Song of the Day: Hey Pachuco! by Royal Crown Revue

Swing by GenevieveFT

Hey Pachuco! is a song by Royal Crown Revue, it appears on the album Mugzy’s Move.


Hey, Pachuco

Summer of ’43
The man is gunnin’ for me
Blue and white mean war tonight
Say, damn my pride
And all the cats livin’ down east side
So that there’s no place to hide

Hey, Marie
You better grab my jack and zip gun for me
‘Cause I’ll face no shame
Tonight’s the night that I die for our name

Well, when we hit downtown
We start to throw down
We end up doin’ time
Soon they’ll be met up
There I could get up
So I’ll stick with that gang of mine


Hey, Pachuco


Made famous by the Jim Carrey film The Mask, this is swing jazz as it should be. Fast tempo and popping.

The Royal Crown Revue (RCR) is a band formed in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. They are often credited with starting the Swing Revival movement, but while RCR played an important role in the revival of swing, they were but one in a sea of actors, including many crucial predecessors who laid the groundwork for RCR’s own success. Live, RCR has been extremely successful: They participated in 1998’s Vans Warped Tour, opened for the B-52s and The Pretenders and played at major US Jazz Festivals. The band also filmed an episode of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”, which aired in March 2010.

The band was founded by Mark Stern, Eddie Nichols and Mando Dorame out of their love of Rockabilly, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Soul and other styles of roots music. Two of Stern’s siblings, Jamie and Adam rounded out the group (Mark, Adam and another brother Shawn were members of the punk band Youth Brigade).

After releasing their first album on BYO Records, the band signed with Warner Bros. and parted ways with the Stern brothers. Currently, RCR’s lineup consists of singer Eddie Nichols, tenor saxophonist/arranger/writer Mando Dorame, and drummer Daniel Glass. The band continues to play to capacity crowds in Australia, Europe and the US.

After filming The Mask, RCR began a residency at the landmark Los Angeles club, The Derby, which gained worldwide recognition due, in large part, to the location’s inclusion in the hit film Swingers. Although the band’s music was an instrumental part of The Derby’s swing scene, a conflict in their Warner Brothers contract prevented Royal Crown Revue from appearing in the movie.

The RCR Horn section backed Bette Midler on her top-grossing 2003-2004 Kiss My Brass tour. Trumpeter Scott Steen was Bette’s featured soloist.

RCR made numerous film, television, radio and print appearances, including The MaskLate Night with Conan O’BrienViva VarietyThe Today Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 1998 the group appeared at the Playboy Jazz Festival, recorded and performed live with Bette Midler at the Billboard Music Awards and composed the original theme for the WB Network’s 1999 television season.

Royal Crown Revue

Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Swing
Years active 1989–present
Labels BYO Records, Surfdog Records, Warner Bros. Records, RCR Records
Associated acts Youth Brigade
Members Mark Cally
Mando Dorame
Daniel Glass
Jim Jedeikin
Dave Miller
Eddie Nichols
Jennifer Keith
Past members James Achor
Veikko Lepisto
Adam Stern
Jamie Stern
Mark Stern
Bill Ungerman
Scott Steen

image by GenevieveFT

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One Response to Song of the Day: Hey Pachuco! by Royal Crown Revue

  1. swiveltam says:

    Who wrote the music and lyrics for this song. I use it as a title for one of my chapters in my swing dance fiction novel and like to credit the writers. Thanks!


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