DBM & T, Mr. President, 1970

In time for the US presidential elections on Tuesday here`s some last words to former president Bush:

“When I grow up to be a man

I won`t lie for you

I won`t die for you

because I think you`re wrong

Mr. President”

DBM & T were Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich after Dave Dee had left the group. Pretty much a bubblegum beat band they were not exactly known for making political statements in their songs. Although this record made it into the British Top 40 they had little success and the group fell apart shortly after.

Let`s hope that Obama at least stands by his plans to move US troops out of Iraq and end this war that can not be won. Obama, yes you can…

DBM & T, Mr. President, 1970

LOS SIREX, El tren de la costa, 1965

Some years ago I was lucky to find four early Ep`s of one of the best Spanish beat bands LOS SIREX in a Berlin second hand record store. All of them in very good condition and for very little money. I remember that, when I was spinning them when I Dj`d, a well known Berlin Beat collector asked me sarcastically ( and enviously) if I was a “Mint-collector”?

Most of the records in my collection are in “good” condition, and that`s how I like them. If they are good records, I play them often and they will not stay “Mint”. Especially not if I use them to Dj. I know a lot of people who collect records but I have yet to meet someone who buys these expensive records on Ebay. They probably never play these records and only use them for speculation purposes. Much like those stock-brokers that messed up the world lately…

“En tren de la costa” is a cover version of “The train kept a `rollin” by the JOHNNY BURNETTE ROCK`N`ROLL TRIO. One of the best versions and one of the most rockin`Spanish beat songs hands down!

LOS SIREX, El tren de la costa, 1965

LOS SIREX, Cantemos, 1965

LOS SIREX, La escoba, 1965

LOS SIREX, Que haces aquí, 1965

LOS SIREX, San Carlos club, 1964

This shows the SIREX one year earlier with some of their own songs that are equally as rockin`as their cover songs. “San Carlos club” and “Tus celos” are my favorites. Great fast and raw beat stuff. LOS SIREX ruled!

LOS SIREX, San Carlos club, 1964

LOS SIREX, Tus celos, 1964

LOS SIREX, Si yo canto, 1964

LOS SIREX, Piensa en mi, 1964

LOS SIREX, Quiero ser dichoso, 1964

Four cover songs on this Ep, all sung in Spanish: “Si tuviera un martillo”( “If I had a hammer”)by TRINI LOPEZ, a great raw version  of “Nobody but you” by THE LAFAYETTES, “Quiero ser dichoso”(“Glad all over”) by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE and “Please, please me” by THE BEATLES.

I added a nice page and the beautiful gouache cover of a Spanish  ROMANTICA girl`s magazine from 1963.

LOS SIREX, Si tuviera un martillo, 1964

LOS SIREX, Nobody but you, 1964

LOS SIREX, Quiero ser dichoso, 1964

LOS SIREX, Please Please me, 1964

LOS SIREX, Yo grito, 1966

This is probably the most accomplished LOS SIREX record of the batch. All four songs are LOS SIREX originals. “Y grito” is a fuzzed-out beat stomper and a Spanish beat classic. But all four songs are great, so if you don`t already know this stuff : Spanish beat doesn`t get much better.

LOS SIREX, Yo grito, 1966

LOS SIREX, Olvidame, 1966

LOS SIREX, Solo en la playa, 1966

LOS SIREX, Reprise, 1966

THE ROCKING BOYS, Bailando Madison, 1962

Contrary to most MADISON records THE ROCKING BOYS really rock on this Ep. I don`t have the sleeve to this record so here are some more TWIST and MADISON cartoons from a magazine about the popular Spanish DUO DINAMICO from 1962.

I didn`t find any records while I stayed in Mallorca this time. Seven years ago I bought a whole stack of Spanish teen magazines from the 60`s at a flea-market in Palma. Sadly I missed the flea-market and a swap-meet that was supposed to happen two weeks after I left…

“Didn`t you say that your brother didn`t know how to dance the TWIST?”

“Boy, you listened to too many MADISON records.”

THE ROCKING BOYS, Bailando Madison, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, A Madison Square, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, Paloma Madison, 1962

THE ROCKING BOYS, Madison en la costa del sol, 1962

LOS CINCOS AMIGOS, Tani-Twist, 1962

LOS CINCOS AMIGOS try their hand at a TWIST song, a Flamenco Twist. It`s trying that counts and sometimes the results are much more surprising than the stuff proper Rockers turn out. In this case a  interesting mixture of Spanish Flamenco music, Arabic music and Rock`n`Roll. In the middle of the song a voice even says in English:” Salamaleikum! Do you know the Arrrabian Twiist? It`s verrry easy!”

Some more TWIST cartoons from a DUO DINAMICO magazine from 1962. Drawn by a guy that called himself INKI-TIKI. Now that`s a great name for a cartoonist! If only I would`ve come up with that…

” He danced the Twist so wildly that he tied himself in a knot!”

” I recommend you to cheer up a bit. Go somewhere where they play modern music on sundays!

” Doctor, I can`t.  On sundays I`m drumming for the band LOCOS DEL TWIST.”

LOS CINCOS AMIGOS, Tani-Twist, 1962


The weeks  have passed and I haven`t gotten around to write about my trip to Mallorca together with the staff of JUNGLE WORLD. Last Thursday the issue came out, that we all worked on while on the island and it turned out great. If you can read German I recommend you to get it.

JUNGLE WORLD is a weekly newspaper that is sold on newsstands across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and for the first time at selected places in Mallorca. Every year the staff goes to another country to produce a paper. Three years ago I went with them to Istanbul the first time.

This time we spent 12 days at a finca in Buger, a small village in the middle in the middle of the island. I had a great time but there were some stressful moments for everyone. Being with a group in one house most of the time it felt like taking part in the TV show BIG BROTHER sometimes. But I enjoyed even that because of it was a real challenge. In my real life I stay at home all the time like the typical cartoonist and that`s how I like it. Being with a group 24 hours a day for 12 days is very tiring.

Besides that we all went out to get our stories. I met with the Mallorca punk band MOSTROS at their practice space and had a real good time. Later I wrote a little piece about them and the Palma Punk scene in the paper.

Four of us from the paper went to the local office of the Spanish anarchist union CNT. It`s located very closely to the Mallorcan Parliament, in a old appartement building. We interviewed their “Secretary of Staff” and spend a very nice time with the comrades.

Another highlight of the trip was meeting the local comic artist MAX and four of his collegues: TOMEU SEGUÌ, GABI BELTRÀN, ALEX FITO and CANIZALES. Minou and I put together a two page spread of their comics and drawings and  I interviewed MAX for JUNGLE WORLD and we spent a very nice time in the cafè of the museum that was currently hosting a exhibition by GILBERT SHELTON.

This is a video that I pieced together of MOSTROS at their practice space: