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The Pretenders - Tijuana Taxidotdotdot
artworkThe Pretenders were a studio project from the mind of Paul Buff, also of the Hollywood Persuaders. The legendary east LA label Chattahoochee issued this in '65. It's a mariachi based Tijuana Brass sorta thing.
Picks: Tijuana Taxi, Pepita's Theme

Track by Track Review


Tijuana Taxi dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a Tijuana Brass-like mariachi based melodic track, with car horns and a Mexican driver shouting "hey señor, Tijuana taxi?" A joyous single, leaning farther from surf than Bob Moore's "Mexico," but still related in time and appeal.

Pepita's Theme dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Pepita's Theme" is so much more MOR than the A-side, and is not of the mariachi sound at all. This slow last dance song sports a pretty melody and very nice guitar, thought it's way too low in the mix. Still, it's an enjoyable track.