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Calexico — Guero Canelo
Album: A Feast of Wire
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Released: 2003
Length: 2:55
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Jump, scrape, break the switches
Coast low wit the bitches
Funky pop, drop 'n hop
Here come the cops
Güero Canelo

Gangs, guns, knives, thugs
Chumps, chops, chill, chug
Drink malt, smoke mota
I like you mucho
Dame un beso

Soma, Valium, Oxycontin
Reds, whites, speed, Vicodin
T's, B's, Thorazine
Screamers, pleasers
Güero Canelo

Freak, tweek, week 2 week
Kneel, feel, seek the geek
Pump the bass in yo' face
Contrabasso
How low can you go?

Belladonna, mescaline
Psylocibin, peyote
MDA and DNT spells ecstasy
Güero Canelo

Coil spring, bounce, crank
Pumps, shocks, struts, tanks
Psychoactive electroplate
It's necesito
Dame un beso

Impala, Caddy, El Dorado, Comet
Galaxy, El Camino, Chevelle, Caprice
Monte Carlo, so low six fo'
How low can you go?

Tweezer, teaser, tiger weezer
Rusty, crusty, skuzzy skeezer
Chuy, chata, cholo, chico
Flaco, chucho
Only at pueblo

Mole y Güero Canelo
Güero Canelo
Güero Canelo
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I think "guero canelo" refers to a ginger, or red-haired person

spaceman wrote:
alux wrote:
Can any hablantes nativos in RP land provide a translation of this song title?
I was looking for the same thing... The Babel Fish is not very helpful: "guero canelo" = "gÃŒero cinnamon-coloured" (sic) :eh:
 

 spaceman wrote:
alux wrote:
Can any hablantes nativos in RP land provide a translation of this song title?
I was looking for the same thing... The Babel Fish is not very helpful: "guero canelo" = "gÃŒero cinnamon-coloured" (sic) :eh:
 
It translates loosely as "Cinnamon whitey". I'm not sure if it is a direct reference to the South Tucson Sonoran hot dog spot of the same name, but that place is so named because the owner, while from Mexico, is white and red-haired.
Thank you RP, for introducing me to these guys - several years ago now - when they're good, they are GOOD.
badazzz. love these cats
Great song, a real show-stopper in concert.
Would be nice without the ridiculous computer generated voicing....
 TerryS wrote:
The evening I saw these guys, the bass was ridiculously overmiked. Which was f'n A. The whole damned place was a seething mass of testosterone and estrogens
 Absolutely phenomeral.

 
I'll have what she's having.
Next good one!!!{#Hug}{#Bananajam}{#Music}
The evening I saw these guys, the bass was ridiculously overmiked. Which was f'n A. The whole damned place was a seething mass of testosterone and estrogens
 Absolutely phenomeral.
Rearrange a verse of Stun God of humbug.
      Guns 'N' Robes, a Base Born Snug.
     Here comes G.l..o.. 'n' sister Rhea,
  Here comes The Three Kings with a gift,
        A kissing bug, and a gift of gab.
         While Synod in Rome is
         Paying homage in dome.
This song is driving my dog NUTS.
mero mero!!!
 dingleberry wrote:
The more of these guys I hear, the better it gets.

 
..... most definitely :)  
The more of these guys I hear, the better it gets.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Joey Burns  by mikerizzi
Mike Rizzi
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Calexico soundcheck at the Fillmore.

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.......... luv Calexico a lot, so very good live
 

 redtex wrote:
I can't handle the scratchy sh-stuff at the end......please make it stop.
 

Ugh...I'm with you.  I like it a lot until the Muppet-voice starts.
I can't handle the scratchy sh-stuff at the end......please make it stop.
Nice!

When the guitar started playing, it reminded me of Secret Agent Man


I'll just put this right here: https://www.elguerocanelo.com/index2.html  Get the Sammy Dog.
 vandal wrote:
There is a scene in the movie "Collateral" where a petrified Jamie Foxx, a taxi driver, is walking through a club, pretending to be Tom Cruise's character, a stone killer. In the background, Calexico is on stage playing "Güero Canelo" from "Feast of Wire." It's a freaking brilliant scene, primarily because of the dark & eerie mood set by the song. However, the effect is heightened by the lyrical content - "Güero Canelo" is a hyperbolic recap of the stereotypical inner city Latino lifestyle (sex, drugs, fighting, cars, machismo). I think Calexico are an underrated genius team. . .

  You sir....are correct!



Joey Burns  by mikerizzi
Mike Rizzi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rizzi/

Calexico soundcheck at the Fillmore.

4-DSCF1216

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I got the munchies.
https://elguerocanelo.com/
my dog is named "Canela" they said it meant cinnamon. She's a brown chihuahua. Guero means white dude, right?
So, I'm thinking a brown (or tan) white man.

 spaceman wrote:
I was looking for the same thing...
The Babel Fish is not very helpful: "guero canelo" = "güero cinnamon-coloured" (sic)
 
true - but it could be a restaurant in S. Tucson? - apparently quite a popular expanded taco stand - and a place where the lyrics of this song would make some sense - a lot more than cinnamon colored. 

We just flew out to Tucson for the Calexico Flor de Muertos concert and the next day checked out this place - best Sonoran hot dog in town we are told. 

Best band in the world in my opinion.  I hope they don't catch on too much though, ya know? . . . .

 

 spaceman wrote:
"guero canelo" = "güero cinnamon-coloured" (sic)
 
hahaha gotta love those automatic translators {#Lol}

I'm btw hablante nativa but still don't quite get it... appart from knowing that it's the name of a bar/eating place?{#Smile}

But especially güero is a Mexican word,
I'm from the other side of the ocean...
At this side, canelo means, among many other things, silly...

((just seen that güero means blond?, it'd be funny if canelo means the same there as over here hehe {#Wink} but I don't expect so...)


I've got the Panoptica mix of this on my iPod and I haven't got a bloody clue where it came from. Great rhythm tho.
alux wrote:
Can any hablantes nativos in RP land provide a translation of this song title?
I was looking for the same thing... The Babel Fish is not very helpful: "guero canelo" = "gÃŒero cinnamon-coloured" (sic) :eh:
Can any hablantes nativos in RP land provide a translation of this song title?
Anyone else think the guy sounds like Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers?
Always love it when Bill follows Iron & Wine with Calexico (or vice versa).
...this was the song which bumped me from fascinated curiosity over one or two obscure plays i'd heard of calexico to taking the plunge and buying two of their albums sight unseen - i've added a lot more calexico to my collection since then...
slartibart_O wrote:
love the cover illustration, is that by Coop?
She looks quite pallid. I fear for her health.
There is a scene in the movie "Collateral" where a petrified Jamie Foxx, a taxi driver, is walking through a club, pretending to be Tom Cruise's character, a stone killer. In the background, Calexico is on stage playing "GÃŒero Canelo" from "Feast of Wire." It's a freaking brilliant scene, primarily because of the dark & eerie mood set by the song. However, the effect is heightened by the lyrical content - "GÃŒero Canelo" is a hyperbolic recap of the stereotypical inner city Latino lifestyle (sex, drugs, fighting, cars, machismo). I think Calexico are an underrated genius team. . .
I've heard this song so many times and it never crossed my mind that there even were lyrics. I always just thought to myself how much it sounded like a digeridoo lol
the first calexico track i do not find completely banal ... nice!
Now THAT'S a cowbell! :dance:
love the cover illustration, is that by Coop?
Duncan54 wrote:
The live version is so much more amazing. The whole Calexico live album is fantastic.
Speaking of live...just saw them live in Utrecht, Netherlands with Iron & Wine and they were fantastic. This is an incredible band to see live. Amazing energy, mariachi horns, and a huge band (at one point with 13 people onstage). If you have the chance to see Calexico live, I recommend it highly.
One more point than the last song. After all, they are Calexico and Gomez isn't. 7
... Superb lyrics, so cheeky and clever and loaded! ...
The guitar is a ringer for the playing of Marc Ribot on many Tom Waits albums.
jump, scrape, break the switches coast low wit da bitches funky pop, drop 'n hop here come the cops gÌero canelo gangs, guns, knives, thugs chumps, chops, chill, chug drink malt, smoke mota i like you mucho dame un beso soma, valium, oxycontin reds, whites, speed, vicodin t's, b's, thorazine screamers, pleasers gÌero canelo freak, tweek, week 2 week kneel, feel, seek the geek pump da bass in yo' face contrabasso how low can you go? belladonna, mescaline psylocibin, peyote mda and dnt spells ecstasy gÌero canelo coil spring, bounce, crank pumps, shocks, struts, tanks psychoactive electroplade it's necesito dame un beso impala, caddy el dorado, comet galaxy, el camino chevelle, caprice monte carlo so low six fo' how low can you go? tweezer, teaser, tiger weezer rusty, crusty, skuzzy skeezer chuy, chata, cholo, chico flaco, chucho only at pueblo molé y gÌero canelo gÌero canelo gÌero canelo
Every so often a song comes on and reminds me of why I love RP so much and why I contribute each month! RP rocks! Oh yea, kickass tune from Calexico. Can't wait to see these guys live!
dame un beso... :heartkiss:
Does the vocalist have an artificial larynx thingy?
Whole album is very good.
The live version is so much more amazing. The whole Calexico live album is fantastic.
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
Great tune...dancing in my chair, again. Just another fine exapmle of why I listen to RP! Thanks R&B!
That dancin' is contagious!
Good segue from the last Gomez song. Nice eerie rhythm.
One of my alltime favorite songs!
BOOM BOOM.... BOOM BAT BOOM...
definitely purring my engine.....
Great tune...dancing in my chair, again. Just another fine exapmle of why I listen to RP! Thanks R&B!