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¡Pendejo!: Came across Escobar’s ghost once again…..

¡Pendejo! - Tuyo

¡Pendejo! Is a band is based in The Netherlands but their lyrics is in Spanish.It’s not a surprise that they have gained some significant success in Spain and in South America with their albums and gigs throughout these years. By now, they are back with a killer cover song Tuyo from the well-known Netflix series called Narcos. The band chose the original soundtrack of the well-known Netflix series Narcos to cover it in their own way. Pablo Escobar, a sociopath!

The story behind covering this song goes back to the 80’s, as leadsinger El Pastuso tells the following:

«As a young boy in 1988, as a reward for all my hard work at school in Holland, I was allowed to travel to Colombia, my country of birth. My uncle and aunt, who lived in Bogota had invited me, and I thought this is surely going to be the best holiday ever! Nonetheless, the current political situation in that year made my parents feel hesitant, and in the end they didn’t let me go that summer. So yeah, I blamed Pablo Escobar for that. Sure, the misery in Colombia was not entirely his doing, but in my mind Pablo Escobar was the cause of my broken dreams. If you have to blame someone, blame the murdering sociopath».

Almost three decades later, El Pastuso came across Escobar’s ghost once again, but this time on TV. «I devoured the first two seasons of Narcos on Netflix. Brutal, well-made and sort of true to the history and all. But when Menno, our trombonist, came up with the idea in 2019 to cover the introduction theme Tuyo, I objected. The whole romanticizing of Escobar, that somehow got a bit of a revival in Europe with Narcos… just ridiculous. Okay, this song is not so much as an ode to his legacy, but still, it has some reference to his mother, who was a despicable human being. But when I heard Menno’s new arrangement of Tuyo, then the thing totally made sense. So we went for it».

¡Pendejo! is a heavy rock band from The Netherlands, founded by two cousins with a history in Latin America. Digging into their Latino roots they started blending heavy riffage, right-in-your-face lyrics in urban Spanish and to top it all off, a screaming trumpet. Leaving their skid marks in the underground scene throughout Europe and Latin America and sharing stages with influential heavyweights like Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu, Karma To Burn, Mondo Generator and Helmet.

The band puts on a show for anyone who is not afraid to be grabbed by the cojones and to be thrown into a spicy puddle of chili con carne. In 2019 ¡Pendejo! was touring in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany and Holland, partly with their brothers in arms from Banda De La Muerte. Shortly after their Swiss-German tour in January 2020, just before the Corona-shit hit the world, the band recorded five covers, from which Tuyo is being the first to be released yesterday!

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4222 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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