Indies Love Intocable. Best of Regional Mexican Music 00-09


You may not know it, but I used to listen to a bunch of Mexican (Grupero) music when I was on High School. Most kids follow this genre because of their parent’s like towards these traditional (popular) songs, in my case, I just knew the pop music on local radio and broadcast TV was to crappy to swallow. Strangely, I found Norteño music very edgy, but I never liked the songs my parents played. For example, I still don’t get why my parents discuss about narco violence and the dangers of going back to Mexico while playing a narco-corrido on our living room stereo.

Andrew Casillas, a member of this blog, once called me a pussy when I told him I wasn’t into Los Tigres del Norte but I loved Intocable. He was being funny of course, but he’s right, I’m a softie with this genre. Lyrically, my favorite Norteño songs are formulated on pop standards; that’s why it is so damn easy to like Intocable. They could be the most mainstream group out there; my theory is that they could be Regional Mexican’s Reik, only awesome. It’s not surprising to hear their songs on Latin Pop Airplay. I don’t have a problem with Los Tigres del Norte as story-tellers, but their recycled composition has been stuck for way too long. Intocable is starting to get too repetitive too, but hey, at least they’re attempting to step out of comfort every now and then; like recruited Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks producer) to craft Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos, a great country exploration (and their most overlooked album yet).

And there’s stuff that’s just so effortlessly awesome like Joan Sebastian, Vicente Fernandez, Ramon Ayala, Los Alegres de la Sierra, Michael Salgado and basically anything related to Luis “Loui” Padilla (La Firma’s frontman, and Intocable’s head songwriter). Hope you don’t mind me saying it, but Ana Barbara is like Shakira and El Pasito Duranguense equals Reggaeton. Everything progresses and I actually find groups like Colmillo Norteño and Los Pikadientes de Caborca to be very creative, reminds me of when A.B. Quintanilla was actually interesting to listen to. It’s highly unlikely the genre will reach the fans of Nortec or Los Macuanos anytime soon.

Through the years I’ve found most non-Mexicans hate Norteño, Banda and Grupero (Tejano is dead); no one can really resist Ranchero, especially now that Mr. Fernandez’s Para Siempre has raised the bar as a career-best major achievement. Some of my friends like Jean-Stephane Beriot and the We Like It Indie staff were discussing about our admiration towards Intocable, so I found this post to be a good idea. Here is a list of songs I recommend, honestly, I only have two of them on my iPod, so I’m probably not your best source if you’re looking for a passionate list or a reference. Hope you're able to take the challenge, and by that I mean to watch these videos, horrible stuff, but good tunes! We’ll get into our Favorite 100 Songs of the Decade special really soon.


01 Intocable. “Estas que te pelas”
02 La Firma. “Con la intención de lastimarte”
03 Intocable. “A Veces”
04 Vicente Fernández. “Estos Celos”
05 Graciela Beltrán. “Eso es cosa de el”
06 Siggno. “Pero Hablame”
07 Solido. “Dile la verdad”
08 Los Palominos. “Me vuelvo loco”
09 Ana Gabriel. “Con las alas atadas”
10 Michael Salgado. “Sangre de Rey”

11 Joan Sebastian. “Sentimental”
12 Intocable. “Eso Duele”
13 Arnulfo Jr. “Adultera”
14 La Firma. “A mí que me importa”
15 La Firma. “Le Dire”
16 Los Pikadientes de Caborca. “La tenia mas grande”
17 Tigrillos. “Mira Oye!”
18 Colmilludo Norteño. “Hotel El Cid”
19 Intocable. “Es mejor decir adiós”
20 Limite. “Ay! Papacito”



16 comments :

that indie kid said...

you forgot to mention Banda El Recodo on this post. They're definitely a classic & probably one of the most important bands on the Norteño/cumbia/ranchero genre. I've been listening to "Te Presumo" non-stop lately.

Carlos Reyes said...

Never really liked them... all 39391 of them, but that song is kinda good.

César said...

Salgado's "Sangre De Rey" is ok. Personally, I always thought his earlier tune "Sin Ella" had a nice break-beat to it. But Tejano unlike regional Mexican music in the 90s was more into incorporating outside sounds. Check it out.

Santiago Ulloa said...

Very interesting list, never expected you to know about these groups, I don't know La FIrma, Siggno, Solido and some others in there, will check it out. I like los tigres but you're right saying they're stuck.

el amarillo said...

mexican vallenato???
no, thanks!

César said...

I don't necessarily think Tejano is dead, but rather has gone back underground. I'm originally from South Texas and although I didn't grow up in the region I saw it flourish from the underground, the bars and pubs throughout the state, into televisions and radio stations. Yes, the rise and fall of Tejano music had everything to do with Selena; but I wouldn't go as far as saying Tejano is dead.

I find it interesting that the neo-cumbia sounds coming out of South America (Los Labios and Cumbia Queers you guys champion so much; and I love) is really a rehash of Tejano. If I wasn't looking at the band's photos, logos, or album covers, it might as well be a group of Tejano teenagers mixing the sounds their youth with the sounds of their heritage.

Just a thought. I love your music blogs, a lot, by the way.

Andrew Casillas said...

you're still a pussy ;)

JOSE LUIS MERCADO said...

¿Les gusta Rammstein?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW4CItxGJT4

Carlos Reyes said...

shut up Andrew!

I always get you back for your love towards female pop singers! soft that!

DECIREVES said...

Intocable se me hace una basca de la musica grupera norteña, tiende mas al pop tratando de afinar en el sentido de que quiere afresar la musica norteña , esa musica que hace esa banda esta mas cerca de Thalia que de digamos Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon, para mi gusto las bandas que han definido la musica proto grupera o grupera / norteña / texana son estas:

Los Angeles Negros
Bronco
Rigo Tovar y su Costa Azul
La Mafia
Los Tigres del Norte
Mazz
Topazz
Pegasso
Limite
Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon
Los Traileros del Norte
Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon
Carlos y Jose
Chalino Sanchez
Los Bukis
La Banda del Recodo (no existiria el Nortec!)
Selena y Los Dinos

aparte de que por ejemplo siempre lo he dicho que Kinky se me hace una mezcla de Beta Band y Bronco

saludos desde Monterrey

sentirpromesas said...

i must agree with a previous post, Tejano is definitely not dead, all you have to do is go to a bar on the westside of san antonio to know it. even the gay strip of san antonio has a bar that plays tejano music. With the death of selena, tejano music has had to survive mostly in the underground. during my 1-year stay in san antonio, i encountered a few (primarily) young bands that incorporated tradition tejano instrumentation with a newer beats arrangements...pretty cool stuff

Juan Data said...

aww, finally admiting your naco roots, that explains so much...

amable said...

no conozco a casi ninguno, almenos no concientemente, pero afuerzas he oido algo por ahi.

me quedó con esa de "y todo para quée, todo para qué!" con voz super costra. también el recodo tiene magnificos arreglos de trompetas, fuera de eso no sé nada del tema.

Anonymous said...

Favorite 100 Songs of the Decade >> woh i can't wait to see it! Hey guys I hope "favorite" means influential instead of popular. Please do not dissapoint me, wanna see El Guincho, Hello Seahorse, IMS, Manu Chao, Ma Daniela y su Sonido Lasser, Calle 13, La Buena Vida, CSS, Devendra Banhart, Entre Rios, Javiera Mena, Ricardo Villalobos, Murcof, Gui Broatto, Cafe Tacuba, Delorean, Neon Indian, Juana Molina, Bonde do Role, Adanowsky, Kevin Johansen, Nosotrash, la Casa Azul, Rodrigo y Gabriela, los Amigos Invisibles, los Fancy Free, Manos de Topo, Fauna, Bajofondo, Matias Aguayo, Nuuro, Gotan Project, Pinker Tones, Nortec, Kinky, Julieta Venegas, los de Abajo, Ozomatli, los Hermanos, Tego Calderon, Orishas, Mala Rodriguez, Sidestepper, los Planetas, Astrud, Aterciopelados, Altocamet, los Priatas, Los Dyanmite, el Otro Yo, el Cuarteto de Nos, Asutin tv, Sr Chinarro, ojos de Brujo, Lils Downs, porter, etc, etc, etc

Anonymous said...

Favorite 100 Songs of the Decade >> woh i can't wait to see it! Hey guys I hope "favorite" means influential instead of popular. Please do not dissapoint me, wanna see El Guincho, Hello Seahorse, IMS, Manu Chao, Ma Daniela y su Sonido Lasser, Calle 13, La Buena Vida, CSS, Devendra Banhart, Entre Rios, Javiera Mena, Ricardo Villalobos, Murcof, Gui Broatto, Cafe Tacuba, Delorean, Neon Indian, Juana Molina, Bonde do Role, Adanowsky, Kevin Johansen, Nosotrash, la Casa Azul, Rodrigo y Gabriela, los Amigos Invisibles, los Fancy Free, Manos de Topo, Fauna, Bajofondo, Matias Aguayo, Nuuro, Gotan Project, Pinker Tones, Nortec, Kinky, Julieta Venegas, los de Abajo, Ozomatli, los Hermanos, Tego Calderon, Orishas, Mala Rodriguez, Sidestepper, los Planetas, Astrud, Aterciopelados, Altocamet, los Priatas, Los Dyanmite, el Otro Yo, el Cuarteto de Nos, Asutin tv, Sr Chinarro, ojos de Brujo, Lils Downs, porter, etc, etc, etc

Pajareezy said...

I'd like to throw La Arrolladora Banda Limon in the mix. I dig it.

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