7-inch Series, part 761 – Fórmula V

Fórmula V – La Fiesta De Blas
label: Philips
year: 1974
side a: La Fiesta De Blas
side b: La Gran Ciudad |

7" Series 761: Fórmula V – La Fiesta De Blas

Another one from the Pelayo series. Fórmula V was a band formed in 1967 by members of two other Madrid outfits, Los Rostros and Los Jíbaros. They had a string of hits in the late sixties and first half of the seventies, this particular one being their last before they disbanded in 1975. Their sound was typical for what was playing on the Spanish radio at the time: catchy, carefree, and rather harmless pop music.

Of this single I like the B-side better. In 2002 they got back together like every self-respecting band from those days, and they’re still playing all over the country.


7-inch Series, part 753 – Manolo Escobar

Manolo Escobar – Mi Carro
label: Belter
year: 1969
side a: Mi Carro
side b: Brindis

7" Series 753: Manolo Escobar – Mi Carro

Another single from the set given to me as an educational present by a friend of Mrs. Lubacov (the previous one posted here being Desmadre 75), this time by the fabulous Manolo Escobar. “Mi Carro” is like “Dude, where’s my car?” (he’s literally asking where his car is), but without the ‘dude’ part. It was stolen while he was on a pilgrimage. “Brindis” (“toast”) is a toast to everything: friendship, a woman he lost, life, which has stolen everything from him, but mostly to love. Of course.


7-inch Series, part 744 – Desmadre 75

Desmadre 75 – Saca El Güisky Cheli
label: Movieplay
year: 1975
side a: Saca El Güisky Cheli
side b: Tengo Una Pena

7" Series 744: Desmadre 75 – Saca El Güisky Cheli

This is one of the six or so 45s a friend of Mrs. Lubacov gave me as part of my education in Spanish pop music. It’s also one of the singles I will probably never ever play out. Ever. That’s how much of a snob I am. Apparently this is a classic in Spanish pop music from the seventies. Desmadre 75 (“desmadre” means “excess”) was a comedy band formed by students from the Complutense University in Madrid. They released two albums and two singles in the mid-seventies, this one being their biggest hit. The B-side, as you will notice, features a chorus that must have been the blueprint for Los Del Rio‘s anthem “Macarena”.