Part 2: Los Brincos and Spanish Beat Groups in the Sixties
By 1964 the stance of the Franco regime towards rock had relaxed slightly, perhaps because Spain was trying to present a more tourist friendly image to the rest of Europe. The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ appeared on cinema screens and the time was ripe for a Spanish response.
Fernando Arbex, ex-drummer with Los Estudiantes, put together a new group featuring the singers Juan Pardo and Antonio ‘Junior’ Morals, who had both had (separate and unsuccessful) stints as lead singer with Los Pekenikes (before that group switched to instrumentals). With two strong singers Los Brincos could emulate Lennon/McCartney style harmonies, and crucially they did it with original songs rather than covers. At first they hedged their bets, singing in both English and Spanish, but it was the Spanish songs that charmed the nation.
Now it had been shown that you could sing rock in Spanish and be successful other groups quickly followed suit, though few of them had the songwriting flair of Los Brincos.
The idea behind their breakthrough song was pretty simple: What would The Beatles sound like playing flamenco? It’s arguably the first ever attempt at flamenco rock, and despite not being particulary authentic it remains one of the most enjoyable. It appeared on their first LP in 1964.
FLAMENCO Si me preguntas a dónde voy y si tú quieres saber quién soy piensa que es fácil de adivinar que yo soy yo, oh oh, oh oh oh oh Si te preocupa mi por venir no puedes dejar de pensar en mí no lograrás hacerme cambiar: soy como soy, oh oh, oh oh oh oh Aaa, aaa, aaa, aaa Hey, hey , hey hey Piénsalo bien y decídete, no tengo tiempo para perder, pronto mi novia tú vas a ser, lo digo yo , oh oh, oh oh oh oh Nunca jamás te arrepentirás porque si buscas felicidad solo a mi lado la encontrarás lo digo yo, oh oh, oh oh oh oh.
FLAMENCO If you ask me where I’m going And if you want to know who I am Realise that it’s easy to guess That I’m me oh oh, oh oh oh oh If you’re worried about me coming You can’t stop thinking about me You won’t manage to make me change I’m how I am oh oh, oh oh oh oh Aaa, aaa, aaa, aaa Hey, hey , hey hey Think about it carefully and make up your mind I don’t have time to waste You’re going to be my girlfriend soon That’s what I say oh oh, oh oh oh oh You’ll never ever regret it Because if you’re looking for happiness You’ll only find it by my side That’s what I say oh oh, oh oh oh oh
* CHORDS / ACORDES Intro: Dm – C – Bb Verse: A – Bb(#11) (repeat) Bridge: Dm – C – Bb – A Coda: A – Bb – B – C – B – Bb – A