pharrfromheaven asked: Hi there John. have you ever listened to any Mexican and/or Mexican-American music? If so, do you have any favorite artists or songs?
I got pretty into Spanish-language (mainly Mexican) pop when I worked on a Spanish-language unit at a hospital in the early 90s. proper corridos were the bigger deal. I remember Vicente Fernandez selling out a big multiple-night stand at the Coliseum. My girlfriend back then was into cumbias and Norteño music but she hipped me to Juan Gabriel (we saw him live, he did “Siempre en mi Mente” of course, it was a moment) and so I got curious about Ana Gabriel and Mí Mexico was brand new at the time and that album, as everybody who’s heard it knows I think, is a straight-up all-time masterpiece. Ana Gabriel’s music has gotten me through thick and thin and I saw her live around the same time but she didn’t do “Es Demaciado Tarde” which is probably for the best because I would have collapsed.
I was into Los Tigres del Norte back then like everybody else though it was right around the time when they’d started making their songs more positive and less lawless. After I moved to Chicago in ‘95 I lost touch with Mexican pop but I still listen to Ana Gabriel a lot and go through phases where she’s all I want to listen to. If pressed I could probably still sing the chorus to “Tus Mentiras” by Los Bukis and I remember Los Yonics being a deal back then but that’s about all I really knew of the pop end. I dug Rocio Durcal. I think Chalino Sanchez was a major major talent and it sucks that he died so young. So the short answer is “yes, a long time ago, probably the stuff I’m into is what people’s dads are into.”
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