Label: Maldito Records - MR 14267 • Format: DVD DVD-Video, PAL, Remastered, Special Edition LiveCD Stereo Live • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
The name was somewhat controversial because in Spanish"polla" is vulgarly slang for "cock, penis". The lyrics of the band harshly criticized fascismmilitarismcapitalismand catholicism. La Polla Records has been very influential in the Spanish-language punk scene. La Polla Records was a band that was known as a symbol of rebellion against everything, to the point of them being called Paul Evans - Hello This Is Joannie anti-everything ".
As a result of this they faced several major obstacles throughout their career, primarily threats and repression. The band members even faced jail time during a concert with Eskorbutoanother Spanish punk band. Inthey announced a comeback and released an album after 16 years off-stage as a band. On 9 Decemberinspired by the British punk movement, La Polla Records did their first gig at the only pub from Salvatierra, with all the town's people at the show, in words of Evaristo: "to see what the fools of the village made".
Inthe band performed and recorded their first demo called Banco Vaticanonever released officially. During this time, the band performed some shows in Basque Country and the rest of Spain territories, although Sonny Boy - Owsley - Owsley group popularity was low because had yet to embrace punk on the level seen in the UK.
The album was certified Gold, but the group rejected the disc. Ellos Dicen Mierda - La Polla* - .Vamos Entrando. (DVD), riots almost erupted between the police and the fans. La Polla Records began to stage performances on their own, but one of them ended up in an incident Pushover - Etta James - Pushover / I Cant Hold It In Anymore which Txarly was seriously injured, forcing the band to play with just one guitar until early Inunder their own label, Txaca Records, they released No somos nadabut did not come in for good reviews.
Following this release, La Polla got back to record label Oihuka Marche Tout Droit - Claude François - Claude François Donde se habla to critical and public acclaimboosting their sales again. In their first live LP album ensued, En directoto celebrate the band's 10th Anniversary. At year-end, released Los jubiladosand in the second EP Barman. Topublished the seventh album Negroalthough was roughly divided among the fans and Hoy es el futuro "Today is the Future" in Ellos Dicen Mierda - La Polla* - .Vamos Entrando.
(DVD), which it was better received, and toured by Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Under this new name released Carne para la picadora. In they celebrated their 20th anniversary recording Toda la puta vida igualpublished by Maldito Records. Shortly after, Txarly left the band in JanuaryEllos Dicen Mierda - La Polla* - .Vamos Entrando. (DVD) to health problems, replaced by Jokin, former member of M. This new line-up released Bocas inwith another extended world-tour.
In La Polla were still actively playing when, quite suddenly, Fernandito died of a heart attack on September 3. The band cancelled the remaining concerts of the tour.
After the loss of their drummer, Jokin was fired and the vacancy was completed with Txiki and Tripi on guitar and drums respectively. After the split, Evaristo released a book named "Por los Hijos lo que sea" where he told stories and anecdotes that told many of the same messages as his songs. Then, Evaristo founded Gatillazo inwith Txiki, Tripi his former band-mates and Xabi former RIP bass guitar and continued performing and recording new material since.
La Polla Records were one of the first punk bands to sing in Spanish. They, along with dozens of other bands were part of an underground movement that existed throughout the s in Spain, particularly in the Basque Countryquite distinct from the rising bands in Madrid.
While the latter put an accent on innovative aesthetics and manners, the Basque brand of alternative rock showed in-your-face stage attitude and no holds barred in lyrics, including blunt social and political views. It came as a reaction first to the end of Francisco Franco 's dictatorship in Spainand then as an outlet to vent frustration at the limitations of the democratic transition.
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