THE HYPOCONDRIACS are rumored to have been the first reggae/rocksteady band from Madrid, who recorded in the late 60′s and released one privately pressed LP that went virtually unnoticed by the press and music fans…not for musical reasons! Dave Barker and Roy Ellis are rumored to contribute backing vocals on this scarce album…if you listen closely you can hear that it could be true. The reason why people did not buy the LP from the band back in the day? Fear and superstition!
From what we know this four piece had contracted a very rare and highly contagious disease that nobody could diagnose. Because of this, fans were afraid to just touch a copy of the LP – you can imagine what that did for sales! The band had given up on live shows altogether. Copies of the LP that survived seemed to have been scrubbed clean by the owners, and also included a “farewell note” from the band, which we have put into Google translate for non-Spanish speakers:
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Brand new album from Jamaican legend ROY ELLIS, the powerful and soulful voice of ’69 skinhead reggae group SYMARIP. SYMARIP’s “SKINHEAD MOONSTOMP” has sold over 7 million copies to date for TROJAN RECORDS, and has never been out of print. After SYMARIP officially disbanded in the early 80s ROY ELLIS pursued a career in gospel music, disappearing completely from the reggae/skinhead scene for nearly 2 decades. In 2003, he was tracked down at his Swiss home by the band KALLES KAVIAR, resulting in his contribution to 3 songs on their “EARLY BIRD” album on LEECH RECORDS. The BOSS was on a COMEBACK! Read the rest of this entry »
MR SYMARIP is ROY ELLIS – the legendary voice behind the original skinhead reggae band SYMARIP…and he is back from the moon! Fourteen tracks of classic Jamaican ska and reggae backed by an all star European band! Nothing watered down here – pure skinhead delight! Tight riddims, ruffneck energy, and catchy lyrics that could have been penned during the late 60’s when the skinhead movement was in full swing. That was when the driving beat of reggae was taking Britian by storm, and a little known group by the name of SYMARIP recorded Read the rest of this entry »