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Friday, March 30, 2007

South African Women ROCK!!!

posted by on March 30 at 15:08 PM

When you think of artists from South Africa the first that comes to mind might be the most obvious, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Then you might move on to a classic, like Manfred Mann. You might even get to Johnny Clegg.

But back in the 1978, there was a group, who released a single in the States that reached #67, and though it didn’t go any further, they managed to stay on the charts for another 9 weeks, and get a little radio play.

It would have been hard for them to promote their album, as the politics of the time didn’t allow them to tour America. So they released their single, and eventually their album, to the U.S. public and hoped for the best.

The single was a cover of The Righteous Brothers song Substitute. The album was called Six Of The Best. The group was, surprisingly for the time and place, an all girl rock outfit called Clout.

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I haven’t been able to find out very much about the band, apart from the fact that the album was recorded with the help of a lot of session players, which ultimately lead to charges that the girls were merely a front for the producer. This eventually hurt their credability in Europe where Substitute had become a number one hit.

In a recent interview one of the old band members, Cindy Alter, who now lives in L.A. remembers:

…we didn’t read the fine print and what ensued was not what we had expected. It did become a bit of a puppet show with the grand master puppeteer raking in all the money and the poor little puppets getting put in the box at the end of the day.

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I’m sorry they never reached more popularity in the States, because their album Six Of The Best is totally amazing! It’s like a rock album that you can dance to. The songs are just fantastic. The vocals are sexy and throaty, without sounding too mature. The girls never seem to be cloying, or hung up on girlish euphamisms. Listening to this album makes you feel like your hanging out in the girls room with the bad girls, but their not so bad that they won’t talk to you and tell you what it’s all about.

They obviously had some style too….

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If you’ve never heard Clout before, go to my blog and check out some samples!

You’re gonna love them. To tide you over, here’s some awesome YouTube footage of Clout singing their hit, Substitute, live!

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God, Terry. You (and your blog) are one of the greatest things about Line Out. I've never not enjoyed something you've posted here. Thanks, maing; you're an asset to our music team.

Posted by Nick | March 30, 2007 3:33 PM
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aw shucks! you're embarrasing me!

thanks nick!

Posted by terry miller | March 30, 2007 4:44 PM

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