Talking Shit

Throwback Tuesdays: Manu Chao "Desaparecido"

When Manu Chao released his landmark album, Clandestino,

in 1998, it was regarded as an instant classic by most people who heard

it. The 16-track disc was a funky underground pop album aimed right at

the cultural left (and bourgeois right) of Spain, France, South America

and Mexico all at once. Between the songs sung in French, Portuguese,

English and Spanish, and the spliced-in sound bites from Zapatista

leader, Subcomandante Marcos, Clandestino managed to speak for the voiceless with songs that were catchy enough to captivate folks around the world.


need another two years before the album even made it into my orbit, but

I had the same reaction upon hearing it that most others did: instant

classic. I was probably somewhere in the south of Costa Rica or

Nicaragua, the first time I listened to it (on repeat for hours)

but damn if this record didn't guide my entire summer back in 2000 as I

traveled via land and mostly hitchhiked from Panama to Detroit. 


years after the album's debut, it's good to go back and listen to one

of its most recognizable songs, "Desaparecido." The video is a bit

trippy, but it's a good shake up for a Tuesday morning.

--Jonathan Cunningham

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