During my teenage years I remember taking daily trips to the Phoenix Library, but don’t get it wrong, books weren’t that fun, they had an albums collection and I could take it home, at least partially. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ live album Chau was one of the first discs I picked up, I had no idea who these guys were, but the irresistibly charming bear in the album’s cover winked at me. Now seriously, it did. Ska-rock has never been my cup of tea, but I remember “Manuel Santillan, El Leon” more than any other songs by the legendary Argentinean band, yes, “El Matador” included. It was probably because “… El Leon” was the opening track and it struck me as this powerful lieutenant tragedy that was sang so eagerly by an entire arena.
Through the years, it has naturally evolved into an example of the ‘unofficial hero’ and how sympathetic these characters can end up being. Vos Sabes… Como Te Esperaba! is a tribute album to Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and I must say Nortec’s cover of “Manuel Santillan, El Leon” is one of the album’s most attractive pieces. I guess the Nortec sound fits the songs’ sinister feel, which is in itself, very passionate. You can currently grab Nortec’s freeload from our friends at Remezcla.