Category Archives: Pescado Rabioso


Hello all. Lately I can’t seem to peel myself away from some other projects I’ve got going so I’ve got to hold off a little longer on posting up part 2 to my mix, EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY. But, I’ll be posting some other mixtapes for you to bump through this fading summer, and I’ve got something else here for you today. So, I present to you—collecting much of what we have heard thus far here in these pages, and then some—a MixTape processed and sequenced for your consumption: Longevity Has It’s Place.

You can listen to the same ol’ feel-good-hit-of-the-summer rolling out your radio, or you can listen to something other spit from A Mouthful of Pennies! —Enjoy yourself!

A Mouthful of Pennies Presents: Longevity Has Its Place

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If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab.



by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art layout and design by Keri Kroboth-Calero

1) “Longevity Has Its Place” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mason Temple, Memphis,TN

on April 3, 1968)

2) By The Time I Get To Arizona – Public Enemy (’91)

3) Two Sisters Of Mystery – Mandrill (’73)

4) If Somebody Told You – Anna King (’63) (Produced by James Brown)

5) I Don’t Know – Ruth Brown (’59)

6) Have you seen her – The Chi-lites (’71)

7) Turn On the Light of Your Love – Four Tops (’72)

8) “Tarantulas Suffocating” – Jack Kerouac (circa late ’50s) (mixed by A Mouthful Of


9) Dope Head Blues – Victoria Spivey (’27)

10) What Would I Do Without You – Ray Charles (’56)

11) Curse of the Poppies – Wicked Witch of the West (’39) (portrayed by Margaret


12) Needle and Spoon – Savoy Brown (’69)

13) Happiness Is a Warm Gun (Lennon/McCartney) – Bobby Bryant (’69)

14) Sam Stone (John Prine ) – Swamp Dogg (’73)

15) Stalkin’ – Duane Eddy (’58)

16) Feio/“As You Walk In Forever” – Miles Davis/Charles Manson (’69/95’)

 (mixed by A Mouthful Of Pennies)

17) Serpiente (viaje por la sal) – Pescado Rabioso (’72)

18) Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten) – Devendra Banhart (live at at The Knitting

Factory, circa ’04)

19) I’m Going Away – Elizabeth Cotten (’65)

20) I Have A Dream” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, ’63.)

21) I Shall Be Released – Elvis Presley (May 20, ’71)

22) Robertson Soundcheck Riff – Robbie Robertson (’66 Dylan Tour)

23) It’s Alright, Ma – Bob Dylan (J.Period Remix)

—————————————Bobby Calero——————

P.S. By & by, Fifty years ago today, 250,000 people crowded onto the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They came from all across the country for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. You can revisit my post on Dr. King from January 14th 2012 over here: BREAK THE SILENCE OF THE NIGHT.


Luis Alberto Spinetta (January 23, 1950–February 8, 2012)

Today, I interrupt my regularly scheduled post to note the passing of South American rock pioneer Luis Alberto “El Flaco” Spinetta. Spinnetta, aged 62, died on February 8 from lung cancer. Spinetta’s musical career began in 1967 with the fantastic band, Almendra, which was formed in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Featuring Edelmiro Molinari on guitar, Emilio Del Guercio on bass, Rodolfo García on drums, and Spinetta–as one of the group’s principal songwriters–on guitar and vocals, Almendra helped revolutionize the way local rock music was both perceived and created.

After Almendra dissolved, Spinetta returned from traveling Europe to form a new group—Pescado Rabioso (Rabid Fish)—featuring Black Amaya on drums, and Osvaldo Bocón Frascino on bass.

Pescado Rabioso could be considered more aggressive (as well as progressive) than Spinetta’s earlier music, at least in terms of its socio-political voice, as well as its poetic one; particularly so, at a time when South America was being pressed beneath the boot heels of military dictatorships (typically backed by the C.I.A.). Pescado Rabioso’s 1972 debut, Desatormentándonos (from which today’s song comes) was released with the following poetic text written by Spinetta on the inner sleeve (I’ve attempted to do the translation myself, so it might read a bit more clunky than originally intended):

The people are the magic star.

All we see resembles the river.

Worms of the emperors tremble

in apocalyptic feast.

They have no time to resort to arms.

The star cast them all in an infinite plane.

The hair of the torturers bleeds into my car.

We: desatormentándonos forever.

And with a postscript, which reads:

PS: I love you Beatles.

            After Pescado Rabioso split up, Spinetta continued recording up until the present day with various bands, as well as solo projects, having a musical career that has spanned nearly 5 decades. he died in his home, surrounded by his children Dante, Valentino, Catarina and Vera (BBC, 2012).

From Desatormentándonos, and featuring some sinuous Hammond organ playing by guest Elvio Lado, here’s Pescado Rabioso’s psychedelic epic: “Serpiente (viaja por la sal).”


Like it? Buy it.

Below are the lyrics, translated by my father, Julio, who is the primary reason I know anything about this music.

The Serpent (travels across the salt)

In the light of the warm day

The serpent travels across the salt

No one demands that she leave

The serpent travels on and on

And in the new day

Timeless lips…

Clouds arrive

Bearing messages…

And doors, doors, doors

Day of lilacs…

You’ll speak

The serpent across the salt

No one demands that she leave

The serpent travels

And in the new day

Of dusk

Clouds will arrive

Bearing messages

In the clear water of the sun

All mourn

Goodness gone

In the body

Some will see

That the serpent travels

Across the salt

And dusk travels

Travels like time

And clouds will come

Bearing messages


If you’d like to hear more of Spinetta’s music you should check out the excellent playlist created by Academy Records for East Village Radio and here’s a link to a list of the songs they played.

And I’ll see you all back here real soon for (finally) my conclusion to “The Narcotic Wreck Quintet.”

Luis Alberto Spinetta (January 23, 1950–February 8, 2012) R.I.P.

————————-Bobby Calero


BBC. (2012, February 9). Argentine rock musician Luis Alberto Spinetta dies. BBC. Retrieved February 17 from

Spinetta, L.A. (1972) Serpiente (viaja por la sal) (recorded by Pescado Rabioso) On Desatormentandonos [CD] Microfon. (1972). Sony Bmg Europe. (2003)