Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cruzados: Debut LP and After Dark Vinyl Rip

I really don't know a lot about these guys. Back in the late 80's, I happened to be hanging around one evening and taped a KBFH show with these guys live. Over the years, I kept going back to that tape, and just really liked everything about it. Power pop vocals, guitars and just plane good rockin' tunes. Picked up a couple of LP's at the local used record store and really enjoyed those as well. Who are the Cruzados? Damifino....

Wasted Years
Rising Sun
Hanging Out In California
Motorcycle Girl
Flor de Mal
Crying Eyes
Seven Summers
Some Day
1,000 Miles
Just Like Roses

Small Town Love
Bed Of Lies
Road Of Truth
Last Ride
Time For Waiting
Young And On Fire
Summer's Gone, Summer's Gone
I Want Your World To Turn
Chains Of Freedom
Blue Sofa (Still A Fool)

53MB, WMA, 2 Vinyl LP's

If you don't have the KBFH show get it here:


Brett said...

great stuff -- saved me the trouble of ripping my own vinyl copies (anything that reduces that job is welcome).

WVKayaker said...

thanks for the feedback!

Todd said...

Steve Hufsteter (sp?) was the guitarist/songwriter for The Quick (an album I LOVED!) so when I saw he was the guitarist here, I bought the album without hearing anything from it.

more info

WVKayaker said... the man!
Here it is copied from todds URL post....
Feb 1, 2007 | 232 words , 4 images
Los Angeles, California quartet the Cruzados pursued a relatively fertile power pop groove in the mid to late 80s, a style which might have been predicted by the participants' previous careers. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Hufsteter was a veteran of several Kim Fowley-related Los Angeles groups, including the Quick, Young Republicans and the Falcons, while Tito Larriva (vocals/guitar) and Charlie Quintana (drums) had both been in Plugz (at one point home to future Swans leader Michael Gira). The Cruzados' debut was produced by .38 Special stalwart Rodney Mills, but had few distinguishing features. By the time the follow-up was released Hufstetter had departed and the Cruzados were gearing themselves up for chart action. However, with guests including Paul Butterfield, Pat Benatar and Don Henley, there was still little individuality on After Dark, and the group were certainly weakened by Hufsteter's absence. Song titles such as "Small Town Love", "Bed Of Lies" and "Road Of Truth" spoke volumes about their new bluster and stadium-rock pretensions. With the failure of this project, Quintana departed to join New York band Havalinas.

Album ratings range from one (poor) to five (outstanding)

Album Label/Year Rating
Cruzados Arista 1985
After Dark Arista 1987
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WVKayaker said...

Now I got to track down some Quick!
Thanks Todd!

Todd said...

First, The Quick can be found at

Then the roots start to spread, because the lead singer, Danny Wilde, was in Great Buildings and The Rembrandts.

BCN said...

Thank You. I've been looking for this 2 records for years.

Anonymous said...

Weren't The Cruzados on the Repo Man soundtrack?

WVKayaker said...

Here is the Soundtrack
1. Repo Man - Iggy Pop
2. TV Party - Black Flag
3. Istitutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
4. Coup D'Etat - The Circle Jerks
5. El Clavo Y La Cruz - The Plugz
6. Pablo Picasso - Burning Sensations
7. Let's Have A War - Fear
8. When The Shit Hits The Fan - The Circle Jerks
9. Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man) - The Plugz
10. Bad Man - Juicy Bananas
11. Reel Ten - The Plugz

WVKayaker said...

you're welcome

Willard said...

Tito Larrivaa, of the Cruzados, went on to form the very cool band Tito & Tarantula, and became a close friend of filmaker Robert Rodriquez. Tito & Tarantula appeared on film as the bar band in the Rodriquez/Tarantino flick "From Dusk Til Dawn," performing two incredible songs (that can be found at

Tito showed up in more Rodriquez movies as an actor (and also contributed to the soundtracks) in movies like "Desperado" and "Once Upon A Time In Mexico." That's Tito chasing behind Antonio Banderas on the street after the bar massacre scene in "Desperado."

Lots of great stuff here. Many thanks.

WVKayaker said...

I've seen your blog and it is impressive. Thanks for stopping by and leaving some coo info!

WVKayaker said...

williard...the two tunes are awesome. Highly recommended!
Thanks again!

Willard said...

Hey WV,
Thanks for the kind comments and the always appreciated linkage. We've done the same. Now it's time to dig into those extrememly cool Tommy Keenes. Many thanks!

WVKayaker said...

enjoy! and thanks again willard

phaota said...

The Cruzados were also in the excellent "Road House" movie. They played two songs at the beginning of the film - "Don't Throw Stones" and "Savior Faire". I have a live, sans cheering at the beginning and end which I edited out, version of "Stones", which I got off a 1986 live album I found on a blog. "Savior Faire" is extremely hard to locate though. Has to be a cover of Family Fodder's 1980 tune, which I have in my extended "Road House" soundtrack.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Go To Zinhof's for Tito & Tarantula

If the post disappears go here

WVDeighve said...

Better late than never. Thanks for these Cruzados tapes. I had a Mex.-American friend that got me into the 2nd Cruzados album back in the 80s. Loved them.

Camarillo Brillo said...

You are welcome, and thanks for the comments. Always appreciated!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Go To Zinhof's for even more Tito & Tarantula

Anonymous said...

Without question the first (self titled) album is the best! Although many reviewers parrot the impression that After Dark is the better of the two albums.
Steve's guitar(on the first album) playing is much more fluid.
The songs: Hangin' Out In California, Just like Roses, Flor de Mal.. well.. hell.. all of them on the first album, are masterpieces.
After Dark, while a good album, is uneven with maybe two tunes as good as on the debut album.
If you are unsure, get 'em both. That way you can do no wrong!
I saw 'em live a few times in LA during the Motorcycle Girl tour. 1986?? Excellent live!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks for checking in and leaving some great feed back!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Here's the complete King Biscuit Flower Show...

Anonymous said...

For any of you Tony Marsico fans out there ...he's in a new band:
..The California Del Reys of the San Fernando Valley. (LOL)

surf burlesque music

cool stuff

website is here:

Anonymous said...

Carmen..2 Roxy shows??? !!! fucking wow.

9/2/87 and 11/15/87

is that right?? seems to be.

anyway... THANKS !!

Excellent band.. excellent recordings!

Any chance you might have the 'unreleased early recordings'?

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks for the The California Del Reys info!

Camarillo Brillo said...

I don't have any of the the 'unreleased early recordings'

Anonymous said...

FYI some California Del Reys videos.
You can hear some Cruzados vibe in each one.
Tony Marsico was more of an influence in the Cruzados than many thought.


Anonymous said...

Amazing!! you know how long have I been looking for this band? I didn't remember their name exactly and after years and years it's posted here!

Thanx for the songs!!!!!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Maybe 20 years? Enjoy!

juanitomaniaco said...

thank you very much amigo,i really like the music of these guys,i love the repo man ost,speccially when los plugz are playin,and all from tito,saludos desde mexico

Camarillo Brillo said...

thanks Juanito...enjoy the tunes you found!

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