Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Pretenders - Tijuana Taxi
|The Pretenders were a studio project from the mind of Paul Buff, also of the Hollywood Persuaders. The legendary east LA label Chattahoochee issued this in '65. It's a mariachi based Tijuana Brass sorta thing.|
Picks: Tijuana Taxi, Pepita's Theme
Track by Track Review
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)
This is a Tijuana Brass-like mariachi based melodic track, with car horns and a Mexican driver shouting "hey señor, Tijuana taxi?" A joyous single, leaning farther from surf than Bob Moore's "Mexico," but still related in time and appeal.
"Pepita's Theme" is so much more MOR than the A-side, and is not of the mariachi sound at all. This slow last dance song sports a pretty melody and very nice guitar, thought it's way too low in the mix. Still, it's an enjoyable track.