Spanish Rock in the Seventies Part 6: An MOR Star Goes Prog
Miguel Ríos had a huge hit in 1970 with ‘Himno de la Alegría’ and his ‘Rock and Ríos’ LP from 1982 was one of the biggest Spanish records of all time. However, in between these commercial peaks he had a much less successful prog-rock phase.
‘La Huerta Atómica’ (1976) is a concept album about the human race being wiped out in a nuclear explosion. One man survives in a mysterious bubble that is created at the centre of the blast, but he realises his fate has merely been postponed…
This song was written by Ríos with Mariano Diaz, the keyboard player on the album, formerly of Los Que Vivimos. Other tracks on the album feature the former yé-yé singers Massiel and Jeanette.
LA BURBUJA ANTIRREACCIÓN No encuentro la explicación no sé quién fue, ni quién pulsó el botón atómico. No sé quién os mató. Y siento no estar ahí, ser uno más sin porvenir, sin tener que presenciar la espantosa realidad. A raíz de la explosión todo cambió y comprendí que la burbuja antirreacción tan sólo aplazará mi fin. Testigo accidental me convertiré en la postal del desastre universal. Qué caótico final. Y la vida bajo la cúpula se hace irreal. Entre transparencias de almendros. Polvo de cristal.
THE COUNTER REACTION BUBBLE I can't find the explanation I don't know who it was, or who pressed The atomic button. I don't know who killed you. And I feel sorry that I wasn't there, To be one more without a future, Without having to witness The frightening reality As a result of the explosion Everything changed and I realized That the counter reaction bubble Would only postpone my fate Accidental witness I will become the postcard Of universal disaster Such a chaotic end And life under the dome Becomes unreal. Between transparent almond trees Broken glass.