Every year between 1972 and 1999, the legendary Argentinian musician Charly García released an album or single. This remarkable achievement of creative depth becomes even more impressive when you listen to his music, and the wide range of genres that it covers.
The electronic rock love song ‘Hablando a Tu Corazón’ (1986) is one of his most popular releases. The young García was on the path to be a classical musician and then, suddenly, The Beatles happened. Like many artists, both current and of that the time, he speaks of the enormous impact of this music that was new, young, and revolutionary: ‘Me rompieron la cabeza.’ [‘They blew my mind’].
The lyrics of ‘Hablando a Tu Corazón’ have clear echoes of songs such as ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles, pleading with the unknown lover to build an intimate relationship away from the ‘Tanta gente hablando’ [‘The mass of people speaking’]. However, García’s own musical initiative brings an original angle to The Beatles formula, as the racing electronic beats become symbolic of the noise of everyone else, and contrasts with Garcia’s slow singing.
Just three years before this upbeat, electronic tune came something different. In the album ‘Clics Modernos’ (1983), the melancholic piano of "Los Dinosaurios" is the background to moving lyrics about the 30,000 people who disappeared during Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983).
In this period, García used his musical talents to give voice to nationwide fear and anxiety, stretching the social ambitions of his music beyond the scope of many rock stars at the time. García says that during the military dictatorship, ‘la música fue para mí una forma de seguir viviendo un sueño en medio de la pesadilla que era la realidad’ [Music was, for me, a way to continue living in a dream in the midst of the nightmare that was reality]. Many Argentinians would agree that García’s music provided an important escape from the cruelty of this time.
These two songs do not intend to give a full impression of Charly García, but they are two snapshots of a remarkable life which will hopefully give you no choice but to dig deeper into his music yourself!
Thomas Harley - Music Editor