Bits and Pieces

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"Bits and Pieces"
Bits and Pieces Dave Clark.jpg
Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Glad All Over
B-side "All of the Time"
Released February 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded 1963
Genre Pop rock, beat
Length 1:59
Label Columbia DB 7210
Epic 5-9671
Capitol 72148 (Canada)
Songwriter(s) Dave Clark, Mike Smith
Producer(s) Adrian Clark
The Dave Clark Five singles chronology
"Glad All Over"
(1964)
"Bits and Pieces"
(1964)
"Can't You See That She's Mine"
(1964)
"Glad All Over"
(1964)
"Bits and Pieces"
(1964)
"Can't You See That She's Mine"
(1964)

"Bits and Pieces" is a song by 1960s quintet The Dave Clark Five. The single hit number two in the UK and number four in the US. The song was a success in other countries too. It was number two in Australia[1] and number one in Canada[1] and Ireland. It reached number four in the Netherlands.[2] In Germany it only reached the 20th place though.[3]

Lead vocals are sung by Mike Smith, who also wrote the song. The song is in antiphonal style, Mike Smith singing a solo line and the whole group responding. The drums have a very prominent part in the accompaniment.

Robert Christgau, writing in 1969, called the song "a wonderfully serviceable rock throwaway, raucous and meaningless, perfect for shouting into the night."[4]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Australia : DC5 Hits". Thedc5.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Killersoft.at. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ "In Memory of the Dave Clark Five". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Leif Garrett, Can't Explain". Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ John Tracy in the booklet accompanying the 1999 cd sampler The Barron Knights.