Part 4: Karina and Spanish Female Singers in the Sixties
As the name suggests, the Spanish Yé-Yé girls were modelled on their French counterparts. Young, pretty, fashionable, and if you were lucky they could sing a bit as well. The kind of girl that Serge Gainsbourg made fun of in his 1965 Eurovision song contest winner ‘Poupée de cire, poupée de son’.
In fact Karina, probably the most succesful of the Spanish Yé-Yé girls, recorded that very song as ‘Muñeca de Cera’ and it became her breakthrough hit. Of course, she really wanted to win the competition herself, but it was her rival Massiel who triumphed – with ‘La La La’ in 1968. Karina herself finished second when she entered the contest in 1971.
Generally these girls sang translated versions of hits, not just from the UK and the US, but also from France and Italy. We so much material to choose from there was little incentive to come up with original material, and hardly any of them were songwriters anyway.
This EP track is atypical, an original song written for Karina by Los Pekenikes in 1966. Maybe it was recorded as a retort to critics who complained that she only did covers.
For more information about these girls see this excellent website: http://www.readysteadygirls.eu/#/spanish-girls/4544167385
YA VERÁS Yo sé que tu jamás me olvidarás Pero no puedo estar sin verte más Si ahora tú te vas Yo buscaré otro amor Que me haga olvidar Lo que te quiero Y ya verás Si has pensado bien qué vas a hacer No creas que me voy entristecer Ya todo me da igual No me importa donde estés si te voy a olvidar Aunque no quiera Y ya verás Ya verás que yo digo la verdad Si no puedo verte más Digo yo quizá para que tu amor (?) vuelvas a sentir jamas
NOW YOU’LL SEE I know that you’ll never forget me but I can’t stand not seeing you again If you go now I’ll look for another lover Who will make me forget How much I love you And now you’ll see If you’ve thought hard about what you’re going to do Don’t think that I’ll get sad Now it’s all the same to me and I don’t care where you are If I’m going to forget you Even though I don’t want to And now you’ll see You’ll see that I’m telling the truth If I can see you again I say that maybe for you love you’ll never feel again
* CHORDS / ACORDES D (Byrds style riff) G – A – D – D G – A – D – D G – A – D – Bm G – A – G – G F – C – F – C F – C – G – G