Pantherman

Real Name:
Frank Klunhaar
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Singles & EPs

Pantherman - Pantherman album art Pantherman Pantherman (Single) Polydor Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
2050 337 Pantherman - Panther Walk album art Pantherman Panther Walk(7", Single) Polydor 2050 337 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
2050 362 Pantherman - One Man Band / Evelyne album art Panther* One Man Band / Evelyne(7", Single) Polydor 2050 362 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Pantherman - Definitive! album art Pantherman Definitive!(CDr, Comp) Not On Label (Pantherman Self-released) none US 2017 Sell This Version

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music_emporium

September 20, 2019
Hard to believe this is from 1974!!!... way ahead of it's time and grossly underrated!!!...
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music_emporium

May 6, 2019
Pantherman: the leather clad, cat cowled, cheetah statuette brandishing glam rocker from the Netherlands. To know him is to love him.

It's 1974 and rock has split into various, clearly defined, sub-genres - hard rock (interchangeable with heavy metal), folk, progressive, funk, boogie and pop. But the hottest ticket going is glam rock.

Glam was the polar opposite of folk and progressive: glam was designed to be style over substance; the fantastical given import over the authentic. Very often, it hearkened back to the simplistic arrangements of 50's rock 'n' roll - via the pulsing beats of the discotheque and science fiction themes - snubbing Prog's virtuosic instrumental prowess and epic space operas.

And, most importantly, kids fucking loved it.

As such, Europe is overflowing with every possible iteration of glam - from eight year old moppets, to middle-aged has-beens, to children's show puppets - everyone went glam (the USA? Not so much - we had a quagmire in Vietnam - guys in make-up and platforms only worked when coupled with buckets of blood).

So it's no surprise that Frank Klunhaar (Pantherman himself) thinks that his crazy character will light the world on fire. It should have!

As with much glam rock, Pantherman's work borrows from a myriad of styles; mostly hard rock and 'proto-metal', though synthy art-rock and the beloved pop song format are just as important. His glam edge comes more from his image and lyrical imagery; his music displays none of glam's sonic cliches (stomp beats, chanting, hand claps, 50's rock riffs).

The first of the two singles (a third, as "Panther" called "One Man Band" - with the mask removed and a band added - for the picture - was released but not included on this set), "Pantherman / You Are My Friend" is the strongest, both poppy, yet heavy - closer the metal of the late seventies than anything in '74.

The second single, "Panther Walk / 20th Century Man" finds Pantherman jumping into the early disco scene on the A-side, when rock influences were still allowed. The B-side is a very strong song, epic in scope and wildly catchy. Would have been a hit for anyone else.

The EP is rounded out with two bonus tracks. First is the 'demo' (it sounds the pretty much same as the rest, production wise) of "Give It To Me" which, with the exception of the droning sitars, could be an early 80's Blizzard of Ozz era track.

The EP closes with an extended version of "Pantherman" which has a longer solo section. Hell yeah!!

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