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Saturday video break: La Bamba

Song #40 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “La Bamba”, originally by Ritchie Valens, and covered by Los Lobos. Here’s the original:

And here’s the Los Lobos cover:

Very similar, and deliberately so since they recorded it for the Valens biopic “La Bamba”. I’ve been a big fan of Los Lobos since “How Will The Wolf Survive?”, and even though these two versions are basically the same, I like theirs better. Not much else to say about this except that not long after that movie came out, Taco Cabana in San Antonio put out a radio ad to the tune of “La Bamba” that substituted “Taco Cabana” for the “Bamba, bamba” chorus, and it was a serious, bigtime earworm. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard it, but I can still hear it, you know?

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  1. Michael says:

    I’ve got a bootleg recording of The Judy’s performing this.