Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cover Song | Let Me Love You Too - Boni

The following is an excerpt from an article originally found on

Guitarist/songwriter - Javier Hernández Boni - accidentally stumbled across Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumbler's Guitar Trouble in the early 1990’s and subsequently took the music to Let Me Love You Too and recorded Por Que No? for his first solo record. Sounds pretty vanilla, except for the fact that Boni is from Spain and is a guitarist for one of Europe ’s biggest classic rock bands. 

Read this transcontinental story prepared by Mario Martin, manager of Barricada.

Javier Hernández Boni is the rhythm guitarist and 50% singer of Barricada, a Spanish rock and roll band that has been together since 1982. Boni is a shy guy, seems quiet and calm. Everything changes when he is playing live; when he becomes a savage guitar player!  Boni’s guitar influences include Rory Gallagher, Slade, Sisters of Mercy, The Recovers, Sex Pistols, and The Clash.

In 1992, Boni went into the studio to record Peligroso Animal de Compañía [translation: Dangerous Pet], being helped by a couple of friends and his brother playing drums, as well as two Barricada band members.  This was a personal experience for Boni, to play with close friends and his brother.

Boni wrote all the lyrics on Dangerous Pet, but two of them: The first, written by Barricada´s other lead singer, Enrique Villarreal, and a second song, based on a song written and performed by Tommy Conwell, Let Me Love You Too.

For some reason, Boni seemed to like that song so much and chose it for his very first solo album. (The song was actually discovered by Boni’s brother.) Today, it is very common for Spanish recording artists to record cover versions of very popular songs. Boni decided to take the risk of recording a cover version of a song not known at all in Spain. So, he took the music and a few parts of the lyric and recorded Por Que No? (translation: "Why Now?”).

His record, Dangerous Pet, was a personal success; he never toured for the album because his drummer/brother had an accident and broke a hand. Boni’s dream was to record a solo album, and if it wasn’t possible to play with his brother, he didn’t mind not touring. His success was to record it.  Nowadays, Boni still records and plays with Barricada, harder and louder than never!

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