Monday, July 4, 2016

And My Mama Cried: El Vez and "En el Barrio"

Happy Independence Day! And what better way to celebrate our multicultural country than with a song from a quintessentially American artist interpreted by a Mexican-American! Today's random song is by El Vez, also known as Robert Lopez. Lopez was part of the punk group The Zeros and later became El Vez, the Chicano Elvis. More than just an Elvis impersonator, El Vez also performs other major rock icons including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan, mixing them with his own Mexican-American musical traditions. He also is known for the satire and humor in his songs, which also often express his revolutionary views. This song, En el Barrio, can be found on his 2012 compilation album How Great Thou Art - The Greatest Hits of El Vez. This video is in Spanish - there is also an English language music video here: