Friday, April 24, 2009
(2) To Sir With Love - 60s Indonesian Invasion
Even our neighbouring countries have their own pop stars. Ernie Djohan is one of them. She took advantage of Lulu's hit and cut a disc with her group Buana Suara under the Philips' label.
Her voice cannot be compared with Lulu's as it is neither rich nor powerful. Her pronunciation has that Dutch accent, clear and distinct but she emphasises the wrong syllables.
The group backing her could do better with a strong and more solid lead guitar presence. But then her wee voice would have been drowned. There could have been a better balance of voice and music. The cover looks simple but attractive. The song, which could have been longer, lasts for only two minutes.
Note the other song by Ernie (image), "San Francisco", which has been covered by quite a number of local artistes. Like "Guantanamera" and "Born Free", these songs are hot but overexposed. Ernie has cut many records and some of songs included are, "You Only Live Twice," "Master Jack" and "I'm A Tiger".
(Image: From Andy Lim Collection)