Song Title: Substitute
Date of release: January 1978
Description: ” Substitute ” is by Clout, who were all-female South African rock group formed in 1977. The original five members of the band were Cindy Alter, Lee Tomlinson, Ingrid “Ingi” Herbst, Glenda Hyam and Jenni Garson.
The band chose the name Clout as a reference to power, or as they were all a female line-up, girl power. The band released eight singles including this one between 1977 and 1981. Clout disbanded in 1981, not long after the release of the band’s last single, their cover of ” Portable Radio “, a Hall and Oates song.
” Substitute ” was written by Willie Harry Wilson and first recorded by duo The Righteous Brothers in 1975. The duo who were made up of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who died on the 5th of November 2003.
The Righteous Brothers had their first hit with ” You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” in 1964 which was produced by Phil Spector, which is considered by many to be one of his finest pieces of work. The other notable hit for which the duo is best known is ” Unchained Melody “, a hit in July 1965 and used in the 1990 film Ghost, which starred Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
Clout recorded their version of ” Substitute ” in November 1977 and released it in January 1978 by record label Sunshine Records ( defunct, catalogue now owned by Warner Music Group ). The song appears on the band’s self titled Album Clout.
Their producer for ” Substitute ” was Grahame Beggs, he worked with ” Pendulum “, a South African band who had two chart hits on South Africa’s Springbok radio with ” Take my Heart ” in 1976 and ” Seabird ” in 1977. Grahame was also founder and owner of Sunshine Records.
The song was a commercial success for Clout. In the United States the song reached a peak of number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent 10 weeks on the chart there. It also reached number 35 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, spending 8 weeks on that chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 17th of June 1978 and reached a peak of number 2. It spent 6 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart.
Clout were held off the Number One spot by ” You’re The One That I Want ” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John from the film version of the musical Grease.
The song was also a hit outside of the US and UK, reaching the charts in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium.
This is Clout’s most popular and well known single, it has been alleged that the band didn’t play any of the instruments on the single, the musicians were in fact a session group called Circus.
At the time when ” Substitute ” was riding high in the UK Singles Chart there was sanctions against South African artists and performers by UK’s Equity, the actors, stage managers and models trade union in the United Kingdom. So the BBC could feature the band on their music show Top of the Pops they a acquired a video clip from the Netherlands.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 67
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 12, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 10, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 86, France (IFOP) 16, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 13, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Clout