Infectious Grooves – Mas Borracho: #926 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Infectious Grooves - Mas Borracho

Why is Infectious Grooves’ Mas Borracho on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

Shot out of a canon, hard funked up metal and other party-influenced sounds. And that’s for starters.

Some stats & info about Infectious Grooves – Mas Borracho  

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Metal, Funky Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, Rock Music, Grunge
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Mas Borracho released? 2000
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #926 out of 1,000

Infectious Grooves’ Mas Borracho on Spotify

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective take on what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.

What does Infectious Grooves’ Mas Borracho mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

One of the reasons why I’m drawn to Mas Borracho is that it reminds me of a lot of the live local bands I saw during and just after my college years, in and around New York City, Binghamton, and Ithaca, New York.

If you’re having a party where you’re using red solo cups to serve beverages and you’re totally cool with that and all the participants are totally cool with that, Mas Borracho is an album you can throw on and feel pretty comfortable that it will be setting a mood with the energy level that is the correct energy level.

“Just A Lil Bit” sounds like it’s shot out of a canon, hard funked up metal and punk, vocals shouting “oi!” And then it transitions into a very werido but amazing section that’s Primus-y and Chili Pepppers-esque and maybe a touch of Murphy’s Law, before zooming right back to breakneck speed. It’s just great.

“Good Times Are Out to Get You” is an all-timer song title, for starters. It’s a really fun song influenced by early Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction.

“Fill You Up,” meanwhile takes their funky metal sound and dovetails into darker grunge territory while still maintaining an exciting sound quite effectively.

This album also sounds like

I’d say Suicidal Tendencies (front man Mike Muir is also in Infectious Grooves) and Faith No More, with a dusting of bands like Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, and Metallica.

I traveled to Spain many years ago with my then fiancé and now wife and her parents. One morning in Madrid I got up early and decided to head to a café to enjoy this incredible hot chocolate they had there that’s served with a little churro that you can dip into it. I was doing just that and writing in my travel journal, when I noticed that three young guys at a table next to me were making a bit of a racket.

I could tell that they were entirely benevolent, just some Spanish guys who were goofing around pretty loudly at an unusually early hour. I must have looked over once or twice, and I got into a conversation with the least ruckus-y of the group. He explained to me in broken English that the most ruckus-y of the group was borracho. I didn’t know what that meant, and he said, “drunk.” He went to explain, “You know, like fish. Drunk like fish. Borracho.” He made some swimming motions while doing this, which I found quite funny.

I still do.

On a final note, to me that having “infectious” in your band name isn’t perhaps the greatest selling point in 2021. I really, really hope that that will not always be the case.