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mikeyc writes:
"november rain" mediocre? come on, dude................

Chris Pecoraro writes:
well..maybe not mediocre...but I hate when bands go the way of The Goo Goo Dolls, all easy listening and stuff..... remember "Welcome to the Jungle!"

paul writes:
november rain was, is and always will be a decent, well written song....but performed by hacks and a talentless singer who couldn't hold a tune if his egotistical ass depended upon it. imagine 'bohemian rhapsody' performed by poison. but hey, such is the way of mainstream rock and roll....so in that respect chris, stick to your guns on the mediocre bit......because it is true.

casandra rosero writes:
I think that the spanish cowboys are diffenten people and that they have good jobs.So i think that spanish cowboys are cool.

casandra rosero writes:
I think that the spanish cowboys are cool and they can have fun riding the horses.So the spanish cowboys are the best people in there couneys.Spanish cowboys are not as cool as they think they are .Most people like the spanish cowboys and they get to have lunch with them and go out with them too.

Todd Cramer writes:
Don Caballero changed my life. Does anyone know if Damon Che plans to tour with a current project or is touring now? And how close to Indianapolis or Indiana will a show come. People here need enlightened.


From Spanish Cowboys to Italian Composers-- The Evolution of Damon Che
by Chris Pecoraro [bio]


Way back in 1993, a film was released entitled 1991: The Year Punk Broke, a documentary of a European tour featuring seminal indie rockers like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, and their offspring like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Junior, and Gumball. The strange thing about the film was that it was released two-years after this "so called" explosion, which blasted Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" over the airwaves. Therefore, it may be difficult to pin point that one single and definitive moment in rock history when "punk broke", at least to the mass public. Heck, back then, the pop radio waves were filled with hideous one-hit wonders such as Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy", "Jump" by Kriss Kross, as well as mediocre offerings by bands trying to keep a steady income, such as Guns and Roses' "November Rain" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' maturing "Under the Bridge". The year that punk broke, may have been 1991, but it wasn't until 1993, when a heavy-rock band from Pittsburgh released an album whose cover, featuring a dog and a wheelchair, contrasting a bright red wall against a sky blue wall and a woodgrain floor, and heavy "math-rock" would set the stage for a new crop of new music innovators, and also the long and properous career for drummer/musician Damon Che. The time passed quickly. Sure, by 1994 Pavement's "Cut Your Hair" (Crooked Rain Crooked Rain) urged suburban masses to trade Nikes for Chuck Taylors, malls for thrift shops, and Baseballs for Fender Jaguars. And in the next year, when Don Caballero, who would soon relocate to Chicago, released the critically-acclaimed "Don Caballero II" (1995), "Don Cab" was quickly becoming a household name for those interested in this "bright red on sky blue" mixture of 7/4 time signatures, obtuse guitar licks, and contrasting razor-like basslines were preferred over standard rock group lineups and ethics, kinky and prominent vocals, and multi-million dollar music videos.

"Well, after nine years, you need something new..." says Damon Che, who has since ended the Don Caballero saga, moved back home to Pennsylvania, and taken up yearly residence at his grandparent's old Punxsutawney cottage, where the outdoor paradise, a grand removal from the skyscraper-laden Chicago, bides his free time. Now, his energy is channeled into Bellini, a collaboration between he and a 40-something Silician rock duo, vocalist Giovanna Cacciola and guitarist Agostino Tilotta, who were one half of Uzeda, a piercing rock group that released a few records for Chicago, IL's Touch and Go label. On bass is Mattthew Taylor. The affinity tightens, now, as Agostino and Giovanna, who still live in Sicily, make frequent journies to Damon's central-PA hideout to practice, gearing up for shows, and now their upcoming tour with soloist Fred Weaver. The vocal sound is piercing--Giovanna's voice is a wonderful addition to Damon Che's legendary hi-hat and tom-tom barrage. If Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams' guitar style, whose salsa-fied guitar riffs led to the re-engineering of the Don Cab sound to the lighter side, going the direction of Bela Fleck, Agostino's guitar and amplifier, cranked up to 10, brings it all back--with great contrast.


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