2011-12-25

LOS FLECOS - VALES POCO PARA MÍ reloaded


Los Flecos, from Madrid, was a band originally formed for counteracting "Los Brincos". They all were recognized musicians coming from other famous bands. José Barranco (singer) came from "Los Estudiantes", and Julián Sacristán (guitar and main composer) was the ancient leader of "Los Flaps". They both touched with Pablo Argote (bass), who recently leaved "Los Sonor". Julián insisted on his friend Juan Francisco Seva (rythm guitar), finally becoming a quintet. Los Flecos secretly tested their music in "La Voz de Madrid" radio auditorium (Hilarión Eslava St.- Madrid). They recorded their first EP ( "Estás Lejos / Distinta / No se lo Digas / Vales Poco Para Mí" (Vergara records, 1965), and in October 1965 they did their first act at dissapeared Hotel "Luz Palacio" (Paseo de la Castellana St.- Madrid). Designer Pedro Rodríguez weared them.
By the way, the acted in the Spanish film "Vestida de novia" (Dir. Ana Mariscal, 90´), along with Massiel and Juan Luís Galiardo.

Los Flecos at Popthing

CEFE Y LOS GIGANTES - GRITARÉ reloaded


 Cefe y Los Gigantes
 Daniel Velázquez

Cefe y Los Gigantes were one of the best sixties garage bands from Madrid, if we call garage as the meeting of beat and rhythm’n’blues done with poor scarce and youth pushing. The leader was Ceferino Feito, the oldest member, who named the band Cefe y Los Gigantes in 1963. They started playing in dancing rooms by Legazpi and Usera neighborhoods. Los Gigantes were Rodrigo Alcaráz (Roche), guitar; Gonzalo on the bass; Carlos on the rythm guitar; and Diego Velázques the singer. 

2011-12-13

ALEX Y LOS FINDERS - ES FÁCIL reloaded


Eva Renzi

Alex y Los Finder´s again. Now with a love song with country music echoes.
Enjoy!


ES FÁCIL

2011-12-11

LOS MONJES - BATMAN reloaded



Los Monjes, from Mexico, again. Enjoy this cover of Batman. Pure garage!!

Batman

LOS MONJES - CARAVANA (LIVE VERSION) reloaded



Fron the jazz to to tbe primitive garage rock, Los Monjes were masters in México. In 1967 they recorded this live. The drummer Jorge Julio Bracho (also singer) did so excellent exercise of that you must listen with care. Others members were: José Antonio Fernández de la Mora (bass), and Hesiquio Ramos (keyboards).
ENJOY!
Caravana

LOS TOP SON - SI VUELVO A JUGAR reloaded



Los Top-Son again. Now with their own song: "Si vuelvo a jugar" (If I play again), from their 3d EP launchen in the Christmas of 1964. Please, note the organ played by Miguel Ángel Herrans, recently banded, being five members from now on.

Si vuelvo a jugar



LOS DATSUNS - REFLEJOS DE SILENCIO reloaded




Another good theme from Los Datsun´s, close to psychedellic rock.
Enjoy!
REFLEJOS DE SILENCIO

LOS DATSUNS - MUÑECA reloaded


Coilleen Corby

Los Datsun´s again. Now with a ye-yé and beautiful song: Muñeca.
Enjoy!

Muñeca

LOS CHEYENES - VEN AHORA reloaded

Marianne Faithfull

Los Cheyenes again. Now performing "Come on now" by The Kinks.
Enjoy!

VEN AHORA

LAS HERMANAS BENITEZ - ESTAS BOTAS SON PARA CAMINAR reloaded


France Gall

Las Hermanas Benítez again. Now performing "This boots are made for walking", the famous 1966 hit by Nancy Sinatra.
Enjoy!

LOS CANARIOS - WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU reloaded


Los Canarios as The Canaries



In early 60s, and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, four boys decided to form a band and start preparing test versions of the Beatles and others. They were Eduardo, Teddy, Bautista (vocals and rhythm guitar), Germain Pérez (guitar plucking), Rafael Izquierdo (bass) and José (Tato) Luzardo (drums). They soon get ​​a name in the tourist area of ​​the island and decide to jump into the peninsula in 1964. As Los Ídolos, they did go to Madrid, and later to Barcelona, and Seville, not emerging in none of these places. Indeed, acting at Cristina hotel of Seville, in the summer of 65, they were heard by an American tourist named Dudley Cooper, ownerof a chain of amusement parks and proposes them nothing less than a three-months tour to the USA.


Sice three of them ccould not travel by is age, Eduardo Bautista Velarde, Teddy's father, accompanies them on their American journey and gives them good money to upgrade their equipment. Renamed The Canaries in the USA, they were seven months there playing in provincial parks and some college parties, and even recorded some live demos for the RCA subsidiary label (BT Puppy Records). But the important thing is none of that, but they are in a country seething with music and musicians of extraordinary quality, which are soaked to the bone of soul music, not too well known in Europe. The demos we are talking are "Flying High With The Canaries" (BT Puppy 1970), reprinted by Crocodile Records in 1987, "Flying High With The Canaries" (Alligator, 1985).

Enjoy this exercise of soul.


COOL JERKS - SOUL TELLER reloaded



Cool Jerks, headed by Miguel Ángel Julián, launched in 1990 this beautiful song, devoted to the soul revival. From Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Cool Jerks edited 3 Lps, and 3 Eps, dissappearing at late nineties. You can take this post as an exception, but the song is so good...
Enjoy!!!!!!
Soul teller


LOS MUSTANG - LLUVIA DE VERANO reloaded



Los Mustang again. Now, with a refreshing song: "Lluvia de verano".
Enjoy!

Lluvia de verano

MIKE RIOS - BRISTOL reloaded


Taken from Del Rock al Twist

From early 1960 till today, Mike (Miguel) Ríos, is one of the most Spanish Rock Star. I have nothing to say here, since he is well recognized by all people. As to me, I do not like Miguel style and voice. But History is the reading of the past, and the past is there, waiting to be read, but not changed. You have here a cover of "Bristol Stomp", by the Americans Doo-Wooppers The Dovells (1961).

Official webpage

Bristol

LOS SONOR - DIAMANTES reloaded


Taken from eltocadiscos

In 1960, Carlos Guitart (bass and electric bass) returned to Madrid after completing his military service with the idea of ​​starting a band.
He convinces his friend Joe, Jose Luis Gonzalez (piano and organ) to accompany you on this adventure. Through a radio program known Jose Antonio Otero (guitar) and a singer named Manuel Escobar. This is the first training with the Los Sonor begins to act, making versions of Everly Brothers, Dion and the Belmonts and, in general,
hits of du-dua vocal style. The quartet has no battery and copes with hired musicians and friends from other bands.


Soon Jose Antonio left the band, and was replaced by Luis Eduardo Aute (guitar, vocals), acting in the TV show "Salto a al fama". Shortly after Aute left the band as well, being replaced by Fernando Sanchez (guitar). Thanks to the influence of Discóbolo Review Editor, they got an agreement with RCA records for his first EP. How the promotion would, that they paid the black and white photo, which is then colored with colored pencils to give a bit of eye candy to the cover. The EP was 250 copies. They played in the Festival de Benidorm (Edition of 1961) with the song "Border". In late 1961 they recorded "Esa chica alborotada", the first popular success of The Sonor.


In 1962 ,Manolo Diaz will replaced Fernando on the guitar, and Los Sonor will leave their melodic style well-pitched voices to be passed to the twist, adapting well-known songs, such as "El relicario" to this new rhythm. Holed up in modern dance, on the following discs expand the repertoire to other new rhythms like the Madison, or the Hully Gully. At this time, finally, they got fixed drummer, George Matey. They are one of the most popular bands in that summer, travelling throughout Spain, and spending some time in Mallorca. The island will become a must destination for summer job in the following years.


Manolo Diaz's father works as an engineer in the Canal de Isabel II, and sends his son to Liberia with an employment in that faraway African country. Again without guitar. This time the substitute is Antonio (Tony )Martinez. With this line in 1963 recorded his last album for RCA, "Las hijas de Elena" (RCA, 1963). This song is one of the same-title film (Dir.: Mariano Ozores, 1963) starring the twins Pili and Mili.


In 1963 The Sonor change record company and joined Philips, radically changing their style to an instrumental band, achieving remarkable success with classic surf and instrumental rock such as "Barracuda", or "Diamantes". In 1964 Manuel Escobar disbanded and start a solo career, as also did the organist Joe Gonzalez, wEnlaceho will be replaced by Manolo Fernandez. Despite the departure of two group's founders in that year, 1964, the best year of the band,with two big instrumental hits, such as "Campanilleros" and "Los cuatro muleros", covered by Los Pekenikes with better success than Los Sonor. That same year, they made a tour in France. After their back to Spain, they combine their career with the role of backing band with Miguel Rios, and participating in the movie "Abajo espera la muerte" (Death Waits Below) (Juan de Orduna, 1964).


1965 was entirely in Mallorca,and Carlos Guitart, soul of the group, will leave to start a new musical adventure. The same is going to George, the drummer. In late 1965 the two founder members, Tony Martinez and Manolo Gonzalez, meet in Madrid with some members of Mike and the Runaways, and, since they had nothing better to do, they decide to finalize Los Sonor, and found a new band, which months later would be named on a radio show like Los Bravos.

Partially taken from La Fonoteca



2011-12-08

LOS ÁGAROS - HAGO MAL EN QUERERTE reloaded



Alejandro Pro (guitar), Antonio Pro (rythm guitar, voices), Miguel Ángel Vega (bass, voices), and Iñaki Ayestarán (drums) were the first rock band in Euskadi: "Los Ágaros". Playing since 1962 in Tennis and Jockey Clubs, their launch become in 1964.
This song is a cover of "Do you really love me too (Fool´s Errand)", by Billy Fury (1963), and was also covered by "Los Pekes" (1965), and Karina (1964) in Spanish. In English, Shakin Stevens did a decent cover.
Enjoy!

Hago mal en quererte

LAS SEVENTIES - YOU´RE THE ONE THAT I WANT reloaded


Lola and Blanca, or Las Seventies, sponsored by Los Morancos, launched in 2007 a LP with ten songs of the 70s, retouched with flamenco. Cutrelux and Guarripop style, flamenco-pop, with no more target that become the summer-song. As to me, I hate this exercises of anticultural development. But, at least, we can not see that as the current way of the sixties spanish versions.
Anyway, enjoy!!

LOS HIPPYLOYAS - AMA Y ODIA reloaded




Los Hippyloyas was a fictitious band composed by Conchita Velasco, Alfredo Landa, Tony Leblanc, and Manolo Gómez Bur. appeared in the Spanish movie “Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño” (1969. Dir: Javier Aguirre). Parody, grotesque, critic, and pathetic were the dominants. Los Hippyloyas Ep was edited by Discos Belter.

By the way, there was another Spanish band named "Los jayaloyas", playing in these days. And, in a brief transaction of letter, "Los Hippyloyas" became "Los Jilipollas" (The jerks)

LOS PICAPIEDRAS - AROUND AND AROUND



Los Picapiedras, later renamed "Los Vips", from Chile, was a famous band, in the middle of the Chilean Beatlemania. They become famous while they were playing live at Radio Santiago. What a moments, when bands played in such way!
Enjoy this cover!


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LOS JAVALOYAS - VUELO 502



Los Javaloyas again. Now with a typical song for the tourist: "Vuelo 502"

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LOS MARSHALLS - CHICO YE-YE reloaded



Another cover of the Spanish famous hit "La chica ye-yé. This time by Los Marshalls.

Chico yeyé

LOS GATOS NEGROS - TE RECUERDO



Los Gatos Negros, from Barcelona, started the garage in Spain. With a long career, till the eigthies, they had a hard live scene, and their successes peaked them to the top.
Enjoy!!

Official website


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THE FOUR WINDS AND DITO - NO ME DEJAS VIVIR EN PAZ



The Four Winds and Dito, Mallorca beat pioneers, with only 2 EPs under EMI/Regal Records. the first Ep (1964) starts with "Tijuana", mixing the emergent beat-pop and late 50s tunes. Followings, three covers of Little Richard ("Bamma lama, bamma loo"), Betty Everett ("You're no good"), and The Mojos ("Give your lovin' for me"). The 2nd Ep starts with a cover of The Byrds, "Recuerda" ("Turn, Turn, Turn"). Following "No me dejas vivir en paz", with a Farfisa keyboard. In the B-side, two more covers: "El juicio universal" ("The last very day"), by The Hollies, and "Yo ya no te comprendo" ("Something better beginning"), by The Kinks.

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LOS NIVRAM - SOMBRAS



Los Nivram, from Granollers (Barcelona), were followers of The Shadows. In fact, Nivram is the surname of the charismatic Hank Marvin, the guitarist of The Shadows. They had a short career: 1965-1966. "Sombras" was composed and played by José Mauri (drums), David Sala (guitar), Francisco Mauri (bass), Jorge Mauri (vocals, saxophone, guitar) in 1963-64.

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LOS PEKES - UN MUCHACHO FORMAL reloaded



Los Pekes, again. Now performing "Un muchacho formal", by Rocío Dúrcal.

UN MUCHACHO FORMAL


JACKIE Y LOS CICLONES - CORRE GONZALES



Jackie y Los Ciclones, from Argentina, again. Jorge "Jackie" Álvarez, previously in "los Jets", sings in Spanish with his band American hits. Although they were not strictly a garage band, but a rock band, this post pay attention to a song "Speedy Gonzalez".
Enjoy this very good cover!


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LOS MONSTRUOS - NENA, ERES TÚ



Los Monstruos, from México, again. Now performing "Baby, it´s you", the 1963 hit by The Beatles.

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LOS PEPES - SOÑADOR



Los Pepes again. Now with a pure garage song: "Soñador" (Dreamer). A jewel from Valencia.

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2011-12-06

LOS BÓLIDOS - RÁFAGAS




Los Bólidos did in two minutes the best pop song of the 80s. Writen by Antonio Sigfried (guitar), and Carmen Madirolas (singer), the pop hymn resumes all we can say about the Spanish pop bands and songs during a decade (1980-1990). Later covered by Los Secretos, Los Neverly Brothers, and Cooper, none could sing and play this song like Los Bólidos. Then, please, don´t try it again. Let us the things like time wants.

GELU - MUY CERCA DE TÍ


The Spanish ye-yé singer Gelu again.
Enjoy!

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AIRBAG - LA CHICA DE MEL (reloaded)


Honor Blackman

Airbag again. Now performing the mod theme "La chica de Mel", by Los Flechazos (in this blog).
Enjoy!!

JUUAN PEDRO SOMOZA - EL BAILE DEL MATTONE



Juan Pedro Somoza, a Cuban singer and actor settled in Spain, covered "Il ballo del mattone", by Rita Pavone, in 1963.
Enjoy!

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ALBERTINA CORTÉS - EL BAILE DEL MATTONE



Albertina Cortés again. Now performing a song that was covered few times in Spain (Los Catinos, Gelu, Juan Pedro Somoza...), "Il ballo dell mattone", by Rita Pavone (1963).

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LOS YORK´S - ROGARÁS



Los York´s, may be the best garage band from Peru, did this amazing LP in 1967, including marvels like this.

Los York´s at Rock clasico latino

Enjoy!

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ROSALÍA - SI YO CANTO



The Ye-ye singer Rosalía again. Now performing the famous hit "Si je chante, c´est pour toi".

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KAMEMBERT - LA CHICA YE-YÉ


Kamembert (1981-1988) is a band from Barcelona that had two very diferent stages. In the second, they did clearly try to be a mod band. They had a turbulent story, specially in chanching members.

Kamembert at modrevival

ANNA AND THE SPECTORS - UPS TO YOU reloaded


Anna and The Spectors is a pop girl band from mid-90s. They were labelled as "lovers of sugary", and "femme-voxed cuddly pop", such as My Little Airport, Papa Topo, et.al.), by Elefant Records. Ja! Ja! Ja!.
I would like have had a Master like the one who wrote this words. He talk about "Cuddly-pop", "bubblegum-punk", and "swinging ’60s cinematic confections", among others labels. Since I have not yet read a book, or fanzine, explaining the simmilitudes and differences among all labels, I can not talk about it. But they did not read it as well!

Anyway, this is a good song. Enjoy!

LOS GENIOS - UN NUEVO DÍA



Another garage band from Valencia, Los Genios, with Tony Artis as singer and leader, being only eighteen. With this Ep, Los Genios won the 1st. Festival de la Canción en Teruel.
Tony Artis website
Enjoy!
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ETHEL Y LOS DRAKERS - RÍO SIN FIN



The second cover of "Ethel y Los Drakers" is a cover of "River Deep - Mountain High".

"River Deep – Mountain High" is a 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. Considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work, the single was successful in Europe, peaking at #3 in the United Kingdom, though it flopped on its original release in the United States. Spector claimed to be pleased with the response from the critics and his peers, but he then withdrew from the music industry for two years, beginning his personal decline.After Eric Burdon covered the song in 1968, it was re-released a year later, and has since become one of Tina Turner's signature songs.

Enjoy!

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ETHEL Y LOS DRAKERS - SIEMPRE BRILLA EL SOL



Just one EP from Ethel y Los Drakers, a band from Valencia, and with two covers. This time, is the cover of "Let the sunshine in".
Enjoy!

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AIRBAG - SURF INSTRUMENTAL PARA SEPARAR FASES (reloaded)



Adolfo
Diaz (vocals, guitar), Pepillo Medina (bass, vocals) and José Andrés Albertos (drums), after several years of playing together in different bands, are Airbag, a group born in Estepona in 1998.



Vinyl lovers and owners of a great musical culture, their influences range from 50s vocal groups, to surf music, Spector sound, girl groups, pop groups of the '60s (especially the Beatles intermediate period, The Who, The Hollies and The Zombies), the sixties garage (Remains, Sonics), the bubblegum, the Beach Boys, punk (from the most classic bands like The Clash or Buzzcocks pop punk to the most current bands like The MUFs, Queers and Green Day), to power tiller handle groups of both 70 and 80 as the Beat, The Housemartins or Rubinoos, and current type Weezer, Fountains of Wayne or Teenage Fanclub, Spanish and Feedbacks groups , Los Nikis, Shock Treatment and the Dalton Brothers, above all, the Ramones. His love of Weezer's music takes them to maintain a parallel group, Aweezer, which perform a repertoire composed exclusively by cover of Rivers Cuomo All this variety of influences, however, has been gradually integrating and forming their own style: Airbag increasingly sounds more like Airbag.
Partially taken from La fonoteca

In 2010 they launched the LP "16 versiones y rarezas para norbert & cali", including the instrumental I upload.
Enjoy!