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The Barbarians

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1) The Barbarians were a moderately successful garage band of the 1960s with a few nationally charted hits. They had their biggest hit with the novelty single “Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?,” but are probably best known today for being led by a one-armed drummer, Victor “Moulty” Moulton.

The Barbarians formed in 1964 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While their debut single, “Hey Little Bird” (on Joy Records) bombed, two of their next three singles (on Laurie) charted on Billboard, (with “Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?” peaking at #55) and also made the Cash Box charts.

They received their biggest break when featured on The T.A.M.I. Show (performing “Hey Little Bird”) alongside other artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Lesley Gore, Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye.

As their name implies, their image relied heavily on looking barbaric. They wore leather sandals and grew their hair longer than most of their contemporaries. One-armed drummer Victor “Moulty” Moulton had a prosthetic claw on his left arm. He had lost part of his left arm in an explosion at the age of 14. Moulty was able to play drums using the prosthesis to hold a drum stick. Their minor hit “Moulty” was a humorous and melodramatic autobiographical song chronicling the drummer’s life and the loss of his hand. The Barbarians disbanded in 1966.

The Ramones’ song Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? includes Moulty in its list of rock ‘n’ roll figures and institutions.

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