Krayolas Attack Arizona Immigration Law On "I'm Your Dirty Mexican"

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San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexican)."

The Krayolas recorded the glowering, mid-tempo "Mexican," the first song featuring the band's original lineup of Hector Saldana (vocals/bass/organ), his brother David (drums/vocals) and Van Baines (guitar) since debut 45 "All I Do Is Try," last Sunday at San Antonio's Blue Cat Studio. It was getting radio play on Alamo City stations KEDA and KSYM within 12 hours, says Hector Saldana, and is also available on iTunes and streaming on the Krayolas' Web site. Listen to it here.

"I think this is an important issue and felt I couldn't be on the fence," Hector told Rocks Off via email.

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Saldana says his mom helped him with translating the lyrics into Spanish, with a nudge from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." "1070" is the number of the Arizona senate bill that granted the state's law-enforcement agencies sweeping - and, opponents claim, unconstitutional - new powers to enforce immigration laws, touched off a wave of protests and boycotts (including at Minute Maid Park when the Arizona Diamondbacks played the Astros earlier this week) and caused the Mexican government to issue a travel advisory about the Grand Canyon State.

The "dirty Mexican" refrain, meanwhile, is a tweak at the Twitter update former Dallas sports-talk radio host Mike Bacsik tweeted after a Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs NBA playoff game last month: "Congrats to all you dirty Mexicans in San Antonio." Bacsik was fired by Dallas station KTCK the next day.

Saldana said he's already written an album's worth of new songs, some of which the Krayolas played at their Continental Club show with the Freddy Steady 5 last month. The band, whose latest album Americano was released in January, may be back in Houston for an in-store next month, he added.

LYRICS (ESPANOL):

El silencio de la noche

Es silencio nada mas

Y la noche de silencio

Pasajera nada mas

Y no voy a ser tu cabeza de turco

La gente de la tierra

Es mi gente nada mas

Y la gente en las calles

No se callan nunca mas

Y no voy a ser tu cabeza de turco

1070 (no way!)

1070 (no way!)

1070 (no way!)

No me voy patras, dejanos en paz (I ain't no dirty Mexican)

No me voy patras, dejanos nomas (I'm your dirty Mexican)

El camino nunca cambia

Nunca cambia nada mas

Y la sangre se derrama

Ay vecinos cuidense vale mas

Y no voy ser tu cabeza de turco

1070 (no way!)

1070 (no way!)

1070 (no way!)

No me voy atras, dejanos en paz (I ain't no dirty Mexican)

No me voy atras, dejanos nomas (I'm your dirty Mexican)

LYRICS (ENGLISH)

The silence

Of the night

Is silence

Nothing more

And this night

Of silence

Is fleeting

Nothing more

And I'm not going to be your scapegoat

The people

Of the land

Are my people

Nothing more

And the people

In the streets

They will not be silenced

Never more

And I'm not going to be your scapegoat

1070 (No way!)

1070 (No way!)

1070 (No way!)

I'm not going back

Leave us in peace (I ain't your dirty Mexican)

I'm not going back

Let us be (I'm your dirty Mexican)

I'm not going back

Leave us in peace (I ain't your dirty Mexican)

I'm not going back

Let us be (I'm your dirty Mexican)

The road

Never changes

Never changes

Never more

Blood

It spills

Oh, neighbors

You'd better take care

And I'm going to be your scapegoat

Repeat chorus

Words and music by Hector Saldana. Copyright 2010.

In other 1070-related entertainment news, Wednesday San Antonio-born director Robert Rodriguez released a re-edited version of the trailer for his new film, Machete, featuring star Danny Trejo introducing footage from the film with the message "This is Machete, with a special Cinco de Mayo message... to Arizona!" Machete, scheduled for release in September, co-stars Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Robert de Niro.

Watch the trailer here.

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