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17 Jan 2017

Dug Dug’s ‎ “Los Dug Dug’s” 1971 + “Smog” 1973 + ‎"Cambia, Cambia"1975 + “El Loco” 1978 Psych Rock Mexicano

Dug Dug’s ‎ “Los Dug Dug’s” 1971 +  “Smog” 1973 +   ‎" Cambia, Cambia"1975 +  “El Loco” 1978  Psych Rock Mexicano
Dug Dug's ‎ "Los Dug Dug's" 1971 Psych Rock mexicano

Here it is – Los Dug Dug’s self titled debut (also known as “Lost in My World”): the “must have” first album (1971) from psychedelic guru Armando Nava and his band, recorded after their failed trip to NYC did not produce the stardom they had been promised—pain and disappointment sparking great song-writing on this, the first Mexican psych album in English.

After an extended stint as the house band at Tijuana strip joint Fantasitas, Los Dug Dug’s relocated to Mexico City in 1966. They quickly garnered a rabid fan following there, which resulted in the Dug Dug’s signing to RCA Records and cutting a series of singles (the band also headlined a pair of 1967 films, El Mundo Loco de los Jovenes and Cinco de Chocolate y Una de Fresa). Upon returning to Tijuana in 1968, Los Dug Dug’s took up residence at the popular Sans Sous Ci club. An American tourist was so impressed that he offered to bankroll a trip for the band to New York City. The group played a handful of live dates and recorded a few demos, but having no money to pay the union fees necessary to earn them the opportunity to play NYC’s larger venues left them with little choice but to return to Mexico.

Los Dug Dug’s immediately began work on their first LP for RCA Mexico, little knowing at the time that it would become a classic of psychedelia. Long-simmering creative differences between band leaders Nava and Jorge de la Torre forced the latter’s resignation after the album was completed; by the time the resulting psychedelic opus appeared in 1971, the first incarnation of Los Dug Dug’s was essentially no more. All that remained was this heavy, explosive album, a record which captures the fever/dream humidity of flower children running amok on a July afternoon. Essential......

A1 Lost In My World (Perdido En Mi Mundo)
A2 Without Thinking (Sin Pensarlo)
A3 Eclipse
A4 Sometimes (Algunas Veces)
A5 Let's Make It Now (Hagamoslo Ahora)
B1 World Of Love (Mundo De Amor)
B2 I Got The Feeling (Tengo El Sentim)iento
B3 It's Over (Se Acabo)
B4 Going Home (Yendo A Casa)
B5 Who Would Look At Me (Quien Me Mirara)

The second album (1972) from psychedelic guru Armando Nava and his band is in Spanish this time, as all other Mexican bands were by now singing in English. The recording sessions were tumultuous: after the band now stripped down to a power trio had recorded just three songs, Nava stormed out of the sessions and locked himself in his house for fifteen days. Everyone on the outside worried about his safety, but Armando was fine: he kept himself busy reconfiguring the entire album, including penning the punishing riffs that form the central motif of the mesmerizing twelve-minute medley that explodes over the album s entire first side. So again, as with the genesis of the Dug Dug s debut album (also available from Lion Productions), the end result of all the tumult surrounding the band was a great album. There s no doubt that the Dug Dug s toughened up their sound on Smog : to some people they sound like a crazy Mexican version of Jethro Tull, and to others like a Spanish speaking incarnation of MC5. No matter how you look at it, this is tremendous progressive-influenced hard rock, with a new chunky sound. It is clearly among a small group of elite recordings from the psychedelic age; it is also possibly the best Mexican hard rock album of all time............

Los Dug Dug’s Smog (1973) is an overwhelming barrage of fierce funk-rock rhythms, Zenta chaos , flutey delirium and political messaging. Smog, the ode against smoking that kicks off the album pounds like the Flower Travellin’ Band, its drum/flute riff should have informed a whole squadron of Madlib jeep-beat bangers. ............

Lion Productions comes through again, this time round offering up Mexican psych wizards Los Dug Dug's second album 'Smog', originally released in 1972. At the centre of the trio was Armando Nava who, after a rocky start to the album, composed the entire thing while locked away in his house for two weeks. Sung entirely in Spanish the first half of the album is dominated by twelve minute jam "Hagomoslo Ahora". The rest of the tracks are much shorter, "Cual es tu Nombre?" best shows off the album's chunky and brawny style with a rock 'n' roll sound you'd expect to find on an MC5 record. Los Dug Dug's then slam on the breaks with "Meditacion", an instrumental track curiously somber but equally as powerful as the rest of the songs on the album. 'Smog' is an unrelenting psych rock treasure reissued just in time for the melting summer days ahead. .................

Los Dug Dug’s – Smog

A1 Smog
A2 Buscalo
A3.1 Hagamoslo Ahora (2a Parte)
A3.2 Sigueme
A3.3 Dime Que Eres Tu?
A3.4 Cortalo
A3.6 Ven,Ven,Ven
A3.6 Hagamoslo Ahora
B1 Yo No Se
B2 Cual Es Tu Nombre
B3 Meditacion
B4 No Somos Malos
B5 Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)

Dug Dug's ‎" Cambia, Cambia"1975 Psych Rock Mexicano

A1 No Te Asustes (Es Sólo Vivir)
A2 Timido
A3 Brillo De Sol
A4 Te Quiero
A5 Felicidad
B1 Ya Te Deje (No Volveré)
B2 No, Si, Yo, Tu, Ya
B3 Cambia, Cambia
B4 ¿Donde Esta A.N.?
B5 Al Diablo...

Dug Dug's ‎ "El Loco" 1978  Psych Rock Mexicano

Stupid People = Gente Tonta
Let Me Breath = Déjame Respirar
Joy To The People = Alegria Para La Gente
We Always Hate Your Manners = Odiamos Sus Maneras
La Gente
El Loco
Quiero Verte (Junto A Mi)
La Flauta Del Fauno (Instrumental)
I Got My Emotion = Estoy En Onda

Mexican garage rock legends Los Dug Dug's were led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Armando Nava, born in Durango, Durango in 1946. At 15 he acquired his first guitar, and at 17 he joined his first band, Xippos Rock -- when their original frontman quit, Nava assumed lead vocal duties, and after graduating high school the group toured the Tijuana region, with Nava's salesman father driving their van and conducting business along the way. While on the road, Nava made the executive decision to change their name from Xippos Rock to Los Dug Dug's -- the name being the abbreviation of their home city and state -- while playing in Texas he scored copies of early Beatles records, and the band became not only to the first in Mexico to cover the Fab Four, but also the first to sing all of their material (covers and originals) in English. After an extended stint as the house band at the Tijuana strip joint Fantasitas, Los Dug Dug's relocated to Mexico City in 1966 -- a series of personnel changes were afoot, however, and soon only Nava and only vocalist Jorge de la Torre remained from the lineup that first set out from Durango. After earning a rabid fan following in Mexico City, the group signed to RCA to record their debut single, the children's television theme "Chicotito Si, Chicotito No" -- they also headlined a pair of 1967 films, El Mundo Loco de los Jovenes and Cinco de Chocolate y Una de Fresa. In all, Los Dug Dug's cut ten singles for RCA while in Mexico City, including covers of U.S. pop hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Hanky Panky." After returning to Tijuana in 1968, Los Dug Dug's -- now consisting of Nava, de la Torre, guitarist Gustavo Garayzar, bassist Genero Garcia, and drummer Jorge Torres Aguayo -- took up residence at the popular Sans Sous Ci club. After American tourist Frank Mangano caught their act, he was so impressed that he offered to bankroll a trip to New York City -- there the group played a handful of live dates and recorded a few demos, but Mangano refused to fund the $5000.00 musicians' union fees necessary to earn Los Dug Dug's the opportunity to play Manhattan's larger venues. With little choice except to return to Mexico, the group began work on its first LP for RCA Mexico, but long-simmering creative differences between Nava and de la Torre forced the latter's resignation after the album was completed, and by the time the resulting psychedelic opus Lost in My World appeared in 1971, Los Dug Dug's were essentially no more. The singles "World of Love" and "Eclipse" were nevertheless huge Latin American hits, and in 1972, Nava revived the group as a power trio -- now, with the majority of Mexican groups singing in English, he reversed the trend, performing in Spanish on 1972's Smog. For 1974's Cambia Cambia, Los Dug Dug's sported a clean-cut look in keeping with their music's evolution to more concise, melodic pop approach -- RCA did little to support the album, however, and 1975's El Loco proved their swan song. Despite endless lineup changes, Nava has nevertheless kept Los Dug Dug's an ongoing concern in the decades since -- the group most often appears at his Mexico City nightclub La Reunion......... by Jason Ankeny............

Los Dug Dug's are a mexican rock group which started off in the early sixties as a high school band called Xippos Rock, with members Armando Nava and Jorge de la Torre. In 1966 Xippos Rock began a road trip from Durango to Tijuana and half way through the trip, the name was changed to Los Dug Dug's, an abbreviation of the band's native city and state. Once the band had arrived at Tijuana they commenced there ascent of Mexican Rock, soon landing a regular gig at Mike's Bar, where they firmly established their reputation. At this time they also did some gigs across the border in the USA where they picked up the latest sounds to take back to Mexico with them. In this way they brought The Beatles' music to Mexico, being the first band to play their songs in Mexico. At the same time they became the first band in Mexico to sing their own songs, as well as the songs of other bands in English, thus breaking what had been a rule in Mexican rock up till then. In 1960 a seven-member rock and roll band known as Xippos Rock was formed by several high school kids in the city of Durango in the state of Durango. The group was led by singers Jorge de la Torre and Jorge Lujan. While making a name for themselves locally, Xippos Rock eventually welcomed Lujan's cousin, Armando Nava, into the group. They would play in events in local theatres, like Ricardo Castro Theatre (known as Cine Principal back then) and in several parties. The songs they used to play in those early years were covers from Mexican rock bands such as Los Teen Tops and Los Locos del Ritmo. Armando Nava's father was a salesperson, who used to sell things in the towns between Durango and Mazatlan. So one day, Xippos Rock used Mr. Nava's truck to travel to Mazatlan. The lineup consisted of: Jorge de la Torre (vocals), Jorge Lujan (vocals and guitar), Armando Nava (guitar), Roberto Miranda (leader and lead guitar), Sergio Orrante (drums) and Moises Munoz (bass). While in Mazatlan, the band changed its name to Los Dug Dugs, and some of them decided to continue their journey all the way up to Tijuana, while other members (Orrante, Munoz and Miranda) decided to go back to Durango and continue with their regular lives as high school students. The remaining members continued the trip which, according to De La Torre, was going to last for 5 days (he even said that to his mother). They got a gig in a low-range bar in Tijuana, just in front of the well-known Mike's Bar. Until one day they got a chance at Mike's, where they became the main act not only in Tijuana, but in the whole Mexico-California border. The Dug Dugs were the first group to sing covers and original songs in English, creating what would be known as La Onda Chicana, movement that would include bands like Bandido, Three Souls in my Mind (currently known as El Tri), Peace and Love, El Ritual, among others. After several months of success in Tijuana, the band decided to move to Mexico City, where they started playing at La Pista de Hielo on Insurgentes Av. They started making themselves a name in the biggest city in the world, and even members of other bands would go to their shows and get some ideas for their own, as Alex Lora (from El Tri) has recalled[[1]]. The success in Mexico city was so big that even TV stations asked them to perform and record songs for their shows, specially kids-oriented shows (they recorded Chicotito si, a kids song). In 1968, Los Dug Dug's moved to New York City, where they got a record deal and recorded several songs. Even Armando Nava recorded songs with studio musicians. They had problems with the musicians' union, and also they had money problems, so they decided to go back to Mexico City. ...........

Jorge de la Torre (vocals), Armando Nava (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Gustavo Garayzar (guitar), Genero Garcia (bass), Jorge Torres Aguayo (drums, bass), Enrique Nava (drums, backing vocals), Gabino Araujo (bass, backing vocals)

Dug Dug’s (1971)
Smog (1972)
Cambia Cambia (1974)
El Loco(1975)
15 Exitos (1985)
Abre Tu Mente (1985)

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