Dara Puspita

I’ve blogged about 60s psychadelica outside of the West before, but I’m not going to wax lyrical about a genre this time. In this case I just simply have a thing for the idea of four women in post-colonial Indonesia starting a rock band in those outfits in an age before irony. Fans of Vivian Girls et al, take note.

They’ve got a pretty cool back-story to boot.

From their Last.fm page:

‘Dara Puspita (Flower Girls) was Indonesia’s most successful girl band of the 1960s. While there were many popular female vocalists in Indonesia at that time, they nearly all relied on the services of a backing band. Dara Puspita was one of the few girl groups who actually played all their own music as well.

In 1965 the band relocated to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and soon gained a reputation as a sensational live act, bashing away on their instruments, screaming out their songs and jumping up and down. Even though it was often hard to hear the songs through all the mayhem, audiences thought it was great and often joined the band to dance around on the stage.

The band’s stage act and the songs they played were clearly influenced by contemporary British bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, whose music at the time was banned in Indonesia.’

The music’s pretty good too, of course and I’ll throw in some Selda as well, just to refresh your memory.


MP3: Dara Puspita – Kerja Kami (Our Work)

MP3: Selda Bagcan – Yaylalar

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