Bits and Pieces
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|"Bits and Pieces"|
|Single by The Dave Clark Five|
|from the album Glad All Over|
|B-side||"All of the Time"|
|Genre||Pop rock, beat|
|Label||Columbia DB 7210
Capitol 72148 (Canada)
|Songwriter(s)||Dave Clark, Mike Smith|
|The Dave Clark Five singles chronology|
"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 and number one in Canada and Ireland. It reached number four in the Netherlands. In Germany it only reached the 20th place though.
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.
- The Jax, better known as Buster, released a cover version as a single in 1980.
- The Supremes recorded two Dave Clark Five songs, "Bits and Pieces" and "Because", on their 1964 album A Bit of Liverpool
- The song was covered on the 1979 live album The Suicide Commandos Commit Suicide Dance Concert by The Suicide Commandos.
- Leif Garrett released a version of the song on his 1980 album, Can't Explain.
- There is a cover by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on their 1981 album I Love Rock 'n' Roll.
- The Toasters covered the song on their 2007 album One More Bullet.
- The song was parodied as "Boots and Blisters" in "Call Up the Groups" by The Barron Knights. With Dave Clark’s consent, drummer Dave Ballinger played Clark’s drum kit at the recording session.
- Dusty Springfield's "Bits and Pieces" (1980) is a different song.
- "Australia : DC5 Hits". Thedc5.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Killersoft.at. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
- "In Memory of the Dave Clark Five". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
- "Leif Garrett, Can't Explain". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- John Tracy in the booklet accompanying the 1999 cd sampler The Barron Knights.