Dug Dug's

Dug Dug's

Mexican garage rock legends Los Dug Dug's were led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Armando Nava, born in Durango, Durango in 1946. At 15 he acquired his first guitar, and at 17 he joined his first band, Xippos Rock -- when their original frontman quit, Nava assumed lead vocal duties, and after graduating high school the group toured the Tijuana region, with Nava's salesman father driving their van and conducting business along the way. While on the road, Nava made the executive decision to change their name from Xippos Rock to Los Dug Dug's -- the name being the abbreviation of their home city and state -- while playing in Texas he scored copies of early Beatles records, and the band became not only to the first in Mexico to cover the Fab Four, but also the first to sing all of their material (covers and originals) in English. After an extended stint as the house band at the Tijuana strip joint Fantasitas, Los Dug Dug's relocated to Mexico City in 1966 -- a series of personnel changes were afoot, however, and soon only Nava and only vocalist Jorge de la Torre remained from the lineup that first set out from Durango. After earning a rabid fan following in Mexico City, the group signed to RCA to record their debut single, the children's television theme "Chicotito Si, Chicotito No" -- they also headlined a pair of 1967 films, El Mundo Loco de los Jovenes and Cinco de Chocolate y Una de Fresa. In all, Los Dug Dug's cut ten singles for RCA while in Mexico City, including covers of U.S. pop hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Hanky Panky." After returning to Tijuana in 1968, Los Dug Dug's -- now consisting of Nava, de la Torre, guitarist Gustavo Garayzar, bassist Genero Garcia, and drummer Jorge Torres Aguayo -- took up residence at the popular Sans Sous Ci club. After American tourist Frank Mangano caught their act, he was so impressed that he offered to bankroll a trip to New York City -- there the group played a handful of live dates and recorded a few demos, but Mangano refused to fund the $5000.00 musicians' union fees necessary to earn Los Dug Dug's the opportunity to play Manhattan's larger venues. With little choice except to return to Mexico, the group began work on its first LP for RCA Mexico, but long-simmering creative differences between Nava and de la Torre forced the latter's resignation after the album was completed, and by the time the resulting psychedelic opus Lost in My World appeared in 1971, Los Dug Dug's were essentially no more. The singles "World of Love" and "Eclipse" were nevertheless huge Latin American hits, and in 1972, Nava revived the group as a power trio -- now, with the majority of Mexican groups singing in English, he reversed the trend, performing in Spanish on 1972's Smog. For 1974's Cambia Cambia, Los Dug Dug's sported a clean-cut look in keeping with their music's evolution to more concise, melodic pop approach -- RCA did little to support the album, however, and 1975's El Loco proved their swan song. Despite endless lineup changes, Nava has nevertheless kept Los Dug Dug's an ongoing concern in the decades since -- the group most often appears at his Mexico City nightclub La Reunion.


Dug Dug's Discography Tracks


Dug Dug's Dug Dug's (Album) RCA Victor Venezuela 1971 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's Smog (Album) RCA Mexico 1973 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's Cambia, Cambia (Album) RCA Camden Mexico 1975 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's El Loco (Album) RCA Camden Mexico 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

76-2230 Los Dug Dug's* Chicotito Si, Chicotito No / Brinca Brinca(7", Single) RCA VICTOR 76-2230 Mexico 1966 Sell This Version
MKE-788 Los Dug Dug's* Brinca Brinca(7", EP) RCA VICTOR MKE-788 Mexico 1966 Sell This Version
MKE-1067 Los Dug Dug's*, Angelica Maria Los Dug Dug's*, Angelica Maria - Cinco De Chocolate Y Uno De Fresa(7", EP) RCA VICTOR MKE-1067 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
85-1361 Dug Dug's Lost In My World / I Got The Feeling(7") RCA 85-1361 Peru 1971 Sell This Version
76-3469 Dug Dug's Let's Make It Now / World Of Love(7", Single) RCA Victor 76-3469 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version
RX-19 Dug Dug's Stupid People = Gente Estúpida / Joy To People = Alegria Para la Gente (Live Versions = Versiones En Vivo)(7", EP, Promo) RCA VICTOR RX-19 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's Lost In My World = Perdido En Mi Mundo / It's Over = Se Acabo (EP) RCA VICTOR Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
76-3748 Dug Dug's Smog / Yo No Se(7") RCA VICTOR 76-3748 Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
Mke-1436 Dug Dug's Ep Let's Make It Now +3(7") RCA VICTOR Mke-1436 Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
SP-4099 Dug Dug's Al Diablo - Ya Te Deje (No Volvere)(7") RCA Victor SP-4099 Mexico 1974 Sell This Version
RCA Dug Dug's Brilo De Sol / No Te Asustes (Es Solo Vivir)(7") RCA VICTOR RCA Mexico 1974 Sell This Version
SP-4250 Dug Dug's Cambia, Cambia / Timido(7", EP) RCA Victor SP-4250 Mexico 1975 Sell This Version
BOH/S - 9345 Dug Dug's Cambia, Cambia(7", Single, Pic, S/Edition) RCA Victor BOH/S - 9345 Bolivia 1975 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's I Got My Emotion / Let Me Breath RCA Victor Mexico 1976 Sell This Version
SP -4793 Dug Dug's El Loco / La Gente(7") Rca Victor SP -4793 Mexico 1977 Sell This Version
RCA Dug Dug's You Better Think Twice - I've Got To Run Away From Here(7") RCA VICTOR RCA Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
Dug Dug's Flying Floating, Rolling - Show Me (EP) RCA VICTOR Mexico 1979 Sell This Version


Dug Dug's Abre Tu Mente (Comp) RCA Victor Mexico 1985 Sell This Version
CAMS 1251 Dug Dug's Rock 15 Exitos De Los Dug Dug's(LP, Album, Comp) RCA Camden CAMS 1251 Mexico 1985 Sell This Version
cdld2196 Dug Dug's Los 15 éxitos originales, Vol. 2(CD, Comp, RM) Discos Mozart S.A. de C.V. cdld2196 2011 Sell This Version

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