Sociedad = Suciedad
In November of 1996, a collective effort was undertaken by a
group of independent recording engineers/producers, musicians and artist to
record a sampling of Chicano music from the streets of 1990's Los Angeles.
The result is a 13 song complilation album called Sociedad = Suciedad,
which was released on October 21, 1997 through Big Daddy/BYO Records.
The CD includes songs by five popular Latino bands: Blues Experiment,
Aztlan Underground, Ollin, Quinto Sol, and Ozomatli.The concept
for the project evolved out of a couple of years of musical and political
interaction between the bands themselves and a group of people who share
similar beliefs about the power of music to spread knowledge, express new
ideas, and contest the oppressive, intolerant and anti-humanistic elements
of modern society. Utilizing a range of musical styles and influence from
reggae to rap, traditional mexicano to urban soul, together the 13 songs
on this CD tell a complex story of rage, hope, madness and healing. In
the words of the Blues Experiment,"our goal is to ride out the wave of
consciousness that is spreading around the world in order to combat the
ignorance that plagues the Earth."
Review from Frontera Magazine
"Sociedad=Suciedad is one of the two most important collection
of Chicano rock to come out in over a decade. Aztlan Underground, Ollin,
Ozomatli, Blues Experiment, and Quinto Sol offer up punk, blues, rock,
reggae and hip hop born in the aftermath of Propositions 187 and 209.
More than a collection of fierce quality tunes. Sociedad=Suciedad
comes off like a long-overdue musical conversation among members
of a community on the verge of exploding. With the authority of
true underground pioneers, Quinto Sol, Aztlan Underground, and
Ollin elucidate the frustrations of urban exile in L.A. on cuts such
as "Mi Vida Loca," "Lyrical Drive By," and Caracol," while Blues
Experiment and Ozomatli provide optimistic, upbeat solutions with their
message of peace and unity on songs such as "Time Stands Still" and
"Como Vez." No collection of L.A. rock would be complete without this
compilation, which ranks among the best albums of the '90s." - Yvette C.
Title: Sociedad = Suciedad
Time Stands Still-The Blues Exp.
Freedom Fighter-Quinto Sol
Obsolete Man-Aztlan Underground
Carnival-The Blues Exp.
Mi Vida Loca-Quinto Sol
Lyrical Driveby-Aztlan Underground
Tocani Sol-Quinto Sol
Tomorrow Never Comes-The Blues Exp.
Lemon Pledge-Aztlan Underground