Los Muecas Que Ironia LP (Caytronics, 1972)
Of course, when you pick up a record with a cover like this, your secret wish is that it contains some wicked Latin psych or wild garage stomp. Most of the time, that is not the case and this is one of those times. No reason to get down: When brooding organ comes in and the songs have that uber-dramatic vocals that only the Mexicans, Italians, and French can pull off all is fine in the world. I am not sure what this genre of music is called but it is some form of Mexican pop, a sound equally influenced by Euro pop of the 1960s and American rock & roll of the late 1950s through the 1960s. It still has a Latin sound to it, something kind of Tex-Mex, but it is modernized. Whatever it is, I heard a lot of it in the 1970s and 1980s, almost exclusively in Mexican restaurants. Into the 90s, the Mex joints that went yuppie either tried to go authentic with music and went full Mariachi or segged into mall salsa. Mexican restaurants that were truely authentic opted for Norteno or whatever Mexican pop was playing on Spanish language stations. No more stuff like Los Muecas. Too bad. Or maybe not. If the taco shop around the corner was playing stuff like this, I'd dine there everyday and wind up lugging around 300 pounds of man boob and sag ass.
I don't know anything about Los Muecas other than they must have been pretty popular in Mexico and among Mexican Americans. There are multiple "best of..."s and "greatest hits" CD listed on the interweb. Unfortunately that is the extent of the information I could find.