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Yo La Tengo

"Yo La Tengo" is an American rock band. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, they have demonstrated unusual longevity for the indie-rock scene. A critical favorite with a devoted fan base, they have achieved only limited popular success.

Their name comes from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, Richie Ashburn, the center fielder of the New York Mets, was crashing again and again with Venezuelan Elio Chacón. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, "I got it! I got it!" only to collide with the 160 pound (73 kg, 11 stones 6 pounds) Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, "Yo la tengo! Yo la tengo!" which is "I've got it" in Spanish. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by 200 pound (91 kg, 14 stones 4 pounds) left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish.

The band wanted a name that sounded foreign in order to avoid any connotations and Kaplan is a devoted baseball fan (and a fan of the New York Mets in particular). However, it still irks them when they are asked the origin of the name. The ban...

years active 1984–present
status Active
origin Hoboken, New Jersey
country United States
music genre Indie Rock
current members Georgia Hubley
Ira Kaplan
James McNew
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia