London, Crown & Castle - July 1984 (Sounds)
London, Greyhound - September 1984 (New Musical Express)
London, Greyhound - October 1986 (Melody Maker)
It's almost a year since I had the unexpected pleasure of witnessing a performance by 1000 Mexicans. In that time they've gained a drumming person, a fixed expression of anguish and a commercial impetus. No longer happy to dabble in the Tarot Card luck of who'll be hip this season, they have tightened and toughened themselves into a highly vendable pop combo. And as bandits turned bounty hunters, these Mexicans show an amusing enthusiasm for their new role.
The opening song, "Why do we take this?", instantly revealed a punchy, rocky twist which I can't recall them possessing to any degree in the past. The man with the mouth has always nurtured those rare qualities which turn a vocalist into a centre-stage attraction - the ability to sing and convince - and his beefed-up backing is certainly a passionate aid.
"This is Home" and "Telephone Numbers" hint at what The Cars would be like if there was a drunken driver behind the wheel, while the slower "Diving for Pearls" and "Chance of a Lifetime", complete with a boozy, bluesy blast on the harmonica, have the dreamy temperament of Talk Talk.
Of course it is criminal that 1000 Mexican still warrant references to "known" bands (sic). Perhaps that won't last much longer. For now they are now a dash less appealing to my ears, if that's what it atakes to make their name appear regularly in places other than the gig guide, it is undoubtedly a step worth taking. (Push)