Court Jesters of Mexican Rap-Rawk Top Themselves With Other People’s Tunes


Remember when rock music was fun, energetic, ballsy, and wild? Yeah, me neither. But Molotov do. They come from Mexico City, where there is mucho super-rock action and their new Con Todo Respeto is a covers record, which usually means “damn, we got no material,” but somehow it ends up being their best record—which is saying a lot, considering that this is a band with an album called Apocalypshit. The covers are insane: the Misfits’ “I Turned Into a Martian” reinvented as a pinpoint cumbia with creepy interpolated profane whispers; the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” turned into the Spanglishized “Chavas” (instead of “Jockin’ Mike D to my dismay,” there is a big chunky belch); a version of the Mex standard “Mi Abuela” with . . . no, now I’ve said too much. But it won’t be a big surprise that the hugest track is “Rock Me Amadeus,” here turned into rap-rawk monolith “Amateur.” The central riff was already awesome, but this one has sweat, grit, style, and guitars that sound like God—plus a video featuring an albino dude named Fabio, trying to win a surreal hot dog contest.