Silverio, Julián Lede’s hard-partying, unclothed, and confrontational alter ego, is back at it again with a video for a new song called “Tu Casa,” which we’re premiering today on Remezcla. The title is a reference to the ubiquitous saying “mi casa es su casa” and the tradition of hospitality in Mexican culture.
But “Tu Casa” actually takes on a more sinister meaning once you know the inspiration behind the song – the Parthenon built and inhabited by none other than Arturo “El Negro” Durazo Moreno, one of the most notorious and corrupt officials in modern history. Appointed by then president José López Portillo, Durazo became Mexico City’s chief of police, turning the department into a haven for racketeering. He accepted kickbacks from cocaine smugglers, bribes, evaded taxes, and extorted citizens far and wide. After 12 Colombians were found dead with signs of torture, and after his affiliates were linked to their deaths, a warrant was issued and he was arrested in Costa Rica. The specter of his reign continues to loom large.
One of the most lavish symbols of his power was a house in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, built to resemble the Parthenon in Greece. It’s here where Silverio was inspired to write a “neo-fascist industrial” song about false hospitality and economic abundance. Naturally, the video – directed by Zulu –was filmed there.
So sit back and watch Silverio parade around a place that seems eerily close to home for Su Majestad Imperial, as he surrounds himself with chamanas waving his flag (which of course, features red underwear as his coat of arms). It’s funny at times, at others slightly disturbing, but for the most part, you’ll just have a hard time figuring out how to feel.