|Studio album by Concrete Blonde|
|Released||October 19, 1993|
|Genre||Alternative rock, Gothic rock|
|Label||IRS Records (later reissued by Capitol Records)|
|Producer||Concrete Blonde with Sean Freehill|
|Concrete Blonde chronology|
Mexican Moon is the fifth full-length album from alternative rock band Concrete Blonde.
The music on Mexican Moon takes the gothic rock of their previous albums and adds more of a hard rock edge to it. Johnette Napolitano provided the vocals, bass guitar, samples, and the album artwork, and she was accompanied by drummer Paul Thompson and guitarist James Mankey.
"Jenny I Read" details the rise to stardom and subsequent fall into happy obscurity of a fashion model (rumoured to be Bettie Page), while "Mexican Moon" finds lead singer Johnette Napolitano singing about a failed romance and fleeing into México. The song "Jonestown" is a scathing critique of the theology surrounding the Jonestown Massacre and opens with a minute-long sample of Jim Jones ranting about warfare. "End of the Line" is a cover song, having been originally recorded by Bryan Ferry
On the closing track, "Bajo la Lune Mexicana", Napolitano (who does not speak Spanish) wrote the Spanish lyrics, which are a literal translation of the lyrics to the album's title track. However, none of the verbs are conjugated, noun gender is ignored, and correct grammar is non-existent.**
All songs written by Johnette Napolitano, except where noted.
- "Jenny I Read" – 5:18
- "Mexican Moon" – 5:03
- "Heal It Up" – 4:21
- "Jonestown" – 6:06
- "Rain" (James Mankey, Napolitano, Murphy) – 3:28
- "I Call It Love" (Mankey, Napolitano) – 5:15
- "Jesus Forgive Me (For the Things I'm About to Say)" – 5:17
- "When You Smile" (Steve Wynn) – 4:18
- "Close To Home" – 3:31
- "One of My Kind" (Napolitano, Texacala Jones) – 3:55
- "End of the Line" (Bryan Ferry) – 4:39
- "(Love Is a) Blind Ambition" – 6:10
- "Bajo la Lune Mexicana" – 5:07