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January 9, 2009 10:38 AM   Subscribe

Dave Dee, RIP.

Dave Dee of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich has gone to great gig in the sky.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (22 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Who? And yes I read the article. Maybe I'm just not old enough to know these guys? That's not a question I ask too often either. Maybe just a UK thing?
posted by cjorgensen at 10:42 AM on January 9, 2009


Never, in my entire life, have I ever heard of this gentleman. And I *am* of that era, still pretty much prefer that music and general milieu.

Not that I'm complaining. It's actually kinda neat; like finding a lost treasure.
posted by RavinDave at 10:51 AM on January 9, 2009


Who?

Mid-sixties pop band. Not very interesting, I think that teenage girls were their only real following. I never heard anybody admit to owning a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch album, or of anyone going to see them live -- though they had quite a few hit singles in their day.

They pretty well sucked -- even to a ten year old like me.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:57 AM on January 9, 2009


He's really good. Too bad I've never heard of him. My guess is he never made it across the pond to prudeland because he cracked a whip and sang about strippers.
posted by Zambrano at 11:02 AM on January 9, 2009


I never knew that they'd replaced the Beaky and the Mick though. Fancy having to say that you're Beaky, but not the *original* Beaky. That must feel a bit tragic.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:02 AM on January 9, 2009


What, no one here ever heard Bend It? A classic. Although I'll admit that I forgot that it was and if it would not have been for the dead guy I would have never ever thought of them again.
posted by mss at 11:27 AM on January 9, 2009


Quentin Tarantino paid homage to them (quite entertainingly, but I won't spoil it) in Death Proof.
posted by hermitosis at 11:29 AM on January 9, 2009


Grew up in California in the '60s; listened to a lot of British Imports from the Beatles, Stones and The Who to Herman's Hermits, Lonnie Donagan and Rolf Harris, but I do NOT remember Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

Listening to some of their music now...
"And hold tight, shut your eyes,
Girl, you suit me for si-i-i-ize."
Between that and "Bend It", these guys are incredible!
posted by wendell at 11:40 AM on January 9, 2009


Maybe just a UK thing?

They were massive international stars, and huge in their native England, but for some reason just didn't hit it big in the U.S.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:47 AM on January 9, 2009


Guess they didn't powder the right palms in the US to catch any air time.
posted by RavinDave at 11:59 AM on January 9, 2009


Oh come now, you must've all heard "Zabadak", at least?
posted by Dysk at 12:02 PM on January 9, 2009


Arlene: Who do you want to hear?
Jungle Julia: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Arlene: Who?
Jungle Julia: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
Arlene: Who the fuck are they?
Jungle Julia: For your information, Pete Townsend, at one point, almost quit The Who. And if he had, he would have ended up in this group, thus making it Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich and Pete. And if you ask me, he should have.
[flips on the radio to hear "Hold Tight" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich]
Jungle Julia: That's my boy!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:08 PM on January 9, 2009


I got their album after Death Proof. Love it! Bummer to see him go.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:35 PM on January 9, 2009


Between that and "Bend It", these guys are incredible!

Not when you had bands like Amen Corner, the Small Faces and Spencer Davis. Love Affair and Georgie Fame.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:49 PM on January 9, 2009


Oh come now, you must've all heard "Zabadak", at least?

I rest my case...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:51 PM on January 9, 2009


Awful band,, but I do own a Readers Digest LP from the 70s that has DD,D,B,M, & T on one side and Hendrix on the other.

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posted by the cuban at 1:05 PM on January 9, 2009


My name is Dave Dean, and this post worried me for a minute.
posted by Foosnark at 1:51 PM on January 9, 2009


Heh, Foosnark, I just forwarded this to my brother Dave, whose wife is named Dee.
posted by Restless Day at 2:10 PM on January 9, 2009


Arlene: Who do you want to hear?
Jungle Julia: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich...


But Jungle Julia says "Mitch" instead of Mick each time.

I interpreted that as a deliberate choice by Tarantino. Julia was being a smartypants showoff, but got a critical detail wrong while doing so. Repeatedly. It exposed her as inauthentic, and (at least in the moral universe in which "Death Proof" resided) therefore deserving of her ultimate fate.
posted by Captain Swing at 2:34 PM on January 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I loved this stuff when I was in short trousers. I think I used to claim to know what the words in Zabadak meant.

You tend to think looking back on it that the Sixties were all John Lennon and Hendrix and people, but as cuban's LP epitomises, there was another whole kitschy side which was just as important - good old Arthur Smith with a bonfire on his head and all that. An era which can turn out stuff like that without a flicker of embarrassment can't be all bad.
posted by Phanx at 2:37 PM on January 9, 2009


Immortal poetry from DDDBM & T

Bend it, baby
Show me you can move and
Do the dance that's really
In the groove

* * *
When life's ending
We'll be bending. . .


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posted by rdone at 5:06 PM on January 9, 2009


Here's a more informative obit. I still find it odd that a band can spend four years on the UK singles chart and yet be virtually unknown in the US.
posted by 3.2.3 at 11:01 PM on January 10, 2009


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