|Origin||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Rock, Latin, blues, Latin Rock, mariachi, ranchera, Tex-Mex|
|Labels||Rocket Racing Rebels|
|Associated acts||Del Castillo, Patricia Vonne, Salma Hayek, Tito Larriva, Nataly Pena|
Rick del Castillo
Mark del Castillo
|Past members||Carmelo Torres|
Chingon was formed by film director Robert Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They contributed to Mexico and Mariachis, a compilation album to Rodriguez' Mariachi Trilogy, and released their debut album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, in 2007. The band's name comes from a Mexican slang term, chingón, loosely but closely enough meaning "badass" and/or "the shit".
Chingon also contributed the song "Malagueña Salerosa" to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 2 — which Rodriguez scored — and a live performance by the band was included on the film's DVD release. They also contributed to the soundtrack for his next film, a collaboration with Tarantino, Grindhouse, doing a cover of the film's opening theme, re-titling it "Cherry's Dance of Death". Rodríguez plays guitar in the band. The band has also made an appearance on "George Buys a Vow", an episode of the US sitcom George Lopez.
On December 12, 2015, Chingon performed as the house band for Lucha Underground during a Season Two taping. Rodriguez is an Executive Producer for the series and it airs on his network, El Rey Network.
- Robert Rodriguez – guitar
- Alex Ruiz – vocals
- Mark del Castillo – guitar, vocals
- Rick del Castillo – guitar, vocals
- Albert Besteiro – bass guitar
- Carmelo Torres – percussion
- Mike Zeoli – drums
When playing without Robert Rodriguez, the band is known as Del Castillo.
Guest artists include:
- Mexican Spaghetti Western (2004)
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