“At the Scene” is basically a better, heavier “I Like it Like That.” Sure, the last line of the chorus has the obnoxious sound of an advertising jingle (or “King of the Road”?!), but the super-dense mix of keys/sax/guitar, that ever-present thumpa-thumpa on the drums, and the particularly raunchy vocals more than compensate for any simpleminded songwriting. This is a good one: hedonistic, egalitarian, direct, catchy, a fist-pumping beat… Holy Moses, it’s like Andrew W.K. 35 years early! THAT’S NOT EVEN A JOKE! And on the B-side we get “I Miss You,” or, as I like to call it, “This Boy,” by The Beatles. Zing! Jeepers creepers, they’re not even trying to disguise the similarity. I give you an F for eFfort, fellas. At least make a half-assed attempt to cover up your copycat-ism!
Hey, while we’re all here talking about the Dave Clark Five, can I ask whether Rick Huxley was REALLY married to Sharon Osbourne? Wikipedia says so, but the suspicious lack of sources claiming this elsewhere on the internet – not to mention no appearance of the word “Huxley” in her autobiography – makes me think that this “fact” might not be true. Much as I’d love to establish a DC5-Black Sabbath connection, I suspect this isn’t going to be it. What say you, public?