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Song of the day – 114: Los Saicos

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As someone wrote on YouTube underneath this clip, “Everything we used to know about rock and roll is false”.

What can I say? Until a couple of hours I didn’t have the slightest idea who Peruvian underground 60s garage group Los Saicos were. Now, I can’t even begin to imagine how I got this far without them. Their music, if you want to be crass about it, supplies some weird South American link between The Monks, The Trashmen (‘Surfin’ Bird’) and anything depraved Lux Interior once turned his hand to… but, much as I respect Mr Interior’s curation skills back in the late 70s, I can’t imagine even he was aware of this razor-sharp, gravel-throated combo. They outdo early Beatles in the impassioned ballad stakes, honest. The drumming is immaculate (you can’t imagine that for one instant that sticks man Pancho once crossed his arms). The rockabilly inflexion is genius. But it’s the vocals on tracks like ‘Ven Aqui’ and ‘Demolición’ that I keep coming back to. Honest to Bangs, they drip menace and charisma and swagger.

Here, have a listen for yourself.

Spain’s peerless Munster Records have just reissued… well, everything by Los Saicos in a typically sumptuous package, the one pictured in the advert below. I believe that Munster were also partly responsible for the most recent resurgence in interest in The Monks, so they have form – and certainly ‘Camisa de fuerza’ could be mistaken for the bowl-headed gentlemen’s finer moments. And Munster are certainly responsible for the incredible current reissue of all Daniel Johnston‘s early cassettes.

So, check them out. Totally incredible stuff.

One Response to Song of the day – 114: Los Saicos

  1. EverettTrue July 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Tim Footman said…
    Second from the left – isn’t that Seve Ballesteros?
    JUNE 29, 2010 4:35 PM

    supercrass said…
    glad to see you’ve found/like them.
    i was lucky enough to “discover” them earlier this year while on a trip to portugal. immediately after a spanish band (brmc-type) finished thier set, the room was filled the sound of “demolicion” and kids going nuts on the dancefloor to it. a great and very memorable sight.
    through emails and instant messages to a friend who was at the gig (and sick of hearing from me), he was able to track down the dj and inquire about the song. needless to say, it was worth the wait, suspense and determination to just learn their name of the band.
    it’s almost like discovering another breed of life on this planet since we thought we were aware of everyhing around us.
    JUNE 30, 2010 7:15 AM

    Yr Heartout said…
    Cracking stuff. And something else to investigate. I almost refrained from commenting, afraid of stating the blooming obvious, but that line’s so right: “Everything we used to know about rock and roll is false”. To which I can only add: “Thank god!”
    JULY 2, 2010 9:04 PM

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    JULY 3, 2010 9:41 PM

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    Hugh Brown
    Just as well I don’t know anything about Rock N Roll, then …
    Wednesday at 12:47 · Like ·

    Angus Stevenson
    Wednesday at 20:04 · Like ·
    JULY 3, 2010 9:42 PM

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    Rod Sáez Chávez, Jordy Trachtenberg, Caitlin Hays and 2 others like this.

    Roddy Thomson
    ‘Jesus Fuck’ is my favorite, and most used swear.
    Thursday at 11:13 · Like ·

    Russell Birrer
    awesome..will have to investigate further..
    Thursday at 11:35 · Like ·

    Rod Sáez Chávez
    demoler, demoler!!!

    it is amazing Los Saicos were discovered 40 years later.
    Thursday at 12:26 · Like ·

    John Dowd
    Thursday at 13:06 · Like ·

    Jodi Biddle
    I liked them. Super catchy. Wish I could sing along.
    Thursday at 13:13 · Like ·

    Ben Harding
    Mmmm, growly!
    Thursday at 15:42 · Like ·

    Rod Sáez Chávez
    not now, but I can ytanscribe the lyrics
    Thursday at 15:47 · Like ·

    Alexander Nutt
    but what about The Sonics? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sonics
    Yesterday at 01:42 · Like ·
    JULY 3, 2010 9:43 PM

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