Collection: Clout

Clout was, originally, an all-female South African rock group formed in Johannesburg in 1977, best known for their hit single, "Substitute". Later in their career, the group included some male musicians, who had played as session musicians on the recording. The band's first and biggest hit, "Substitute", was a new arrangement of a Righteous Brothers song, composed by Willie Wilson. In 1978, their version reached No. 1 in South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium. It also reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the UK charts for 15 weeks. Lead singer Cindy Alter, drummer Ingrid Herbst, guitarist Lee Tomlinson, bassist Jennie Garson and keyboardist Glenda Hyam comprised the initial version of Clout. A major success in Europe, Clout scored more Top 10 singles, notably "Save Me", "You've Got All of Me" and "Under Fire". Their cover of "Substitute" reached No. 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Clout split up in 1981, shortly after the release of their last major single, a re-arrangement of the Hall and Oates song "Portable Radio".


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