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Fri, 14 Jan 2005

Texas Polish Roots / Brian Marshall and His Tex-Slavik Playboys
A recent article in Boing 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 something called South 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...

Texas Polish Roots
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