I was listening to Spanish radio recently when the radio DJ was proudly announcing “more Spanish rock ahead” This “Spanish Rock" was very "Pop oriented”. Definitely not what Spanish Rock was in the 80’s early 90’s.
So It got me thinking…. what happened?
My theory is simple, supply and demand. Argentina and Chile were the ones spearheading the Spanish rock movement. While Mexico and Spain were cranking out few, but good Spanish Rock bands It was not enough.
Argentina’s population was around 31 million during the 80’s-90’s, and Chile’s was about 12 million. Compared to Mexico’s being at 81 million and Spain at 38 million. A nation with the population of 12 million (like Chile for example) would have a hard time spreading social change compared to a nation with the population of 81 million.
To make a long story short… If Mexico and Spain or even Colombia for that matter would have juggernautted the Spanish Rock movement as Chile or Argentina did… Rock en Español would still live today. Sadly, today’s definition of Spanish Rock seems to be more aligned with Pop.