10. Piñata Protest, “Vato Perron”
The self-described ‘mojado punk’ quartet Piñata Protest proves that blast beats and accordions make for a San Antonio combo to rival Big Red and barbacoa. On “Vato Perron,” Piñata Protest trades languages on each line, singing of a chingon life of cumbia, Don Simon juice and borracho beans.
9. Eva Ybarra, “A mi San Antonio”
In 1994, La Reina del Accordeon and the First Lady of Conjunto Eva Ybarra laid down this up-tempo Alamo City dedication. “I wouldn’t change my hometown for nothing, nada, not another beautiful town,” Ybarra recently told the Current.
8. Little Joe and the Latinaires, “Hello Stranger”
An oldie from chicano soul legend Little Joe, “Hello Stranger” finds Paula Estrada singing an ode to a lost love, as Joe and the Latinaires “she-bop, she-bop” the harmony.
7. Spot Barnett, “Sweet Meats”
The King of the East Side and the supposed discoverer of Doug Sahm, saxophonist Spot Barnett rips through this R&B A-side on the Wildcat label with a honkin’ tenor timbre.
6. Bombasta, “De la Calle”
On “De la Calle,” Bombasta proves their status as SA’s barrio big band. As Roberto Livar sings in Spanish and raps in English, Bombasta switches from a cumbia beat to a subtle reggaeton feel, as if absorbing the city’s influence on a ride-through with the windows down.
5. Randy Garibay, “Barbacoa Blues”
With stints in the Dell-Kings, the Pharoahs, Doug Sahm’s ’50s band and Los Blues, guitarist Randy Garibay has personally shredded with generations of SA’s best. On this ’99 solo cut, Garibay tries out the hungover Saturday tradition, looking for some slow-cooked meats to ease into the day.
4. Selena y Los Dinos, "No Me Queda Más"
In the video for Selena’s ’94 single, the tejano pop icon sits at a Riverwalk restaurant, dumped by letter by a date that never shows. Listen closely under the luxurious strings and you’ll hear guitarist, SA native and Selena’s husband Chris Pérez on guitar.
3. Lucille Ball *Loose Eel Ball, “The Spurs lost (Fuck it! Let’s Party!)”
Parading the irreverence, booze, guts and sheer stupidity that make the contemporary indie scene great, Marcus Rubio and Chris Maddin prescribe the Bottle as a remedy for the Spurs Blues.
2. Sunny & the Sunglows, “Talk to Me”
The most famous and successful offering of the West Side Sound, Sunny Ozuna’s ’63 rendition of “Talk to Me” made a solid dent in the national charts, hitting the fourth spot on Adult Contemporary, 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 12 on the Black Singles chart (now known as the Hot R&B chart).
1. Texas Tornadoes, “(Hey Baby) Que Paso”
“We’d like for you to rise as we play the San Antonio national anthem,” Doug Sahm howled into the mic at a classic ’92 BBC recording at Gruene Hall. Written by Augie Meyers, “(Hey Baby) Que Paso” represents the best of each Tornado legend coming together in tejano-rock delight: the accordion runs of Flaco Jiménez, the denim vest riffs of Freddy Fender, the Spanglish of Augie Meyers (see his beautiful butchering of corazón) and the holy touch of Sir Douglas himself. A puro distillation of San Anto Tex-Mex, “Que Paso” flaunts the city at its finest and most fun.