Soy Rebelde

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"Soy Rebelde"
Single by Jeanette
from the album Palabras, Promesas
B-side Oye mama, oye papa
Released 1971 (1971)
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1970, Barcelona, Spain
Length 3:12
Label Hispavox
Writer(s) Manuel Alejandro,
Ana Magdalena
Producer(s) Rafael Trabucchelli
Jeanette singles chronology
- "Soy Rebelde"
(1971)
"Estoy triste"
(1972)

"Soy Rebelde" (English: "I Am a Rebel"), also known as "Yo Soy Rebelde", is a Spanish pop ballad written by Manuel Alejandro and Ana Magdalena. It was released by British-born singer Jeanette in 1971, and was her debut solo single. It has been re-recorded by Jeanette in English, French, and Japanese, and has inspired cover versions in diverse genres from flamenco to punk rock and rap.

Development[edit]

Following the dissolution of her former band Pic-Nic in 1969, Jeanette remained with the Hispavox label and moved to Barcelona the next year. Songwriter Manuel Alejandro wrote the song for a Mexican singer, Sola, but offered it to Jeanette, who is half Spanish. Jeanette originally did not like the song; in an interview posted in Cha Cha Charming magazine, Jeanette said, "My style of music was folk music . . . but Hispavox wanted me to sing this romantic music that I could not relate to." They recorded the song that summer.[1]

Music and Lyrics[edit]

The song begins with a combination of piano and violin. The lyrics describe a solitary person, relating a life marked by pain, and focusing on a search for happiness, friendship and love.[citation needed] Jeanette's voice was an angelic whisper; Alejandro remarked it was "the tiniest voice I have ever heard", and that it would have been just another Mexican song if she did not sing it.[1] Accompanying the song is an orchestra led by Waldo de los Rios. The song was produced by Rafael Trabucchelli.[2]

Release[edit]

When "Soy Rebelde" was released, the record label misspelled her name (Janette) as "Jeanette", but after the single became a "runaway hit", the label decided to retain the latter spelling as her stage name.[3] The single was played in Spain, but also extended to other countries, including: France, Belgium, England, Mexico, Italy, Argentina, and Venezuela.[1] The B-side was "Oye Mama, Oya Papa" (Listen Mama, Listen Papa).[4]

In May 1972, Jeanette released the single in Japan as "Soy Rebelde (あまのじゃく Amanojaku)", under Nippon Columbia records. She sang it in Japanese; the lyrics and arrangement were done by J. Hamada, with Waldo de Los Rios and his orchestra providing supporting music. The B-side was still the Spanish version of "Oye Mama, Oye Papa (オイェ・ママ、オイェ・パパ Oie Mama Oie Papa)".[4]

In 1976, Jeanette released the album Porque te vas, which consisted of French versions of her singles. "Soy Rebelde" became "L'inconnu Qui M'aimera" (The Stranger Who Loves Me).[3][5] She also released the song as a B-side to her single Je suis triste.[6]

Jeanette's English version, "I Am a Rebel", was released in the United Kingdom as a B-side to her Spanish single.[7]

Reception[edit]

“Soy rebelde” charted well in Spain, and had regular airplay in 1971.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Spanish version[edit]

The Spanish version was released in 1971 by Hispavox, catalog #: HS-764.[2]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soy Rebelde" M. Alejandro 3:12
2. "Oye Mama, Oye Papa" M. Alejandro 3:22

Japanese version[edit]

The Japanese version was released in May 1972 by Nippon Columbia, catalog #: LL-2543-H[4]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soy Rebelde (あまのじゃく Amanojaku)" (sung in Japanese) J. Hamada 3:12
2. "Oye Mama Oye Papa (オイェ・ママ、オイェ・パパ Oie Mama Oie Papa, Listen Mama, Listen Papa)" (sung in Spanish) M. Alejandro 3:22

French version[edit]

The French version was released as a B-side to the single, "Je suis triste", Hispavox catalog #: 2022 014[6]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Je suis triste" (sung in French) M. Alejandro 3:58
2. "L'inconnu qui m'aimera" (sung in French) M. Alejandro 3:12

English version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Yo Soy Rebelde" M. Alejandro 3:12
2. "I Am a Rebel" (sung in English) M. Alejandro/ S. LeBrocq 3:12


Cover-versions/multiple-renditions[edit]

"Soy Rebelde" has inspired cover versions and renditions:

  • In 1978, the Brazilian singer Lilian Knapp recorded a Portuguese version of the song titled "Sou Rebelde" (on the B-side, another version of a Jeanette song, "Porque te vas").[8]
  • In 1997, Albert Pla, a Catalan singer-songwriter, sang "Soy Rebelde", and released it on his album Veintegenarios En Alburquerque.[9][10] It was also presented in the film Airbag as "Yo Soy Rebelde".[11]
  • In 1998, Argentine group Attaque 77 released their album Otras Canciones, containing a punk rock version of "Soy Rebelde".[12] It was also featured on their live album, Trapos.[13]
  • In 2007, Fernando Caro sang "Soy Rebelde" on his debut album Rebelde.[14] Spanish flamenco singer Pastora Soler also sang "Soy Rebelde" as a duet with India Martinez.[15]
  • In 2008, French singer Nathalie Cardone did a version of "Soy Rebelde" that features a guitar for the background music.[16][17]
  • In 2009, Rosario Flores covered "Soy Rebelde" on her Spanish pop songs from the 1970s album, Cuéntame.[18] Mariano Prunes of Allmusic remarked that Flores's version is one of her best.[19] Flores also released a video clip of the song.[20]
  • In May 2012, rap music group Rebel Diaz sang "Soy Rebelde" from its album Radical Dilemma. Its version's message is "that struggle against the status quo has a history that needs to be continued." It samples Jeanette's version, calling hers "a late 60s Spanish pop ballad."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Burgel, Sheila. "Jeanette: Spain's best kept secret". Cha Cha Charming Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Jeanette* – Soy Rebelde / Oye Mama, Oye Papa". discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Jeanette". AMG. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jeanette* – あまのじゃく (日本語) Soy Rebelde". discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Jeanette – Porque Te Vas". discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Je suis triste / L'inconnu qui m'aimera". Rate Your Music.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Jeanette Dimech "I Am a Rebel" (soy rebelde en inglès) (Lp original) video" (YouTube). NME.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Lilian-Sou-Rebelde-Eu-Sem-Voc%C3%AA/release/4348447
  9. ^ "Discografía de Albert Pla" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. 
  10. ^ "Albert Pla – Veintegenarios En Alburquerque". Discogs.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Various – Airbag - Banda Sonora Original". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Attaque 77: Otras canciones". rock.com.ar. 
  13. ^ "Attaque 77: Trapos". rock.com.ar. 
  14. ^ "Discografía de Fernando Caro". fernandocaro.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  15. ^ "Flamenco-world: ¿Por qué se frotan las patitas? (B.S.O.)". flamenco-world.com. 
  16. ^ "Pagina Web de Nathalie Cardone" (in French). Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  17. ^ "Nathalie Cardone - Yo Soy Rebelde / Hasta Siempre". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  18. ^ "LaHiguera.net: Cuéntame". LaHiguera.net. 
  19. ^ Prunes, Mariano. "Cuéntame – Rosario Flores". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  20. ^ Ximenez, Mario (2009-12-17). "SOY REBELDE: El último video de Rosario Flores grabado con una canon 7D". xatakafoto.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  21. ^ La Mala, Maeghan (2012-05-29). "MARTES MUSICA : REBEL DIAZ "SOY REBELDE"". VivirLatino. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 

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