As a child of the seventies the DC5 have hardly entered my musical consciousness – except of course Bits and Pieces, Catch Us If You Can and Glad All Over – and apparently many other singles. I watched the quite-frankly gob-stopping BBC4 doc broadcast last weekend. Jaw dropping in its hagiography – which was fairly engaging while we were in the sixties and on the Ed Sullivan Show, completely risible when spending 30 minutes discussing Time: the Musical as if it were the natural successor to West Side Story (only with an important message for humanity thrown in). Bruce, Stevie, Paul – all of the contributors were First Name Only Needed people, and if they didn’t quite look as traumatised as Johnny Depp in that Australian borders video, looked as if they had been heavily leant on by the producer (ah – who is it? One DC) to position the DC5 as at the right hand of the Beatles. We also very much enjoyed Tom Hanks giving a three-hankie performance on their induction into the rock and roll Hall of Fame.
So…5 mins on Wikipedia reveals that DC controlled the master tapes for their music only leasing them to the labels. So now that appears to mean no DC5 on Spotify, nothing that is not imported can be bought on CD…I think one compilation on itunes.
By the by, the Wikipedia pages on band and DC are hilarious – ‘ DC owns a twelve million pound house in West London’ ‘Dave Clark became a popular name for babies in the sixties’ well only if your surname was already Clark presumably. And David is hardly unknown in the baby naming stakes.
Can some sixties experts – yes paging @deramdaze – cast some light on why this state of affairs has come to be. Apparently they sold ‘100 million records’ , toured the world incessantly, made a beat movie directed by John Boorman and appeared on Ed Sullivan more often than the Beatles, but try and buy their music now….