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

412) The Dave Clark Five —

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.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/somethingelsereviews.com/2013/02/19/the-dave-clark-five-the-history-of-the-dave-clark-five-1993/%3famp=1

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!

http://dereksdaily45.blogspot.com/2010/05/dave-clark-five-maze-of-love.html?m=1

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).

https://psychedelicscene.com/2021/06/28/psychedelic-skeletons-in-the-closet-dave-clark-five/

“Take a look around, just look at your friends and the people you think you know. If you wanna be honest and face the truth, then there’s not really much that you know. You’ve known ’em for years just by their face and you’ll never ever call me on. You’re stretching yourself but there’s more to know if you really want to go on. It’s the maze, the maze of love. Maze, the maze of love. Maze of love! Before you run you gotta learn to walk. It’s the way, it’s the way of your life. Take a look at your friends, take a look at yourself and find out what goes on inside. It’s really easy, you trust your luck and you face the truth as it comes. You can take the good with the bad, then you’re starting to run. It’s the maze, the maze of love. Maze, the maze of love. Too many people are running around still trying to find themselves. If they could only understand It’s the egg and not the shell. Stand too close to the mirror and you won’t even see yourself. It’s the maze of love, maze of love, love, love, love. Maze of love! Take a look around, just look at your friends and the people you think you know. If you wanna be honest and face the truth, then there’s not really much that you know. You’ve known ’em for years just by their face and you’ll never ever call me on. You’re stretching yourself ’cause there’s more to know if you really want to go on. It’s the maze, the maze of love. Maze, the maze of love . . . .”

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