New York Rules​/​Chain of Fools

by Spanglish Fly

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    Side A is Spanglish’s NYC anthem featuring guest vocals by none other than Latin soul legend Joe Bataan. But this is not your grandmother’s boogaloo! Johnny Rosario, a/k/a DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy) takes Spanglish’s jazzy jam, adds beats and scratches, and turns it into a Latin Hip-Hop dance explosion.

    The tune is about the toughness and diversity of New Yorkers in the midst of–what else?–a subway train stalled between stations. Composers Manuel Garcia-Orozco (Chaco World Music) and Jonathan Goldman (Spanglish bandleader) wrote it hearing Bataan’s streetwise voice in their minds, and the band was thrilled when “Subway Joe,” always a supporter of younger artists, agreed to add his tamp to the record.

    This track is featured in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2. Episode 1).

    The B side is Spanglish’s instrumental take on “Chain of Fools” (immortalized by Aretha Franklin’s version), here in a new, stripped-down-raw mix/edit by DJ LeSpam (Spam All-Stars), who says “I wanted it to sound like an old funk 45.” Inspired by Mongo Santamaria’s Latin covers of 60s/70s soul hits, the track is propelled by a 5-piece percussion section that includes a guest appearance by Snowboy, stalwart of the Latin music movement in the UK. Passing through New York City during the sessions for Spanglish’s Ay Que Boogaloo! LP (2018), Snowboy hit the studio and lit up the congas for a few takes.

    Made in loving collaboration and association with Chaco World Music, Spanglish Fly, and Electric Cowbell Records.

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Heading where I don't know Feel like I've been there before The Barrio ladies and the punks from Bay Ridge The Bushwick babies and the showtime kids Then the B Train Grrrrrinds to a halt … And the lights go out Nobody acts up Or screams and shouts We know what it's about Everybodys playin' by the New York rules Everybody showin' their New York values Everybody knows The New York rules The New York Rules C’mon Spanglish Fly! Finally on the B Train Lights come on back We movin' down the track And the strangers on the B train Noddin’ their heads Not much to be said The Bronx bass player in a boogaloo band The Black Lives Matter folks taking a stand Everybody playing by The New York rules The New York Rules New York Values The New York Rules The New York Rules (New York rules) Don't get too upset (New York rules) Don’t act like you never been there yet (New York rules) I tell what we’ll do (New York rules) We gonna help each other through The whole word watches what New Yorkers do If New York can make it, the whole world can too Cause everybody knows The New York rules
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Electric Cowbell Records is freakin’ thrilled to announce the latest 45RPM 7” single by NYC-based Latin boogaloo group Spanglish Fly. Two previously unreleased cuts–with special guests!

Side A is Spanglish’s NYC anthem featuring guest vocals by none other than Latin soul legend Joe Bataan. But this is not your grandmother’s boogaloo! Johnny Rosario, a/k/a DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy) takes Spanglish’s jazzy jam, adds beats and scratches, and turns it into a Latin Hip-Hop dance explosion.

The tune is about the toughness and diversity of New Yorkers in the midst of–what else?–a subway train stalled between stations. Composers Manuel Garcia-Orozco (Chaco World Music) and Jonathan Goldman (Spanglish bandleader) wrote it hearing Bataan’s streetwise voice in their minds, and the band was thrilled when “Subway Joe,” always a supporter of younger artists, agreed to add his stamp to the record.

This track is featured in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2. Episode 1).

The B side is Spanglish’s instrumental take on “Chain of Fools” (immortalized by Aretha Franklin’s version), here in a new, stripped-down-raw mix/edit by DJ LeSpam (Spam All-Stars), who says “I wanted it to sound like an old funk 45.” Inspired by Mongo Santamaria’s Latin covers of 60s/70s soul hits, the track is propelled by a 5-piece percussion section that includes a guest appearance by Snowboy, stalwart of the Latin music movement in the UK. Passing through New York City during the sessions for Spanglish’s Ay Que Boogaloo! LP (2018), Snowboy hit the studio and lit up the congas for a few takes.

In association with Chaco World Music, Electric Cowbell

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released July 26, 2019

Side A:
Spanglish Fly Featuring Joe Bataan
New York Rules (Johnny Juice Uptown Mix)
(Garcia-Orozco/Goldman)

Side B:
Spanglish Fly Featuring Snowboy
Chain of Fools (DJ LeSpam Mix)
(Covay)

Made with lovely collaboration and association with Chaco World Music, Electric Cowbell, and Spanglish Fly

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