The Mexican (song)

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"The Mexican" is a piece of music on the album First Base by the 1970s British band Babe Ruth.[1]

The song is based on the whistling from the music soundtrack by Ennio Morricone for the film For a Few Dollars More. It has been compiled, covered and mixed many times and is considered one of the most influential songs in Hip hop music culture.

The song was written by Alan Shacklock and recorded along with the rest of the First Base album at Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1972. Shacklock wrote the lyrics of the song as a retort to the 1960 John Wayne film The Alamo which was full of historical inaccuracies and did not show the human side of the Mexican troops who defeated the Texian forces at the Battle of the Alamo. The song has a driving drum beat and funky bass and shows Shacklock’s fondness for African-American music and Wild West shoot outs.[2]

Covers, compilations, and mixes[edit]

Preceded by
"Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Jellybean version)
September 15, 1984 (one week)
Succeeded by
"No Favors by Temper


  1. ^ Allmusic entry
  2. ^ "Classic Rock" magazine, May 2012, The Stories Behind The Songs: Babe Ruth - The Mexican.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 135. 

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