Where did punk begin? A cinema in Peru Saicos en medios Ingleses ( Controversia )

 

Where did punk begin? A cinema in Peru

Almost a decade before the Ramones or the Sex Pistols struck a chord in anger, Los Saicos were screaming their way to notoriety

Drummer Pancho Guevara remembers the music of los Saicos It’s a question that has long been the subject of intense and often bitter debate: where exactly did PUNK rock begin? Was it conceived in the smoke-filled back rooms of London pubs or did it leap fully formed from the dive bars of New York?

Few would imagine the genre that revolutionised music was actually born at a cinema matinee in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

Almost a decade before the Ramones, the New York Dolls or the Sex Pistols struck a chord in anger, the Peruvian band Los Saicos (the Psychos) were screaming, speeding and drinking their way to local notoriety. Now, thanks to an upsurge of interest and a recent documentary, the band – all in their sixties – have reformed and found their biggest following in half a century.

Their signature tune, Demolición (Demolition) has been revived as an anthem for political protesters and, reportedly, – for drug barons. In the Lima district of Lince, a marble plaque has been erected with the provocative claim etched in marble: “The global punk movement was born here. Demolish!!!”

Los Saicos burned brightly and briefly in the mid-60s, performing together for a few years and recording no more than a dozen songs. They were inspired by Elvis and the Beatles to play rock’n’roll but thanks to a frenetic effort to make up for a lack of training and equipment (Roland Carpio made his own guitar), with energy and attitude they ended up with a sound that was 10 years ahead of its time.

Demolición starts slowly with a typical 60s guitar and drum intro, then jolts a decade into the future as lead man, Erwin Flores, screeches “tatatatayayayaya”, followed by an anarchic exhortation to “Smash down the train station!”

Their claim to a place in history was bolstered in December when they were listed as the world’s first punk band in the Spanish Dictionary of Punk and Hardcore published by Zona de Obras.

“They are the first to play what later became punk. There was no name for that at the time, but the riffs are definitely punk,” said José Beramendi, the producer of Saicomania , a documentary about the band. “You expect this sound from North America or Europe, but it’s not something you expect to hear in the 1960s in Latin America.”

It is a controversial claim. There were no safety pins, no mohicans and, according to the band, no drugs beyond cigarettes and alcohol. But they were undoubtedly breaking the mould.

Los Saicos were raised on a musical diet of Harry Belafonte, Peruviancriolla and classical waltzes in the conservative and hierarchical society characterised in the early novels of Mario Vargas Llosa. Elvis and the Beatles changed their lives.

Their early shows were at cinema matinees, where bands were hired as an extra draw for the screenings. Most groups performed covers of syrupy pop songs, but Los Saicos revved up the energy by mixing original love ballads with hoarse, souped-up tracks about prison breaks, funerals and destruction.

“Compared to other bands of the time, we had a bad-boy image. They turned up with their aunts, we had girls on each arm,” recalls Pancho Guevara 

They were detained several times by the police, mostly for speeding but also for taking a sledgehammer, axe and fake TNT to the railway station for a record cover photo shoot.

After a few frenetic years of celebrity, which saw them host a daily TV show, the band moved on. Flores relocated to the US and became a Nasa scientist. César “Papi” Castrillón switched from bass to retail sales, Carpio died and Guevara started a construction company.

But their music slowly built up a cult following and is now moving into the mainstream. The band reformed in 2010 after a 45-year gap, their records were re-released in Spain and they performed overseas for the first time – in Spain, Mexico and Argentina. They are in talks to play in the US next year.

Demolición has become a rebel anthem – and not just for the politically disaffected. “I heard a report from Mexico that the bosses of drug cartels drive into town in trucks with speakers playing it at full volume. That’s cool,” said Guevara, though he insisted the band were more naive than anarchic.

Perhaps because he is now a pillar of the Lima business community, Guevara claims the song was originally a joke about trainspotting. “Leftwing groups use it as a protest song, but we were never interested in politics. There was just nothing much to do in those days so I used to go to the station and watch the trains coming and going. I talked about it endlessly, which really irritated Erwin. That’s why he wrote Smash the Train Station. It was his way of telling me to shut up about the trains.”

It will take more than a plaque and a box-set to convince rock historians that Los Saicos were the first punks. In the early 60s, bands such as the Trashmen and the Sonics were thrashing out similarly furious tracks and Iggy Pop had formed his first group.

But Guevara said the label was unimportant. “I don’t know what ‘punk’ is,” he said. “We wanted to play rock’n’_roll but this is the sound that came out. I don’t know where it came from. It was just something that emerged when we started playing.”

 

Ver video link acá —-> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/sep/14/los-saicos-peru-1960s-punk-video

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Seguí googleando usando los tres nombres para encontrar la historia o motivo del tributo, grande fue mi sorpresa cuando encontré esta segunda foto (  ahora se que la foto es del 70 y estaban afuera del edificio Apple de los Beatles en Londres ).

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    Jimi y Janis pasando un buen rato. 

Janis Joplin nos dejó solo en 16 días :  un 4 de Octubre de 1970, ella que estaba limpia de heroína por un tiempo considerable y estaba grabando su disco Pearl. Tomó la habitación de un motel barato en Los Angeles y fue encontrada muerta al día siguiente. En su cuerpo se encontró heroína y alcohol.

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