Robert Rodriguez’s CHINGON Band is a Mexican-American rock band originally started by Robert Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. The band features members of the Latin Rock band Del Castillo and Rodriguez on guitar. Chingon released their debut album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, in 2004, and updated the release in 2010.

Chingon also contributed their song “Malagueña Salerosa” to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2 – which Rodriguez scored – and a live performance by the band was included on the film’s DVD release. They had also contributed to the soundtrack for Planet Terror, and composed and performed the score to the film Machete.


CHINGON is a tex-mex bluesrock band initiated by Robert Rodriguez.

Robert was born Robert Anthony Rodriguez in San Antonio, Texas on June 20, 1968. He started playing around with filming early in his childhood and went on to record high school football games. In high school he met his friend Carlos Gallardo, who would later star as El Mariachi. He went to the University of Texas, where he started doing cartoons that he called Los Hooligans, also the name of his production company later on, that ran in the school’s newspaper. In 1990 he got into UT’s film program, where he made the short film Bedhead on 16mm which earned him awards at film festivals. Robert wanted to learn more about film-making and set out to direct an action movie for the Spanish-language video market. Robert committed himself to medical studies, an adventure chronicled in his book Rebel without a crew, and together with Carlos shot El Mariachi for about $7000. Rather than open the doors and receive video distribution, the film went to win festival awards and was then picked up by Columbia Pictures who funded a quasi re-release of the Film with a larger budget going into its post production. In 2011 the film was even admitted to the Library of Congress for its cultural significance.

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