Los Fabulosos Cadillacs was one of the first Argentinian bands that started fusing rock and pop music with traditional South American rhythms back in the mid-80s. Their song â€śMatadorâ€ť, released in the early 90s, is about police repression and the people who â€śare fighting for a better worldâ€ť that become its victims, portraying them as martyrs of resistance. The protagonist in the lyrics has decided to take his fight for truth, peace, and justice to the bitter end; he is waiting in a rented room, rifle in hand, for the police to come and take his life. â€śMatadorâ€ť also makes a reference to Victor Jara, a revolutionary Chilean singer/songwriter who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Pinochetâ€™s goverment after the coup in 1973 (â€ťVictor Jara no callaâ€ť, meaning, â€śVictor Jara will not be silentâ€ť).
The rather confusing video of â€śMatadorâ€ť won the MTV Latino Video Music Award in 1994 and increased the bandâ€™s popularity, making the song their trademark hit.
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Argentina, arr. by Bruno