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Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:16 am
by Garth Cartwright
Did anyone watch the doc' on the DC5 on the BBC on Saturday? I ask as I wonder whether I should bother giving it an hour of my time? I recall a few of their singles being fun but not much else do i know of them. The Torygraph ran an intv with Dave on Sat' who appears to be one of those quite brilliant control freaks who not only has always had total control of his records (producing and owning the masters right from the start) he even produces documentaries about himself.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:59 am
by AndyM
It was enjoyable up to a point, with jolly archive footage & an interesting array of famous fans, but the overriding suggestion that DC's career was one of crucial world-dominating importance becomes wearisome. Balanced it ain't.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:12 am
by NormanD
I watched about the first ten minutes as a therapeutic exercise to see if I could overcome my intense dislike of the group and its music. I failed, and only succeeded in strengthening it, though noted that I had better control over my loathing, and could sleep undisturbed.

Have you ever noticed how rarely we get to see complete editions of "Ready Steady Go"? And how every compilation episode always features the DC5 prominently?

My overall feeling is: Garth, don't bother.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:27 am
by john poole
They did make the occasional good record including Catch Us If You Can, but you would need to be an extremely dedicated fan to watch the entire 115 minutes of the documentary in which a selection of celebs keep reappearing, some of them filmed as long ago as the 1980s, apparently in competition to see who can speak the longest without saying anything interesting. I was losing the will to live less then halfway through as Gene Simmons in his Kiss make-up and costume reappeared yet again. Revived a little when some little clips of other acts on Ready Steady Go turned up.

There's a long piece here from when the documentary was shown on PBS last year
http://www.richieunterberger.com/wordpr ... lark-five/

wikipedia records that when the DC5 vocalist Mike Smith died in 2008 his estate was only worth £66,000.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:40 am
by john poole
NormanD wrote:Have you ever noticed how rarely we get to see complete editions of "Ready Steady Go"?
I'm not sure that any complete editions exist, apart maybe for the Otis Redding show and the Motown special (which wasn't actually RSG). Although Dave purchased whatever film survived from the series it is a matter of contention as to whether he has the rights to it.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:46 am
by Rob Hall
NormanD wrote:Have you ever noticed how rarely we get to see complete editions of "Ready Steady Go"? And how every compilation episode always features the DC5 prominently?

DC was always a business man first and a drummer second. I believe that he owns the rights to the RSG archives.

(John beat me to it.)

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:58 am
by Garth Cartwright
Thanks for all the info'. I will happily pass - i got the impression that it might not be worth sofa time. The Torygraph interview is hilarious in an old "he's one of them" way. It starts by Clarke denying he's gay (tho feature emphasises he's never married and lives alone and has paintings of naked men on the wall!) then mentions how he was very close with Freddie Mercury and remains good friends with Elton and Sir Ian (you can just imagine DT readers going "well, that says it all!"). If Lesley Gore can come out so can Dave Clarke. Tho' she was a lot more talented and personable than Clarke (who appears to have always been a businessman at heart - if he has one).

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:44 am
by Adam Blake
"Bits And Pieces" is an absolute knucklehead classic, though.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:52 pm
by AndyM
Garth Cartwright wrote: It starts by Clarke denying he's gay (tho feature emphasises he's never married and lives alone and has paintings of naked men on the wall!) then mentions how he was very close with Freddie Mercury and remains good friends with Elton and Sir Ian (you can just imagine DT readers going "well, that says it all!"). If Lesley Gore can come out so can Dave Clarke..


Precisely. Not being out in the early/mid 60s is explicable by historical context, but still pretending even now is not only laughable, but irresponsible. Foolish old queen.

Re: Dave Clarke 5

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:44 pm
by will vine
Adam Blake wrote:"Bits And Pieces" is an absolute knucklehead classic, though.


Seconded.
If they'd carried on they'd have become The Glitter Band.