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Old 09.14.2011, 02:02 AM   #1
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Operating in the same grey area between originality and wholesale theft as mash-up artist Gregg Gillis AKA Girl Talk, Mexico's El Conjunto Nueva Ola switch so seamlessly between latin reinterpretations of 80s New Wave hits and amped-up electric cumbias that it borders on a refusal to acknowledge any difference at all between American pop music and traditional Mexican music. It's almost as if they are attempting to bring down the political border between the two by blasting away at the musical border. Taking the stage in a combination of punk rock leather + chains and mexican wrestling outfits, they look like a Mexican version of the Aquabats! as they pogo around the stage. they keep the energy high and the beat going, often plowing straight through from song to song in a continuous mix.

Donning white leisure suits and dancing like John Travolta, they tease the intro of Stayin' Alive then abruptly launch into a four minute cumbia, the lead singer dancing all the while with a beer in each hand, before eventually coming back to complete the Bee Gees tune. They pepper cheesy norteño songs with shouts of, "Peanut Butter Jelly! Peanut Butter Jelly!" They tentatively start into My Sharona, play several measures of Hava Nagila and then turn it on full force, changing "My Sharona" into "Chicharrona." A merengue version of Devo's Whip It featuring a tribal drum solo leads into chants of "the roof! the roof! the roof is on fire!"

Whatever it is exactly that El Conjunto Nueva Ola are, one thing they're clearly not - a cover band.


some links:

live
My Sharona/Hava Nagila/Chicharrona
Stayin' Alive/Cumbia/Stayin' Alive
Whip It/Peanut Butter Jelly/Roof Is On Fire

official video
Cumbia Town (a reinterpretation of Funkytown by Lipps Inc)
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