Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Spin magazine called them the "future of rock 'n' roll." Perhaps, but if nothing else, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are the point of departure for all contemporary Latin bands that fuse rock with Latin rhythms. They began by playing Ska in the 1980s, and have matured to freely mix Punk, jazz, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Metal and Tango with accordion, sax, trumpet, trombone and the usual rock instrumentation. Their songs are generally up-tempo and characterized by frequent breaks or changes, sophisticated production, and complex arrangements; the Argentinian band's lyrics, effortlessly sung with passion, can be irreverent and dark, or humorous and even tender. "Matador" was a huge international hit for them and ultimately led to collaborations with Fishbone, Deborah Harry, Mick Jones, and Celia Cruz. They've toured extensively to enthusiastic audiences all over Latin America and the U.S., and their music appeared in the popular John Cusack film Grosse Pointe Blank. The awards they have been bestowed are too numerous to mention, and the eyes and ears of the Latin Rock world are upon them.