Sounds for all ears, tastes, and interests best describe the music of Duncan Faure. Recordings by the South African born songwriter/musician have been a staple in the collection of many a rock music enthusiast since the mid-seventies.
From the fun loving "Dingley's Bookshop" to the grind of "Feels like Magic"...ballads to rockers, there is something for everyone.
Faure's career spans over 4 decades. From a youngster in his first band, to the present, he has consistently maintained a quality of musicianship few performers - past or present- have achieved.
The best public documentation of his career to date, begins in 1972 with his band, ORANGE CASH BOAT. A group dubbed as, "South Africa's Youngest Pop Sensation", they recorded "Girl on Her Own" b/w "Chi Chi Boo Boo". These two rarities are gems, and although sounding simplistic to some, a young teenaged Duncan and his evolving style are heard loud and clear.
The OCB lineup included childhood friends, Raimond Miller and Franco Del Mei - whose names most surely ring a bell to those familiar with Faure's work in the mid-90's with his First World Band. But let's not jump too far ahead... Duncan achieved international fame upon joining South Africa's, RABBITT in 1975. His progressive keyboard style assisted in completing the sound that many have come to associate with "the biggest band to have come out of South Africa". Rabbitt blew audiences away. And no other South African band, either before or since, has received as much press as they. Rabbitt consisted of Faure, Trevor Rabin, Neil Cloud, and Ronnie Robot. They racked up 3 gold albums, and received a 1977 SARIE award for best group.
In the summer of '77, Rabin left the band, leaving Faure to carry on as primary songwriter and lead vocalist. Duncan did the job proud - turning out an extraordinary third and final album in "Rock Rabbitt", which was described by those in the music industry as "an overwhelming experience".
But by January '78, forces both within the band and out, forced them to break up. Each member going his separate way. The greatest band South Africa had ever known - was no more.
Later, that same year, history repeated itself with Faure stepping into a vacant lead role with the Scottish, BAY CITY ROLLERS.
The band had recently suffered a set back with the loss of its popular lead singer, Les McKeown. Duncan had been working on a solo deal in the States, but felt that things were moving a bit too slow for his liking. And so, into his third band, he stepped.
The band professed to its young followers that despite the dramatic shift in line up, the music would remain largely unchanged. Yet, what was discovered on its first Faure-featured album , Elevator, was a fearless purging of musical talent never before heard from the band.
It appeared that Duncan's arrival had given the other members the freedom to express themselves shamelessly - uncovering a previously hidden musical drive and determination to be taken seriously.
Sadly, the change in style came too late for some fans. Others resented the seemingly endless change in band members. And, as is often the case with pop sensations, the band's popularity began to slide, in spite of the amazing musical growth during this period. Faure's contribution to the Rollers has, at times, been underestimated by those unfamiliar with his work. It is time to set the record straight. There is simply no doubt that although the Bay City Rollers were a fun and entertaining pop group prior to Faure's arrival, they emerged serious and determined musicians during his time with them. Duncan Faure had left his mark.
Lack of support from the band's record company, and members wanting to move on with their lives, forced the groups demise in 1982.
Never looking back for a moment, Duncan moved into yet another musical venture with KARU - a 3 piece band with fellow former Roller, Stuart Wood. The band played primarily Southern California and South African venues, bringing in a #2 chart hit in South Africa with "Where is the Music". The album, which produced this single, was called "Karu Cuts", and continues to be one of the most difficult "Faure Finds" for the avid collector. The band was powerful, and produced solid tunes and crowds alike. But in 1983, Wood was called back for a Bay City Roller reunion, as Duncan stayed behind in California to play a series of solo gigs featuring his own material as well as some hauntingly good Beatles tunes.
Not to be one to let the moss grow, this time was also spent lending his talent to other musicians. Duncan can be heard on any number of mid-late eighties releases by Bonham, Tyrants in Therapy, Trevor Rabin and more.
In 1988, he contributed to Madonna's "Who's That Girl?" soundtrack with his single "24 Hours". A