Catch Us If You can – The Dave Clark Five

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on February 8th of 1965 The Dave Clark Five begin filming the movie Catch Us If You Can. Although they perform the soundtrack music, the members of the group (unlike The Beatles) do not play themselves, but appear as a team of freelance movie stuntmen and extras, led of course, by Dave Clark. Co-written by Clark with lead guitarist Lenny Davidson at the height of their popularity, this song also became a film title, a vehicle for the band in much the same way as was A Hard Day’s Night for The Beatles the previous year. As such, it served as the title song to John Boorman‘s well-regarded DC5 vehicle and pop scene film Catch Us If You Can (retitled Having a Wild Weekend in the U.S.) of the same year. The title phrase was seemingly a take-off on the 1959 crime film Catch Me If You Can and similar phrases, with “me” turned to the group’s “us”. It may indeed have been difficult to catch Clark and his group at that time because immediately after the film was released they were off to the States via Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The B Side to the US release, the instrumental “On The Move”, was equally thematic. The finger snaps and “Here we come” line in this song provided inspiration for the “(Theme From) The Monkees,” which was written later in 1965 for the show’s pilot episode. The song reached #4 in the US and #5 in the UK.