Kid Funk from Spain’s La Pandilla!

“El Gorila”

“Pan Quemao”

“La Orquestra del Bosque

Before there was Menudo and Timberiche Spain’s La Pandilla rocked quite a number of teen hearts in Spain and Latin America with a blend of kiddie pop tunes with an occasional slice of latin funk and psych flair. The co-ed group of five saw it’s beginning in 1970 before climbing the charts with a number of hits. One of them “El Alacran” got them into some heat with a Franco censor for an innocent reference to one of his opponent’s, which led the group to explore other countries in Latin America, among them, the band found an almost Beatleseque explosion in Puerto Rico. Before long La Pandilla became a phenomena across Latin America leading to merchandising and various ephemera. By the end of the 70’s the group died down leaving numerous tunes including a handful of sophisticated  pop/funk tunes. Take “El Gorilla” a tune about a pet gorilla that features a great horn section and some touches of rumba backed by a tight driving groove. On “Pan Quemao” a wicked organ and guitar take over the groove and granted it’s a song about the joys of toasted bread!! With tunes like these it kind of makes me wish i was a kid listening to the Pandilla in the 70’s. Enjoy the tunes. EB

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