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Los Straitjackets

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Mixing the familiar sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures, Los Straitjackets create their own version of energetic surf guitar twang, complete with Mexican wrestling masks. Los Straitjackets began in the summer of 1988. Eddie Angel (guitar), L.J. "Jimmy" Lester (drums), and Danny Amis (guitar) formed an instrumental trio called the Straitjackets, which played local Nashville shows throughout the summer. After a six-year hiatus, the Straitjackets reunited, added E. Scott Esbeck on bass, and changed their name to los Straitjackets. In November 1994, the band signed with Upstart Records. They released their first single, "Gatecrasher" b/w "Lonely Apache," on Sympathy for the Record Industry in February 1995. In March 1995, the band's first album, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of los Straitjackets, was released on Upstart. That summer the band went on its first major U.S. tour. In June 1996, the band released its second album, ¡Viva!; it was the last appearance on a los Straitjackets album for Esbeck, who left the group in 1998, with Pete Curry taking over on bass. The Velvet Touch of los Straitjackets, their first album for Yep Roc Records, followed in 1999 and Damas y Caballeros! surfaced two years later. The mysterious musos decided to move on to holiday music the next year, and tackled several Christmas favorites on the fun 'Tis the Season for los Straitjackets! Supersonic Guitars in 3-D arrived in 2003, followed by a collection of outtakes, live tracks, and rarities called Vivos y los Raros in 2004. Twist Party dropped in 2006, which introduced new drummer Jason "Teen Beat" Smay, replacing Jimmy Lester who left the group the previous year. After releasing the all-star Rock en Español, Vol. 1 in 2007, which teamed the instrumentalists with a handful of vocalists, los Straitjackets returned in 2009 with The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets, a back-to-basics album that nixed guest singers and horns in favor of the Straitjackets core rocking guitar sound. The quartet expanded to a quintet in 2010 when los Straitjackets added a third guitarist, Greg Townson. 2012's Jet Set, which marked the return of Amis to the band after recovering from a difficult illness, was recorded at the Pow Wow Fun Room Studios in Los Angeles, produced by Janne Haavisto, and featured guest spots from the Basic Cable Horns (best-known for their work on the Conan television show) and Finnish actress and musician Irina Bjorklund. The album also featured a new drummer, Chris Sprague, who took over from Jason Smay. In 2013, los Straightjackets shared billing with the Fleshtones and Southern Culture on the Skids for an album of horror-themed retro-rock, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo. Los Straitjackets renewed their commitment to "instrumental music with vocals" on the 2014 release Sings The Great Instrumental Hits, with Deke Dickerson (fittingly a man more celebrated as a guitarist than a singer) warbling little-heard lyrics to popular instrumental tunes, including "Pipeline," "Walk Don't Run," and "Honky Tonk."~ Tracy Frey & Steve Leggett
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Albums by
Los Straitjackets

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    Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits!

    15 songs

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    Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets (Reissue)

    15 songs

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    Jet Set

    10 songs

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    Yuletide Beat

    13 songs

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    Rock En Espanol

    17 songs

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    Twist Party!!! [Bonus Track]

    14 songs

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    Play Favorites

    13 songs

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    Supersonic Guitars in 3-D

    13 songs

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    'Tis the Season for los Straitjackets!

    13 songs

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    Sing Along with los Straitjackets

    12 songs

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    The Velvet Touch of los Straitjackets

    14 songs

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    !Viva! Los Straitjackets

    14 songs

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    The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of los Straitjackets

    1 song

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    Linus and Lucy - Single

    2 songs

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    Aerostar

    2 songs

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    Brooklyn Slide

    2 songs

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    Crime Scene

    2 songs

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    Jet Set

    2 songs

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    Mr. Pink

    2 songs

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    New Siberia

    2 songs

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    Space Mosquito

    1 song

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    Friday On My Mind - Single

    2 songs

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    Q Dee Rock and Soul #11

    2 songs

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    Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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Top Songs by
Los Straitjackets

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  2.   Sleigh Ride
  3.   Here Comes Santa Claus
  4.   Jingle Bell Rock
  5.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  6.   A Marshmallow World
  7.   Christmas in Las Vegas
  8.   Frosty the Snowman
  9.   The Christmas Song
  10.   Theme from Young Frankenstein
  11.   Introduction of los Straitjackets
  12.   Miserlou
  13.   Für Sofia
  14.   Itchy Chicken
  15.   ¡Ghostbusters!
  16.   Dejenme Llorar
  17.   Straightjacket
  18.   The North Pole Express
  19.   Black Is Black by Raul Malo
  20.   Rockula
  21.   Jetty Motel
  22.   Goo Goo Muck by Southern Culture on the Skids
  23.   Low Tide
  24.   Joy To The World
  25.   Nocturnal Twist
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Los Straitjackets

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    A Very Rockin Misfit Christmas

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    Eclectic Holiday

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    Rock The Halls

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    Holiday Party


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