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Feature for November 2014


Los Pinguinos



Band Name: Los Pinguinos

Genre: Classic surf, Mexicano, spy, spaghetti western & TV theme

Geographical Area: Maine

Interview with Diego Fedora by email on 10/27/14


1. What is the current line-up of your band?


2. How and when did you get started with your band?

The mythology we propagate is that Eddie and I met in Chuckawalla Valley State (Penitentiary) in 1978. There we started Los Pinguinos and recorded our first tracks.

Our first hit, as the story grows, was our track, Neurotica, a heavy blues influenced surf number which was bumped off the charts by Rupert Holmes “Escape,” you know- the Pina Colada song.

So it goes!

Over the years we toured the world one step ahead of the local constabulary with a never-ending series of bass players who, for purposes of personal safety, remained anonymous, appearing only under the name "Bajo Grande."

Now “the rest of the story.”

I had been out of music for a few years and it was eating a hole in my heart. I was originally a drummer, but a few years ago the guitar bug bit hard - and surf music was the perfect outlet.

I loved the technical challenge, especially learning stuff by Dick Dale. I loved the challenge of making it smooth, like Hank Marvin. Then Eddie Angel and Danny Amis and what they were doing with Los Straightjackets smacked me right in the head.

It just all started making sense.

I traded my vintage Gretsch drum kit for my American Standard Strat, invented Diego - and went at it.

I kept daring one of my best friends to get back into drumming - he hadn’t played for years. One evening when we showed up at his house for dinner - he had a set of drums and a practice space all set up. Rock and roll! That’s when we invented Eddie El Minion and started hacking away!

In 2014 we formed the present line-up, adding our young bassist, El Bajito and embarking on the “new era” of Los Pinguinos.


3. What bands or music have influenced you most?


4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?

We mostly do covers in our shows- a handful of originals. 



5. What recording have you done?


6. What kind of gear do you use?

Diego - Black Betty - American Standard Fender Strat, Frank (Franken-Tele)- Radically modified Fender Squire Telecaster, Fender Mustang Amps

Eddie El Minion - Yamaha drums

El Bajito - Samick Greg Bennett Design bass, Crate & Orange amps


7. What is your band’s favorite food/beverage?

8. How do you get gigs?


9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?



10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?


11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used to further your band’s musical path?

Free gigs- and having a really good story. People are really getting into the characters of Diego, Eddie and El Bajito.


12. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had? 

13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?

14. Anything else?


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