Dance in Spanglish Fly's 'Boogaloo Shoes': Video Premiere

Hugh Haggerty
Spanglish Fly

The retro outfit from New York proves that a funky Latin groove never goes out of style

Everything about Spanglish Fly’s “Boogaloo Shoes” video is retro: from the sound -- a throwback to New York’s Latin urban past -- to the song title’s disco era reference (“Boogie Shoes”), to the sweet homemade Claymation video, which harkens back to beloved 1970s SNL character “Mr. Bill.”  

Then, of course, there’s the band’s clever name, which contains both a living-bilingual reference to an old-school roofie made from crushed beetles (which is not to say the band thinks slipping something in a woman’s drink is a suave thing to do), and a nod to early Bronx hip-hop.  

Ultimately, Spanglish Fly’s music is less a nostalgia vehicle than proof that some things never go out of style: in this case a funky Latin groove.

Spanglish Fly’s new album Ay Que Boogaloo is out Feb. 16th on Chaco World Music. The record release show at New York’s Highline Ballroom will feature boogaloo original Joe Bataan. Meanwhile, break in your dancing shoes with the video, premiering today on Billboard: