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What with all the celebratory illegal alien whatnot going on today and Cinco de Mayo on the way, I figured this would be a good time to introduce you to:


Manic Hispanic.

Manic Hispanic came together in the early-1990's as part of a work release program. The idea was formed by OC Probation Officer Freddie Gomez,"I thought if I could keep these guys on a stage, they would stay out of trouble on the streets."

So far, so good. The plan has worked. Instead of a life of lock downs and orange jumpsuits, they are now playing sold out shows and busting out the jokes.These 7 vatos all have one thing in common - their love for classic punk rock. Manic Hispanic take the punk songs that they love but they add a large dose of barrio humor.

Members of Manic Hispanic have been in and are currently in: The Adolescents, Cadillac Tramps, The Grabbers, Punk Rock Karaoke, The X-Members, 22 Jacks, Final Conflict, and Agent Orange.

All songs from the album Mijo Goes to Jr. College.

Brand New Impala
Creeper is a Low Rider

She Turned Into Llorana

If you like these also check out The Recline of Mexican Civilizaton or The Menudo Incident.

Happy Illegal Immigrant Day!

And as an extra added bonus for your holiday needs:

SOD - Speak English or Die


The record concept is better than the actual music, but it's still excellent.

I just need to point out that Cinco de Mayo is Boris' birthday. He's a Corona drinker.

I like all the music recs you have been doing lately and I am wondering, where do you find this stuff Michele? I can't imagine it is on the radio, unless it is a college station or something like that? I have been curious about this for a while now... Just wondering. Thanks!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Illegal Immigrant Day as well. Can we extend this into a permanent boycott?

yaaaah that llorana song rawked! Those dudes are cool, i must get some. I liked most of the bands they were/are in... Final Conflict used to roll through Fender's all the time and they were fun to see. Hadn't thought of the Adolescents in ages, but they were one of my favorite bands yo back in the day. And Agent Orange... aah... Orange County's greatest export.

mrbandw, there are several answers. first, i use allmusic.com. when i hear a song or band i like, i go there, plug the name in and see what similar artists they have listed and then try out the bands i haven't heard yet.

i also ask anyone i know who is into music what they are listening to at the moment, and i'll give it a try.

at this point in time, i happen to be getting all my punk recommendations from a super swell guy who knows that shit like the back of his hand.

i've been using Pandora an awful lot lately to find new stuff to listen to. So much music! Only about 40 more years left to listen to it all!