This is a quick post of my Mustang Bass for Boris. It won’t be up long — there’ll be a new one on the way shortly. You can hear what I was playing on the link.

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  1. Neil Jones says:

    Hey Bruce,

    Just got to add my twopence worth about Dave Clark 5. We used to play a bunch of sixties tunes mainly of the northern variety but sometimes we would play more mainstream stuff but we would never touch Dave Clark stuff. We had a running joke in the band how Dave Clark had tried to rewrite pop history in his own image. So to get our own back in our tiny way we blanked him and rewrote music history without him. I thank you.


  2. Mike Miller says:

    I was asked once in downtown Portland OR if I wanted a free hug.

    • Bruce says:

      I’ve just seen an astonishing documentary on TV — obviously made in the uS where one US artist after another, (particulalry Bruce Springsteen and his band) are paying effusive tribute to the Dave Clark Five. I feel bound to ask how the Dave Clark Five were/are perceived in America. In the UK they were an absolute joke of a group — probably on a par with Herman’s Hermits (who were also clasped to the American bosom). I’m absolutely astonished and dumbfounded that people are talking about the great vocals and drumming of the band. I’m actually in shock. I can’t think of a US band that is the equivalent of how the Dave Clark 5 were perceived in Britain — there simply isn’t one that tacky. Do any of you guys think they were good?!!

      • Roddy Ring says:

        I wrote a brilliant discertation last night that seems to have disappeared into the ether. (Mr. Moderator, I will kick your ass someday).
        The synopsis: I saw that a few months ago, thought it was pretty boring. I didn’t know any of the songs but for Catch Us If You Can. The presentation reminded me in a way of the Kingston Trio in its infinite cheesiness. I don’t know any one who is a fan. And Springsteen is a big phoney anyway, giving interviews in his fake southern accent, so I don’t care what he thinks.

      • Bruce says:

        I’m sorry if something got directed into the spam folder and cleared by mistake. I usually check to see if that’s happened but I’m being inundated with very long spam mails at the moment and it may have been nuked. If that’s the case then a thousand apologies. I shall find a suitably full length mirror and kick may own ass as I would have liked to read your dissertation. Springsteen came over as very cheesy on it too — I agree, along with van Zandt and Weinberg — saying the Five were a seminal rock band. (Says more about Springsteen et al than the Dave Clark 5).

        I mentioned the program to someone today and they seemed to recall that the whole thing was financed by Clark anyway. He was a lousy drummer in a lousy band making lousy records, but he had his head screwed on when it came to money. He bought up all the old Ready Steady Go TV shows from the 1960s, and a lot of other archive material, which he correctly identified as a money spinner. If only he’d stuck to buying music instead of attempting to play it.

      • Andy Radford says:

        I’m British and have always been confused with America’s perception of them. It’s not the crap records, crap image or the fact that none of them played a note of music – it’s why they appear to only be regarded as a classic band by Americans, no-one else!

      • Bruce says:

        Aaah! — so it’s not just me then. Dave Clark makes the Muppets’ drummer look good — bobbing his head up and down like a frigging budgie in front of a mirror! The rest looked like office workers that stumbled on to a TV set.

      • Roddy Ring says:

        No need to flog yourself, my assesment of my own prose might have been a bit hyperbolic. But I wasn’t going to miss a chance to poke at the moderator, though. Apparently, I failed to convince the two of you that there is no DC5 fan club here in the States. Now that you mention it, I now remember seeing in the closing credits that he was the exec. So, it seems, if I follow correctly, that the group would be something akin to the Monkees if Don Kirshner had cast himself in Davy Jones’ role.

      • Bruce says:

        At least the Monkees had songs — and personality! That whole doc was obviously a Dave Clark vanity project. What is amazing though is that Springsteen and co were so compliant in the whole turd polishing exercise. Mind you… he did endorse Obama :/

      • Roddy Ring says:

        I liked the Monkees as well, not Don Kirshner. I saw your mug on National TV last night, if only for about 2 seconds.

      • Bruce says:

        I won’t ask in what context.

      • Roddy Ring says:

        FBI’s most wanted – actually it was the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show and the clip was of you and your former cohort kicking of Radio Radio from that (in)famous appearance on the program.

      • Bruce says:

        All completely spontaneous — NOT.

      • Mike Miller says:

        His initials are “BS” for a reason.

      • Paul Inglis says:

        I never rated the drumming (in fact it tends toward the godawful at times) and the vocals are average. Catch Us If You Can is a decentish pop song, but not outstanding.

        Americans seemed to have quite the appetite for UK cheese once the Fabs busted the doors wide open…

      • Bruce says:

        I think that’s a very succinct and accurate appraisal.

      • Mike Miller says:

        That’s because at that time, and probably even more now, we were starved for entertainment and easily easily entertained. Look at the UK Top 100 songs of 1963 and compare it to the US chart of the same period and I believe you’ll see what I mean. Plus, now it’s BabyBoomer nostalgia.

      • Bruce says:

        True — ‘How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?’ I guess we at least had the British Rock and Roll Boom to keep us going in the early Sixties — Cliff and the Shadows, Vince Taylor and the Playboys and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates — all of which was based on US acts like Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. We were pretty starved too — there was simply no radio or TV pop music programming to speak of in those days. I don’t think any amoput of nostalgia will ever see Dave Clark fall into the ‘so bad he was good’ category, though — he was just bad.

  3. Roddy Ring says:

    The main riff sounds familiar. And did I see “banjo” in the credits, how could that be? I hope you’ve cut your hair in the meantime.

    • Bruce says:

      There’s a banjo on “I Might Stumble” — now you come to mention it. Oh dear — found out. As for that riff — I’ve recycled it many times.

      • Roddy Ring says:

        I’m sure it tried you patience. I’ll have to check old UK obituaries for banjo impalements, but at least there were no flutes.

  4. BorisBrain says:

    Ah, bless ya. Looking every bit as modded as you described, too.

    Cheers Bruce – stay groovy,


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