When it comes to music from the Good Old Days, I like to consider myself a bit of an aficionado. Music was such a large part of our lives growing up in the ’50s and ’60s that it was hard not to develop some sort of passion for it. All this to say, there aren’t many musical acts from those times that I was unaware of. That said, it shamefully took quite some time for me to come across the Tielman Brothers, but boy am I glad I did. If you’re unaware of this revolutionary rock group like I was, here’s a quick bit of history.
Lead by frontman Andy Tielman, the band consisted of a group of brothers from Indonesia. Their style, known now as Indorock, was a fusion of Indonesian and Western music with roots in Kroncong (an Indonesian musical style that typically makes use of the kroncong, a ukulele-like instrument). While they never really made it big in the U.S., they were pioneers of rock in the Netherlands and toured Europe for several decades. In the following clip from 1959, see the band perform the song “Rolling Rock.” Their on-stage antics and energy are just incredible (the drum solo in particular is my favorite). They were certainly ahead of their time, and this upbeat performance will have you tappin’ your toes to the beat! Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below (thanks to Sam Sam Music for the upload).