Combining sure-fire harmonies and a raw garage sound on their own compositions, with some well-executed covers, they had a rebellious spirit that often found them at odds with the authorities, who accused them of drug abuse, having an “evil” sound and promoting free love.
Despite this, Los York’s became so huge that at one stage they even had their own Monkees-style TV show.
Guitarist and chief songwriter Walter Paz contributed a biting rhythm and had a great line in feedback but, without doubt, the band’s real star was singer Pablo Luna.
Known for his onstage antics (he was once said to have smashed 48 microphones) he injected their songs with a visceral energy and immediacy, often erupting into a guttural scream reminiscent of Iggy Pop at his most cathartic.
The influence of The Kinks, The Troggs and The Yardbirds were all evident, but the attitude and incandescent sensuality of their songs really showcased Luna’s vocals, such as the stand-out track, Miratu, and their biggest hit, Abrazame.