Sin Negro No Hay Guaguanco El Bugaloo

Bugaloo linked Black and Brown neighbors & coworkers in fused musical unison.

Much like my own family throughout the 1940’s and 50’s, Puerto Ricans from the island poured into New York with a great deal of pride and deep musical/cultural roots. By the 1960’s however, young Nuyoricans showed only a tepid interest in their parent’s music. Distinctly Boriqua, they also identified with Motown and the soulful music of an increasing consciousness among colonized people, now in the urban ghetto. Just as iterations of Jamaican homegrown musical styles quickly evolved from ska to rocksteady to dub to what we now know as Reggae, Salsa music followed a similar genesis. Today’s musical biscuit gives a big shout-out to the Spanish Harlem of the late 1960’s until the early 70’s, when young New York City-based Latin and Black musicians gave birth to Latin boogaloo, setting in motion a musical explosion  that soon became “the biggest thing ” in all the clubs in town.

Los Hermanos Lebron lebron-brothers

Sin Negro No Hay Guaguanco (1970)

Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers


Cantalope Island (1967)

Larry Harlow Orquestra


Maria La O | canta Felo Brito (1967)

 Abran Paso | canta Ismael Miranda (1971)

Roberto y su Nuevo Montuno


Llame A Chango (1970)

Me Queda Un Guaguanco (1970)

Bobby Cruz y Richie Ray


El Sonido Bestial (1970)

Andy Harlow canta  Johnny Vásquez


No Que Va A Llorar (1972)

Sandunga (1972)

Welcome to the Machine

Have a Cigar — Quintessential Pink Floyd. I have soooo many favorites. Welcome to the Machine is on the list as one of the best songs on one the best albums of all time. It’s all about those haunting and distant guitar rifs that beckon us to get closer to the speakers – begging for more. And the lyrics? Truly amazing – 2 lost souls swimming in a fishbowl…. OR Can you tell, a smile from a veil……?

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar
You’re gonna go far, you’re gonna fly
You’re never gonna die
You’re gonna make it if you try
They’re gonna love you
Well I’ve always had a deep respect
And I mean that most sincere
The band is just fantastic
That is really what I think
Oh by the way, which one’s pink?
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it ‘riding the gravy train’

We’re just knocked out
We heard about the sell out
You gotta get an album out
You owe it to the people
We’re so happy we can hardly count
Everybody else is just green
Have you seen the chart?
It’s a helluva start
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it ‘riding the gravy train’

Someone Tell Me Clearly: Has A New World Begun?

Joe Strummer’s great final act was leaving us the three excellent albums he recorded with the Mescaleros between 1999 and his death in 2002 . Uncomfortable with the mega-fame he had achieved as The Clash’s front man, Strummer stayed out of the spotlight for ten years after the band’s implosion. Quietly he regrouped and formed the Mescaleros. By the time anyone noticed, they were already a well-honed group with a growing body of intelligent and original work infused with a world view and deep sense of political consciousness.

The band crafted exquisite musical structures, marked with poetic, freely associative lyrics that expressed global concerns and a leftist social perspective. Through a tapestry of the world’s music, they took stands against global capitalism, the fate of refugees, the impact of globalization and on how war, ethnic intolerance and poverty are ripping the world apart.

“You can only follow what’s on your mind. In fact, a song is something you write because you can’t sleep unless you write it.” — Joe Strummer

They recorded three albums before Strummer died at age 50. Below is Tony Adams from the 1999 album Rock Art and the X-Ray Style.

The Clash – The Greatest Rebel Rockers of Time.

The Clash’s sort of creative activism stood in direct opposition, aesthetically and politically to the Thatcher/Reagan era and its trademark soaring unemployment, shrinking social services and increased poverty, teetering global economy and mounting social tensions, racism and xenophobia. Police brutality was the order of the day. The Clash gave voice to mounting feelings of anger, frustration, and a deepening sense of isolation that had left many young people feeling hopeless.

“Punk rock for us was a social movement” — The Clash

May 1968 in Paris, the student and labor movements of Italy’s hot autumn, and the election and overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile were just some of the ideas that inspired the Clash ideologically and aesthetically.

London Calling (1979)

Written following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident this song echoes today’s concerns about climate change: “The ice age is coming/The sun’s zooming in/Meltdown expected/The wheat is growing thin.”

Rock the Casbah (1982)

In “Rock the Casbah,”, a Middle Eastern sherif, orders his air force to put down an uprising by bombing his own subjects. By far the band’s biggest hit song, its genius lies in the infectious pop hook wrapped around a satirical protest song. It certainly stands the test of time. Couldn’t this be about last week’s news from Syria?

The Only Band That Matters

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