Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Kumbia Queers are an all-lesbian Latin American band that cover punk, New Wave, heavy metal, and pop classics in the style of Columbia's great gift to the musical world, cumbia. They change the lyrics to reflect their interests, e.g.: Madonna's "Isla Bonita" becomes "La Isla con Chicas" ("The Island of Girls") and Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" is now "Chica de Metal," that is: "Metal Girl" (or "Chick").

Punk classics. Cumbia style. With lesbian lyrics. Does it get any better?!

Well, it could get a little better. Over the course of the entire album, it's apparent that their singing is merely okay, and that they favor the same tempo throughout (some songs could use a little speeding up.) But when that "Iron Man" riff slams down, joined by Latin percussion and cheezy keyboards, all is forgiven.

Kumbia Queers "Kumbia Nena"

01 - Chica De Calendario
02 - Que No Quede Gu√Ćeya (Grupo Bronco, a popular Mexican band)
03 - Kumbia Dark (The Cure "Love Song")
04 - El Veraneo
05 - Mis Botas (Nancy Sinatra)
06 - La Isla Con Chicas (Madonna)
07 - Chica De Metal (Black Sabbath)
08 - La China Es Cumbianchera (Ramones "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
09 - Kumbia Zombie

And I threw in a bonus track, this excellent mashup:

Kumbia Queers vs Beastie Boys - dj Guztavo


Anonymous said...

Hmmm... sounds like "Come, be a ...." Windy

Mr Fab said...

Ha, yes, recruiting the youngsters, I've heard that "those people" do that!

Ghosty Kips said...

OMG how awesome. I literally burst out laughing in the first 15 seconds of "Chica de Metal" and kept right on listening. This is great camp! I can't wait to turn some of my friends on to this.

And, Mr. Fab, please get off the Internet and go read a book. Preferably something written after the 1950s.