Spanish rock

Spanish rock

Spain has produced a great variety of rock and roll, but the most distinctive style may be flamenco-rock. Flamenco-rock is a fusion of flamenco, the folk music of the Spanish Gypsies, with progressive rock. Some of the most well-known examples of this scene from its 1970s heyday are the bands Smash, Crack, Gotic ("Escenes", 1977), Iman Califato Independiente ("Iman Califato Independiente"), Iceberg ("Coses Nostres"), Mezquita and Triana.

There have also been a number of acts who have incorporated the Celtic musical heritage of that region into Celtic rock sung in Spanish.

Spain's largest and oldest rock music scene is in Barcelona (and in the nearby areas of Catalonia)Fact|date=August 2008, closely followed by Madrid. There are also large rock scenes in the large cities of the Basque Country such as Bilbao and San Sebastián, and in Valencia, but bands and venues exist throughout the country.

New groups were born, adopting a punk style and composing songs about concrete concepts. More modern groups like Marea, La Fuga, Mägo de Oz, Extremoduro, Reincidentes, Los Rodríguez, the classic band Héroes del Silencio, and other mixed styles with ska (Ska-P) are the most popular. Other worldwide famous Spanish rock bands are Hombres G and Illegales which had their greatest period in the eighties. Bands like Radio Futura introduced the concept of latin rock in Spain and, by association, in Europe.

Lately, there has been a rise in more pop oriented bands from all over Spain such as La Oreja de Van Gogh who hail from San Sebastian in Northern Spain, or Amaral from Saragossa, among others, have incorporated several different genres into their pop-rock musical structure.

Since the late 1980s there have also been quite a few rock bands singing in the other languages spoken in Spain. The most important such scene being "Rock català", sung in Catalan.

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