Indonesia's "Beatles" back in tune 40s years on

Mon Feb 9, 2009 9:17am EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Jennifer Henderson and Heru Asprihanto

JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - It's been 40 years since Koes Plus topped Indonesian charts with songs influenced by The Beatles, and now a new crop of musicians inspired by the band's style are helping to tune them in with the crowds again.

"People remember our songs in their hearts, our songs are still popular, for example many groups still cover our songs, all around Java," Koes Plus vocalist Yon Koeswoyo told Reuters.

About 50 different bands now cover Koes Plus, and all are so popular that a local radio station recently organized a concert for fans, bringing Koeswoyo and the "T-Koes," a band which is made up of his son, Junior, and other musicians.

Fans sang along and danced down memory lane during the intermission, admiring posters of the band from their heyday.

"I've liked Koes Plus since the 1970s, so now I am taking my daughter and sons who also like Koes Plus very much," said fan Winda, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Koes Plus is credited with being one of the founders of the Indonesian pop rock culture in the 1970s. Generations of Indonesians have sung along to their hits and their songs have also been covered scores of times by other artists.

The band has produced 14 albums and over a thousand songs, branching into various styles, and now younger fans say they can also relate to their music.

"I like the songs and the lyrics. It's easy listening and right on target about our daily lives," said Maya, a young fan.   Continued...