∙ Rock en español band Caifanes grew out of Las Insólitas Imágenes de Aurora, a group initially formed to play a house party as a favor to guitarist Alejandro Marcovich’s brother.
∙ Their breakthrough hit, “La Negra Tomasa,” a cover of a Cuban cumbia song, crossed over to US radio, landing on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
∙ The success of their final album, El Nervio del Volcán, led to a performance on MTV Unplugged, the first time a Mexican band appeared on the show.
∙ Along with such bands as Maná and Café Tacvba, Caifanes kick-started Mexico’s rock en español explosion of the ’80s and ’90s.
∙ Singer Saúl Hernández’s side-project, Jaguares, won a Grammy Award for the album 45, the title of which is a reference to the estimated 45 million Mexicans living in poverty.
HOMETOWNMexico City, Mexico