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OK! For all of you lovers of Cool, Trashy and Feel Good punk rock power pop garage bands in the same vein as The Ramones, Rezillos or The Cramps,
here's Spain's greatest rock band .... Ever. The Killer Barbies may not be the greatest group in the world, sure, admittedly they're no The Pixies, but they
were/are the most Lovable, Cute, Fun and Charming one. As for any other cool Spanish rock-band they were something of an Espana secret, but did have
a small fan base also in Germany and after appearing in Jess Franco's Killer Barbys with their great Love Killer, some international fame came to them.
This great Galician band from Vigo and who had a fan in rock and roll icon Joey Ramone.
They are fronted by the Spanish Lady of rock music, the icon, the gorgeous, the One and Only Silvia Superstar and the band has been silent for over a
decade now, but, let's hope they are only taking a long rest and will have a glorious return someday. Answer is Yes, a new album was released in 2020



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Their 1994 First Single


Aaaah, Yes, the band's first record on Vigo's Toxic Records, a 1994 single with two killer tunes - I Wanna Live in Tromaville on the A side and Love Killer on
the B side, two of their most popular songs and both which can be heard being played a lot in Jesús Franco's film Killer Barbys.

The insert textsheet with this single says this new and promising Vigo band was formed by Silvia Superstar, Billy King, Dr. Gonzo and the Yogui Bear and that
their inspiration was i.a. Marvel Superheroes, Vampira, Elvis, Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, Divine, 1960's TV series and Troma movies ... and one of my favourite
punk and new wave bands, the great Scots The Rezillos (later The Revillos) with singer Fay Fife are mentioned among their inspirations too.

When visiting Vigo in 2019 i was lucky to find this gem in a cool record shop where the owner knew Billy and the band


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Their First album since 2003 Sin is In


Yes, finally a new record from The Killer Barbies, a CD album with a 3D sleeve and their first album since 2003 and Sin is In.
Recorded in Vigo and released on La Iguana Records and released in March 2020. Billy King didn't lie when he told me that The Killer Barbies was recording
new material. The album is co-produced by Billy and Silvia and all songs are written by this dynamic duo. Founding member Dr. Gonzo plays the guitar.

The songs are: 1. De Repente 2. Peligro 3. Sin Ti 4. El Resplandor 5. Adiós 6. Less Love and 7. Real Wild Child

Original version of El Resplandor was released in 1998 on Toxic Records (and a great performance of this can be heard on some TV performance Youtube clip
along with Solo Para Ti. Two of my favourite songs by the band and from a time when their sound was at their heaviest). Less Love first relesed as Silvia's
2009 solo single from her album (watch the really cool video below) and Real Wild Child an Iggy Pop tribute

 




El Grupo - Louder, Faster and Sexier




The groups core all since the start are the duo Billy King (Antonio Domínguez),
a great drummer providing that important heavy beat and spanish punk queen
and trashrock icon, singer Silvia Superstar (Silvia García Pintos) both from Vigo.
Silvia were during the 1990's - 2000's undisputedly the sexiest most charismatic
female singer in rock since the days of Debbie Harry.

Not the greatest voice in any way, but she (and we) couldn't care less about that.
That spanish accent of hers is so sexy when she sings in english, and in spanish
(or gallego) she's even better, and she would be adorable in cantonese too.
The group's only - almost - hits were Love Killer and (They Come From ) Mars.
In the latter mighty fun music video, evil marsians can be seen shooting nuns
and abducting the sweet and very innocent Silvia.

The first time i heard the Barbies was in schlock-maestro Jess Franco's 1996
horror-musical-comedy Killer Barbys somewhere around 2001-2002, and i was
hooked to their energetic and happy style of rock'n roll ... and in love with Silvia.
The US Shriek Show horror dvd included their killer music video - Mars and a
nice interview with the very sympathetic couple Silvia and Billy





My first contact with The Killer Barbies was watching cult director Jesús Franco's Horror - Comedy and promotion sort of Rock Video for the band, his 1996
Killer Barbys. Jess had to title the film "Killer Barbys" instead of Killer Barbies beacause of the US Barbie corporation legal threat.
Yes, this is trash for sure and many Jess Franco fans find this to be one of his worst, but i beg to differ. They mustn't have seen his other films then made in
the 1990's and later to say something like that as this actually is one of his better films made around this time. Why? Because of genre cult actors as Aldo
Sambrell and Mariangela Giordano but in my case mostly due to the charisma of the beautiful Silvia Superstar and the great music by her group Killer Barbies.

You can read more about this film further down on this page, but it basically is about a Spanish Galician rockband on tour who loses their way and has to take
shelter at a castle where the mysterious countess Olga von Fledermaus alias ex-filmstar Olga Luchan resides. She's a vampire and is provided blood by her
henchman. Billy King, the drummer, has sex in a van and that's not good for his survival prospect. Will lovely Silvia/Flavia make it through the night alive?
All through the film some of their best songs can repeatedly be heard, as "I Wanna Live in Tromaville", "Love Killer", "No Future" and "Comic Book".
This was the UK Screenbound Pictures 2017 DVD edition and with no extras. In 2001 i watched the US Shriek Show DVD which as extras had 2 Music Videos
- They Came From Mars and Downtown, and a very nice interview with Silvia and Billy (unfortunately this interview is nowhere to be found today).

 


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And, in 2015 there were finally some really good news from the legendary drummer and songwriter of The Killer Barbies, Billy King (Antonio Domínguez), namely
his new group - Los Pontiaks with Billy on drums, André Loud-Rider on guitar and Mr. Cobra on bass playing some fun and energetic Psychobilly Surf Rock.
Their first record EP Psycho-Sonic-Boogie with 1. Gorillas A-Go-Go 2. Sin combustible and 3. Chicas Pendejar was released in May 8th 2015 , and their album
Motel Acapulco with no less than 18 songs of cool Garage Surf Rock was released in 2018.

Listen to Los Pontiaks Sin Combustible on their Facebook page - the video with some nice Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! footage, and the Gorillas A-Go-Go video
had footage from some old El Santo movie .... Mexican wrestler Superheroes, Tura Satana and Russ Meyer boobs, drama and action, it can't get any better






When going on vacation in October 2019 i had no idea of where to go, until i remembered how beautiful green and lush Galicia seemed to be when i watched the
Vuelta (a cycling race) some years ago, and .... Hey! Didn't The Killer Barbies and Aerolineas Federales come from Galicia. Yes they did, so Galicia it had to be.
I had a fantastic stay in Vigo with friendly people, great seafood, The Cies island and fine Spanish beer. This hilly town, Up, Up and Up again bettered my stamina
too. What a nice town and what a friendly atmosphere, and, i was lucky too that Vigo rock legend Billy King would play there with his band Los Pontiaks.
A nice concert of Garage Surf rock and i could talk with The Billy King afterwards. Great! He told me that The Killer Barbies was recording new material and that the
group was about to come alive again .... for real. Just lovely. Finally. Yeah, and i bought their album too and had it autographed by the band




Los Pontiaks Live in Vigo, Mahou Hall October 26 2019; Mr. Cobra, Andre Low Rider guitar and Billy King on the drums


 

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El Grupo - Aaah, they're were mighty cute ...


They made their debut in 1994 with the single I Wanna Live in Tromaville,
a declaration of love to their beloved and fun Psychotronic Trash Culture and
something of the group's Credo. The group's latest and greatest album were
The Mighty Sin is In from 2003 - and it's very much recommended, a great,
great album it is, released by Germany label Drakkar.

Then we heard nothing until the spanish tribute album to Tom Petty in 2005
were the band contributed with an unjustly ignored killer version of A Thing
About You. And then we heard Nothing more of The Killer Barbies for a long
time but according to Silvia they never disbanded but were only taking a rest.

Silvia though, has been acting in films as (Ellos Robaron la picha de Hitler) and
on spanish TV. She has been singing with her old pre-Barbies band Aerolineas
Federales and with other artists on some gigs and she has prepared her solo
projects. In february 2009 her first solosingle Less Love was released and a über
cool music video - See below, and her soloalbum followed.




Today Silvia's in her 4th decade as a performing musician and even though she must be in her middle age she continues doing what she does
best - to write catchy punk-pop songs and to Rock & Roll all around Spain and to act in films. She's must rightly by her talent and endurance to
be regarded as the Statesman or Stateswoman of Spanish Punk. May her inspiration continue for many years to come.

BUT - even though Silvia has a good time playing with a bunch of younger talented musicians i can't help thinking of how a re-united Killer
Barbies would sound like today. What cool songs would the talents of the duo Billy King and Silvia Superstar come up with ?

May The Beautiful Barbies one day return and show all boring nowadays cutie-cute and arty (they're probably architects the whole bunch)
spanish indie bands what Real Pop-Punk Energy sounds like. Sure i don't mean bands as Ponferrada's Juniper Moon as they're were fantastic
(but they sadly split up already in 2004) or the punky Valencia girl band Lisa Sinson and some others. Energetic punky garage rock is my thing




A Young Silvia Garcia Pintos singing in a 1991 concert with Aerolineas Federales

100 % Fun
100 % Sex Appeal
100 % Cool Punk-Rock-Pop



 

 

Aerolineas Federales were a classic spanish New Wave post-punk band
from Vigo. Started by Miguel Costas 1981 with first album 1986 incl. the
punk-pop evergreen Soy una punk

Before Silvia started the Barbies with Billy King, and before she was known
as Silvia Superstar , she was Silvia García Pintos and was born 1970 in Vigo,
Pontevedra, Galicia. In 1989 she joined the GREAT and legendary group
Aerolíneas Federales, as one of 2 singers (the other was Rosa Costas) ,
The Aerolinettes. After the 1991 album "Una o Nínguna" the group disbanded

LIVE CONCERT FROM 1991 ON YOUTUBE

Above you can hear a 13 min long concert with The Aerolineas Federales
and it's live and for TV and they're performing some of their best songs.
Among them No sigas mi camino. It's lovely pop-punk and Silvia is adorable.
She was on her way to great things

Elefant records released an attractively packaged collection album some
years ago and i missed it, it sold out in seconds. AF are legends

 

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Below, Milf Silvia can be seen and
heard as Little Red Riding Hood in
a music video on Youtube.

It's her 2nd single from her solo
album - Queen Bitch and it's almost
as fun and cool as "Less Love"
when Silvia is doing her best Nancy
Sinatra & Toni Basil turned psycho-
tronic impersonation

 







In february 2009 it was time ... finally
... after many years of silence on the
record front, for her solo record.

Less love - the first single from her
forthcoming solo album.

Watch the youtube musicvideo below,
it's Pure Power and Orgasmic fun



 




Poster with beautiful Silvia in the bath

2 Musicians in the main roles, Silvia and Elodio Santos from
Elodio y los Seres Queridos. Does this film look good? Well ...
N, but Silvia with red hair and in a galician turnip western is
something to see. The man behind the film music is Paco Seren
and the rock'n roll queen of Galicia is singing something i guess.

 



Naipe de Sangue (Playing Cards of Blood, 2010)
directed by José Ballesta and Miguel Anxo Fernández

Besides being a great rocksinger, songwriter, musician,
TV-hostess and a gorgeous model Silvia's also acting in
films, early on in a galician cannibal horror, then in 2
efforts from the spanish filmlegend Jésus "Jess" Franco
and in a Franco-esque trash movie (They Stole Hitler's Dick
and now in the main role in the first galician, not spaghetti
but, turnip western
(for swedish readers: ung.. en kålrotswestern).

Her early film role mentioned above was in "Cannibals de los
Garrulos Lisérgicos" and she was a very popular hostess on
the galician (?) TV show Xabarin Club.
The 2 Franco movies were Killer Barbys in 1996 and Killer
Barbys vs. Dracula in 2003. The Hitler's Dick movie directed
by Pedro Temboury 2006
"Ellos Robaron la Picha de Hitler"

 

 

After preparing her 1st solo project, writing, producing and playing many of the
instruments on a bunch of her new songs, her solo album was released in 2009
(see below for more info about the songs).
2 singles was released and 2 great music videos to these can be seen above on Youtube

Silvia has then played a lot of concerts in a lot of places with a lot of different musicians
and also performed with her old band, the legendary galician punk-pop band Aerolineas
Federales on certain reunion occassions (?). She can also be seen singing together with
Vinila von Bismark. However, i haven't seen her any time with the great Billy King besides
that he wrote 3 of the songs on her solo album

She gathered some new musicians around her (Kiki Tornado, Paul Rhodes, Nico Alvarez)
and released her new EP record in 2012 - Silvia Superstar & The Fabulous, with 4 songs
Breakaway, Fever, Diamonds are a girls best friend and The Cramps Goo Goo Muck.
These songs 3 out of 4 seems to be in the Retro Nancy Sinatra on crack type 50-60's style
(in a positive way) which can be seen in her rock/night-club performances on Youtube.
But Silvia has been doing Retro classics before with the Barbies, as the great Downtown

 

 

The Silvia Superstar Solo Album (on Pias records, recorded at Gongsound studio, Vigo 2008) - BUY IT!

Thanks Great Silvia for this nice album of 10 minimalistic and charmingly unpretentious rock-punk-pop songs with an electro
staccato twist to it. In the same fun trash-culture pantheon as always with Silvia, she certainly knows her world of Psychotronic art.
Billy King wrote 3 of the songs on the album.
My favourites Less Love (should've been a HUGE HIT in a better world than this cesspool of ours), Hell or Heaven, One More Time,
I've Got a Machine Gun and the outro Less Love Lounge with it's beautiful space sound, and yes, i just love the glockenspiel effects
.... very nice Silvia, very nice indeed. Great work!


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A small excerpt of records from the group's discography below, and some DVD's. Click on links for bigger pictures and more info



Silvia Superstar, the Spanish
punk queen and the band in a
very trashy but fun horror
comedy from old Jess.
Something of a promotion for
the band, The Killer Barbies

Killer Barbys (DVD)

Direction: Jesus Franco, production: 1996

Cast: Mariangela Giordano, Silvia Superstar, Billy King, Aldo Sambrell
DVD in english audio, region 2
UK Screenbound Pictures edition

 

A great compilation CD with
13 of their songs including
Lovekiller, They Come From
Mars, Rage och Lost Control

The Killer Barbies (CD)

Bad Taste

Production year: 2000 Germany
Company: Drakkar; sung in english



Their last and mighty great
album with 13 songs incl.
Down the Street, Wake Up,
Soy Mala, Apreder a Volar
and the video of Candy

The Killer Barbies (CD)

Sin Is In

Production year: 2003 Germany
Company: Drakkar; sung in spanish and english




DVD with music videos, live
concert footage, behind the
scenes stuff and a bonus CD
with music and picture gallery

The Killer Barbies (DVD + CD)

Freakshow

Production year: 2004 Germany
Company: Drakkar; sung in spanish and english




A quite funny horror-comedy
and almost insanely inept Jess
movie with Silvia and Bela B.
Behind the scenes, plus the
music video of Candy

Killer Barbys vs. Dracula (DVD)

Direction: Jesús Franco, production: 2003

Cast: Silvia Superstar, Aldo Sanbrell, Lina Romay
DVD in english or german audio, region free
German Polyband edition - PAL

Aerolíneas Federales
Los Cafres
Silvia García Pintos ............. Antonio "Billy" Domínguez

 

Classic spanish New Wave
post-punk band from Vigo.
Started by Miguel Costas in
1981 with an album in 1986
incl. the Galician punk-pop
evergreen Soy una punk



Before Silvia started the Barbies with Billy King and she was Silvia
Superstar, she was Silvia García Pintos (born 1970) Vigo, Pontevedra,
Galicia who in 1989 joined GREAT group Aerolíneas Federales, as
one of 2 singers, The Aerolinettes. After 1991 album "Una o Nínguna"
the group disbanded. Silvia was a popular hostess on the Galician TV
show Xabarin Club, acted in Galician horror "Cannibals de los Garrulos
Lisérgicos", acted in TV series, acted in Jess Franco films and 2006 in
Pedro Temboury's "Ellos Robaron la Picha de Hitler"

 


Los Cafres praised 1988 SF13
Tractor
Cerebral album's
regarded as somewhat of a
spanish alt. rock classic

What about Billy then?

Antonio "Billy" Domínguez (born 1966) the FINE drummer with that
heavy driving beat, he's also from Vigo, which seems to be something
of the indie-garage-rock center of Spain. He was/is? also the boss of
the Toxic Records label.

Before Barbies he was drumming in the 1980's alternative rock group
Los Cafres
and even before that he played with a VERY young Silvia
in a group called The Last of the Philippines. I DO HOPE Billy has written
some new Barbies stuff these last years and are planning The Return of
The Killer Barbies

 


In a better and more ideal world The Killer Barbies would have had a big break-through worldwide......but, that was not to be.
Not even the approval stamp from Joey Ramone did the trick. Maybe the Barbies attitude were to pure and non-commercial to
float that well on the surface of the sea of Crap out there. Actually, i'm pretty sure they're not that big even in their home country
Spain. Surely there must be boring and pretentious groups or Idol-shit-wailing garbage artists that sells tons of records there too,
as anywhere else in the world.
Well, their albums are all highly recommended! Let's hope Silvia's doing great solo and that the band will return someday


Below - Some Spanish alt. indie-power pop bands that were somewhat cool

Juniper Moon
Great, Great Grupo
Beautiful Crystal Clear Power Pop

 

Their much praised album
El Resto de mi vida

See link left or read more
on my Power Pop page


From the small town of Ponferrada, Léon a great Power Punk Pop
Group with a lot of fast nice guitars, a hammond organ and FINE
girl singer Sandra. The band existed between 1997 - 2004 and
recorded on the Madrid Elefant label.

They made at least 2 GREAT singles: Their debut in 1999 with
Volverás
and with the beautiful Sólo una sunrisa (with a music
video made in january 2003). Their cult classic 2002 only album has
been re-issued in 2010 by Elefant Records

Los Fresones Rebeldes
De rebelliska jordgubbarna
Cola Jet Set ................................. La Casa Azul
Another somewhat cool
spanish indie group worth mentioning were Barcelona's
Los Fresones Rebeldes
(see link left)




This Barcelona indie pop group with the fun name Los Fresones
Rebeldes
existed between 1997 - 2003 and gave us pure indiepop
and bubblegum punk mixed in a most charming way.
Not at all tough rockers, only sweet indie.
Famous for their pop classic Al Amanecer from their 1st album

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