Thursday, October 06, 2022

Manu Chao: Clandestino /Bloody Border 1998 - 2019


Manu Chao (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmanu ˈtʃao]; born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on 21 June 1961) is a French-Spanish singer. He sings in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Catalan,

Galician, Portuguese, Greek, and occasionally in other languages. Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos, which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987, achieving considerable success, particularly in Europe. He became a solo artist after its breakup in 1995 and since then tours regularly with his live band, Radio Bemba.

Heavily influenced by the UK rock scene, particularly The Clash, The Jam and Dr. Feelgood, Chao and other musicians formed the Spanish/English rockabilly group Hot Pants in the mid-1980s. The group

released a demo entitled "Mala Vida" in 1984, which received plenty of local critical praise but otherwise gained them little attention. By the time the group released their first album in 1986 the Parisian alternative music scene had taken flight, and Manu, his brother Antoine Chao, and friends such as Alain from Les Wampas formed Los Carayos to incorporate this sound with the rockabilly and punk styles of Hot Pants. Los Carayos remained a side project of the artists for eight years, releasing three albums in the first two years followed by a final album in 1994.

In 1987, the Chao brothers and their cousin Santiago Casariego founded the band Mano Negra. Manu Chao said in Alt.Latino in 2011, "Mano Negra started playing in a subway in Paris before the band

started to be known and selling records. We started in a subway for a living. This is what made the musicians of Mano Negra. And so the people using the subway in Paris was very eclectic. There was people from a lot of different countries, different cultures. So we have to be able to play all kind of music to please all the people in a subway. So that was a perfect school to learn a lot of different styles of music."[4] Starting on a smaller label, the group released a reworked version of the Hot Pants single "Mala Vida" in 1988, which quickly became a hit in France.

After arriving in Madrid, Chao and other bandmates from Mano Negra formed a new group, Radio

Bemba Sound System (named for the communication system used in the Sierra Maestra by the Castro-and-Guevara-led rebels in the Cuban Revolution), featuring groups from diverse backgrounds, such as Mexican Tijuana No! His song "La Vida Tómbola" was featured in the documentary film Maradona by Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica.[5] The song "La Trampa", recorded with Tonino Carotone for the compilation album Fuerza! was used as the theme song for the short-lived improvisational comedy Drew Carey's Green Screen Show.

The songs "Bongo Bong" and "Je ne t'aime plus", which appear back-to-back on Clandestino, were covered by British singers Robbie Williams and Lily Allen, who recorded them as a single track, "Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'aime Plus" and released it as a single from the album Rudebox.

Manu Chao – Clandestino / Bloody Border
Label: Radio Bemba – BEC5543731, Because Music – BEC5543731
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Special Edition
Country: France
Released: Aug 30, 2019
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Latin, Pop
Style: Rock, Reggae, Ska



01. Clandestino    2:30
02. Desaparecido    3:47
03. Bongo Bong    2:38
04. Je Ne T'Aime Plus    2:02
05. Mentira...    4:37
06. Lagrimas De Oro    2:57
07. Mama Call    2:21
08. Luna Y Sol    3:07
09. Por El Suelo    2:21
10. Welcome To Tijuana    4:04
11. Dia Luna... Dia Pena    1:30
12. Malegria    2:55
13. La Vie À 2    3:00
14. Minha Galera    2:21
15. La Despedida    3:09
16. El Viento    2:26
17. Clandestino (Feat. Calypso Rose)   2:40
18. Bloody Bloody Border    2:54
19. Roadies Rules   3:10

MP3 @ 320 Size: 125 MB
Flac  Size: 329 MB


  1. I have this cd. However, a slightly older edition instead 19 16 tracks.
    I can't remember the music now, i just know that it's very good.
    Nice that you also bring such things.

  2. Hi,
    A long time ago since I listened to this album! It's very good. Thanks a lot!

  3. I never understood the appeal of Mano Negra or Manu Chao. I just found it too Mediterranean if you like. I also didn't like The Clash experimenting with world music, so I guess I'm in the minority here.

    1. Anonymous beeing in the minority is almost a guarantee of quality. If you mean The Clash the post punk band then i agree.

  4. Today i looked at what i could have used from you as a copy: Cocteau Twins treasure hiding
    (i have from the band anyway so much is not mentatory) and La Tulipe Noire. I would also prefer the original. I have the rest or i don't care about a few.

  5. Fery goog englisch you have, josef!