“See you later Cowabunga” is a funny, dynamic tribute to the pop movies from the 60’s, specially to Spanish film “1, 2, 3 al escondite inglés”, by cult director Iván Zulueta, and the movies Richard Lester did with The Beatles. All of this is combined with an almost non-existent budget (around 3000 €), and under the influence of great B-movie director Jess Franco. It’s also remarkable the role of legendary Spanish Nation Radio DJ Juan de Pablos, as the link between the different sections of the story. As Ernesto Ronchel, himself composer of the soundtrack, puts it: “from the very first moment when we started thinking about doing a pop movie in the style of “1, 2, 3 al escondite inglés”, with many bands playing and lots of colours and all, I could see clearly that all the musical experiences from the past would come out, so we started working on it and we finally decided the movie would be like a cinematographic version of Juan de Pablos’ radio show. This gave me the perfect excuse to write the songs on this soundtrack and make them appear in the radio show thanks to which they actually exist”. Because Juan de Pablos’s show is a central influence in this story: “the songs on this album aren’t but the outcome of many years listening to Juan de Pablos; all I know I have learnt from him... all about that world, now timeless, from the 50’s and 60’s”.
“Since then I wanted to be a part of it”, says Ronchel, “and, listening to Juan de Pablos, you could feel you were inside, or at least very close. Now it’s me who writes songs and I feel I must pay tribute to all the “teachers” I’ve had from whom I have learnt so much: Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Booker T, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Burt Bacharach and a thousand million more”.
The movie can be described as lysergic, schizoid, poppy, surfer, bizarre or simply weird. The movie features other cameos by Jess Franco, Lina Romay, Juan de Pablos, Pedro Temboury and Carlos Aguilar, as web as the performances of many bands such as Doctor Explosión, Los Soberanos, Surfin’ Lungs, Airbag or Los Straitjackets. And the soundtrack’s music ranges from soul to sparkling pop, from easy listening to the Ramones-influenced teeny punk-pop. The record, according to Ronchel again, “goes through the big variety of styles you can listen to at the radio show, from 50’s doo wop to the cute electronic synth-pop that’s in fashion these days, through Stax styled soul, some Françoise Hardy, Phil Spector’s wall of sound, some Gainsbourgism, home cooked Pet Sounds, Ramones guitars and many other things from the music that I love”.
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