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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?

Archived Interviews

October 2014 - Cutback

August 2014 - B11

July 2014 - Brigantines

June 2014 - International Surf Music Month

May 2014 - Unsteady Freddie revisited

April 2014 - Bongo Surf revisited

March 2014 - Turbosonics

February 2014 - Blue Wave Theory revisited

January 2014 - Regional Surf Band listing

December 2013 - TarantinosNYC revisited

October 2013 - Rip Chords revisited

September 2013 - Double Crown Records

August 2013 - Mister Neutron revisited

July 2013 - Supertones revisited

June 2013 - International Surf Music Month

April 2013 - Meteor Men

March 2013 - Balboas

January 2013 - Derangers

December 2012 - Brief History of Surf Music

November 2012 - Del Rio Bandits

October 2012 - NESMA 10th Anniversary

September 2012 - Oxford (OH) Battle of the Surfing Bands

August 2012 - Surf Guitar 101 Convention

July 2012 - Blue Demons

June 2012 - International Surf Music Month

May 2012 - Thee Icepicks

April 2012 - Instro Summit

March 2012 - Mystery Men?

January 2012 - Clams revisited

December 2011 - Aqualads

November 2011 - Monterreys

October 2011 - Beachcombovers

September 2011 - Kill, Baby...Kill!

July/August 2011 - Big Tiki Dude

June 2011 - International Surf Music Month

May 2011 - Trabants

April 2011 - Instro Summit

February 2011 - Urban Surf Kings revisited

January 2011 - Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters

December 2010 - Spytones

November 2010 - Serfs revisited

October 2010 - Sharkskins revisited

September 2010 - 9th Wave revisited

August 2010 - Big Wipeouts

July 2010 - Tsunami of Sound

June 2010 - International Surf Music Month

April 2010 - AmpFibians

March 2010 - Daikaiju

February 2010 - Atom Bumz

January 2010 - Big Surf


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