LOS DESTELLOS: LA BAMBA’S TRAVELS

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Los Destellos: La Bamba (Odeon, 1976, Ojos Azules)

Just so you can follow…a Mexican American song, influenced by the musical traditions of Veracruz, Mexico, gets covered by a Peruvian surf rock band. I like that.

365 Days of Soul, #116

LOS HOLY’S: STRUTTIN’ THEIR STUFF

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Los Holy’s: Reunion Sicodelica (Cissy Strut) (Sono Radio, 1967, 7″)

This Meters’ hit traveled its way around the world, including to Peru. There’s a ton of covers of the song but this may be my favorite, especially for how biting the reverb on that guitar is.

365 Days of Soul, #118

KING FLOYD: A MAN ON THE SCENE

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King Floyd: Hard to Handle (ATCO, 1973, Think About It

King Floyd’s “Groove Me” was such a hit that it’s overshadowed all his other output so you might be forgiven if you missed him here, doing a raucous cover of Otis Redding’s classic. Can you dig it?

365 Days of Soul, #117

OTIS GAYLE: WHENEVER YOU CALL

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Otis Gayle: I’ll Be Around (Studio One, 1971, 7″)

I love reggae covers that are mostly loyal to the original but the difference in rhythm is always just enough to give it a special, distinct feel. This is more sparse than the original but the essence of the song is still all here.

365 Days of Soul, #115

LEGIONS OF BOOM: OUT NOW

In my other life as a scholar of popular culture…I just published a book about the Filipino American mobile DJ crews of the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s out officially today.