Working through December inside a busy mall made holiday shopping a beast I had to tooth-and-claw with instead of a list I had to check. Everyone who has done it knows the frustration felt when people keep walking in right when you were supposed to take your lunch, and so the only thing that keeps you from shooting at the ceiling, is a quick thought of the money you’ll be getting so you can then in turn use it to terrorize other retail workers. During my battles in that lion's den, the ten versions of the songs we call christmas music were played over, and over, and over… brainwashing me so that now I almost go into A-Clockwork-Orange-type shock when I hear the first note of those few and overplayed versions. Just so you don't think I'm a grinch, however, that is the reason why I always eagerly welcome good, and refreshing, music made in honor of the end-of-year season.
One of the most pure forms of the Ska-Punk (or Punk-Ska) sound you’ll ever hear, comes from the Tijuana natives Los Kung-Fu Monkeys, who with their multi-cultural background have carried the torch of Latin music to far-away places like Germany and Belgium, while still inspiring the underground ska-core/punk scene in Southern California be what it is today.
A song that everybody should listen to: La Guitarra by Los Autenticos Decadentes. A classic chant proper of argentinian rock, that is more resemblant of a fútbol cheer than a singing choir, tells the chorus of the story of a musician confessing to his father that his calling in life is to play the guitar for the whole world. The caring father then responds by threatening to break the instrument over his son’s head because he continues to drink all the beer without finding a job. The great success that this song was, saw its release in the mid 90s as part of the album Mi Vida Loca and gave the band its place in history.