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Cover of Los Lobos album
5.23.03
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History of Los Lobos
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In East Los Angeles, 1973, four high school pals started playing music. The sound they developed had was a unique brand of rock and roll injected with the traditional Mexican influences they grew up with. This ever-evolving style won them countless awards and accolades.

Over the past 30 years, Los Lobos has been about everything from traditional Mexican music (LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZÓN) to crossover hits ("La Bamba") to later records that beguilingly played with form and narrative (KIKO, COLOSSAL HEAD). But Los Lobos is bound by more than music, reflected in the fact that the Los Lobos of 2003 are the same four guys that started the band in 1973, with the addition of Steve Berlin, who joined in 1983. This staying power has more to do with a personal bond than just music.

Individual members of the group have been part of such projects as Latin Playboys, Houndog, Soul Disguise, and Grammy award-winning Los Super Seven. Additionally, the band remains actively involved in scoring soundtracks for film and television, including the recent film SPY KIDS.

"It's been a long, tough road for us," Louie Perez says for himself, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas, and Steve Berlin. But no matter how grueling the haul, they continue to make the music they make because that's who they are, and what they've grown to be. As Louie says, "What it comes down to is friendship. We make music because that's what we were put on this earth to do. It's what we're good at."

Hear three full songs off the latest album from Los Lobos: GOOD MORNING AZTLÁN

Discography:

GOOD MORNING AZTLÁN, 2002
EL CANCIONERO (MAS Y MAS), 2000
LOS LOBOS DEL ESTE LOS ANGELES: (JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM EAST L.A.), Re-released 2000 (originally released in 1973)
THIS TIME, 1999
COLOSSAL HEAD, 1996
PAPA'S DREAM, 1995
JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM EAST L.A. (A COLLECTION), 1993
KIKO, 1992
THE NEIGHBORHOOD, 1990
LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZÓN, 1988
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, 1987
HOW WILL THE WOLF SURVIVE?, 1984
...AND A TIME TO DANCE, 1983
SI SE PUEDE, 1976

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