Besides being WFMU’s first callerless call-in show, Thunk Tank rarely features music. Every week we go through the new CDs that have come into the station, and find a few we like, and bring them into the studio, and then don’t play them. If we were playing music, though, right now we would be playing a lot of banda, a style of brass-heavy oompah music from the Mexican state of Sinaloa—also home of the pointy boots!
But that's tribal music, not banda. Banda instrumentation includes accordions, tubas, sousaphones, slide trombones, clarinets, and a drum with no kick pedal and a manual hi-hat. Diligent viewing of Mun2 TV has convinced Bronwyn that banda songs are mostly about fat pizza delivery guys who get beautiful girls, and young busboys who get beautiful girls, and school janitors with beautiful janitress girlfriends who can’t stop looking at the high school girls.
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This is puzzling, since the only Mexican people we know personally are an engineering genius, some artists, a rich guy who owns a resort hotel, and a family with a successful bakery. Finally today we saw a banda song that seems to be about a guy who serves as an officer on an oceanographic research vessel. And gets a beautiful girl. But since Bronwyn doesn’t speak Spanish very well, it’s still kinda hard to tell.
In 1998, Bronwyn got drunk at the San Diego ComicCon and predicted that Mexico would be our new cultural overlord, replacing Japan. She still thinks that's gonna happen.