10 Facts: The Inspector Cluzo

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If you went to Oppikoppi Odyssey this year and you missed The Inspector Cluzo, you missed out on an orgy of no-nonsense, in-your-face rock ‘n roll. These okes played in South Africa for a second time and completely blew away everyone who saw their set on the Bruilof stage this year.

Because I’ve seen these blokes live twice and I was really impressed with what I saw and heard, I’ve decided to chose them as the next topic in the 10 Facts section on Running Wolf’s Rant, so here goes:

  • The Inspector Cluzo were formed in 2008 in Mont-de-Marsan, France.
  • The band’s two members are Laurent Lacrouts (Malcolm) and Matthew Jordan (Phil).
  • To date The Inspector Cluzo have released three studio albums: The Inspector Cluzo (2008), The French Bastards (2010), The Two Musketeers (2012) and Gasconcha Rocks (2013).
  • The Inspector Cluzo have gained a reputation for their explosive and energetic live shows. They play shows without featuring any additional pre-recorded or electronic components for songs.
  • The band ardently defend their independence by doing everything themselves. They manage their own label (Fuckthebassplayer records), do their own bookings, manage themselves and record / edit their own music.
  • Their music can be defined as a mix of rock and funk (which might suggest a meeting between Rage Against the Machine, the Jackson 5, AC/DC and Curtis Mayfield. 
  • You can actually buy an Inspector Cluzo t-shirts that read “Fuck The Bass Player” and “Fuck Michael Jackson” (pity I didn’t buy one at Oppikoppi this year).
  • Between 2008 and 2013 the Inspector Cluzo played 600 shows in more than 35 countries.
  • Besides Oppikoppi, Inspector Cluzo also played at RAMFest 2013 Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • The Inspector Cluzo’s last album was recorded in full analog on their old MCI mixing desk on their farm in France.
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Well, there you have it, 10 facts about The Inspector Cluzo some of you might not have known.

This is a video that the band published, featuring scenes from their set at Oppikoppi Odyssey this year:

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