When we are talking about really rare and great albums from Mexico (f.i. El Tarro de Mostaza, the live album by Los Monjes, Kaleidoscope), Los Ovnis' 'Hippies' is perhaps the second rarest title, close on the heels of Kaleidoscope.
Before 'Hippies' the band already had made four LPs with cover songs for the same label.
The Summer Of Love and the young rebel culture of '68 created the desire to produce a stronger album with own songs, heavier garage sounds and counter-culture lyrics.
This album became something the Mexican society in 1968 was not ready for. It was too idealistic and too psychedelic to become popular and the original label released it with no promotion at all.
That's why this album became so good and so rare.
Los Ovins were five musicians from Mexico City. Strong garage songs, great Spanish vocals, razor sharp guitars, punchy organ and rough sounds. Highlights include the superb 'Mi Protesta' and a tough, Spanish sung version of The Doors' 'Light My Fire', the only cover on the LP. 'Hippies' truly is a fantastic album and one of the crown jewels of Latin-American rock history.