The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23439   Message #260912
Posted By: Jim Dixon
19-Jul-00 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: Hispanic or Latino music?
Subject: RE: Hispanic or Latino music?
M. Ted - thanks for the info, but can I trust anyone who writes "El Flacco Jimenex"? *Grin*

There is a Chicano/Latino/whatever-oriented CD store near me (in Minnesota, no less!) where the clerks don't seem to speak English very well, and I don't speak Spanish at all. They have hundreds (maybe thousands) of CD's for sale, but I couldn't understand the labels, and I didn't even know which category to look under. When I asked one clerk about "Flaco Jimenez" he either didn't understand me or didn't know the answer, so he asked another guy (in Spanish) who went in the back and then came out and told me they didn't have him. So I asked if they had anything LIKE Flaco Jimenez and he waved me in the direction of a certain rack of CD's. At this point I didn't know if he was BS-ing me and maybe he didn't have a clue what I wanted or who Flaco Jimenez was. But I wound up buying an album practically at random because (a) it was cheap and (b) it had a picture on the front of some guy I never heard of holding a button accordion. When I got it home, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't Flaco Jimenez, either.

I'm just hoping to learn enough so that when I go back, I will know what to look for. Thanks. This helps.