Back in 2003, I touched down in Los Angeles and Orange County for a week of sun and rockabilly music. Hootenanny was taking place on the campus of Cal State Fullerton with grease and parasols in full view. The big draws, The Stray Cats, Social Distortion and Little Richard were a few reasons why I made the cross-country flight, but there were a few discoveries I was glad I made while checking out the other bands during the weekend.
Manic Hispanic took the stage. The band is a mash-up of members from other LA-based punk rock bands: The Adolescents, Agent Orange, 22 Jacks, Cadillac Tramps and a few others. Everyone is the band is either Mexican or part Mexican, playing up the stereotypes with full humor. They whipped through a set of songs that parody other punk rock songs, adding some Spanish or Mexican slang to them. This also extends to their albums, parodying well-known album titles (“Mijo Goes to Junior College” playing off The Descendents’ “Milo Goes to College”).
So when it comes to parodies, it would only seem appropriate to record a Christmas song that is a parody of another, right? Especially if that’s your thing. Hope this happy and festive rendition becomes a part of your holiday festivities. With tacos.