There isn’t a Chicano alive today who doesn’t recognize the title of the 1980 hit record made famous by the legendary East Los Angeles-based Chicano rock group, TIERRA!
"When I started playing this one tape, I couldn't believe what I was hearing,"Guerrero said.
Yet, Mark developed his own unique style, which is still evolving; but he does credit Chicano Study classes at Cal State Los Angeles and his father for instilling in him unique pride in his Chicano heritage.
Prior to his death on March 17, 2005, Lalo Guerrero, the iconic Chicano music hero was presented the National Medal of Arts by then President Bill Clinton for a lifetime of achievements, the only Chicano to receive our nation’s highest arts award.
The tape, which did not have the traditional introduction that normally opened Ortiz’ radio shows, also does not have a closing segment. Mark told Joe the tape was so old that parts of it were practically glued together and he didn’t want to chance destroying it by pulling it apart. Nevertheless, the tape ends with TIERRA's original tune called Barrio Suite, a seven and a half minute musical anthology that virtually encapsulates the Chicano cultural ethos.
Having found this rare tape, the three discussed the historical and educational significance of the show and what they wanted to do with it. They all agreed the tape represents a significant piece of Chicano rock history and that they should at least post it on their respective web sites for fans to download and hear the tape, and also send it out to as many Chicano media and web sites they could find.