Street the Beat

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i rediscover these vids like once a year and end up listening to them nonstop for a week. they're incredible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SP7gfvX4Ko

"STREET THE BEAT" WERE A GROUP OF VERY TALENTED LATINO EX-GANG MEMBERS FROM THE SOUTH BRONX WHO PLAYED TOGETHER IN THE 1980'S. THE GROUP CONSISTED OF THE MELENDEZ BROTHERS: BENJY, ROBERT AND VICTOR ON HIS "CUSTOM" DRUM KIT, THE ORIGINAL GROUP ALSO FEATURED CLOSE FRIEND, MANNY CORTEZ. DAVID SILVER (A COUSIN), JOINED THE GROUP LATER ON, WHEN MANNY LEFT. THE GROUP'S ORIGINAL PURPOSE WAS TO SHOW THAT YOU CAN LEAVE THE GANGS AND DRUGS BEHIND AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE WITH YOUR LIFE. HERE THEY ARE ON "HISPANIC HORIZONS" IN 1983 DOING AN ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN BY ROBERT MELENDEZ. UNFORTUNATELY VICTOR PASSED AWAY OVER 10 YEARS AGO. BUT BROTHERS ROBERT AND BENJY ARE STILL OUT THEIR DOING THEIR THING WITH THE GHETTO BROTHERS AND MANNY CORTEZ STILL WRITES AND PERFORMS WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE.

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (zachlyon), Friday, 14 December 2012 06:39 (nine years ago) link

Used to see these guys all the time on the street corners of the West Village in the second half of the 80s. Usually they would do all Beatles covers and then throw in one original. There would invariably be a Whitman's (Whit Stillman's?) Sampler of various types of New Yorkers standing around really digging what they were doing.

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 December 2012 06:44 (nine years ago) link

i've never heard a more accurate impression of the vocals but everything else (the drums!) make them worth listening to. i'm jealous of your life rn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq4kunl_N4w

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (zachlyon), Friday, 14 December 2012 06:51 (nine years ago) link

These days the most fun Beatles buskers you will see are a bunch of apparent suburbanites called The Meetles.

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 December 2012 06:56 (nine years ago) link

Homer and Jethro did a parody of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" that musically sounds exactly like the original although they didn't try to get the vocals and harmonies.

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 December 2012 07:01 (nine years ago) link

feat. Chet Atkins

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 December 2012 07:03 (nine years ago) link

Said blogger being The Great Gaylord

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 December 2012 17:48 (nine years ago) link

OK, that Ghetto Brothers album Power - Fuerza just got rereleased last month

TS: shambala vs. sha la la, man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 December 2012 18:08 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...
two years pass...

Watch out
There goes that crazy boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAEX-RFKL6w

Meme for an Imaginary Western (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 July 2022 10:21 (four months ago) link

Here is their YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/streetthebeat

Meme for an Imaginary Western (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 July 2022 10:35 (four months ago) link

His story is also told in Chapter Nine of the EMP book Listen Again.

Meme for an Imaginary Western (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 July 2022 10:46 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Watch out
There goes that crazy boy
📹

I said you’d better watch out

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 04:04 (one week ago) link


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