Clark owns? DC5 play – cut to screaming girls – girls are clearly yelling “Ringo!””
    “Still, at least they’ve got some big interviewees – in this country they’d have Jason Manford, the Merseybeats and Stuart Mac – er …”

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    Jimmy the Swede on 18 Feb 2015 #

    I enjoyed the BBC2 doc on the DC5 but I too was more than a little surprised at the constant gushing, unswerving tributes to Clarky from a parade of worthies from the head of the music biz and elsewhere. Tom Hanks was in particularly good form and one was left with the impression that had Dave been able to stretch his production out for another couple of hours (or even days), he would have done so, taking Macca, Dwighty, Brucey et al along with him. I dare say that when DC finally gloves one, he’ll arrange for footage of hundreds of sobbing Koreans to be broadcast all over the networks:
    “Look at them!” remarks the commentator in a voice clearly breaking up. “They’re not fucking glad all over!”

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    wichitalineman on 18 Feb 2015 #

    I think the doc was Dave’s last will and testament. What happened to the other four? We’ll never know. Three of them are dead (OK, so at least he did mention that). The rest of it was half-truths and fibs (of course they didn’t meet in a gym, or decide to split in 1969).

    It was highly watchable, if only to see Elton John say “there were three bands in the 60s – the Beatles, the Dave Clark 5 and the Stones” (in that order!) and to hear Ian McKellan compare Dave to, who was it, Caravaggio?

    Stevie Wonder knew exactly how many Top 40 hits the DC5 had – safe to say the producer (Dave Clark) or director (Dave Clark) was feeding him lines. Incredible stuff.

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    Tommy Mack on 18 Feb 2015 #

    I remember Dave Davies saying that Dave Clark was seen as arrogant by his contemporaries and that The Kinks and The Hollies used to try to sabotage his gear (backline, not drugs!) and generally piss him off when they supported the DC5.

    (DC5 just over half the power of The MC5 in Roman-Arabic hybrid numerals…)

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    Jimmy the Swede on 19 Feb 2015 #

    Stevie Wonder was certainly spoon-fed those stats, gunpoint or not. Gene Simmons’performance, liberally dosed in false sincerity, was equally ludicrous and it all seemed to infer: “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Dave!”

    I’ve actually just read a magazine article (actually a weekend newspsper supplement) which lionised Dave and his doc again. It mentions Dave’s claim that both Lucille Ball and Dean Martin asked (actually begged) DC to come to their Hollywood homes for dinner and rather than devastating one of them, Clarky played the gentleman, went back to his hotel room and dined alone. It is not recorded what the other DC4 were doing.

    As a matter of fact, I have also come across another interview Dave did with respected pop journalist, author and broadcaster (always plugged by Brian Matthew) Bob Stavely on those heady times:

    Dave: “After disappointing both Lucy and Dino, I was just climbing in my limo to go back to the hotel and President Kennedy came up to me…”

    Stavely: “President Kennedy?”

    Dave: “Yeah, it was brilliant. He goes ‘Dave! Both me and Jackie love all your records. Fancy coming back to the White House with me and have a few beers?’ But then I saw Lucy and Dino looking all glum and I thought I’d better not.”

    Stavely: “This was 1964?”

    Dave: “You should have been there, Bob. It was marvellous to be a Brit in the States back then. The Yanks couldn’t get enough of us, I’m telling you, boy!”

    Stavely: “Kennedy was dead. He was shot in November ’63.”

    Dave: “Ah, but that’s where you’re wrong, Bobby, me old flower. Coz…and keep it quiet, like, coz Kennedy was so disappointed about me not going round his gaff that he fucking shot himself! That’s where all the confusion comes from with grassy knolls and such. Coz it weren’t no Oswald or any other geezer. The bloke topped himself! Straight! ‘ere, Bob, did I ever tell you about me and Churchill? I was at Chartwell the day England won the World Cup and Winnie sang all me records with Clemmie, his missus, smacking away on the old Hammond organ. She LOVED the DC5, Bob…”
    (Cont’d on P.94)

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    23 Daves on 19 Feb 2015 #

    I watched all of that documentary to see if anything interesting would be revealed. The DC5 did have a brief little dalliance with garage/ psychedelic noises in the late sixties, presumably to try and stay relevant. In fact, the soundtrack seemed to just be the same nine or ten DC5 songs over and over and over, as if that thumping beat was all the decade really consisted of and nothing ever moved on or changed, and prevailing trends weren’t threatened. It was like a bizarre rewrite of history.

    This is what often happens when you allow someone to have complete control of their own documentary. What’s interesting to me is when artists try new things and fail, or produce work which falls stylistically out of favour – how do they respond to that? The DC5 issued an obscure album track in the late sixties called “Lost In His Dreams” which is clearly a satirical rebuke to the hippy movement (they were far from alone in doing that – Midlands cabaret and working man’s club act The Montanas slid their even more stinging “Difference of Opinion” on to a flipside, and more famously Scott Walker openly mocked the movement in interviews). I’d be fascinated to hear an interview with Dave Clark about his opinions on what provoked that, how he responded to the changing times, whether it was tempting to head entirely in that direction despite finding it faintly ridiculous. Of course, I fear all I’d get back is the constantly repeated lie: “Well, we stopped making records/ touring because it got boring, the DC5 never lost popularity, we had a huge mainstream audience right up until we split, let me tell you young man, etc. etc. etc.”

    The tone of the documentary actually caused a fit of self-doubt in me about how big DC5 were, but the chart positions are there on Wikipedia for all to see. They continued to have rogue hits right until the end, but their first flush of popularity, the kind where they could have guaranteed fanbase-generated hits, was actually pretty brief.

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    wichitalineman on 19 Feb 2015 #

    Thanks 23D, I’d never heard Lost In His Dreams before. I’d say they were a top-notch garage band from the start. Their records (and we have to give Clark credit here) were the loudest British records of the day and things like Anyway You Want It and Try Too Hard still sound really tough played out today. They couldn’t really adapt to psych, like many other garage bands.

    Their rapid dip in popularity here after a flying start with Glad All Over/Bits And Pieces was presumably because they were always in the US, and so unable to do promo over here. Like Herman’s Hermits, their 68/69 second run of hits was because they were back in Britain, having wisely milked their Stateside fame.

    The saddest thing for me is the post-DC5 careers of the other members. Running an electrical retailers? It’s reminiscent of retired football legends of the 60s and 70s, lucky if they got a pub.

    Of course, one short reunion in the States would have earned them all a fortune, but I’m guessing boss man Dave wasn’t interested so that was that.

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    lonepilgrim on 17 Mar 2015 #

    the dense modern primitivism of this reminds me of the Velvet Underground with its total commitment to the pounding beat. There are some rich musical textures mixed in to the tune which add to its compelling quality.

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    Gareth Parker on 15 May 2021 #

    Acceptable as a football chant, but not something I tend to revisit much when I’m listening at home. 4/10 in my view.

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