Part 2: The Birth of Argentinian Rock
The impact of Los Shakers quickly inspired local bands. Moris was the singer with Los Beatniks, whose 1966 single ‘Rebelde’ is generally considered the first original rock single to come out of Argentina. However, it was a complete flop. The breakthrough came the following year when ‘La Balsa’ by Los Gatos was a smash hit. For the first time the public bought an original rock single sung in Spanish, and overnight many groups were inspired to give up English cover versions and follow their lead.
The B-Side of ‘La Balsa’ was ‘Ayer Nomás’, a song written by Moris. However, Los Gatos toned down the protest elements of the original lyrics, turning it into more of a generic love song. Here is Moris’ own version from 1969, with the original lyrics. It also appears on his eclectic but occasionaly brilliant debut album which belatedly appeared in 1970.
Related post: La Balsa
AYER NOMÁS Ayer nomás, en el colegio me enseñaron, que este país es grande y tiene libertad. Hoy desperté y vi mi cama y vi mi cuarto en este mes no tuve mucho que comer. Ayer nomás, mis familiares me decían que hoy hay que tener dinero para ser feliz. Hoy desperté, y vi mi cama y vi mi cuarto, ya todo es gris y sin sentido, la gente vive sin creer. Ayer nomás, había una chica en mi cuarto y la besé sin fundamento. Hoy ya la chica ya no está. Ayer nomás vi una chica en mis brazos. En este mes no tuve mucho que comer. Ayer nomás salí a la calle y vi la gente ya todo es gris y sin sentido, la gente vive sin creer. Sin creer.
JUST YESTERDAY Just yesterday, They taught me in school, That this country Is large and free. Today I woke up And saw my bed and my room This month I didn't have much to eat. Just yesterday, My family told me Today you have to have Money to be happy. Today I woke up, And saw my bed and my room Now everything is grey and meaningless, People live without believing. Just yesterday, there was a girl in my room I kissed her without reason. Today the girl has already gone. Just yesterday, I saw a girl in my arms. This month I didn't have much to eat. Just yesterday I went outside and I saw the people Now everything is grey and meaningless, People live without believing. Without believing.
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