WAR ‘(All My Friends Know the) Low Rider’ plus ‘Cisco Kid’

TGIF Music Video Double Play: Groove on out the office with WAR’s Low Rider and Cisco Kid. How a band made up of six African-Americans and a Jew from Denmark turned into one of Latinos’ favorite groups is a long story, but the songs WAR wrote at 7417 Sunset Blvd. were definitely happenin’ in the hood. All but one of WAR’s surviving original members now perform as the Lowrider Band.

This tune was really big for WAR, despite (because of?) the inclusion of this mystery lyric:

They met down of the fort the Rio Grande; eat the salted peanuts out the can.


What made this soul-rock-Latino-jazz band so popular?