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CLOUT PERFORMS IN DURBAN (article first published : 2005-12-16)

South Africa's million-selling all-girl group of the 70s, Clout, has reformed, recorded a 12-track album and is now on tour. The band will perform at the Dockyard Supper Theatre on December 21 with the possibility of an additional night should the demand arise.

Regarded as one of the finest working bands on the international music scene their cover version of the Righteous Brothers' song Substitute catapulted Clout into worldwide recognition. Produced by Graeme Beggs and first released in 1977, Substitute reached No 2 on the UK Charts in June 1978 and held that spot for three weeks. The song reached No 1 in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland. Although it never reached the Top 10 in the US it managed to stay on the Charts for 10 weeks.

So great was the interest in Germany that, on hearing that the band was reformed, there was immediate response to the new album, Since We've Been Gone. This has even led to the possibility of a tour to Germany early next year. The album includes four re-recorded versions of Clout classics as well as a new track Tender Love which is currently receiving radio-play.

The rationale behind reforming Clout is a tale in itself. There is nothing more impacting that discovering that life is all too short. Cindy Alter (lead vocals, guitar) was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002, underwent a successful bone-marrow transplant in 2003 and has been free of the disease ever since. 'Being alive and able to do what I love most is the ultimate gift,' she says.

As soon as she could, she contacted all the former members of her band to see if they would be interested in rekindling their performance. The line-up consists predominantly of the original members with the only exception being Leigh Tomlinson, the original bass player who now lives in Germany.

Cindy Alter (lead vocals, guitar); Jenny Garson (guitar, vocals); Glenda Millar (vocals, keyboards); Ingrid 'Ingi' Herbst (drums, vocals), Sandy Robbie (guitar) and new addition Gary van Zyl (bass) will take to the Durban stage. Tickets R80 - standing room only. A light menu and cash bar will be available. Bookings through contact Karen or Melissa on 031 332 1086.




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