Spanish Rock in the Seventies

Part 1: Entre Dos Aguas

If you talk about the music of sixties or (especially) the eighties to a typical Spaniard, they will probably wax nostalgically about certain acts and their favourite hits of those periods. If you mention the seventies however, they will probably grimace.

To some extent the seventies seem to have been polarised. On one hand you had cheesy pop acts in the charts, whose ultimate ambition was to win Eurovision (and who increasingly sang in English). On the other hand there were the singer-songwriters (the most influential of whom was Serrat), earnest types more influenced by Brel and Brassens than Bob Dylan, who often sang of ‘libertad’.

To further complicate matters, it was becoming increasingly fashionable for ‘underground’ rock acts to sing in regional languages, in particular Catalan and Basque, though these groups are outside the scope of this blog.

However, if you look deeper you can discover that the seventies did produce some interesting acts, though few of them achived much commercial success at the time. In fact, arguably these eccentric groups made some of the most original sounding rock music to ever come out of Spain.

The title of the first part of this new series (literally ‘between two waters’) is also an excuse to include an instrumental on Spanish Pop Lyrics. Here is the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía playing his big crossover hit of the decade: ‘Entre Dos Aguas’.


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