Today anyone wears a toupee: a footballer, a hipster , a tronista, a policeman. But the toupee has a strong semantic load, already dissolved in the morass of postmodernity. “The roquetas, who are usually talluditos, we see this with surprise. And with envy, because our group suffers a lot of alopecia ”, jokes rocker Iñaki López. This is not the case.
López (Portugalete, 47 years old) is also a journalist and presents La Sexta Noche every Saturday for six hours, as a tamer of gatherings . If you've seen him on TV with slicked hair and sideburns, it's no coincidence. Off camera, he takes off his jacket and tie and returns to the realm of rock n 'roll: leather jacket, skinny jeans, chain wallet. He has been in this sect since he was a kid, when at school, the repeating eighth-graders from EGB, real greasers , introduced him to these rhythms. "I was freaking out," he says. This is how he met the Stray Cats, the Meteors, the Polecats, etc. Classic rock, rockabilly, psychobilly, garage, ska, some punk. "The punks of the Euskadi of the eighties said that if a song lasted more than three minutes, it was jazz," he recalls. Forty years later, he is still listening to the same thing and dressing the same. "I'm not an example of evolution," he laughs.
So much so that López is, along with Marcos Sendarrubias, co-founder of the Hot45 label, dedicated to these genres. “45 is the number of revolutions at which our records, small vinyls, ep's, only 500 copies, without the possibility of reissuing,” he explains enthusiastically, “also the age at which we assemble it”. Among his bets are artists such as Mike Sánchez and the Limboos, Diego Cruz, La Perra Blanco or Sendarrubias himself. It is not a business, because it is ruinous, but it is an exciting hobby . "There are those who spend it on drugs, we on releasing records," he explains.
In his youth he experienced the roughness of the left bank of the Nervión River in Bilbao: industrial reconversion, unemployment, pollution, years of terrorism, social conflict , a lot of grayness. He remembers the Eskorbuto hairstyle, similar to MacGyver's: the punks wore tracksuits rather than crested ones. "We youth were divided into urban tribes, now everything is more uniform," he says, "on weekends there were hosts." Polarization and precariousness return to our world, even though its surface is now overdesigned. "I think we have lived in a happy arcade until the crises returned: now politics is once again at the center of the conversation," he says, "the tension of parliament has reached the streets. Social networks are like a bottle. ”
And the media? Is La Sexta Noche a way to spectacularize politics, to collaborate in tension? "The television format always looks for the show," he confesses, "even so, my job is to ensure that the talk shows do not get entangled in personal or partisan struggles, to try to get them to talk about the issue at hand." The minutes of anger in each program, as he points out, are few within those six hours, although it is what transcends the most. TV is rock n 'roll too. "If some talk show influences that, if he dedicates himself to bursting the debate, he knows that we will end up doing without him." They have recently won an award from the Television Academy for their commitment to the less spectacular gathering of scientists on the pandemic. "The Spanish news is brutal, it seems the work of Netflix scriptwriters," he opines.
'LaSexta noche' is by Iñaki López
Iñaki López's son is three years old. His mother is Andrea Ropero , also a journalist for La Sexta (now at El Intermedio ). His name is Roke, especially after San Roque, patron saint of Portugalete, but also because Elvis Presley and bluesman Robert Johnson died on his birthday (August 16), who, they say, sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being a prodigious guitarist. . But rock is no longer the music of youth. "They say that guitars are in the doldrums, that they belong to old people, that young people are into electronic and urban rhythms," he laments, "but rock has always been cursed music and it always resurfaces: it is cyclical."
Wait for better times while posing for a photo at the Chopper Monster store, a classic in Malasaña, Madrid, full of pin-ups, monsters, vinyl, leather and leopard. Sometimes they come to have a few beers with the owners. "The rock n 'roll scene is very much alive: we go to festivals all over Spain, we eat well and drink wine, not just supermarket sandwiches waiting for the bus, like when we were kids," he says. What if Roke gets ragged? "Well," he sighs, "I'll love him the same."