Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dave Clark Five - Everybody Knows

(Columbia, 1967)

Why yes, I do own a French copy of “Everybody Knows,” thanks for asking! Same old syrupy dreck on the A-side, but our Gallic friends get the pleasure of experiencing “Tabatha Twitchit” on the flip. It’s a mildly psychedelic attempt at whimsy, an idiosyncratic child’s-eye character sketch of an old lady that’s powered by jaunty horns and the sort of nursery-rhyme melody common to the era’s pop-oriented lysergic-come-latelies. A charming oddity, nothing more. Notable, though, in that neither song is instantly recognizable as the Dave Clark Five, so have fun confounding your friends with this one.

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