In retrospect, my reference to the Dave Clark Five as sort of a “po’ folks’ Beatles” was probably too dismissive-sounding. They actually gave the Fab Four a pretty good run for their money when it came to the U.S. market for British Invasion bands. Their first US hit, “Glad All Over,” knocked “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” off the top of the charts in 1964. Though their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show came after the Beatles, the DC5 ultimately appeared on that show an astonishing 18 times. They don’t have much of a recognized musical legacy, probably because they didn’t have anything like Sgt. Pepper. But they were indeed a big whoop back in the day.
Here are some tuneful midday news/views treats:
* New York Stock Exchange suspended trading a couple of hours ago due to a “computer glitch,’ but denies there’s been a cyber-attack.
* New report shows women saving $1.4 billion in out-of-pocket costs for contraceptive pills alone thanks to Obamacare.
* Nate Cohn argues Bernie Sanders’ support is about to hit a wall.
* Chinese government’s credibility seriously undermined by 30% drop in stock values since June peak, spurring talk of a “panic.”
* At TNR, Jordan Michael Smith profiles Norman Finkelstein, denied tenure in 2007 for support of Palestinian cause and now struggling to make ends meet after repudiating BDS movement to fight the Israeli occupation.
And in sorta non-political news:
* Tom Selleck accused of stealing huge quantities of water for his ranch/avocado farm in drought-stricken Ventura County, California. Don’t know if he’s still performing in ads for National Review, but if so they might want to reconsider his contract.
As we break for lunch, here’s one of the few Dave Clark 5 tunes that strayed near late-60s experimentalism: “Inside and Out,” from 1967.