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Los Lobos — La Bamba
Album: La Bamba: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Released: 1990
Length: 2:46
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Para bailar la bamba
Para bailar la bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia pa' mí pa' ti
Y arriba y arriba
Ay arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré

Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán
Soy capitán, soy capitán

Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba

Para bailar la bamba
Para bailar la bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia pa' mí pa' ti
Ay y arriba y arriba

Para bailar la bamba
Para bailar la bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia pa' mí pa' ti
Y arriba y arriba
Ay arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré

Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
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I keep hearing "I'm not the marinara..."
It's just good music.
whenever i hear this song i can't stop thinking what's enough is enough
 stegokitty wrote:
Okay, so we had a Buddy Holly song, and now Richie Valenz (via Los Lobos), shall we be partaking of some Big Bopper in the next RP track?

    trailhead wrote:

Well, today, Bill appears to be in the middle of a cinco de mayo set.

As CAKE says, "I don't know much about Cinco De Mayo, I'm never sure What it's all about"  But I sure love Los Lobos (and CAKE) 

 
And today, same pairing, mid-December.  Ya just never can tell. 
 
This is just so bad in comparison to the original Ritchie Valens I grew up listening to from my mom's 45 (rpm) collection.
 stegokitty wrote:
Okay, so we had a Buddy Holly song, and now Richie Valenz (via Los Lobos), shall we be partaking of some Big Bopper in the next RP track?

 
Well, today, Bill appears to be in the middle of a cinco de mayo set.

As CAKE says, "I don't know much about Cinco De Mayo, I'm never sure What it's all about"  But I sure love Los Lobos (and CAKE) 
Okay, so we had a Buddy Holly song, and now Richie Valenz (via Los Lobos), shall we be partaking of some Big Bopper in the next RP track?
{#Drummer}
This is nice, didn't expect it :P
Thank God for PSD
 joetekubi wrote:
I like Los Lobos a lot, but it's time to delete this from any playlist in existence.

 
You need to discover PSD, so the rest of us can revel in the joy.
With all due respect to Ritchie Valens I like the Los Lobos version quite a lot more
RIP Ritchie Valens too, just like to Buddy Holly on the previous song ....   Today is the day the music died. Feb 3rd.
Is Chantilly Lace or Don MacLean next Bill?

 
I like Los Lobos a lot, but it's time to delete this from any playlist in existence.
I would like this song if I had only heard it fourteen thousand times.
 clickfaster wrote:
So far the set has been Buddy Holly and now Los Lobos (doing Valens' La Bamba).  What's next?  Chantilly Lace or American Pie?

 
I'll throw my sombrero up for that!   {#Daisy}
Me encanta Los Lobos , hay tal cosa como mucho !

also love Google's translation app
y una poquita de gracia y arriba y arriba...{#Sunny}
Play something form the Kiko album. It's a good one. 
Great Middle 8
Eight days until LL is here and we have four great seats! {#Clap}
So far the set has been Buddy Holly and now Los Lobos (doing Valens' La Bamba).  What's next?  Chantilly Lace or American Pie?
{#Bananajam}   {#Bananajam}    {#Bananajam}....... am enjoying this
{#Bananajam}Si si!
¡SOY CAPITÁN SOY CAPITÁN!
 
Yep, Buddy Holly followed up by Los Lobos covering the great Richie Valens. Still terrific songs half a century the authors died. Amazing how those guys hit it big without walking their crotch around the stage while cursing and snarling. Popular music has come a long way. Whether the trajectory is evolution or devolution is, well, debatable - at best.
As I remember it, this song was an intentional challenge to the "race record" powers that were at the time.  This was socially ground breaking stuff.... as well as wonderful music.
Transducers need cooling again !!
 
Los Lobos is on the Oct Legendary Blues Cruise and so am I!!!
Better than the original?   Just putting it out there...
Hey Bill,

Since this follows Buddy Holly, do you have Chantilly Lace in the queue?  And maybe dig up the Richie Valens original for us to hear too! 
{#Bananapiano}   A very good cover !

 
I'm guessing the Big Bopper will be next.
{#Jump}
 Rockit wrote:
Wow a Mexican theme. Anyone for a Burrito?
 
Wha? Shouldn't you be playing hockey or eating caribou or something?
Wow a Mexican theme. Anyone for a Burrito?
Seeing them this Saturday night at the Green River Music Festival!!!{#Bananasplit}

Such a promising career...  Such a tragedy....  
"I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" had to be the final downfall for Lou.


Nice segue from Mexican Radio to La Bamba. Cute.{#Bananajumprope}
This may help:-

https://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/ritchie_valens/la_bamba.html
 romeotuma wrote:


Esta canción es buena para los oídos...
 
Eso es: ¡sorpréndeme!
 johnjconn wrote:
What's a La Bamba?
No hablas espanol
 
"La Bamba" refers to a type of dance {#Bananasplit}
Sorry It's not mariachi, it's huapango, a Veracruz "son". 

jone_ston wrote:
I love the mariachi epilogue on this version. It brings a lot more complexity and interest to an otherwise ho-hum song.
 




We be dancing... love it...


 
Massive and massively overplayed pop hit but if you put on the headphones and check out the instrumentation you'll respect it a little more... and yeah then the outro really takes it into the stratosphere.
What's a La Bamba?
No hablas espanol
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I can't make out a word he's saying.
It's like he's singing in a different language! 
 
I found that if I turn it up LOUD I can understand it quite well.
You should play something from Los Monkeys.
I love the mariachi epilogue on this version. It brings a lot more complexity and interest to an otherwise ho-hum song.
I love that outro guitar.
This is like one of the best songs ever.
bseib wrote:
I suppose "Chantilly Lace" is coming next in your playlist Bill...?  {#Smile}
You should have played Ritchie Valens original, although I understand your love of covers...

 Now Playing:
Los Lobos - La Bamba
Buddy Holly - Well All Right
 

Looks like Bill likes that running order, as it's repeating right now! {#Angel}
 romeotuma wrote:


Esta canción es buena para los oídos...
 

De acuerdo......... 
"Most Excellent" sums this up quite nicely.  
Please, play any other song performed by Los Lobos rather than this one.
{#Dancingbanana}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Motor}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dance}
De acuerdo.(I agree), pero esta version de Los Lobos incluyo un pasaje de la cancion original de Vera Cruz.(but this version did include a passage from the original folk version from Vera Cruz, Mexico. It's all good. (Esta bien Todo)/
 
bseib wrote:
I suppose "Chantilly Lace" is coming next in your playlist Bill...?  {#Smile}
You should have played Ritchie Valens original, although I understand your love of covers...

 Now Playing:
Los Lobos - La Bamba
Buddy Holly - Well All Right
 


Viva Los Lobos {#Dancingbanana}


Esta canción es buena para los oídos...
I suppose "Chantilly Lace" is coming next in your playlist Bill...?  {#Smile}
You should have played Ritchie Valens original, although I understand your love of covers...

 Now Playing:
Los Lobos - La Bamba
Buddy Holly - Well All Right


Los Lobos is always fresh and groovy!
So in Mexico, La Bamba is an old song from Veracruz, but in Peru, "bamba" is slang for something fake, like knock-off designer goods or pirated DVDs.

And there's your Latin American language lesson for the day!! {#Smile}

Lila Downs also does a good cover of the song, with extra lyrics about how they make mole in Oaxaca.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
I can't make out a word he's saying.
It's like he's singing in a different language! 
 
yep , that's Mexican language , senior baby!

I can't make out a word he's saying.
It's like he's singing in a different language! 
 Cynaera wrote:

Agreed.  The first song I ever heard from Los Lobos was "La Bamba," and I just didn't like it at all. And then I heard "Will the Wolf Survive?" and after that, I came here and heard so much Los Lobos music that I smacked myself in the forehead for thinking they were just a one-hit wonder.  These guys are so amazing, I'm saving my money to buy all their CDs. (Starting with "Kiko and the Lavender Moon," and we'll see what happens next.)
 
Get "Just Another Band from LA" and it'll cost less

Los Lobos are mas bueno!  I love this band and they are highly underrated in my opinion.  They wrote one a recent song made popular by Robert Plant...."Angel Dance". 



Cute segue. 
 to_the_eleven wrote:
some Big Bopper next?

Los Lobos - La Bamba
Buddy Holly - Well All Right
 
Precisely what I was wondering.  Kinda glad BillG didn't take it there though.  Kinda a dark place to be.

some Big Bopper next?

Los Lobos - La Bamba
Buddy Holly - Well All Right
{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}

si  !!!
{#Bananajam}
 Danny_G wrote:
MY UPLOAD !!!

 
Well, thank you very much!  And congratulations.  Um, do I need to call the fire department to pry you off the ceiling? *grinning*

 donnyballgame wrote:
Now that's a tribute playlist if I ever heard one. Nice.
 
Agreed.  The first song I ever heard from Los Lobos was "La Bamba," and I just didn't like it at all. And then I heard "Will the Wolf Survive?" and after that, I came here and heard so much Los Lobos music that I smacked myself in the forehead for thinking they were just a one-hit wonder.  These guys are so amazing, I'm saving my money to buy all their CDs. (Starting with "Kiko and the Lavender Moon," and we'll see what happens next.)

I hated Los Lobos, once.  Now, they're one of my favorite groups.  Thank you, RadioParadise! *hugs you*

This is a great rendition of a great song but I never could get over how much these guys do NOT look like "The Wolves."
I find now that I don't hear this song every 5 minutes like I did when I lived in Albuquerque, I can now enjoy it again.

 
Los Lobos - La Bamba
Ritchie Valens - Come On Let's Go
Buddy Holly - Well All Right

Okay, I admit it. I was expecting "Chantilly Lace." Not quite the day the music died, but an awful lot of it was prematurely snuffed out. RIP 52 years later.
Now that's a tribute playlist if I ever heard one. Nice.
Wouldn't the Ritchie Valens version be more appropriate for today? 
I remember translating this song for high school spanish!! {#Bananajam}
Timeless songs and melodies{#Roflol} Bravo RP!
Every good meal needs just a little cheese. Too much gives you indigestion, but a little is much appreciated.
the acoustic part is SO good...
"Can't understand. Just what does he say?  I'm on a Mexican radio."
srsly?
To say that I'm tired of this tune is an under, under....underst......zzzzzzzzz.
 Giselle62 wrote:
I remember an early punk band L.A. used to do an even faster version—-Los Plugz. This is great, too.
 
Thanks for the reminder to go dig up some Plugz. Lots of good stuff from them and I don't have any of it.

Se necessita una poca de gracias - es verdad!
Trini Lopez made me sick of this one ! {#Laughing}

I remember an early punk band L.A. used to do an even faster version—-Los Plugz. This is great, too.
saw them do this in a FREE concert under the arch in St. Louis a few years ago.  the crowd went WILD!! very uncharacteristic for St. Louians.   they were GREAT!!


We be shaking our booties...


 handyrae wrote:
Whee! Chair dancing!
 

Me too! Wheeee! This is me rolling across the floor and twirling on the chair. This is me not writing my report. This is me feeling guilty... Whatever.
 flyboy wrote:
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And?  No comment on the song?
You quit, just like Saracudda did last week!!!!

{#Dancingbanana}¡Arriba, Arriba!
Haven't heard this one in a looooong time.
Loved it once.  Now I just feel like I'm in a cheezy Tex-Mex restaurant. 


This song is good for the ears...




Once upon a time, I knew how to play this on the guitar, but now I can't remember...  I got real bad drain bamage...


*sigh*  Yes, it's a great song. But come on. Way overplayed. Way way way. Los Lobos has some other great, not overplayed tunes.
A good time to do some errands. The last 5-6 songs have just thrown me off, sorry.
 
 Danny_G wrote:
MY UPLOAD !!!

 
Thanks! YEEEEE-HA!

ala...guay... 
Yeay!{#Dancingbanana}

Arriba Veracruz !!!

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MY UPLOAD !!!

Does anyone remember La Bamba '87? I listened to that so much I wore the cassette out.
lingchih wrote:
More Los Lobos is always a great idea.
Oh yeah!
MinMan wrote:
While I like Los Lobos; please make this tune go away! Way overplayed in the 1980's.
Is Bill on a personal mission to resuscitate the reputation of '80s music? This'll help do it - love Los Lobos! 9
Whee! Chair dancing!
flyboy wrote:
first
Hey, no fair, I wanted to be first!!
More Los Lobos is always a great idea.
Didn't know until recently that this was the "B" side of Richi Valens's "Donna," also a massive hit. Pretty cool.
While I like Los Lobos; please make this tune go away! Way overplayed in the 1980's.
This is a classic and great tune. Nice follow-up to Mexican Radio.
Come on, they have been putting out great stuff forever!
About TIME this got on here! :clap:
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