When I was given 1979 as my year to review, I hit up my iTunes list and I found only one album that I owned from 1979. Every band and every article I read about rock and pop music from 1979 ended with no one releasing an album that year. What I was searching for was Argentinian rock. I didn’t even bother to go across the pond to Spain.
I only need 4 albums to review for 1979. After a few days of searching, I pulled Tequila out from the depths of the internet and I was lucky to find that Apple Music does have this band. The Spanish rock band, Tequila became option number 6 for me but became the first to review for this week’s look into 1979 with their album Rock and Roll
Tequila was a very influential rock band in Spain and it was this album that elevated the group to the top of the charts. The band’s sound (note: I have only listened to this album) is influenced by ’50s rock. It is pure and simple, like right out of the garage. With two guitarists, a bass player, drummer, and vocalist, the band is a pure as you get. The majority of Rock and Roll plays just like a garage band that doesn’t have to overproduce underlying music for a full-body sound.
Tequila was a very influential rock band in Spain and Rock and Roll that elevated the group to the top of the charts.
While the band’s sound feels like I am taken to the ’50s. The exception comes with the song, “Quiero Besarte” (I Want To Kiss You), which oozes with disco beats. We are in 1979 and we are in the middle of the disco era. This song became one of their hits and rightful so. It is the best song on Rock and Roll for pop fans. Classic rock and ’50s and ’60s rock fans will like the rest of the album.
I really don’t know much when it comes to anything before the early ’80s. This is when I began my music love. What I have to compare to is other music from that year in English. Donna Summer released “On The Radio” on the disco scene. ABBA was in the pop scene. As for rock music, I relate to Blondie at the time. Tequila doesn’t compare. I have always felt Latin music is always about 10 years behind the leaders such as England and the US. Tequila seems behind in the times for the most part based on the year.