The Barbarians

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": garage rock 60s garage rock psychedelic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s


Formed in 1964 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA, the Barbarians comprised Jeff Morris, Jerry Causi, Bruce Benson and ‘Moulty’ Molten. They made their recording debut with ‘Hey Little Bird’, issued on the local Joy Records, prior to signing a contract with Laurie Records. In 1965 the Barbarians enjoyed a minor US hit with ‘Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?’, a brilliant garage-styled single about long hair fashions. It was succeeded by ‘Moulty’, a monologue from the group’s one-armed drummer about his disability, interspersed with a call-and-response chorus. His story enshrined forever, Molten left the Barbarians in 1967. The remaining trio moved to San Francisco, California, USA, where they formed Black Pearl.

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