Stretching the point

The Dave Clark Five charted 27 songs in Billboard, and not one was over three minutes long: the longest, a cover of the R&B fave “You Got What It Takes,” checked in at 2:59. At the other extreme was “I Like It Like That,” the old Chris Kenner tune, which was over with in a mere 1:37.

One of the irreducible characteristics of the hit pop/rock record, it’s been said, is seeming to get “a little bit shorter every time you hear it,” which means that a shortish record like the DC5’s “Try Too Hard,” listed as 2:10 on the single (Epic 5-10004; my vinyl rip runs 2:08), will eventually fold down into nothing at all. To ward off this horrifying prospect, one enterprising soul has come up with a 3:05 edit, which doesn’t bother me quite as much as I thought it would.

Then again, I’m the guy who did the two-minute version of “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida,” so take anything I say with a grain of salt. Reduced salt, if you can get it.

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