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Latin Playboys was a musical group comprising David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake, active in the 1990s.

Latin Playboys
OriginUnited States
GenresExperimental rock, Chicano rock, neo-psychedelia, Tex-Mex, Latin rock, blues rock, avant-garde
Years active1994–1999
LabelsSlash, Warner Bros., Atlantic
Associated actsLos Lobos
Past membersDavid Hidalgo
Louie Pérez
Mitchell Froom
Tchad Blake



The band began with a series of demo recordings made by Hidalgo on a home cassette tape 4-track machine. The demos were intended for Hidalgo's main group, Los Lobos, but producer/keyboardist Froom thought the demos were interesting enough on their own to justify a new band. With Los Lobos member Pérez, and Froom's frequent production partner Blake, Latin Playboys was formed.

The group released two albums, Latin Playboys, in 1994, and Dose, in 1999. The songs "Manifold de Amour" and "Forever Night Shade Mary," both from the 1994 self-titled debut album, are featured on the soundtrack album for the 1995 film Desperado.

In 1999 the band performed in Toronto at Lee's Palace.[1]

Critic Richie Unterberger described their music as "a twisted and avant-garde take on roots music. Latin Playboys draw from blues, border music, experimental studio trickery, and cinematic sound textures."[2]


Latin Playboys (Self Titled), 1994Edit

Track listing
  1. "Viva la raza" 2:48
  2. "Ten Believers" 3:17
  3. "Chinese Surprize" 3:07
  4. "Mira!" 1:25
  5. "Manifold de Amour" 2:02
  6. "New Zandu" 3:13
  7. "Rudy's Party" 2:31
  8. "If" 1:41
  9. "Same Brown Earth" 3:45
  10. "Lagoon" 2:28
  11. "Gone" 2:52
  12. "Crayon Sun" 3:09
  13. "Pink Steps" 2:06
  14. "Forever Night Shade Mary" 3:04

Dose, 1999Edit

Track listing
  1. "Fiesta Erotica" 3:09
  2. "Cuca's Blues" 3:14
  3. "Ironsides" 1:46
  4. "Mustard" 3:28
  5. "Nubian Priestess" 1:59
  6. "Dose" 2:33
  7. "Latin Trip" 2:58
  8. "Tormenta Blvd." 2:08
  9. "Lemon 'n Ice" 3:50
  10. "Locoman" (LP version) 2:48
  11. "Toro" (LP version) 0:38
  12. "Paletero" (LP version) 3:13
  13. "Paula y Fred" (LP version) 3:06


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