The above original illustrations are from my Mid-Century Modern Entertainment series. These particular designs were inspired by a scene from the 1964 movie “Campeón del Barrio” (Neighborhood Champion) starring Sonia Lopez. This popular Mexican singer of the 1960s was famous for her tropical-themed songs. Below is a clip of the floor show scene from the movie in which Ms. Lopez sings “Castigo” accompanied by fancifully costumed dancers that look both tropical and space age at the same time!
Even the desert has a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, as the Desert Gang kicks up their heels to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
This video is so cool, they need to invent a new word for cool. It mashes up iconic scenes from around the globe with two other pop-culture icons (James Bond of the ’60s and El Santo, Mexico’s most famous lucha libre star from the mid-century). And the song is great, too. Los Straitjackets are surf music icons in their own right and make us want to hop on the next plane headed to the coast.