Barbara Rey

Spain, 1976. One year after the suppression of the Franco censorship, and basically what was happening was: FREEDOOM, LIBERATION, SEX, SEX and more SEX.
Barbara Rey, along with possibly only Susana Estrada and a few more, has been one of the absolute divas of this era, called “destape”.
After being discovered by Valerio Lazarov and becoming super popular on tv, no surprise someone came up with the idea of let her sing on a record. This is the B-side of her only single “Si No Valgo La Pena”, which is a cheesy ballad. Of course the killer tune is on the b-side: “El Libro de Amor” is a Georgie Dann-penned track, and you can totally tell by the blueprint arrangement.
The result is as sleazy as we love, with the cherry on top of Barbara’s off-key singing, which of course, to our eyes, a little pitched up, makes it reach even higher levels of perfection.

Barbara also starred in one of the most successful (and controversial) movies of the era, 1977’s “Me siento extraña”: probably one of the early pioneer movies depicting female homosexuality on a screen in Spain.

Barbara Rey – Mi libro de amor

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El Matador


Yes it is the same Lucas Sainz of Los Pekenikes fame, already covered here.

The italian issue of the 45 mysteriously discarded “Rodilla Rota” and opted for “Caminando” as A side. The flipside “El Matador” is to me the best track of both issues, and possibly one of the standout tracks of the LP.

Surprinsingly cinematic, and a proper soundtrack of Lucas’ race at the VI Rallye Internacional Costa del Sol in 1965 where he was driving this Renault Alpine 1440.

Lucas – El Matador

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Pepe Sanchez (Spain)


The Spanish drummer Pepe Sanchez (whose real name is Jose Sanchez Llanes) was an active session player who recorded for well-known artists in his native country. He began drawing attention as a solo artist in 1976 upon the release of his first album, Regresion, in a progressive rock-fusion vein. Towards the end of the decade he reshaped his sound to the dancefloor, and then in 1980 he brought us two delightful slices, Love Me and Encuentros En La 5ta Dimension.

Pepe Sanchez – Encuentros En La 5ta Dimension

Pepe Sanchez – Love Me

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Here we go, Samantha in all her glittering beauty. Sure not the kind of super hero everyone is used to. Another transexual  sleaze-o-rama ecstasy tune from Spain, 1979. Of course all this was possible in the era of the “transiciòn”, and given the subject the word is pretty much appropriate. Track is available on a rare tiny label 7″ but also in the LP “Visca el rollo! : rock del Llobregat. Vol. 3”

Samantha – Superman


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Red Line

29998763489687654343567908Enterprise – Red Line

When G.T.O approaches in the rear mirror and shoots past, The Driver and The Mechanic are too cool to be provoked. A 454 equipped with a tunnel-ram and an aggressive solid lifter cam pushes the red line to 7500 rpm and gives them the confidence not to be bothered with the obvious challenge of the lesser car. Still, The Girl wanted a ride in the GTO… Two-Lane Blacktop is my favorite road movie and I was lucky to see the original wide screen copy here in Turku a few years ago. Too bad Joseph Llobell’s Enterprise wasn’t featured on the original soundtrack.

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Black Diamond

2998763954986598568Rudy Ventura – Black Diamond

The clocks are chanced to winter time and there’s no reason to go out until the end of March 2014. Meanwhile I’ll be staring at this eurofunk perfection spinning 45 rounds per minute on my turntable. Marisa demonstrates what to wear and how to react when it’s playing at the discotheques – but it’s perfectly ok just to dance.

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Amor De Robot

robot22.jpg Limited pressing from the Spanish Italo Disco label Neon Danza.

Vocoder – Amor De Robot (1985)

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