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- Mijo Goes To Jr. College (BYO Records) This disc goes so far up my alley that it actually catches me taking a covert piss behind my favorite dumpster.  Manic Hispanic carjack a variety of punk rock classics and bring ‘em lowriding on into the barrio.  They keep the music more or less the same as the originals, but recast the lyrics into a spicy Mexican-American mix of jail, gangs, cops, fighting, drinking, cabrones and heinas.  Oh yeah, it’s also fuckin’ hilarious a lot of the time.  The Clash’s “Brand New Cadillac” is reborn as “Brand New Impala.”  The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away” becomes “The I.N.S. Took My Novia Away.”  Stiff Little Fingers’ “Barbed Wire Love” comes out as “Barrio Love.”  And on and on it goes.  I think the most brilliant thing on Mijo Goes To Jr. College is the way they take Sham 69’s “Sunday Morning Nightmare” from East London to East L.A. with “Menudo Morning Nightmare.”  There was a little spoken word part on Sham’s record with Cockney voice one yawning and saying, “Oh, where am I?”  Cockney two snaps back, “You’re at ‘ome.  Where do you think ya bleedin’ are?”  Manic Hispanic begin their take of this song with a yawn of their own, followed by Vato voice one saying, “Ah, donde estoy?”  The response is an exasperated “Ay! You’re in the casa.  Where do you think you are, pendejo?”  And it goes on to make Sham’s lighthearted hangover family annoyances distinctly their own.  It just slays me.  Other songs I really liked on this disc were “Tio’s Got A Secret” (from the Germs’ “What We Do Is Secret”), “I Want To Be A Cholo” (from The Vandals’ “Urban Struggle”) and “Cruise” (from NOFX’s “The Brews”).  Sometimes these guys do sound like an old Cheech and Chong skit, but that don’t bother me none.  There are 16 songs on this sucka, and I like nearly all of them.  I suspect you will too. Pendejo. –Ben Hunter

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