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Mariachi Band Playing Morrissey Isn't Really So Strange

We'd let this group sing us to sleep.

This is one charming band.

El Mariachi Manchester, a Los Angeles-based mariachi band that covers Morrissey and The Smiths, spoke with NPR this week after performing at this year’s Day of the Dead celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Check out the group's rendition of “Girlfriend in a Coma” from a few months ago:

Mariachi and Morrissey might seem like an curious combination to some people, but the musician has long enjoyed immense popularity in Mexican and Mexican-American communities. Singers Moises Baquiero and Alexandro Baquiero explained to NPR that being of Mexican descent while living in the U.S. isn’t so different from being of Irish descent and living in England -- in both cases, they said, people are influenced by Catholicism and have the feeling of being second-class citizens.

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