Meet Paquita la del Barrio, the original Adele

Sure, Adele might be picking up Grammys left and right thanks to her man-bashing anthems, but in a move worthy of our Tales From Copyright Infringement section, we Mexi’s know she’s nothing but a watered down (reductive even) version of the ultimate ball busting chanteuse, Paquita la del Barrio.

Born Francisca Viveros Barradas  one crisp April day in 1947 in  Alto Lucero, Veracruz, Paquita la del Barrio (or as her English Wikipedia entry likes to call her, “Franny from the neighborhood”) has had her heart broken so many times, her chin mole is on Paxil.

Endless anthems make up her music catalog, all with the same spoken-word break: “¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?” (“Are you listening, ya good-for-nothing?)

The Rubenesque diva’s hits include: Acábame de Matar (“Finish Killing Me Off”); Tres Veces te Engañé (“I Cheated On You Three Times”); and of course, her Rolling in the Deep, Rata de Dos Patas (“Two-legged Rat”) which we present here with subtitles:


Paquita cover “art” image via.

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