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19 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Boy Band Menudo

If you don’t know who the boy band Menudo is, then you didn’t grow up in the 80’s. They dropped their first album in 1977 and were together for 22 years. By together, I mean that they kept replacing the aging boys with fresh, new young faces, making Menudo the band you’d fight to join.

Here’s what we didn’t know about them growing up.

1. They were the first Latino boy band ever.

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The band was formed by Puerto Rican producer Edgardo Díaz in the 1970s. The band reached it’s peak in the ’90s with several hit songs. Díaz was also the man who created the group La Pandilla.

2. Menudo went punk rock in the ’80s.

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The band had a total image makeover, and so did their music. It went from “bubblegum pop” to rock. They even released an album called “Somos Los Hijos del Rock.” Not on the nose at all.

3. Ricky Martin made his first big break with Menudo.

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Can you spot mi Ricky? He was just 12 years old. Half the Puerto Rican population was obsessed with them, including my mother. They brought great glory to our little island.

4.  Ricky Martin left after 5 years with Menudo for telenovelas.

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Ricky was signed onto a Mexican telenovela, that every single one of our mother’s watched, called “Alcanzar una estrella.” And with that, a star was born.

5. Draco Rosa was in Menudo at the same time as Ricky.

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They’re rumored to be best friends to this day. Rosa is known for writing and producing many of Ricky’s later hit singles, including “María,” “La Vida Loca,” “She Bangs” and “Shake Your Bon-Bon.” 

Gracias por su servicio. 🙏

6. The two even worked on a single together recently.

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They came together on a music video that has over 10 million views where both are in a foggy “Pride and Prejudice” esque setting serenading an extremely thin woman. Show me Ricky serenading his husband and I’ll scream for it.

7. The band took a break in the late 90’s and rebooted in 2007 with this look:

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Oh man. The early 2000s was a crazy time for fashion. See that guy in the middle? You might recognize his face from someplace more recent.

8. Troy Kurtis went on to place third in “The X Factor” in 2012.

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He auditioned entirely in Spanish and reportedly seduced judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears with a “very sexy” performance (Britney Spears’ words, not mine). I’m throwing back and watching this season again.

9. The band manager would cut any member who started going through puberty.

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One member even remembers finding out he was going to go during an interview with producer Díaz. The interviewer asked who was going to go next, and he just pointed at that guy. #Brutal

10. During the 2016 elections #fakenews came out that Marco Rubio was in Menudo.

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Which was hilarious at best and a problematic hit for Latinos at worst. We wish he did make it to Menudo, so maybe he wouldn’t have turned out so conservative.

11. Menudo was in the Uno Rulebook.

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Just kidding. Could you imagine what their lives would be like if they had to do that?

12. Luis Fonsi tried out for Menudo, but didn’t make the cut.

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Luis Fonsi auditioned for Menudo when he was just ten years old. “I got called back. I got to the semifinals. This is probably the most exciting time in my life. Menudo was Menudo.”

“I passed the singing, I passed the dancing, but you know what I failed? The English.”

13. You can buy vintage Menudo action dolls for $70 on Etsy.

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Some figurines go for $15, but you probably don’t want those guys. You probably want Ricky or Draco. They’re the money.

14. Menudo starred as themselves in two feature films.

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There was such a huge market for Menudo content, they couldn’t create it fast enough.

“Una Aventura Llamada Menudo” and “Menudo: La Película” were a big deal for the boys themselves, because most of them went on to star in telenovelas. Only a couple are known for their music to this day.

15. Telemundo Puerto Rico even gave them a television show.

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Mostly, there was a lot of pelvis thrusting, but every year it hosted a beauty pageant called “La chica de Menudo.” The winner would sometimes be seen in music videos or at their Puerto Rican concerts. #score

16. Menudo even made it’s way into it’s own MTV’s reality series.

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“Road to Menudo” and “Making Menudo” were a blast. It was basically like American Idol, except they shoved a bunch of Puerto Rican boys into a house together, forced them to compete, and promise them a place in Menudo.

17. Their last single was written by Bruno Mars in 2008.

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It was called “Lost”, and …then the band, the fame, the #menudomania all faded away.

18. This crew, tho, will always live in our hearts…

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As the kids who put Puerto Rico on the map and kept it there. Te amo, Ricky, Rubén, Sergio, Robert y Angelo!

19. All in all, Menudo was, is, and forever will be the best boy band of all time. 🏆

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When One Direction started becoming a thing, everyone was quick to reminisce about the good old days with the original Juan Direction.

These Tostilocos Prove The Loco In The Name

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These Tostilocos Prove The Loco In The Name

Those of us who love Tostilocos know the deliciously classic savory snack that’s a heavenly combination of Salsa Verde Tostitos tortilla chips, chamoy, hot sauce, Japanese-style peanuts, Chaca Chaca, jicama, cucumber and cueritos. The original mix of salty and spicy flavors is absolute perfection.

But as with anything good, someone’s always gonna drop a remix to try and make it better. And sometimes that remix just might be better than the original. It worked for J.Lo’s “I’m Real” or Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” if you want to take it way back.

In the quest to add more loco to the snack game, people have come up with some awesome Tostiloco remixes that are so mouthwatering they may just be better than the original.

1. But then there’s Dorilocos, which are the same as Tostilocos but with nacho cheese Doritos.

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I guess the old snack adage is true: when in doubt, add nacho cheese Doritos to whatever you’re eating. That’s a thing people say, right?

2. Nacho flavor? Well, how about adding Takis to whatever you’re eating?

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I can get behind that one.

3. Churritoslocos did the same thing, taking the tried and true Tostiloco ingredients but adding them to crunchy churritos.

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I’m here for it.

4. Pepi-locos change things up by making the cucumber the main star of the show.

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Also called Pepi-sushi, Pepi-locos take a hollowed out cucumber and fill it with all the stuff you’d find on Tostilocos. Some spots even plate the Pepi-locos on a bed of Tostitos. Next level and classy af.

5. Or you can say “f-ck it” and stuff it all into a pineapple.

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We call the Bob Esponga style. JK we don’t but that’d be funny.

6. Or really say “f-ck it” and drop it all into a watermelon.

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It’s just so beautiful! The watermelon loco is what I need all summer long. While those stuck to the basics and changed things up a bit, some Tostiloco remixes get a bit more wild.

7. Aguachilocos, anyone?

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That’s a whole other level of flavor. Sea level, if you will.

8. You can also find a shrimp remix that’s hot fire.

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There’s a 90 percent chance this will give me a tummy ache, but I’m still down.

9. Cheetos Locos replace the Tostitos with Cheetos.

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Hot. Damn. Like this is so insane and tasty and I want it!

10. Mango can get down with the crazy too.

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A match made in heaven if you ask me. Mango is the perfect fruit to add a little loco to.

11. What is this?

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I’m not even sure what I’m looking at here. Some sort of Tostiloco bundt cake. But damn do I want to get in it.

12. This cerveza/Tostiloco combo platter is the stuff dreams are made of.

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I want –  no, I NEED this all summer long. It’s everything I ever need. It’s beautiful. I want an oil painting of this over my mantle.

13. Another sandia one just cuz it’s so amazing.

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If I ever get married, I don’t want to hold a bouquet of flowers. I want to hold this, and snack in between vows.

14. Clamato/Tostilocos/Ceviche got me like yesssssssss!

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This is what summer feasting is all about! Fresh and tasty and totally loco!

15. Cevichurros????

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Seriously though, people a freakin’ geniuses and snack gods!

16. This is just a thing of beauty!

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Whatever is in there, I love it and I want it.

17. And another one.

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If someone I was into showed up at my door holding this, that’s it. It’s over for all you other heauxs. I’m locking it down.

18. When the tostiloco set up is OOC!

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The piña is there again, but with all the canastitas holding Totilocos ready for your love and attention? That just melts me heart.

19. Oh, did I mention Tosti Elote?

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Talk about a combination of so much I love!

20. But let’s show love to the O.G.

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None of this would be possible without the original Tostilocos, the greatest snack given to mankind. I light a candle to you and honor you for feeding me when I’m hungry and cruda.

There really is no wrong way to remix Tostilocos, and these are really just the tip of the loco iceberg. Stay remixing those Tostilocos, fruterias!

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