Nobody knows who started Mexico’s legendary frog mummification industry.
Or why so many tourists found these things appealing enough to plunk down a few pesos and bring them back home.
But there is something odd and compelling about a frog band rocking out on their faux instruments.
I’m guessing that it took a Tijuana frog artisan hours and hours to get the poses just right.
Norman Bates, it's rumored, had the same challenges with his ma.
Meet Babbo & The Batrachians, my band.
I discovered the four-piece grooving in a shop in Hillyard and, after a brief negotiation, signed them to my label.
Days later, a friend loaned me his guitarist, Babbo, to turn the group into a true quintet with a front frog.
During Christmas, the Batrachians wear little Santa hats and go on display in the living room. If you have a good imagination or enough to drink, you can almost hear them living the dream.
“Rockin’ around the Christmas tree at the Clark house party hop…”
I have a very understanding wife.