Friday, December 18, 2015

Enigma: Brave Combo and "Mystery Spot Polka"

Today's song is by Brave Combo, a polka, rock and worldbeat band from Denton, Texas. Brave Combo was founded in 1979 by multi-instrumentalist Carl Finch. They incorporate a number of styles including polka, norteño, salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha, choro, samba, two-step, cumbia, charanga, merengue, ska and others. They also have played and recorded covers of well-known songs in styles very different from the original. They have won two Grammy awards, have appeared as animated characters on The Simpsons, and were an influence on Bob Dylan who recorded a Christmas song, Must be Santa, in a style almost identical to Brave Combo's version and acknowledged it in an interview. This song, Mystery Spot Polka, can be found on their 1995 album Polkas for a Gloomy World and references the roadside attractions.