A recent article in
Boing discussed an odd hyphenate: a Mexican-Yugoslavian connection
in music and cinema. It came about in the 1950s over the hostility
between Marshal Tito and Stalin. Yugoslavia suddenly needed a new
source of entertainment that wasn't Russian, preferably one that was
in tune with the new revolutionary tone in its own country.
And apparently Mexico fit the bill.
What brought this back to mind was the discovery of not one, but
two albums of Tex-Mex polka music on the iTMS, this one and
Texas Polka Party. I don't know why I should be surprised.
Granted, usually when I'm listening to a polka band it's Oktoberfest
and I have a large beer in one hand and an equally large pretzel in
the other. But that's as easy to do in Houston as it is in
München, right? And I hear they like beer in Texas. And maybe
even in Mexico. Wonder if they do pretzels...