In Search of Rock and Roll Thrills in Mexico: Part 8
By the start of the seventies it had became cool for Mexican rock bands to sing in English, which has made it more difficult for me to find bands from that era to feature in this series. Los Dug Dug’s were partly responsible for this trend, being one of the first Mexican groups to sing in English. However, for their second album ‘Smog’ (1972) they flew in the face of fashion and reverted to Spanish lyrics. By this point the band were playing hard rock with some progressive elements, including some great flute on this track.
The Guardian’s Readers Recommend series recently included a selection of songs from Mexico and Central America:
NO SOMOS MALOS Preguntan que de malo que hay Y quiero yo, saber ¿Lo que hacemos está mal? ¿Puedo preguntar? ¿Tan malo es? No, no puede ser ¿Tan malo es? No somos malos No puede ser La gente dice que muy mal la juventud está Acoso ellos un error No más cometerán Tan buenos son No, no puede ser Tan buenos son Nadie es perfecto No puede ser Un, dos, tres, cuatro...
WE'RE NOT BAD They ask about the bad things around And I want to understand Is what we do bad? Can I ask? How bad is it? No, it can't be How bad is it? We're not bad It can't be People say how bad Young people are Maybe they have made a mistake They won't make it again They're so good No, it can't be They're so good Nobody is perfect It can't be One, two, three, four...