SONG OF THE DAY Los Pekenikes – Viento Inca

PrimaryYou may remember me featuring a track from the very cool Los Pekenikes last month (though if you are anything like me, you won’t remember last week), but I did!! I featured the absolute ear delight that is Tren transoceánico a Bucaramanga and then put a link to another song at the bottom…that song is today’s offering!

I can’t stop humming it today and though it’s a variation on the same tune, it’s just a divine piece of music and deserves its only ‘Song of the Day’ slot all to itself!!

The Pekenikes were a Spanish psych-pop outfit that emerged in the late 1950’s. Signed to Spanish label Hispavox, the group released many albums and singles over their lengthy career.  Founded in 1959 by by brothers Alfonso Sáinz and Lucas Sáinz, the band also consisted of Spanish, Colombian and Filipino singers and musicians. This blend proved to be a winning mix and after setting out initially covering various other songs, they eventually settled as an instrumental outfit. Five years later they were opening for The Beatles in Madrid and released their debut album a few months later.

Throughout the years multiple musicians passed through the band, but the essence of what they were about remained, making Los Pekenikes one of the most influential Spanish groups of all time!

The song I featured last month was released as a single in 1970, but this song is actually a copy of one of their earlier compositions from 1962! Viento Inca (Inca Wind) first appeared on their Madison & Locomotion EP and would have been recorded with a different line up of musicians (though some remained constant throughout).  Hearing this earlier version, I’d have to say I’m liking this a bit better, it’s got that belting brass section and surf guitars, but its good to see how it was adapted and reissued nearly eight years later! Enjoy!

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