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February 14, 2013

Dave Clark Five Bassist Rick Huxley is dead at 72

What is it all of a sudden with the icons of my youth crashing and burning all over the place?

Just last week it was "Good Vibrations" electro-theremin player Paul Tanner and now today's New York Times obituary section brings news of the demise this past Monday of a founding member of the one of my favorite bands back before you were born, when I was in high school.

Oh! The songs! 

"Bits and Pieces,""Glad All Over," "Catch Us If You Can"....

FunFact: We had an alternate lyric for "Glad All Over" that involved a girl named Gladys but I won't bore you with my reminiscences.

Heh.

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Joe, great post, but hey your forgot their hit "Because" released in 1964. It is on par with anything the Beatles did from that time period. What a great time to be alive hearing that over the family radio at age 8. Still gives me shivers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvQY6b-VXu8

Posted by: friskypainter | Feb 17, 2013 12:06:16 AM

Oh my G-d Antares, it's true!

Posted by: tamra | Feb 15, 2013 2:31:46 AM

"What is it all of a sudden with the icons of my youth crashing and burning all over the place?"

It's because you are old, Joe.

We come to the point in our lives when our remaining friends begin conversations with "You know who just died?"

Posted by: antares | Feb 14, 2013 7:04:33 PM

"What is it all of a sudden with the icons of my youth crashing and burning all over the place?"

Soon it will be,

Hey, none of the icons of my youth died this week ;-)

Posted by: joepeach | Feb 14, 2013 6:33:21 PM

It is pretty grim, these icons of one's youth, as you say, ringing down the curtain and joining the choir invisible all at almost the same time. And I don't think I was even aware of some of them passing - Gene Pitney went back in 2006 and I only realized that a few days ago! (In case anybody wonders who on earth he was, a few examples):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMcg6NwZIGM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vAyitZPcMo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_IXw1UOQJ8


Loved the DC5's music, but they were way too well-groomed (for me, back in the day when I worshipped the Kinks, who were just scruffy enough and, well, slightly kinky). As I recall, the DC5 made a pretty good movie (directed by John Boorman) - "Catch Us If You Can" - that even Pauline Kael liked. Worth watching. The opening couple of minutes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NfTwLuiPeA

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 14, 2013 6:07:41 PM

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