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.