Matador (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs song)
|Song by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs|
|from the album Vasos Vacíos|
|Released||February 15, 1994 (CD)|
|Recorded||August 1993 in A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Producer(s)||K. C. Porter|
|Vasos Vacíos track listing|
"Matador" (Spanish for "Killer", it means "bullfighter" in Spain) is a song written by Flavio Cianciarulo, bass player of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, a rock band from Argentina. It was first released in their 1993 album Vasos Vacíos and it is considered their signature song since the song topped the charts all across Latin America.
Alongside "Mal Bicho", "Manuel Santillan, El León" and "Desapariciones" (a cover of Rubén Blades' song), El Matador is one of the Cadillacs song about the oppression and forced disappearances during the years of military dictatorship across Latin America, particularly National Reorganization Process in Argentina. The song narrates the story of a revolutionary ("El Matador") hunted down by law enforcement from the revolutionary's POV. The song also references Víctor Jara, a Chilean folksinger and supporter of the Allende government who was kidnapped, tortured and assassinated shortly after the Chilean coup of 1973 by military officials loyal to the dictator Augusto Pinochet.