A women-only band with Cindi Alter on vocals, Glenda Hyam on keyboards and vocals, Lee Tomlinson on bass and vocals, Jenny Garson on guitar and vocals and Ingi Herbst on drums.
Clout arrived on the South African scene with the single “Substitute” in
1977. The single was very successful in various European countries and in New Zealand. This was followed by further chart success in South Africa and abroad.
Tours to Europe followed. Changing membership ended the women’s-only status of the band in 1978 when Glenda Hyam departed and Sandy Robbie (guitar) and Bones Brettell (keyboards) joined. In 1980 Gary van Zyl replaced Lee Tomlinson on bass.
Clout broke up in 1981.
Formed in 1980 as a rock band and released their debut album Burnout in 1981.
Original line-up was PJ Powers (vocals), Alistair Coakley (guitar), George van Dyk (bass and vocals), Geoff Sedgwick (keyboards, vocals), Pat van Rensburg (drums). In 1982 Larry Rose replaced van Rensburg on drums and Bones Brettell replaced Sedgwick on keyboards.
They became extremely popular amongst black South Africans when the band crossed-over to a township-pop/rock sound with albums like Music for Africa (1983), Jabulani (1984) and Wozani (1985).
The band even managed to play in Europe and the United States but the Cultural boycott prevented them from releasing music there. There were a couple more line-up changes in 1987 but then the band broke up in 1987.