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Mexico City's Caifanes exploded onto the rock en español scene with this self-titled debut steeped in British rock influences and Latin American folklore. On it, they catapult cumbia into the future with "La Negra Tomasa", refashioning the traditional genre with chilly New Wave production; their fondness for The Cure comes to the fore on the goth-leaning "Cuentame Tu Vida". Their secret weapons throughout are Alejandro Marcovich's echoing guitar and Saúl Hernández's haunting wail, which create a combustible combination—radical for its time and spine-tingling even now.


Formed: 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Alternative and Latin Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

A leading light of the Latin American alternative rock community, Caifanes were formed in Mexico City in 1986 by vocalist Saul Hernández, guitarist Alejandro Marcovich, and drummer Alfonso Andre. The group issued their eponymously titled debut LP in 1988, earning some U.S. airplay with the single "La Negra Tomasa." The follow-up, 1990's El Diablito, expanded on Caifanes' sound by further incorporating the influence of traditional Caribbean styles into their dark, synth-driven brand of pop/rock, while...
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