14 abr. 2015

Barrabás: Wild Safari

Funk, disco, soul, rock latino, todo esto y mucho más es la formación creada en 1971 -tras la disolución de Los Brincos- por Fernando Arbex y que lleva por nombre Barrabás. Si, ellos son españoles, pero no por ello renunciaron en esos años 70 a hacer una música diferente a la que se escuchaba en las radiofórmulas de aquellos años. Nacieron como una manera de combinar la riqueza instrumental de las formaciones sinfónicas con los ritmos y percusiones latinas, con mestizaje de sonidos y ritmos que los arrojó al funk y soul, alcanzando una proyección internacional inimaginable para un grupo español. Sonidos atractivos y muy sedimentados con similitudes a Santana o Sly Stone, que les hizo entrar en las listas de éxito de medio mundo, con números 1 en lugares como Canada,USA, y Europa.

"Woman", "On the road again" o "Hi Jack" son, aunque parezca mentira, grandes éxitos de esta banda española en listas americanas de música negra. Eran además unos años 70 ricos de buen soul y funk hecho por afro-americanos, lo que aumenta el mérito de esta banda. En este video podemos ver una actuación del grupo interpretando otro tema inconcebible en la España de aquel año 1971, "Wild safari". Fue número 1 en las listas de R&B en Estados Unidos. Todo un salto sin red, sólo sostenido por las notas con ritmo funky groove, aderezado con toques latinos, y una voz áspera, que capta el espíritu de la música negra de esos años.

Letra
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
Uha
Uha
Say every is running
Say every body is working
Say everything is money
Say all your trust are nothing

Ohhh Ohh wild safari
Ohhh Ohh wild safari
Ohhh Ohh wild safari
Ohhh Ohh wild safari
Uha
Uha

Say every body stilling
Say every one is something
Say elephant likes buildings
Say all the cars are roaring

Ohhh Ooh Wild safari
Oooooh Ho Wild safari
Oooooo oh wild safari
Ohhh Ooh Wild safari

E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
E oe oe oe oe oe
Uha
Uha

Say every body stilling
Say every one is something
Say elephant likes buildings
Say all the cars are roaring

Oooooh wild safari
Oooooh wild safari
Oooooooh wild safari
Oooooh wild safari
Ooooooh wild safari
Oooooooh wild safari
Oooooh wild safari
Ooooooh wild safari
Oooooooh wild safari

20 ene. 2015

Village People: Y.M.C.A.

El éxito que obtuvieron a finales de los años 70 por sus peculiar y extrafalaria forma de vestir fue mayúsculo. Quedaban plasmados los estereotipos gays de la época, a la vez que se dejaban acompañar por canciones con mucho ritmo y pegadizas. Village People se convirtieron en todo un fenómeno mundial. Sus orígenes se remontan a 1977 en Nueva York gracias a dos franceses, Jacques Morali y Henri Belolo, cuya intención era atraer al colectivo homosexual y explotar la música disco. Y lo consiguieron, y eso que en realidad sólo dos de ellos eran gays. Extrafalarios al máximo, su nombre surgió en honor a Greenwich Village, una zona gay de Nueva York, y en él quedaban reflejados seis de los estereotipos típicos del americano medio.

Su canción más representativa es Y.M.C.A., cuyas siglas curiosamente significan Young Men’s Christian Association (Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes). Toda una sátira sobre esta organización cristiana, lo que les llevó a generar polémica y críticas, pero también un éxito exorbitado, alcanzando la nada despreciable cifra de más de 10 millones de copias en todo el mundo.

Letra
Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.

Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what the f*ck you feel ...

Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!

No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I'm sure they can help you today.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what ever you feel ...

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so jive ...

That's when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?

9 dic. 2014

Technotronic: Pump Up The Jam

Technotronic es una banda belga con un éxito exorbitado en los años noventa. Ellos marcaron los pasos que durante toda una década más iban a patear las pistas de baile de medio mundo, dando lugar a un boom de la música electrónica y el eurodance. Sonido sintético, letras pegadizas, y ritmos marcados y repetitivos que invitan a bailar. Lo formaban la vocalista Ya Kid K (seudónimo de Manuela Kamosi), y el productor discográfico Jo Bogaert bajo el seudónimo de Thomas De Quincey. Y si para muestra bien vale un botón, que mejor botón que la canción que desencadenó toda esta fiebre noventera, "Pump Up the Jam". En el videoclip se utilizó la imagen de la modelo y bailarina Felly, y tras el enorme éxito, se publicó el álbum, ya con la zaireña Manuela Kamosi siendo la imagen junto al galés M.C. Eric (Eric Martin).

Letra

Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

Make my day, make my day,
Make my day, make my day,

Yo, Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

Make my day
Make my, make my, make
Make my day

Make my day, make my day
Make my, make my, make
Make my day

Yo, Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it
Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it

Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump it, pump it, pump it, pump it, yo!

Pump, pump up the jam
A Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
Pump it, pump it, pump it

Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump it, pump it, pump it, pump it, pump!

Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

3 nov. 2014

Londonbeat: I've Been Thinking About You

Transcurrían los primeros compases de la década de los 90, cuando un grupo formado por unos jóvenes británicos y estadounidenses bajo el nombre de Londonbeat triunfaban con la canción "I've Been Thinking About You". Era un sonido fresco, muy pegadizo que combinaba un R&B muy comercial con el pop y dance que consiguió que esta canción alcanzara las posiciones más altas de buena parte de Europa y América.

Ellos han continuado por la senda comercial, alcanzando de nuevo posiciones altas en las listas de ventas con temas como "Come Back", pero sin llegar a alcanzar el éxito de esta canción que será la referencia que prevalecerá al paso de los años. 

Letra
We must have been stone crazy
When we thought we were just friends,
'Cause I miss you, baby,
And I've got those feelings again.
I guess I'm all confused about you,

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

Suddenly we're strangers,
I watch you walking away.
She was my one temptation,
Oh, I did not want her to stay
Deep down, I'm still confused about you

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

What good is being her without you?

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

28 sept. 2014

Hanson: MMMBop

Con poco más de 10 años de vida, los hermanos Isaac, Taylor y Zac Hanson, llevaban en su sangre el desparpajo que les haría triunfar en los años 90 bajo la formación Hanson. A pesar de su corta edad, llevaban ya años tocando y cantando a capella  para pequeñas ferias y celebraciones en su ciudad natal, Tulsa (Oklahoma).

Pop y rock fresco que sorprendieron al mundo con su álbum debut y su canción MMMBop. Un alegre himno pop con un éxito rotundo e inmediato que los llevó a los primeros lugares en las listas de venta, ser nominados a 2 Grammy, y estar en el ranking de las mejores canciones de los años 90.   
Letra

You have so many relationships in this life 
only one or two will last 
you go through all this pain and strife 
then you turn your back and they're gone so fast 
and they're gone so fast 
so hold on the ones who really care 
in the end they'll be the only ones there 
when you get old and start losing your hair 
can you tell me who will still care 
can you tell me who will still care 
Mmm bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du 
Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose 
you can plant any one of those 
keep planting to find out which one grows 
it's a secret no one knows 
it's a secret no one knows 
In an mmm bop they're gone, in an mmm bop they're not there 
in an mmm bop they're gone, in an mmm bop they're not there 
until you lose your hair 
but you don't care 
Mmm bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du 
Can you tell me? you say you can but you don't know 
can you tell me which flower's going to grow? 
can you tell me if it's going to be a daisy or a rose? 
Can you tell me which flower's going to grow? 
can you tell me? you say you can but you don't know