Tito Larriva and the Cruzados, chilluns. Just played the top one twice through good headphones at maximum volume and got honest-to-God goosebumps both times. (The second one is Tito and Tarantuala in HD from 2008!) One huge tip o’ the hat to Santino J. Rivera (check out his Tumbler, too) for sending me to this YouTube page where I got the skinny on the Plugz (which I’d at least heard of, once upon a time) and a link to the first video. From said page, for those of you in a hurry:
The Plugz were the great Mexican-American punk band from early 80’s Los Angeles, led by Tito Larriva. They backed Bob Dylan at one point, and achieved cult fame on the “REPO MAN” soundtrack with their spanish cover, “Hombre Secreto” (“Secret Agent Man”). Less known is this closing track to the film which is a loving tribute to Morricone’s western scores.
Tito went on to front The Cruzados and act in the Talking Heads’ film “True Stories”. He’s appeared with his band Tito+Tarantula in Robert Rodriguez’s movies, including appropriately enough “ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO”.