Hola, readers! Welcome to Framed! Bienvenidos!
Everyone knows that we're livin' la vida loca here at Y! Music, but how many knew that we're also big fans of narcocorrido--musical stories about narcotics trafficking?
Probably not a lot of you! But this peculiarly Mexican-American song form is the folk music of today, and we're on board! So much so that we're using exclamation points with a DiMartinoesque casualness!
Parents may be concerned that narcocorrido glorifies the drug overlords, but that's not strictly true. Singer Gabriel Berrelleza of this week's guest artists, Los Cuates de Sinaloa, explains: "A corrido is a musical story taken from real life. It can be about a tragic accident or praising a person... a lot of people think narcocorridos are only ones who can challenge the government. To them, it's like an action picture. The one who wins in the end is the good guy. And for those people, the government is the bad guy."
Our video is "Los Gallos Mas Caros," which, in English, means "more expensive roosters." Seriously! You're certain to enjoy the song, the video, and our captions, a few of which are bilingual, by cracky! So keep reading Framed religiously, and be back here again next week!
1 - "But, senor! Brewster the Framed Rooster is even more expensive than that!"
2 - "We've got the beat! Tenemos el ritmo! Hey, where's the upside-down exclamation point?"
3 - "And this knob transforms banal mariachi into cutting-edge narcocorrido. Turn it the wrong way, of course, and you get a Limp Bizkit song."
4 - "If we threatened the dress manufacturers, do you think they'd make them even shorter?"
5 - In addition to "El Chapo," Mexican authorities are looking for "El Gummo" and "El Hose-O!"
6 - Somebody tell Dave, Bob-O, and that Radish fellow that their "dates" are here.
7 - "I am sorry, senor, but I do not like you in that way."
8 - "I agree that captions must avoid the pompous, the uncouth and insincere, while making some correlation to larger themes. And, of course, be kick-ass."
9 - "Maybe this will help me with the chicks."
10 - "You mean Gunno's real??"
11 - "Freeze, bin Laden! Your brand of religious intolerance has run its course. Except in the Republican primary, of course."
12 - "Another check for Framed? Madre de Dios, this is just robbery!"