Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns

Stenciling punk and New Wave onto classic Tex-Mex garage-rock, Joe "King" Carraso & the Crowns became a phenomenon first at Austin dives like Raul's and then across the pond, where UK label Stiff Records (Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury) released the group's self-titled debut in 1980; Costello called them "better than the Police." Carrasco's over-the-top energy and the Crowns' devotion to the chugging grooves of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs brought them to the attention of Saturday Night Live and MTV, which made a hit out of "Party Weekend," aided by a plentiful amount of South Padre Island swimsuits. These days Carrasco spends most of his time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he's a featured entertainer at "Mex-Tex" restaurant Nacho Daddy, but he still gets back this way every so often. Last year he had a Discovery Green crowd swaying to Doug Sahm and his own "Houston El Mover," and now he's reunited with original Crowns Kris Cummings, Brad Kizer and Mike Navarro to start the party weekend all over again.
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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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