10 Rock en Español Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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1. Re, Café Tacuba


This is also Lechner's choice, and the choice of almost every rock en español critic ever (save for a few Argies who'll always side with Cerati). Unimaginative scribes will call it Cafe Tacuba's White Album, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but I say it's closer to London Calling: a cri du coeur about a gargantuan, fucked-up wonderful metropolis (in the case of los tacubos, Mexico City) that only a native and a native alone can truly love and get. Like the Clash's magnum opus, Re is a dizzying, breathless valentine through genres (in this album's case, the overt homages/parodies include trios, death metal, banda sinaloense, ranchera, son jarocho, New Wave, boleros, cumbia, merengue--and this short list doesn't include the swatches of God-knows-how-many-other genres that the group pops into the album just for the hell of it) featuring local slang and shout-outs, and with a patina of politics no modern Latin alternative band will ever attempt but which was the whole point of rock en español to begin with.

Actually, I'd put this album in a list of 10 greatest albums of all time, period, if only for this song: "Trópico de Cancer," about a petroleum engineer who tells his fellow workers he's quitting because he doesn't want to add further pollution and development to the world. Yes, it sounds like the most pretentious song in history--but only Cafe Tacuba could've made it into a romantic, danceable thing. And that it's only about the eighth-best song on Re shows the brilliance of this album. Listen to it, and you'll love Mexicans forever.

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Keoniana
Keoniana

@OCWeeklyMusic What about 'Mana Unplugged'? I'm not a huge Mana, but the sound production quality was great......

gera_r1979
gera_r1979

 "Cancion Animal" de Soda Stereo? "Clix Modernos" de  Charly Garcia? "Senderos de Traicion" de Heroes del Silencio? Shakira es Rock???

claudiacamvaca
claudiacamvaca

Well, a lot to say here. First of all--what is wrong with a spanish version of Rolling Stone. Did you not know that this is sold throughout latin america? Why shouldn´t they offer one in spanish to the latin american public?

Secondly--practically none of this is "Rock en Español". Most of it is pop ( shakira for example) or some other alternative type of music such as Ska or a mix of things.  Rock en Español or Rock en tu idioma as it was know,  was a rock movement, inserted within a political time frame ( 80´s and 90´s) that reflected a need for classical rock in spanish. it was born mostly from the beautiful brain of  Gustavo Cerati and his band Soda Stereo ( shame on you for not mentioning them!)

in L.A. and Miguel Rios in Spain. Both were born from political censorship and a need to express their ideas through music.

So this list should be topped by Soda Stereo and Miguel Rios, closely followed by Charlie García, Miguel Mateos, orquesta Mondragón, Caifanes, Keny y los electricos, Botellita de jerez,Joaquin Sabina,Cecilia Toussaint, Jaime Lopez without whome much of everyone else´s music wouldn´t exist since he¨s mexicos most prolific rock composer--incluiding music for Café Tacuba). others can include: azul violeta, el profeta del nopal, maldita vecindad, Eli Guerra, Nacha Pop. If you´re going to write about Rock en Español, you really should do some research first. At least you didn´t include Maná in the list.

hrondon48
hrondon48

Where is Zurdok's Hombre Sintetizador..¿? 

Jesus Olvera
Jesus Olvera

But since you ask. 1. Naco es Chido (BMG) de Botellita de Jerez 2. Vagabundo (Sony) de Robi Rosa 3. Clics modernos (Polygram, 1983) de Charly García 4. El Hombre Del Traje Gris (Sony) de Joaquin Sabina 5. El Silencio (BMG) de Caifanes 6. Urbanistorias (Pentagrama) de Rockdrigo Gonzalez 7. En Esta Ciudad (Sony,) de Cecilia Toussaint 8. Descanso Dominical (Sony) de Mecano 9. Jaime Lopez (BMG) de Jaime Lopez 10. Leche (BMG) de Fobia

Jesus Olvera
Jesus Olvera

As soon as I saw Shakira I realize this list was bullshit.

diazdelnorte
diazdelnorte

Well, technically they're rap, but they were also parte of the 'avanzada regia' rock attitude: I think you missed Control Machete's Mucho Barato. 

Also, where's 'El Circo' de Maldita Vecindad? (also, they're esentially ska, but they might be defined as a mix of punk WITH ska).

And this one is a no brainer... how could you forget '¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas?' de Molotov? That album broke so many paradigms in its heyday that you shouldn't have missed it!!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano

@CupcakeCardio ALWAYS was annoyed by them--although "Mariposa" is a badass song!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano

@JDKun That's the expected choice, though! "11 Episodios" highlights all the Soda genius in its proper setting! Hope you're well!

Raintes
Raintes

@GustavoArellano @JDKun @ELopetegui Fobia's first album should be top 3. Idk about Amigos and El gran silencio. They're not really "rock."

EddieAsWell
EddieAsWell

@GustavoArellano and I used @jdkun and Ernesto's books for my thesis!

EddieAsWell
EddieAsWell

@GustavoArellano and Nacha Pop, Mikel Erentxun but that's to advanced for the gabbas.

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