Holden Rex

Member Since: 3/20/2001
Total Mixes: 18
Total Feedback: 6

Other Mixes By Holden Rex

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Mariachi Static

Artist Song
Warren Zevon  Carmelita (1974 Demo)  
Luis y Julian  Pescadores de Ensenada 
Merle Haggard  Go Home 
Flaco Jimenez featuring Dwight Yoakam  Carmelita 
Vicente Fern├čndez  El Rey 
Marty Robbins  El Paso 
Danny Santos  Carmelita 
El Mariachi Mexico  Cielito Lindo 
Elvis Presley  Spanish Eyes 
Reflections  Carmelita 
Mariachi Sol  El Jarabe Tapatio 
Don Edwards  San Angelo 
Comet Bluegrass All-Stars  Carmelita 
Beck  Burro 
Jackson Browne  Linda Paloma 
Lynn Conover & Susan Weaver  Carmelita 
Mariachi Arriba Juarez  El Zopilote Mojado 
Jay and the Americans  Come a Little Bit Closer 
The Willy DeVille Acoustic Trio  Carmelita 
Trio Hermanos Michel  La Malague┬▒a 
Lyle Lovett  The Road to Ensenada 
Warren Zevon  El Amor De Mi Vida 


I recently picked up the re-issue of Warren Zevon's self-titled album, a remarkable work known for revealing the dark underbelly of life in Los Angeles in the 1970s. One of the bonus tracks is a demo version of Carmelita, a song about a desperate heroin junkie in love with a Mexican girl. The demo is looser, lighter, and more playful in tone than the version which appears on the album, and includes a previously-unheard verse which underscores Zevon's knack for dark humor (which had me LMAO when I first heard it). Inspired by this new take on the classic track, I went searching for other artists' interpretations of the song and was pleasantly surprised to find a good number of covers for a mix (I decided to stay with the more folksy-country-latin versions). Taking a cue from the first line of the song (I hear Mariachi static on my radio), I decided to season the mix with Mariachi music. Then I rounded out the mix with songs of other bittersweet cross-border romances, which result in heartbreak at best (multiple homicide at worst). The mix concludes with El Amor De Mi Vida, a track from Zevon's final album, which could be interpreted as Zevon's fond farewell to Carmelita wherever she might be. The cover is a photo of the actual "Pioneer Chicken Stand" mentioned in the song.


Date: 1/28/2009
Ha, I grew up a few blocks from that Pioneer Chicken. Where'd you get the picture?
Holden Rex
Date: 1/28/2009
Found the picture on this website. Ain't the internet great? http://home.comcast.net/~gr8tvfx/PCS/Pioneer_Chicken_Stand.html
Funky Ratchet
Date: 1/29/2009
This is great...no idea there were so many versions of that song floating around. And you picked some great supplementary songs too (Beck, Haggard, and Robbins jump out at me). Very nice!
Date: 1/29/2009
Loved that song back in the day! What a great concept! Brilliant mix! Six stars! ******
I'm with Nancy, great one, I was drawn in by the mix title, needless to say.
avocado rabbit
Date: 1/30/2009
I'll have to get that re-issue. "Carmelita" is sch a great song, I'd love to hear the alte rnate version.
Date: 2/4/2009
Lots for me to love here and for Doowad too, of course. (that's him behind the MAS moniker, I bet). Loved the Vicente Fernandez song, the entire 8-12 run was brilliant, my favorite "Carmelita" was at #19, #20 was also a favorite on your mix and I can't believe you made me like a Jackson Browne song. oh, and "El Paso" happens to be a tornadoZ karaoke classic, in case you didn't already know.
Date: 2/7/2009
Great mix! Excellent interpretation too.