In Search of Rock and Roll Thrills in Mexico: Part 2
Los Teen Tops, who formed in the late 1950s in Mexico, were one of the first groups to sing rock and roll in Spanish. Their debut LP, released in 1960, contains versions of songs originally by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, all sung in their own language.
However, the most interesting track is the single ‘La Plaga’. The music is clearly taken from Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, but rather than translating the lyrics the group came up with new Spanish words unrelated to the original. The title (which I’ve translated as ‘The Pest’) is the nickname given to the girl in the song.
LA PLAGA ESTRIBILLO: Ahí viene la plaga Le gusta bailar Ahí viene la plaga Le gusta bailar Y cuando está rock & roleando Es la reina del lugar Mis jefes me dijeron ya no bailes rock & roll Si te vemos con la plaga tu domingo se acabo ESTRIBILLO Vamos con el cura pues ya me quiero casar No es que seas muy bonita pero sabes bailar ESTRIBILLO
THE PEST CHORUS: Here comes the pest She sure likes to dance Here comes the pest She sure likes to dance And when she's rock and rolling She's the queen of the place My bosses they told me Stop dancing rock & roll If we see you with the pest Your Sunday is over CHORUS Let's go and see a priest I want to get married now It's not that you're so pretty But you sure know how to dance CHORUS