Read Music/Speak Spanish

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Read Music/Speak Spanish
Studio album by Desaparecidos
Released February 12, 2002
Genre Punk rock, indie rock, emo

31:32 (U.S. Version)

35:11 (International Version)
Label Saddle Creek
Desaparecidos chronology
Read Music/Speak Spanish
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media(4.6/10)[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes3.5/5[5]

Read Music/Speak Spanish is the first studio album by American punk band Desaparecidos. Released in February 2002, the record is the forty-second release of Saddle Creek Records. Reviews were mostly positive upon release.


Read Music/Speak Spanish is a punk/indie-rock concept album loosely centered on perceived American materialism and greed. Song topics include the pressures of upward mobility on marriage, the suburban expansion of Omaha, the desire to always follow the latest fashion or fad, the effect of consumerism on developing countries, and the mixture of religion and politics.[6][7]

The album was recorded in one week, the same week of the September 11 attacks. Since the concept of the album is a criticism of American consumerism, the band considered not releasing it and partly due to this timing the album failed commercially.[8] Despite its lack of commercial success, the album gained an extensive cult following.[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Man and Wife, The Former (Financial Planning)"3:16
3."Greater Omaha"4:14
4."Man and Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)"3:39
5."Mall of America"2:41
6."The Happiest Place on Earth"3:02
7."Survival of the Fittest/It's a Jungle Out There"2:56
9."Hole in One"3:08
Total length:31:35

International version[edit]

1."What's New for Fall"3:46
2."Man and Wife, The Former (Financial Planning)"3:16
4."Greater Omaha"4:14
5."Man and Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)"3:39
6."Mall of America"2:41
7."The Happiest Place on Earth"3:02
8."Survival of the Fittest/It's a Jungle Out There"2:56
10."Hole in One"3:08
Total length:35:21



  1. ^ Read Music/Speak Spanish at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Retrieved 4 April 2002. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 10 Apr 2002. 
  4. ^ (May 2002). "No More Tears". Spin. 
  5. ^ Kern. "Desaparecidos – Read Music/Speak Spanish". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Greenbank, Ben (November 9, 2006). "Desaparecidos - Read Music/Speak Spanish". Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "HYBRIDMAGAZINE.COM | REVIEWS | Desaparecidos - Read Music / Speak Spanish". Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  8. ^ Lincoln, Kevin (2012-09-27). "Desaparecidos Makes the Perfect Protest Music (Again)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone Australia — Rebirth of Desaparecidos". Retrieved 2015-07-14. 

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