WBEZ | los crudos http://www.wbez.org/tags/los-crudos Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pilsen's punk scene then and now http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/pilsens-punk-scene-then-and-now-105885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/martin website thumbnail 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="338" width="601"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2F&amp;set_id=72157632916784916&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2F&amp;set_id=72157632916784916&amp;jump_to=" height="338" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="601"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 22px; text-align: center;">While playing the slideshow, push &quot;X&quot; for full screen. &quot;Show info&quot; displays captions.</em></p><p>Pilsen&#39;s punk rock legacy was on display Saturday at a pair of reunion shows for the beloved and influential &lsquo;90s band Los Crudos. The band&#39;s lead singer, Martin Sorrondeguy, grew up in Pilsen in the 1980s, but initially knew few other kids in his neighborhood who shared his tastes.</p><p>&quot;When we saw another kid, no matter if you were Latino or a white kid who grew up in the neighborhood, if you were remotely alternative we would run two blocks to catch up with you,&quot; he recalls. &quot;Like, &#39;Are you into punk? We&rsquo;re into punk! Let&rsquo;s hang out!&#39;&quot;</p><p>That would change, as bands like Los Crudos cemented Pilsen&rsquo;s reputation as a haven for punk.</p><p>Los Crudos was highly influential and much beloved during its &lsquo;90s heyday. Sorrondeguy wrote and sang entirely in Spanish, and when he came out as gay at the height of the band&rsquo;s popularity, it solidified the group&rsquo;s reputation for radically inclusive politics.</p><p>The hundreds of fans from all over the city lined up at the ChiTown Futbol sports facility to see the band play probably weren&rsquo;t surprised by the unconventional venue; Los Crudos always had a preference for playing in underground and alternative spaces.</p><p>&quot;If the Metro or somebody wanted us to play some show it was like, no,&quot; Sorrondeguy said. &quot;We just wouldn&rsquo;t do it. It had to be completely independent and DIY and not some established club.&quot;</p><p>In 2010, WBEZ&rsquo;s Robin Amer and the Chicago News Cooperative&rsquo;s Meribah Knight interviewed Sorrondeguy for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30cncfireside.html?_r=0">a story about</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=ONxngB7LwuE">Logan Square&rsquo;s Fireside Bowl</a>, which was a much-loved if crusty music venue favored by Los Crudos and other bands in Chicago&rsquo;s punk scene during the &lsquo;90s.</p><p>In the interview, Sorrondeguy talked about coming out, the evolution of Pilsen&rsquo;s punk scene, and trying to explain punk rock to his Uruguayan immigrant parents.</p><p>&quot;My mom would always be like, &#39;What is punk about? What is it? Is this what it is?&#39;&quot; Sorrondeguy remembers. &quot;She could never understand how we could all fall under one umbrella, how we could all be at the same shows but not believe in the same things.&quot;</p><p>You can hear a slightly edited version of the interview in the audio above.</p><p><em>(Note: The interview contains some unedited profanity.)</em></p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the Sorrondeguy family&#39;s country of origin.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/pilsens-punk-scene-then-and-now-105885