PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO

Paquita started her career in Mexico City in 1970. She performed at a local restaurant in Colonia Guerrero, where fans returned every week to listen to her music. It is here where she gained her stage name.[2] Her big break came in 1986, where she performed in a Televisa show that exposed her to a bigger audience and led to a recording contract with CBS.[2] Her songs usually take a stance against Mexico’s sexist male culture.[3] This has made her popular among female audiences. She is known for her often confrontational presence; her signature phrase, with which she often teases male spectators in her shows, is “¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?” (“Are you listening to me, you good-for-nothing?”). Her best-known song is “Rata de dos patas” (Eng: “Two-legged rat”), in which she compares an ex-lover to a variety of vermin and other untrustworthy animals. The song was included in her album of the same name.[4] Many of Paquita’s albums and songs are jukebox staples in Mexican clubs and cantinas. Many admirers, particularly outside Mexico, also appreciate her for her camp value.