Sunday, November 21, 2010

Foreigner's Appreciation Of A Singapore Band: 'Sir Barclay More' Flies Through Time And Space


"Focussing in music from the past, not reissued, and not easily found in common blogs, here's for you those most special songs appearing in my path; great songs, usually in small places, that broaden hearts and give some brightness to the surrounding nonsense.

With some of the most acid guitars ever recorded in Asia, Sir Barclay More is a quite unusual case of early psychedelia on a martian context. And even more so, keeping in mind that in 1967 all the area was still hypnotized by the clean Fender of Hank Marvin. If this song came from some of the classic anglo-saxon countries, it would more than surelly be quite well known by all specialists of the genre. But no. That urgent and spatial Electric Prunes psycofuzz comes from a zone not so well explored.

The Clansmen was a band from Singapore, formed by some students of the St. Patrick's School: Terry Abdoola (lead guitar), Derek Nunis (rhythm guitar), Raymond Lazaroo (bass) and Philip Monteiro (drums). They used to back some local singers like Stevie Loraine and, for this, their only record bearing their name alone, they had the voice of Davy King, another artist from the same record label.

This epic song, including a passional murder and posterior execution, was written by Terry Marsden, a singer songwriter who around that time also made some interesting material for other popular local artists like The Reyes Sisters, Winston & The Dukes, Stevie Loraine or the british singer based in the island, Bobby Lambert. Sir Barclay More flies through time and space

Image: Philips Record: 338712-PF-1967.

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