Los Rondels - La La, Te Amo
Oh, hey girl. You look so healthy with that late summer sunkissed look. What’s that? A picnic? Well, I don’t see why not. And how about a little reinterpreted Philly Soul in your earhole on this shimmering summer afternoon? Sound good? SSShhhhh, baby. Of course it sounds good.
Today’s offering is a spanished-up cover of the Delfonics original, both released in 1968. I highly recommend you listen to the original (here) as well. It’s friggin’ fantastic, this one just has that extra little bit of.. of.. is that cilantro perhaps?.. to it. This version was released on a 7” by Mexican supergroup (well, group) ‘Los Rondels’, which if my Spanish isn’t too rusty, I believe translates roughly to ‘The Rondels’, not to be confused with the 3 other groups named ‘The Rondels’ (or ‘Rondells’) between the 50’s and 60’s. Seriously, it was a popular name for some reason.
The song’s title and subject matter stretch the limits of credulity, though. The chorus. In my experience, sayin’ “La-La” isn’t typically accepted as a substitute for saying “I love you”; at best it’s a passable stall tactic - but I suppose it’s possible the narrator in the song is suffering from mild aphasia, perhaps due to a stroke. As the listener, we’re left to read between the lines quite a bit, to be honest.
One of the many bands named The Rondels.