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ROUGH DAYS, DIE HARD AND A UNIQUE COUPLE.

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Rough day McClane? 

Probably this doesn’t make you laugh at all, but sometimes when most of my day has been crap, I think of John McClane (yeah, the cop) at Nakatomi building, heavily bleeding, trying to remove pieces of glasses nailed to his feet after Hans Gruber, noticing his enemy was barefoot, had shot glass screens in order to hurt him and find his bloody trail easily, and this question comes to my head. Rough day McClane? I reckon his is much worse than mine and I feel some sort of relief. I know, I’m a freak, but you must admit John McClane is a great hero, and Die Hard is one of my favorite movies ever, and at the end of the day it’s better finding some self-consolation in this, rather than getting in bad mood or start self-pitying.

Anyway, today it’s been a shitty day at work. I felt like Queen Midas. Everything related to my tasks turn into shit. Problems with official documents, delays in deliveries, incidences with cargo, lots of phone calls (I hate phone at work) and people basically breaking my balls. I’ve finished work mentally exhausted.

Fortunately I’m lucky being able to separate work and personal almost as soon as I close the door of the office, and if I have a beer with my coworkers right after, it’ll be a matter of 15minutes to forget about all the issues bothering us.

And then, back home, when looking for some cool pictures to shit-design a poster for a DJ’n night at Hey Ho! Bar in Barcelona (August 10th, stop by if you’re around, it’ll be fun), I’ve found this one which has made my day.

diamond dave and madonna

I don’t have any idea what happened during that encounter, I wonder whether they had sex, drugs or just booze, but really, the sight of classic Madonna in her best moment, with mighty Diamond Dave, is the best thing that could happen to me today. And I wanted to share it with all of you.

Also, and before I forget it, it was the third birthday of Since My Baby Left Me on the 28th, and wanted to thank you for the support, regular or occasional, and the (not so often) comments. Stats and many recent subscriptions reflect that, somehow, I’m not so bad at entertaining you, so let’s hope we can celebrate the 4th birthday next year. Thanks a lot!

ALBUM OF WEEK 27: SONRISA SALVAJE

Even though I am a mid-season person, gotta admit summer really cheers me up, despite feeling sticky thanks to this shitty humidity and oven temperatures, and feeling a bit dizzy sometimes due to this low kiling pressure. Let’s try to be positive this time: sun, cocktails, lots of events and activities with friends, and plenty of handsome foreign faces on the streets. Moreover, I tend to listen to cheerful music, real uppers, thus I’m in good mood most of time.

Standing in front of the computer for long periods is tough though, as I’m sweating and suffering every single word I type, so probably you might notice my posts are shorter than usual. Don’t take it personal, and just for once don’t think of me as a lazy bitch but as a roasted chicken essentially melting to keep you entertained.

Last week I was talking about Van Halen and 1984 as my favorite album of the band, but now I’m going a step further and gonna talk about one of the funniest and most amusing albums ever recorded: Sonrisa Salvaje. A treasure not many people are aware of, which has an added value for me: Diamond Dave sings in Spanish.

Sonrisa Salvaje

You know Spanish is my mother tongue (just for the mistakes I make here it’s easy to guess English is my second language, my apologies, trying to improve every day) however all my hobbies are connected to English. In fact, I’m not very fond of Spanish in music as I don’t find it attractive at all. There’s quite a controversy here on this regard and an exaggerate defense of the national product in Spanish. I’m currently living in Catalonia and the situation is way too much with Catalonian. Not that I don’t respect it, but talking strictly in terms of musicality, songs in Catalonian are mostly crap. Sorry if someone reads this and feel offended. It’s only my opinion at the end of the day.

Anyway, I was trying to introduce Sonrisa Salvaje to you. To sum up the content, I will refer to the original solo debut album Eat ‘Em And Smile. This is the Spanish version, or better said a Latin/Mexican version, as the expressions and accent have nothing to do with Cervantes’ language, as we say. David Lee Roth had just left Van Halen and was starting his solo career. Apparently it was Billy Sheenan who suggested the possible commercial success if the singer recorded an album in Spanish as the young Mexican community was a great challenging target. David Lee Roth accepted and the original songs were adapted into Spanish in a very peculiar way.

To tell you the truth the translated lyrics are so crappy yet sung in such a masterly way, Sonrisa Salvaje is one of the greatest unknown treasures in the rock history. Shy Boy turns into Timido, I’m Easy is now Soy Fácil, Ladies’ Night in Buffalo? Is funny translated as Noche de Ronda en La Ciudad or Elephant Gun is Arma de Caza Mayor. Insane!

You know when Diamond Dave aims to sound sexy but you cannot get this feeling because you’re laughing? This is what happens every time I play this album.

It was Mickey, a diehard fan of DLR, who sent me a copy in CD about 12 years ago. Just one listening was enough to truly love this album.

I’ve read it was only initially issued in vinyl and cassette, but as it was a commercial failure, copies were deleted. In 2007 it was re-issued in CD. I was incredibly lucky when I found the original vinyl almost new in Tokyo 3 years ago.

I’d like to know what Diamond Dave thinks of this album nowadays. and I’d love to tell him every time I play it at The Hellhouse everything turns into a party. I listen to lots of bands and lots of styles of music, but believe me when I say not many can put me in such a great mood as David Lee Roth does.

 

La ciudad, esta que arde
El pavimento, esta que hierve
No mas soy yo pensando en ti
Solo tu me afectas así

ALBUM OF WEEK 26: 1984

The only explanation for not updating the album of the week for ages is that I’ve been listening to …Like a Clockwork and Earth Rocker obsessively, and I’ve recovered albums I’ve already written about here. that on one hand, on the other that these two last months have been nonstop. May was very stressing with tones of work at the office and doing lots of overtime, and since Primavera Sound Festival, there’re been lots of events which have kept me a bit out of track.

Finally it’s Summertime, I’m not very happy about the heat and the unbearable humidity in Barcelona, but this is the outdoors season, so I cannot promise I’ll be super constant with the album of the week and other stuff. I’ll try my best anyway.

1984

There are certain bands which come with the season, and it’s compulsory to listen to them in Summer. One of them is Van Halen. I’m very surprised I hadn’t written about them here before. I’m huge fan of the first albums with David Lee Roth, one of my favorite frontmen and characters in rock.

Summer equals sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, and Van Halen are exactly that (well, as far as I’m concerned drugs are not present anymore). Serious, this band, leaving Eddie’s virtuosity on guitar, which is obviously huge, thanks to the lyrics, the songs and the energy, is nothing but pure fun.

I can’t remember when was the first time I listened to their debut album nor when I bought it. it’s quite weird. Songs like Jump, Panama, You Really Got Me or Just a Gigolo were as familiar as if I had grown up with them. Seems like VH have been there my entire life. What I can recall was that when I was a kid I used to mix up diamond Dave with a WWF wrestler, The Ultimate Warrior. They both had similar hairdo, same jumping style and their outfits were too colorful.  C’mon, I was a little girl! But hey, think of the singer’s solo album Eat ‘Em  and Smile

After too much thinking I’ve reached the conclusion that 1984 is my favorite album of the band. The tracklist is reckless and spreads such great vibes, nothing can be wrong while I’m listening to it. I just feel like partying and dancing crazy. Jump, Panama, Top Jimmy, Hot for Teacher, Girl Gone Bad…you don’t need anything else, all tracks are outstanding.

vh band

Once a friend called me the female version of David lee Roth. Wish I was! To start with I’d got laid more often and life would be 24/7 party time. I don’t think I’d look as fine as he does nowadays after a life full of excess. But one thing’s for sure. He won’t regret having missed the action. I won’t either.

And now open a cold beer and play this video. It’s Saturday, fellows, party time!