explosivo-tropical-bristol-frontexplosivo-tropical-bristol-backexplosivo-tropical-bristol-lado-aexplosivo-tropical-bristol-lado-bWhen I was a little boy in the 1970s, album covers decorated with scantily clad women irritated me. We had a few of these in the house, issued by Europa, at the time Germany´s biggest budget label. I guess my mother must have bought them in a supermarket, because my father, a seaman, was away most of the time. It wasn´t adult material that was featured on these Europa LPs,  just the typical hits of the day, albeit played by unknown artists. Incidentally the label also issued most of my children´s records. The budget experience must have rubbed off on me, because I´m still occupied with the cheapos today.

I can´t remember where I bought this Mexican album, but it was many years ago, and not in Mexico. It seems to showcase the Discos Orquidea label and two Discoteca Bristol record stores in Acapulco. All of the songs are Mexican Cumbias, and most of them hits, that are still readily available on Itunes or Amazon. In fact, most of the groups are still active today.

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten!

LOS MITLATROPICOS, Cumbia De Los Pajaritos, 1980




  1. Kaspar Kreuzer says:

    Hi, did you forget the link to the music or do i just can’t see it?

    Enjoying your great Blog. Kindly regards Kaspar

    Kaspar Kreuzer

  2. Thank’s For records. Good retro latin dance melody!

  3. mischalke04 says:

    As I wrote, the song is readily available on Amazon:


    Sorry, but I promise new free stuff next year.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Kurt L says:

    Hi. Two FYI things: (1) Cumbia records usually originate from Colombia. It was first brought to Argentina by Los Wawanco, and Argentinians modified cumbia steps to do a dance they called La Pollera Verde. (2) The American who founded Europa-Gold Award Records is the same guy who invented the 101 Strings in the US (he later relocated to Europe). An interesting one-page background summary on him is here: http://spaceagepop.com/millerdl.htm — and one question: Have you seen The Montesas LP (Koln, Germany) “Rockers…Shakers” (2006)? It opens up to a game board. All their LPs have coordinated elements (covers, labels, concept) — they definitely work with an artist. The artwork on two of their LPs that I’ve seen have been very whimsical. The art concept of that particular 2006 LP looks like something you’d enjoy seeing (but I don’t have a link). You can see their 2009 art concept here: http://mreliminator.blogspot.com/search/label/THE%20MONTESAS

  5. Kurt L says:

    One correction on the above: I read Argentina instead of Acapulco, but the cumbias could still come from Colombia. I find Colombian cumbia hits on LPs from South America and The Dominican Republic (uncredited as coming from Colombia).

  6. mischalke04 says:

    “Cumbia de los Pajaritos” was originally recorded by Peruvian band Los Mirlos as “La Danza de Los Mirlos”. I think the song is a pretty nice mix of traditional latin music and rock´n´roll.

    Thanks for The Montesas tip! Will check out this LP. I was very much into surf music and instrumental r´n´r in the 90s. Good times!

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