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REVIEW: Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young at King's Lynn Festival

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Los Pacaminos (3108115)
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I'm not sure that the King's Lynn Festival organisers necessarily had political satire in mind when they booked Los Pacaminos.

But there must be some irony in a band formed out of a shared passion for musical influences across the American-Mexican border entertaining a near sell-out audience when a certain political leader - fresh from bringing his unique brand of politics to Britain - apparently wants to put a wall between the two.

I'm sure many will have been tempted along, as I was, by the chance to see one of Britain's biggest music stars of the 1980s doing something that you might not necessarily associate him with.

But Paul Young is by no means the only star of this show. If anything, the star is the show itself, which had the audience dancing in the aisles as it built to a La Bamba climax. As they say themselves, Hurray for Los Pacaminos.

And what really came over most strongly during a near two-and-a-half hour performance was the sheer joy the band seemed to be getting simply from playing the music they love to an appreciative audience, who rightly had no hesitation in calling for an encore.

Based on what I've seen, the band's current album, the gloriously titled A Fistful of Statins, is surely worth a listen. However, after the obvious follow-up of For a Few Statins More, I wonder what the equivalent album title for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly might be.

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