|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 Roxy Music song, written by Bryan Ferry and originally released on the Siren album.
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 Luna Mexicana" – 5:07