Robert Rodriguez’s Sequel to 2010 Action-exploitation Hit Machete Cuts Deep
with an Album of Atmospheric Rock, Funk and Latin Sounds



The original motion picture soundtrack of producer-director Robert Rodriguez’s MACHETE KILLS, the much-anticipated sequel to Rodriguez’s 2010 exploitation classic Machete, will be released by Morada Music according to Morada President Marshall Blonstein.  The film, opening October 11 on 2400 screens nation-wide, stars Danny Trejo as ex-Mexican federale Machete Cortez and features Antonio Banderas, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Lady GaGa, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jessica Alba, among others. The 22-cut album MACHETE KILLS soundtrack —the first to accompany a film in the Machete franchise—will be arrive at retailers on October 15.

Reviewed as “one of the summer’s most cartoonishly enjoyable films” by Rotten Tomatoes, the 2010 MACHETE was an outgrowth of a fake trailer shown in Grindhouse, the action-horror sendup written, directed and produced by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino in 2007. Filmed on a production budget of $10 million, by the end of 2010 MACHETE has achieved success both domestically and internationally, taking in just under $45 million.  

Its 2011 DVD release sold almost 700,000 copies in its first week of release.  MACHETE KILLS finds its blade-wielding namesake hired by the President to track down and “kick some ass” on a south-of-the-border revolutionary who’s aimed a missile at Washington.


The MACHETE KILLS soundtrack showcases a broad range of musical styles that perfectly complement the film’s action, characters and ominous plot twists. Rodriguez himself co-penned several of the pieces with Austin composer Carl Thiel (the pair worked together on the soundtrack to Rodriguez’s Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D), including the main title score and “President Rathcock” (the role played by Charlie Sheen).  One of the album’s highlights is a new Rodriguez composition, performed by his band, Chingon—the rousing ode “They Call Him Machete,” an anthem to the film’s unconventional namesake (“Machete don’t text, Machete don’t tweet”).  Just as notable is Brian Ramos’ hard-driving “Telele,” sung in Spanish and sporting a hot-wired guitar break.  Carl Thiel and Rick Del Castillo, of the award-winning Austin band Del Castillo, team for the sinister instrumentals “Chick Fight” and “Miss San Antonio,” and L.A. punk/New Wave veterans Tito Larriva and Steve Hufsteter collaborate with Rodriguez on “Machete Kills End Titles.” The latter track is performed by Tito & Tarantula.


In a recent interview, Rodriguez described MACHETE KILLS as “a throwback to a classic James Bond-type film.  The adventure, the scope and the scale is a lot bigger than before featuring a rogue’s gallery of characters, played by top actors. The fun factor is dialed up. Danny Trejo [Machete] has been chasing me down to make this since he and I first dreamt of making the film on the set of Desperado—so you can imagine, I’ve been hearing him champion MACHETE for 15 years. Now he gets his wish!”



Morada Music and Vision is a wing of Audio Fidelity, which specializes in deluxe reissues of classic pop-music recordings.  Audio Fidelity was founded in 2002 by music-industry legend Marshall Blonstein and emerged from the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label he founded in 1986, following his tenure as president of Island Records and co-founder of Ode Records (where he helped make Carole King’s Tapestry one of the best-selling albums of all time and built the cult-film franchises The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke).