This is a little tribute to one of my favourites dj's of the Spanish radio: Rafa Abitbol, to whom I was in the habit of listening every day, and that I was lucky to know personally years later. The translate of title of the album is "Dynamite - 40 Better Songs of the Power Pop" Rafa writes in the booklet: "The POWER POP was the music that I had to live and that I chose to spread in my first days of Radio. I was lucky. I was in the right place (the breaker FM of Madrid, Spain, ONDA 2), in the perfect moment, with the ideal boss (the unrepeatable Jorge de Antn). We create a program called "DINAMITA". It was an act of faith. We were not alone in our particular crusade. Special mention is deserved to the pioneers' missing programs of the FM as Gonzalo Garrido, Mario Armero or Manolo Fernndez. Among all we wanted to make jump over the airs the conformity and the boredom. We hadn't even idea of how obtaining it. But we leave ourselves to go for the heart and the thing worked. It was wonderful to verify as those strangers that we were supporting unconditionally convert in artists of worship and they were using as inspiration a new generation of Spanish musicians. The above mentioned should be small later the maximum protagonists of the Spanish Pop of the 80's. "DINAMITA" was seven years in antenna. The people say that it broke molds. Maybe. The sure only thing for whom we were doing it day by day is that we were enjoying intensely. From the same way we hope that you enjoy this compilation of milestones of so mythical program. The majority in those days were considered rare things. Thanks to God, today they are Classics of Our Time."
This album is dedicated in memory of Jorge of Antn.
I only can put two objections to the album, it should have called "The 40 Better Songs Of The New Wave" and they aren't all those who are, there aren't they all those who are.
The Romantics - What I Like About You / Stranglers - No More Heroes / Cheap Trick - Surrender / Flash & The Pan - Hey St. Peter / Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll / Dr. Feelgood - Roxette / Talking Heads - Television Man / Blondie - Picture This / Split Enz - I Got You / Chris Spedding - Woman Trouble / The Motels - Total Control / Fisher Z - The Worker / Tom Robinson Band - Power In The Darkness / Graham Parker & The Rumour - Hold Back The Night / The Motors - Forget About You / Duran Duran - Save A Prayer / The Jam - The Butterfly Collector / XTC - Ten Feet Tall / The Knack - That's What Little Girls Do / Squeeze - Goodbye Girl
Marta And The Muffins - Echo Beach / Rocky Burnette - Tired Of Toein' The Line / Dexy's Midnight Runners - Geno / Generation X - Dancing With Myself / The Jags - Back Of My Hand / Joe Jackson - You Cant Get What You Want / Kim Wilde - Water On Glass / The Specials - Message To You Rudi / The Selecter - On My Radio / The Vapors - Turning Japanese / Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short / The Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak / Gary Us Bonds - Rendez-Vous / J. Geils Band - Centerfold / The Records - Starry Eyes / Devo - Satisfaction / Ian Hunter - Just Another Night / John Waite - Change / The Ramones - Pet Cemetery / Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen