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El Circo

Maldita Vecindad Y Los Hijos Del 5to. Patio

1991

El Circo
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El circo is an album recorded by Mexican rock band Maldita Vecindad. The album was released on 24 September 1991 under the BMG Entertainment Mexico label. La Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio (English: The Damned Neighborhood and the Sons of the Fifth Patio, usually called only "La Maldita") is a band formed in Mexico City in 1985. They are pioneers of rock en español and one of the most influential rock bands in Mexico. They first made an impact with Mojado, Un poco de sangre, Cocodrilo, Pachuco and Un gran circo, songs that narrate the problems, adventures, and beauty of a society anxious to improve its economic status. Their wardrobe has incorporated elements of the pachuco, an archetypical character represented by Tin Tán in Mexican cinema. Tin Tan is sampled in one of the group's biggest hits, 1991's Pachuco. The last studio album they recorded was in 2009. Since then, the band has collaborated with other bands, as well as having participated in tribute albums for José José and the Tigres del Norte. Their sound incorporates many styles, including ska, rock, and traditional Cuban forms such as the bolero and Cuban Son. Roco, the band's vocalist, dresses in a manner reminiscent of the pachucos.

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3.19

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69

Genres

  • Rock

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

9/10. This was a lot of fun, and a very quick listen. I think I'd like to listen to more stuff like this

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Sat Mar 02 2024
5

Ooh, an interesting entry, I had not expected someone to throw in some Latin Ska. I liked it, very tight, punchy, and fun.

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Sat Mar 02 2024
5

Never heard of this artist before, so I got to go in completely blind. With the first few seconds I thought, "Oooh, some ranchera?" NOPE, LATIN SKA BABYYYYY. This was fun, filled with variety, danceable, kickass, and other praise-worthy adjectives. I had a blast with this. Thank you for adding it to the list!

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Tue Jan 16 2024
4

An interesting and fun listen! 8/10

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Sun Jan 21 2024
4

El Circo is absolutely rollickin', and gets a lot of mileage out of the sublime sound of complete contemporaneity; Not easy when you include this much ska. As circuses go, less polished acrobatics but more value for the price of admission at that. The only thing dating the record is a bit of sounds-like-rap, an attempt at hipness maybe fifteen years back.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

I don't speak a word Spanish. But I really liked the energy and the 'ska'-ness of this album

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

Loving all the non-English language albums on this extra list so far. Thanks for suggesting.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
4

Very interested in the blend of influences like punk and Ska in a Mexican idiom. Was even able to pick up a fair amount of the lyrics with my mediocre Spanish, a rare treat with these non-English selections.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
4

One of Latin Rock classics. I didn't have it quite on my radar, since I've always been more of a fan of Argentine rock, but I've enjoyed rediscovering it and enjoying it. Such a powerful story with vibrant and catchy tunes. Thanks for sharing

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Wed Apr 03 2024
4

oh hell yeah! This is going straight on the work playlist. What a cool album. Never heard of it before, great energy, bit of an exotic (to me) flavour. 4/5.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
3

From reading this band's Wikipedia page, I'm sorta surprised they aren't represented on the actual list. They seem unique and ahead of their time in many ways.

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Mon Mar 25 2024
3

Not into this kind of music, even though I understand it's good in the genre.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
3

Pretty decent, not super interesting though (other than the album cover). 3 stars.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
2

Kumbala was cool, but the rest of the album didn't resonate with me.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
2

A few interesting tunes, but the majority just gets on my nerves.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
2

This is the first time that I heared of this band. Although it sounds pretty nice and sometimes catchy, it is still ska/punk; a genre which I have absolutely no affinity with. And that they sing it in their native language doesn't help either.

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