viVa MeXico!! This week finds us in a little celebratory mood since it’s Mexico’s 200th bday, so we’ve dug through our wax to bring you a little trip through some of the country’s musical past, including some interesting versions of some classic Mexican standards done by a variety of artists. We start things out with some pre-hispanic drumming and end up with a funky version of Jose Afredo Jimenez’s uber macho hit “El rey”.
In between we check out some versions some of Mexico’s most eccentric and eclectic artists, take Juan Garcia Esquivel’s versions of the mariachi standard “La raspa”, or the messed up jazz/cumbia/rock/swing and everything else sound of Mexico City’s goofball combo, Los Xochimilcas, with a song that translates as “Let the ugly ones die.”
Enjoy the tunes. EB&CG
Acerina–Telefono a larga distancia
Agustin Lara + Carmen Rey–Porque te vas?
Los Machucambos–La cucaracha
Lobo y Melon–A caballo blanco
Emilio Dominguez y la sonora veracruzana–La bamba
Los Xochimilcas–Que se mueran los feos
Juan Garcia Esquivel–La raspa
Juan Garcia Esquivel–La bamba
Hermanos Carrion–La malagueña
Aldemaro Romero y Monna Bell–Jarabe Loco
Hermanos Castro–Cucurucu Paloma
La Socied Organizada en Sonido–El rey
Los Socios del Ritmo–Mexico mio