The Dave Clark Five — “Maze of Love”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 12, 2022

412) The Dave Clark Five — “Maze of Love”

This ‘68 B-side and album track is a psychedelic romp by a band not known for their plunges into altered states. But they pull it off like the true professionals they were (see #208, 320, 411). Beverly Paterson raves that:

Although the Dave Clark Five never crafted a Revolver or Their Satanic Majesties Request, they did have a brief fling with psychedelic music. Built around a trippy chorus, flashes of spiky guitar riffs and a twitchy break, “Maze Of Love” is a particularly fine expression of the band’s foray into the genre.

Derek See concurs:

“Maze of Love” is easily one of the hottest grooves ever laid down by these purveyors of the Tottenham sound. With relentless drumming wicked fuzz guitar and lyrics that epitomize the tail end of the mod era, this is freakbeat at its finest!

Serene Dominic, not so much:

Everybody who made a record before 1967 has a bad psychedelic moment. . . . Remember the fuzzy lead guitar riff from Sgt. Pepper’s title track? The DC5 copy that and spread it across two songs: “Inside and Out”and “Maze of Love.” . . . As “Sgt. Pepper” zeroxes, [it] at least contain[s] a kern[e]l of originality (see “the egg and not the shell” bit).

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