Monday, September 05, 2005

Mónica Naranjo - No Voy A Llorar

Welcome back to the blog after a break and we are back with a track from one of Spain's biggest gay icons! Mónica Naranjo Carassco hails from Figueras in Spain and was born in 1974. She has been releasing music since 1994 when her self-titled debut album was released, and was an instant hit, and included a cover of Donna Summer's "Love's About To Change My Heart" translated into Spanish as "Fuego De Pasion".

Mónica returned in 1997 with her sophomore release "Parabla De Mujer" which really broke her in the Spanish market and no less than EIGHT singles were released from the 10 track album, including "Desétame", "Pantera En Libertad", and "Entender El Amor". The fusion of uptempo gay anthems and Spanish ballads worked well, and when I visited Spain at the tail end of 1997, I heard her alum being played everywhere, and that's where I got my first Mónica CD!

After a break of a few years, she returned in 2000 with her next album "Minage" which was a tribute album to an Italian singer called Mina, and was a bit of a departute from her usual pop style. It also included 2 English language tracks, "Enamorada" and "If You Leave Me Now" which were originally meant for her first English album which was aborted, and it would be a further few years before her first English album was released. The tracks were also translated into Spanish for the Spanish audience and both were hits, along with "Sobrevivré".

A year later and Mónica was back with the pop she was famous for. "Chicas Malas" was clearly Mónica's attempt at going mainstream and was another success in Spain with hits including "No Voy A Llorar" and "Sacrificio", the latter of which was written by the same team behind Anastacia's "I'm Outta Love". Every track on the album was also recorded in an English version, the album of which was due to come out some time later. Diane Warren and Gregg Alexander also contributed to the album, so Sony Music were really pulling all the stops out.

The lead English single "I Ain't Gonna Cry" was remixed for release and was due to be released all over Europe, but ended up only being released in a few countries. Due to record politics, the album "Bad Girls" only received a limited release on the internet, and in Russia, Greece and Italy. Sadly, I was not able to get a copy and the album now goes for big bucks on Ebay. Guess I will have to make do with the Spanish versions for now...

Since then, Mónica has been rather quiet, but a greatest hits compliation "Colección Privida" was recently released in Spain containing all of her big hits, and an accompaning DVD was also released with a live concert and all her videos. A new track "Enamorada De Ti" featured on the album. She has now parted company (amicably) with Sony and is currently negotiating a deal, but I'm sure she will be back as she still has a large gay following, which was confirmed when I heard some of her music being played in a bar in Gran Canaria, the Spanish went wild!

"No Voy A Llorar" which means "I'm Not Going To Cry" (I think) was the biggest single from her "Chicas Malas" album, and the intro and chorus sound rather similar to Alcazar's "Not A Sinner, Nor A Saint" - but Mónica's track was released over a year before! I've posted the Spanish version, as I'm in a Spanish mood, but if anyone wants the English version too, let me know. The version I've posted is the single remix which was remixed by Eliot Kennedy. Mónica is due to make her comeback in 2006, and it will be interesting to see what she comes up with next!


Anonymous ske1fr said...

Thanks for this blog - brilliant idea. I heard Monica Naranjo while expanding my Latina music tastes beyond Thalia. You have got to see the video for "Pantera En Libertad" at
She's "a real wild child" as Iggy would say.

I see no recent posts. Don't give up, just expand your search pattern. You have got to hear Kabah, a Mexican 6 piece pop group - I challenge you to get "Estare" or "La Calle Del Las Sirenas" out of your head onec you've heard them. Also try Fey, a Mexican pop/dance diva: "Y Aquí Estoy".

31 July, 2006 15:29  

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