Lorenzo Santamaría – Quise ser una estrella de rock’n’roll (1978)

Hi,

High time for a more obscure song to get an opinion from me, but this comes from a singer that is known to hardcore Eurovision Song Contest fans for having tried to go to the contest in 1976 with the ballad “Si tú fueras mi mujer”, one that was the big favourite to represent Spain back then, but in the end Braulio suprisingly got the ticket to The Netherlands with “Sobran las palabras”

Information about the singer in here: http://lafonoteca.net/grupos/lorenzo-santamaria

Background of the song: “Quise ser una estrella de rock’n’roll” comes from the eponymous album of the same name the singer released in 1978. Assumingly tired from the romantic side, he went back to a harder side, dedicating this album to a genre he was very fond of: the “rock” genre (his music carrer started as a member of the rock group Los Z-66)

The A-side of the album was all centered on a 15-minute live recorded “medley”, “Rock and rollers”, on which he’d sing several songs of the golden era of the genre. The B-side comes with three originals and one other cover version of a classic song: the title track, a tribute to The Doors vocalist in “A Jim Morrison”, the power edgy ballad “No podrán quitarnos nuestra música” and a energetic version of an original from The Beatles, “And I love her”

Despite the singer’s best wishes, the album was regretfully a commercial disapointment (his fans even didn’t quite accept it well) and in the upcoming year, he’d be back to his romantic side. Still, the song was released as a B-side to the single fronted by his version of “And I love her”

Now for the opinion: lyricially, the singer does make clear of his love for the genre as the song gives us the story of a guy desperate to be like Elvis Presley, the king of rock’n’roll, to be famous, to have his albums and singles on the top of the charts, to participate in numerous TV-shows, to feel the excitement on stage and to experience the ups and downs of a rock star. The problem is known in the second half of the song: the more time goes by, the less chances he has of becoming the rock star he desires to be

Musically, it’s a well produced hommage to the genre, but with a certain modern and light twist for those days that gives it an epic-like feeling. In a way, it gives me a very upbeat nostalgy, eventhough I wasn’t born in the 70’s (I was born in 1987, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like songs that aren’t from my era. On the contratry: my favourite decades of music are actually the 70’s and the 80’s)

All in all, the singer did a good job in paying tribute to a genre he always was fond of. It might not have been the best song ever from him (that one is “Si tú fueras mi mujer”), it certainly is his second best and a right-in-your-face highlight. I’d reccomend this song for the “aficionados” (appreciators) of the 70’s music and/or to the rock fans

The videoclip of the song (altough the effects were computer made by the user that uploaded the video and don’t exist on the official video):

And the lyrics of the song as an extra:

Quise ser una estrella de rock’n’roll
Quise llegar a ser como Elvis, el rey

Ser famoso todo el mundo
Y en las listas en número uno
Sensaciones y emociones
Y en la tele, el show de los mejores

Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na

Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na

Quise ser una estrella de rock’n’roll
Pero los años pasan y te quedas atrás

La vida sigue y tú todavía
Soñando estar en “scène” aquel día
Con errores y frustraciones
Y también con depresiones

Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na

Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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Posted on 27 de July de 2012, in Music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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