This CaliMex band, featuring Kid Ramos, is unlike most covered in this space. Its not indie rock performed by shaggy-haired twentysomethings, for one. As you can see from the photo above, theyre not, you know, young. Its also a lot more earnest than that kind of stuff, with straight-faced lyrics such as Never went to college, never went to school, when it comes to lovin, Im an educated fool residing in opener Educated Fool.
The fact that theyre not our usual thing is exactly why they should be discussed, to say nothing of any lingering guilt I may feel for being a quarter Spanish and growing up two hours north of the border but for some reason taking French in high school. But lets look at Los Fabulocos for what they are, not what they arent: The band was formed by Anaheims Kid Ramos, who played guitar with California blues staple Jim Harman in the 80s and was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds for seven years. Their eponymous debut record, released late last summer, picks up after Educated Fool (though You Aint Nothin But Fine is similarly nursery rhyme-y), showing their roots-rock leanings in such songs as Crazy Baby. As the title suggests, Lonesome Tears In My Eyes is a lovely and sad country song, and not only does Ramos provide colorful guitar, but its the only number on the record on which he sings lead vocals (earning the distinction of having his name displayed prominently on the album cover and all official materials).
Sat., Jan. 16, 9 p.m., 2010