I really don't remember just how I came across it. I think I was searching YouTube for various surf instrumentals, which I'm absolutely nuts for, and in the "Related Videos" section, I clicked on a video of The Crazy Rockers doing the theme from the film, "The Third Man", which I've posted above. (NOTE: That video is no longer available, so I have replaced it with a tune called "Carioca".)
I was knocked out! I had to know more about this band and this music!
A quick search told me that The Crazy Rockers were just one of many bands who popularized a musical style known as "Indo-Rock" in the late 50's and early 60's. The scene was centered in The Netherlands, where many Indonesians emigrated after that country gained independence in 1945. According to Wikipedia:
"The guitar was imported to the Indian archipelago by Portuguese explorers in the 14th century. The traditional Portuguese song styles, saudade and fado, played with guitar accompaniment, later became krontjong music. Krontjong is characterized by guitars which seem to be "talking" to each other. The guitarists play rhythmic and melodic parts instinctively.
Many Indorock musicians had a predilection for Hawaiian music, which was popular in the Netherlands at the time. Other significant influences included American country & western, and the rock & roll repertoire played on radio stations in Indonesia via American (AFN) stations from the Philippines and Australia."
I find that fascinating, that a group of young people from such a different culture could have amalgamated all of those different styles of music. I love it when popular culture from one place gets filtered through the viewpoint of someone else from halfway around the world. Add to that the fact that many of these bands were somewhat integrated in the 1950's, and that makes it even more compelling.
Other great Indo-Rock bands include The Tielman Brothers, The Real Room Rockers, Oety & His Real Rockers, The Hot Jumpers, and The Hurricane Rollers. Apparently, some of these bands are still performing today.
Long live Indo-Rock!