Oh, Tijuana. A lot of signals lately from TJ. An incredible video documenting TJ 90s rock bands pops up on Facebook. A journalist publishes a nice site on TJ's recent transformations. And I finally catch "Sleep Dealer," but that's another post entirely.
As I type, I'm having visions of landing here again, seeing Mom or Dad smiling on the other side of the glass as usual, then crossing that pesky border, butterflies in the stomach every time. I can never get Tijuana out of my head, yet I remain unsure on where TJ fits in my story, or where I fit in its.
In celebration of this ambiguity, tonight, "Pobre de ti," which in my book is the most significant jam ever generated by the Mexican ska-punk movement, by the legendary Tijuana NO! Here, the band reunites with singer Ceci Bastida and fellow TJ native Julieta Venegas to reignite "Pobre de ti" before the slamming masses at Vive Latino 2010. La Jornada reported the "rola" generated festival's "mayor slam." Without question.
But go back to the original and take another good listen. For years now, this song still defines a city, a sound, and -- dare I say -- a generation.