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Spanish Pop

Spanish Pop

It's not all about flamenco! Spanish music scene is very exciting and modern: Discover most popular spanish pop music nowdays before to land here.

Spanish pop music has roots in North American rock and roll bands from the late fifties. This musical revolution made groups like Los Bravos, Fórmula V and Los Sirex famous, as well as modern groups like El Canto de Loco, La Oreja de Van Gogh and Álex Ubago.

In the beginning, pop music was introduced into Spain via two fundamental groups: Los Teen Tops featuring Mexican Enrique Guzmán and the Cuban-American band Los Llopis. These groups translated and recorded famous American rock and roll songs which would become very famous in Spain in the 1960s.

The Price Theatre Circus had an important role in the development of Spanish pop music. In 1962, they decided to put on Sunday matinee session in which young rock bands performed that had previously only moved around in marginal circles and had not yet signed record deals.

In this period, during the dictatorship of General Franco, this type of music was not appreciated by the leaders or the conservative public opinion, which dominated at the time. As a result, these Spanish music festivals were prohibited. However, the new rhythms had already made there way to the streets of major cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. The advancement of the new pop sounds was unstoppable.

July 1st, 1965 was an extremely important date for Spanish pop music. On this day The Beatles arrived in Spain to give two concerts in Madrid and Barcelona respectively. This event further propelled the diffusion of pop music, although it was not without controversy. In Madrid only 5,000 fans were allowed to attend the concert when the capacity of the venue was of 18,000 people. The police prevented anyone whom they thought looked suspicious or sleazy from entering the venue. The truth is that the Francoist regime was afraid that the concert would cause disturbances in the city.

But music kept evolving for decades to come. In the 80s, the so-called “Golden Age of Pop Music”, influences from new wave and punk music were arriving. These movements influenced the Madrilenian groove scene with Spanish groups like Kaka de Luxe, Alaska y Dinarama, Radio Futura and Hombres G. Similar movements occurred in the periphery of Spain with groups like Loquillo in Catalonia, Siniestro Total and Os Resentidos in Galicia and Kortatu y La Polla Records in the Basque Country.

It is also worth mentioning that towards the end of the 70s there were many heavy metal bands. Bands like Barón Rojo or Ángeles del Infierno opened up new musical paths, albeit outside of the groove scene movement.

In the 90s the number of pop bands increased. Among them were the many singers that came out of televised music competitions in the latter part of the 90s such as the program Operación Triunfo (Triumph Operation).

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