April 8, 2009


Just in From Argentina, a Top-Speed, New Wave Blast From the Past (JON PARELES, 4/07/09, NY Times)

Formed in Buenos Aires in the mid-1980s, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are a proud product of the new wave era, particularly the two-tone phase when English punk-rock made common cause with ska and reggae. The band’s reedy-voiced lead singer, Gabriel Fernández Capello (a k a Vicentico), arrived onstage wearing a jacket, white shirt and a skinny tie; its bassist, Flavio Cianciaurlo (a k a St. Flavio), had a ska-revival porkpie hat.

They are the band’s main songwriters, and through the years they have incorporated Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, African, swing and funk rhythms into their music. At Hammerstein, each beat stoked its own variation on the pandemonium.

Fans were jubilant, singing along with nearly every song as they danced. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs regrouped last year after a seven-year hiatus from touring, and the band sold out stadiums across Latin America before performing in the United States this spring.

It has released an album, “La Luz del Ritmo” (“The Light of the Rhythm”), on Nacional Records, that tosses together a few new songs, remakes of some hits and Spanish translations of new wave oldies, including a guajira-flavored version of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

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Posted by Orrin Judd at April 8, 2009 6:30 AM
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