I think a large part of the problem is that Dave Clark owns the rights to all of it: the movie, the TV specials, all the recorded output, etc., and he's been sitting on it all for decades. He even owns the entire Ready Steady Go TV catalog, and very little of it has been re-released in the digital age. Even though he was a brilliant manager for the band, I think that if his strategy is to generate intense interest, it has backfired because a lot of people either don't know or no longer care.My Dad is a huge DC5 fan, so I grew up listening to all their albums. It's really remarkable how little recognition they get given all the success the band had. I realize they're in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (for whatever that's worth), but in my experience the average person, even of the right age, has never heard of them.
Re: Mike Smith. Exactly my thoughts. As I recall, he was making some television appearances and was on a nice little comeback trail before the tragic accident.I was always entranced by Dave Clark's drumming. He had a very heavy style, the Ringo hihat method, and he sat so high behind the drums that he was a commanding presence in the band. I learned a lot of my early "technique" from him.
But, Mike Smith was the man in the Dave Clark Five. His vocals were simply some of the best in pop rock. And, speaking of presence, Mike Smith seemed to tower over the others and had THAT SMILE. He always seemed to be having more fun than anybody else in the group. I'm quite convinced that he could have been a big star leading his own band.
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