Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedding band in 1973. Los Lobos joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special interview and performance in front of a live audience.

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Maurice White, founder of the great R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away on February 4 at the age of 74. White started in Chicago as a jazz drummer, playing on Chess Records sessions by Willie Dixon and Etta James before being recruited into Ramsey Lewis's band. The crossover success of that gig allowed him to finance Earth, Wind & Fire, an extravagant showpiece band that could contain more than a dozen members – a flashy update of the big bands of the swing era. Greg goes so far as to call White the "Duke Ellington of R&B." Blending Latin music, R&B, jazz, and African music, Earth, Wind & Fire scored a string of hits in the 1970s. For Greg, the epitome of the band was the 1975 song "Shining Star" which offered a uplifting message during a period of racial strife.

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Recently, Jim and Greg were joined by an audience of Sound Opinions and Los Lobos fans for a special recording at City Winery Chicago. Louie Perez, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin showed everyone what it means to have 4 decades of chops and unity under their belts. Since forming in high school in East L.A., Los Lobos has always pushed the boundaries of whatever genre they explored: rock, punk, Mexican folk, R&B, jazz, psychedelia. Most of that is a far cry from their huge 1987 hit "La Bamba." But, perhaps that cover got fans like Elmo in the door. Now the group has a new album called Gates of Gold, its first release in 5 years.

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“I Won't Give Up”The Erasers

For Jim and Greg, it's February in Chicago, and they couldn‘t think of a place they’d rather get away to than a warm desert island. This week it's Jim's turn, and he wants to take us back to the burgeoning New York punk scene in the 1970s. Specifically, he wants to focus on Ork Records, a small independent label that served many underground punk bands. One such group that's a bit of a deep cut is the Susan Springfield-led band, The Erasers. Jim really digs this quartet, even though they only released one single and were never heard from again! However, the song "I Won't Give Up" is the perfect example of a great punk track that was ahead of its time.

Featured Songs

  1. Earth, Wind & Fire, That's the Way of the World, That's the Way of the World, Columbia, 1975
  2. Earth, Wind & Fire, Shining Star, That's the Way of the World, Columbia, 1975
  3. Los Lobos, Gates of Gold, Gates of Gold, Proper, 2015
  4. Los Lobos, Flor de Huevo, Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles, Hollywood, 1978
  5. Los Lobos, Anselma, …And a Time to Dance, Slash, 1983
  6. Los Lobos, Don't Worry Baby (Live on Sound Opinions), How Will the Wolf Survive?, Slash, 1984
  7. Los Lobos, Let's Say Goodnight, …And a Time to Dance, Slash, 1983
  8. Los Lobos, Kiko and the Lavender Moon, Kiko, Slash, 1992
  9. Los Lobos, Down on the Riverbed, The Neighborhood, Slash, 1990
  10. Los Lobos, Angels With Dirty Faces, Kiko, Slash, 1992
  11. Los Lobos, La Bamba, La Bamba Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Warner Bros., 1987
  12. Los Lobos, Las Amarillas, La Pistola y El Corazón, Slash, 1988
  13. Los Lobos, Maricela (Live on Sound Opinions), Colossal Head, Warner Bros., 1996
  14. Los Lobos, When We Were Free, Gates of Gold, Proper, 2015
  15. Los Lobos, Made to Break Your Heart (Live on Sound Opinions), Gates of Gold, Proper, 2015
  16. Los Lobos, High Places (Live on Sound Opinions), This Time, Hollywood, 1999
  17. Los Lobos, There I Go, Gates of Gold, Proper, 2015
  18. The Erasers, I Won't Give Up, Ork Records: New York, New York, Numero Group, 2015
  19. Paul Evans, Hello, This Is Joannie (The Telephone Answering Machine Song), Single, Spring, 1978
  20. Patti Smith, Free Money, Horses, Arista, 1975
  21. Betty Blowtorch, Love/Hate, Are You Man Enough?, Foodchain, 2001
  22. Roy Clark, Thank God and Greyhound, I Never Picked Cotton, Dot, 1970
  23. Phil Collins, In the Air Tonight, Face Value, Atlantic, 1981

Footnotes

chicagotribune.com Greg's Maurice White obit earthwindandfire.com Earth, Wind & Fire soundopinions.org Greg's Earth, Wind & Fire DIJ loslobos.org Los Lobos chicagotribune.com Greg's Los Lobos review citywinery.com City Winery Chicago youtube.com Los Lobos on Sesame Street flavorwire.com The Erasers in the punk landscape soundopinions.org Numero Group founders on SO