Of course the name of the group that is playing on this record is not Superventas Starlux, although I do think that would be a cool band name. Starlux was a Spanish company that produced a variety of food products, particularly soups and stock cubes. In the late 60s they issued some records for promotional purposes, that were so clearly throwaway products, that the Starlux people didn´t even bother to put names to the recording artists. They should have been a little more foresighted. Apparently the Starlux brand still exists. But the company is long gone and nothing commemorates its existence. The only things that do – because they are still being used today – are these 45s.
I bought this record last year in Barcelona for the same reason I´ve been picking up other second or third rate budget records. I always hope to be surprised, because there is that rare moment, when a cheapo version of a hit song actually is interesting to hear for the first time. Pata Pata was Miriam Makeba´s biggest hit record from 1967. This Spanish uptempo beat version does sound pretty cool. It even has a nice guitar break.
The Spanish version of Wilson Pickett´s Deborah is not so bad either…
Los Beta look like they were a Flamenco group but this time I knew what I was buying. Los Beta were one of the more popular Beat groups from Mallorca that recorded a handful of records for the Regal label.
Ton Pare No Te Mas is a fast and funny Beat song with some Speedy Gonzales vocals thrown in…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.”