"Poor Clown" Rehearsal recording by Dzian!, original by the Koes Brothers.
The Koes Brothers (Koes Bersaudara), a garage rock band consisting of 5 brothers, was formed in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1960. This song is considered to be a critique of President Soekarno who banned rock n roll as a sign of western decadence in the mid 1960s. “Poor Clown” appeared on an album titled To the So-Called The Guilties after the members of the band were released from jail. [Song lyrics here]
We recorded this track for our Nakashi Dancers so that they could choreograph the song. Rachel is singing through a cheap Radio Shack mic connected to a karaoke machine (for added vocal reverbs). The karaoke machine turned off by itself in the middle of the recording so the vocals dropped out for a few lines. Our version is a tad longer with a Yoko-Ono-esque vocal outbreak in the middle.
Original version by the Koes Brothers (1967, To the So-Called The Guilties):
This is the first of the installment of audio uploads of our own tracks AND our favorite source materials (from various vinyls and cassettes). Enjoy.
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