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Old 12-31-2009, 02:00 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I can make some suggestions...
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I like some Spanish pop (Mecano), but it's better if some traditional elements are added.
May be you like El Último de la Fila. They sound like Police with a touch of flamenco. Listen to these songs:
  • Aviones plateados
  • Insurrección
  • Llanto de pasión
  • Lápiz y tinta
  • Mar antiguo
Manolo García left the band and began a solo career. Some of his hits: Pájaros de barro, Si te vienes conmigo, Rosa de Alejandría, Nunca el tiempo es perdido...

Café Quijano (not be confused with Café Tacuba). La Lola:



La taberna del buda ("The Buda's Tavern"):



Flamenco-pop



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Heroes del Silencio-Good rock band IMO, I really never heard to much from them like I should have.Theyre broken up, the lead singer went solo and made his own band called Bunbury (thats his name I think)I havent heard their stuff yet. My favorite songs from them are "entre dos tierras" and "la carta"
I agree. Héroes is a top band. The singer, Enrique Bunbury, started a solo career. One of his best songs is Lady Blue, an homage to Bowie's Space Oddity:

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Old 12-31-2009, 03:13 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Their albums are instrumental
The hammer has it right. Forget about the spanish language and pop in some great Spanish guitar. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to an old school acoustic Spanish guitar player serenading you to sleep.
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:29 AM   #33 (permalink)
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A classic one:



Does anyone like Celtic Rock? There is also Celtic Rock in Spanish.

Celtas Cortos, La senda del tiempo ("The Path of Time"):



TRANSLATION

"Sometimes
you become old suddenly,
without forehead wrinkles
but wanting to die.
When I walk around the streets
everything has the same color.
I feel I miss something,
maybe the love.

I wake up at night
in a big confusion.
This melancholy
is destroying me.
I feel I'm becoming crazy
and I sink into alcohol.
The stars at night
have lost their splendor.

I've searched in the deserts
of the land of pain
and I haven't found an answer
but mirages of illusion.
I've talked to the mountains
of desperation
and their answer was just
my voice's dull echo.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:16 PM   #34 (permalink)
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i don't know if anyone recommended these guys yet, i didn't check...but they are really damn good imo. i like them live best...check out the album sesion futura.


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Old 01-02-2010, 05:15 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Actually, there are good Spanish-language bands in all genres.

Miranda Warning, the "Spanish Cranberries". Si empieza a llover ("If it starts to rain"):



Los restos del naufragio ("The Remains of the Shipwreck", as a metaphor for a lost love and its nostalgia):



"(...)

She sits in the room
and talks with her shadow
about the days next to the sea
about the endless nights
about the wish to end
that emptiness

And she will always look for
the remains of that shipwreck
And she will always go back
to the lines of his portrait

She still clings to what he left
She creates her own reality
She avoids the pain
With the ghost that is still there
she walks in the garden
and talks with her shadow

(...)"

But let's see the masters: Héroes del Silencio (literally "Heroes of Silence"). Regarding public and critical success, they are probably the equivalent of U2 in the Spanish-language music.

Maldito Duende ("Cursed Goblin"):



"I've heard that night
is full of magic
and a goblin invites you to dream
and I know that lately
I hardly had rest
and it seems I'm wandering.

Daybreak comes so soon
and I'm so lonely
and I have no regrets about yesterday.
Yes, the starts lights you up
and they serve you as a guide
you feel so strong
that you think
nobody can touch you.

Distances get shorter
hours pass by quickly
and this room doesn't stop shrinking
and so many things to say
so much speak floating around
if only I could escape from this place...
"


Mar adentro ("Out to Sea"):



"At last I've found the path
along which my steps will fall
And tonight love waits for me
in your lips

With every look, by God,
memories burned inside of me
But now, finally, I've rejected forever that rotten fruit

I'm in the prison of desire

And even if I should begin digging
the tomb that I know awaits me,
nobody ever saw me cry like this

Grant that a beautiful moment ends,
and that reality take its place:
To swim out to sea,
and to not be able to come back

I'm in the prison of desire,
with you...
"

If you want something more cheerful, optimistic and energetic, my recommendation is.... .... ... jump!

Salta ("Jump") was a hit by Argentine-Spanish band Tequila from 1981 (and remastered in 2008). And it really makes you jump like a cat:



"I left home with a smile on my face
Today I've got up really happy
The morning sun brights in my face
A fresh breeze helps me to wake up

The city seems to be my friend
Today is my day and nobody's gonna ruin it
The girls in the corner laugh mischievously
I know what they want and I'm gonna give it to them

I say jump!
Jump with me!
I say jump!
Jump with me!
Jump!
Jump with me!

I go on my way without worries
People pass by and look down on me
But I don't care, it doesn't matter to me
Today I'm happy and I feel like jumping

I say jump!
Jump with me!
I say jump!
Jump with me!
Jump!
Jump with me!
Jump!!

Jump! Jump!

I say jump!
Jump with me!
I say jump!
Jump with me!
I say jump!
Jump with me!

Jump!
..."



More jumping? OK: Los Ronaldos. Not the footballers, of course, though they played in Madrid too.



"(...)

And at nights we'll do the same old thing
Because we like it and it's amusing


(...)"


Did you ever have a friend who was a pain in the ass? Didn't you ever want to call him an I-D-I-O-T ? Listen:





Has anyone mentioned Fito & Fitipaldis? They have had much success recently:



"(...)

I would like to give you
always a little more than what I ask from you.
You know I will dream,
if you're not there, that I wake up with you.

You know that I want more.
I can't live with
only five senses.
This sea keeps more and more sunken ships.

You are air, I am paper,
where you go I will go.
If I were left in the dark,
light of madness, come and enlight me.
Someone said once:
'Through the mouth the fish lives'.
And I am saying it,
I am telling you again.


Tell me why you ask
how much I've missed you,
if in every song I write, my sweetheart,
you are the accent.
I don't want a wandering star,
I don't want to see the aurora,
I want to look at your coke-coloured eyes.

You know I will dream,
if you're not there, that I wake up with you.
You know that I want more,
I can't live with
only five senses.
This sea keeps more and more sunken ships
.

You're not with me whenever I sing to you,
I make songs to be with you,
because I write just as I bleed,
because I bleed everything I write.
I've realized whenever I sing,
that if I don’t sing, I don’t know what I say.
Grief is dancing with Weeping,
and when it wants it will dance with me.
Life lasts only a short while,
and that's what I have to be with you,
to tell you what I never sing,
to sing you what I never say.
"


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Spanish is f*cking hot

Hahaha One more example of it, from the 90's:



"Tell Dad
that I left the town.
Tell the boys
that I'll never return.

I go in a car that I stole last night
from a smart guy who tried to get off with me.
It's a two-seat spyder,
it gets to 200 easy.

Tell Dad
that I left the town.
Tell the boys
that I'll never return.

On the highway, lines dance
like cabaret showgirls.

Road patrols
paint panthers in the hard shoulder.
Burn the skyscrapers,
burn the light poles,
and the fire trucks.
Burn the courthouses,
burn all the bars,
'cause I won't return.

Tell Dad
that I left the town.
Tell the boys
that I'll never return.


Truck drivers hang smiles
on the windshield when they see me.
I am the Princess of the highway
and even the cops kiss my feet.

I want to go very far,
almost, almost right to the end,
where no one gives advice,
passing the border
with a skull
tattooed in the glass.

I go in a car that I stole last night
from a smart guy who tried to get off with me.

I said 'I'm going for cigarettes, honey',
and once inside I hit the gas.
The silly cretin throw me a kiss
through the rear-view mirror.
Now the Moon spends the night
hearing my motor's noise.
Tough guys feel embarrassed
when crossing over my lane.

And in Heaven all the saints
are on my side and pray for me.

Tell Dad
that I left the town.
Tell the boys
that I'll never return...
"


(Voy en un coche, Christina y Los Subterráneos, 1992)



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Old 01-08-2010, 06:26 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Spanish language is beautiful I don't understand but enjoy spanish music a lot.
Nice thread, for sure I will find here something interesting for me.
For now I listen to spanish celtic + folk-rock band Celtas Cortos and bagpiper Carlos Núñez.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:08 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I just heard "salta". Esta buena la rolla! Translation: I likey! Im gonna check the rest of those bands out right now.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:34 PM   #38 (permalink)
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And we don't have mentioned other interesting genres. For instance, Metal. In the 80's and 90's there were very good bands, like Barón Rojo (Spain), Obús (idem) and Rata Blanca (Argentina).

Obús, Va a estallar el obús ("The bombshell is going to explode", 1981):




Barón Rojo and their homonymous song from 1981 ("Red Baron", after the famous flying ace):



Rata Blanca, La leyenda del Hada y el Mago ("The Legend of the Fairy and the Wizard"):





Punk rock too. For example, Siniestro Total. Here playing Bailaré sobre tu tumba ("I'll Dance on your Tomb"):



"I'll kill you with my tap dance shoes,
I'll asphyxiate you with my
ballet tights,
I'll hang you with my tuxedo,

and you'll die while disc jockey laughs.

And I'll dance on your tomb.
And I'll dance on your tomb.

I'll slit your throat with a sharp record

of The Rolling Stones or The Shadows.
You'll swallow my cassettes
of The Shangri-Las or The Ronettes
.

And I'll dance on your tomb
.
And I'll dance on your tomb.

I'll stick my guitar on you
,
I'll mash you down with my piano,
I'll skin you with my cymbals,
I'll trepan you with my Hammond organ.


And I'll dance on your tomb
.
And I'll dance on your tomb.
And I'll dance on your tomb..."


And Electropop. Molecules mentioned Aviador Dro, one the pioneer bands of the genre in Spanish:

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Spanish is f*cking hot

A kind of "Spanish Kraftwerk" . And provocative. 1983: So many people wearing those famous "Nuclear? No, thanks" stickers and pins... ...and these guys singing:

"Nuclear, yes, of course!
Nuclear, yes, sure!

I want to take baths in seas of radium,
with clouds of strontium, cobalt and plutonium.
I want to have lead wrappers,
and mutant kids on motorbikes.
Deserted ruins with beautiful swimming pools,
ethereal women with vampiress voices.
Multiform robots searching in the streets
for the inert remains of the old man."

Nuclear, yes, of course!
Nuclear, yes, sure!

Sunburned hills,
inmense cities inhabited by cyborgs.
Monstrous snakes devouring houses,
and enormous spaceships with weird shapes.
Roaring volcanoes spitting out lava,
and violet forests with orange grass.
Hidden caves in deep beaches,
and valleys covered by winged flowers.

Nuclear, yes, of course!
Nuclear, yes, sure!

Nuclear, yes, of course!
Nuclear, yes, sure! Sure!

Nuclear, yes, of course! "


Even now they still seem to be politically incorrect. Just take a look at some YouTube's comments, of the "sing it in Chernobyl if you have balls" type, etc...

BTW, there was a 30th-anniversary concert :




Another successful Electropop band is OBK, from the 90's, very influenced by O.M.D. and Depeche Mode. Songs: Historias de amor, Oculta realidad, El cielo no entiende, Lucifer, Tú sigue así.





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Old 01-14-2010, 09:36 PM   #39 (permalink)
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As I noticed on the first page many Lhasa de Sela fans, I thought I'll tell you the shocking saddening news. On January 1st Lhasa de Sela has passed away in her home town Montreal, after struggling with breast cancer for over a year.

Lhasa de Sela
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Today I've listened to some Lhasa de Sela's songs. She had a very beautiful voice, indeed.

Apart from this, I think this thread wouldn't be completed without mentioning some important names. At least a few acclaimed musicians, by critics and public, from both sides of the Atlantic.

For instance, except for a mention to Me Enveneno de Azules, we haven't talked about indie. At present, there are a lot of indie bands singing in Spanish (mainly from Chile, Mexico and Spain). One of the most recently successful is Love of Lesbian (yes, that's their name, but they are guys ). Their latest hit is Allí donde solíamos gritar ("There Where We Used to Shout"), which stands out for its intense lyricism:



(translation here)

"The shout always comes back,
and it will die with us,
cold and brief like a verse
written in an animal language."

I love it.

As you have seen, there is a very strong influence of British and American pop and rock, that began at the end of the 70's and the early 80's (the 80's decade is called "the Golden Age" of Spanish-language pop). Some Argentine and Spanish bands "broke the ice" and then it started all.

Tequila (two Argentines and three Spaniards) is one of the most outstanding of those "pioneers". Salta ("Jump") has been already mentioned here, but they made more "top ten" songs: Me vuelvo loco, Matrícula de Honor, Rock & Roll en la plaza del pueblo, Dime que me quieres, etc. They really were a kind of "Hispanic Rolling Stones".

Radio Futura (Spain) is another "must-listen" band from the 80's. Some of their pop-rock songs are a sort of "classics" in the Spanish-speaking world: Escuela de calor ("School of Heat"), Veneno en la piel, La negra flor and... Annabel Lee, based on the famous poem (I guess it's very well-known by the Americans) by Edgar Allan Poe:




[To be continued, if you like so ]
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