The archaeology of rock’n’roll is much like any other form of digging. Significant finds demand the re-addressing of previously considered certainty.
You can hear direct links to both The Stooges and The Cramps here and several more equally enthralling combos. The latter spawned several generations of individuals who would dig deep to previously (mostly) unheard seams of music and other forms of culture that have since become part of the mainstream fabric.
When Los Saicos’ front man Erwin Flores was asked how aware he and his friends were of what was happening in Britain and the US at the time, here’s what he had to say: “We knew the Beatles, they were our idols. We heard the Rolling Stones after recording ‘Demolición’ and also Bob Dylan and others. The primitive nature of our songs is something that came spontaneously out of my head. The band had no problem with assimilating and arranging it. We thought of ourselves as bad boys and that must have been a driving force.”
“Primitive to the point of primordial, Los Saicos are an important benchmark. Not were. Who ever thought there could be a combo out there in Peru that would make The Sonics sound like Simon and bloody Garfunkel? There is quite possibly some other music out there, someplace, that could well make us re-address this consideration, but until then, cherish this short course of Saicotherapy.”