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[-[[caption-width-right:330:Proof that the American military is full of {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s.]]-]

->''"Being a fighter pilot is a privilege and an honor. It is fun and it is stressful. And the difference between a bunch of guys who fly fighters and a group of shit hot fighter pilots flying in the world's best fighter squadron is camaraderie. And I can't think of any better way to build camaraderie than by singin' songs, drinkin' booze, and telling stories at the bar on Fridays."''
-->-- '''Chris Kurek'''

''Dos Gringos'' is an American folk rock band, whose two members (Chris "Snooze" Kurek and Rob "Trip" Raymond) are F-16 fighter pilots of the [[YanksWithTanks United States Air Force]]. Together, they're trying to keep the tradition of the "fighter pilot song" alive.

''Dos Gringos''' origin starts at Luke Air Force Base, where Chris Kurek was first exposed to fighter pilot songs during his training. The instructors had the students sing a song at the bar on Friday nights--but it eventually became apparent that [[http://familymeetingplace.com/racers/songbk.htm most of these songs]] were from the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar and didn't have much relation to the things a modern USAF pilot experiences. That inspired Chris to [[StartMyOwn start writing his own]].

Later, Chris befriended Rob Raymond on their first base assignment after training. Rob's talent with the guitar was just what Chris needed, and the two started playing together at nearly every squadron function. Eventually, when asked what the name of their band was, Rob impulsively said, "Dos Gringos!" Though Chris was initially concerned that they might get mistaken for a mariachi band, the name's stuck.

If you're planning on checking these guys out, though, be aware--most of what ''Dos Gringos'' does are {{Bawdy Song}}s ''full'' of [[RefugeInAudacity audacity]]. Suffice to say, these guys wouldn't be [[NotSafeForWork work safe]] to listen to at a lot of places. Second, as they were written for the fighter pilot community (and associated personnel), their songs will sound like a second language to civilian listeners, unless they know quite a bit about NATO brevity code, fighter pilot slang, and USAF jargon. Well, except for the [[ClusterFBomb profanity]]. That's a universal language.

Even though their tours and album-making are severely limited by being active duty pilots, they've become quite popular in the U.S. Air Force, other branches of the American military, and even with other national militaries--[[SmallReferencePools Which of course means they're]] "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Dos_Gringos non-notable]]" at TheOtherWiki. You can thankfully still read [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071231070811/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dos_Gringos the article on them]] at the Web Archive. They also have a site [[http://www.dosgringosrocks.com/ here]], where you can preview some of the songs (as well as read the lyrics).

!!Their songs include:
* ''World War III''
* ''2's Blind''
* ''I Dropped the Bomb''
* ''Jeremiah Weed''
* ''The Predator Eulogy''
* ''I'm A Pilot''
* ''JDAM Blues''
* ''Last of the Breed''
* ''The Bitch Spent All My Money''
* ''The Wingmen''
* ''The Hound War Song''
* ''Last Song on the CD?''
* ''Going In For Guns''
* ''I Wish I Had A Gun Just Like the A-10''
* ''I Want to Takeoff From A Carrier''
* ''At Least I'm Not the Snacko''
* ''You've Gotta Be in the Guard''
* ''The Legend of Shaved Dog's Ass''
* ''S.O.S.''
* ''Sammy Small''
* ''Back in the USA''
* ''Has Anybody Seen My Wingman?''
* ''12 Inch Penis''
* ''Heat's Not Gay''
* ''Squiggly Porn''
* ''Ballad of Thunderbird 2''
* ''I'm a FAIP''
* ''Boots on the Ground''
* ''You Told Me I Would Be a Fighter Pilot''
* ''TAMI 21''
* ''Code Brown''
* ''A F N''
* ''I Don't Want to Join the Air Force''
* ''Left Behind''
* ''That Thing We Never Talk About''
* ''Thank You''

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: ''The Predator Eulogy''. Fighter pilots '''hate''' [[TheScrappy unmanned airborne vehicles]].
* AtomicFBomb: Happens in ''2's Blind'':
-->We got spiked, and Lead went to the notch / When he did I had my eyes down in my crotch ([[NotWhatItLooksLike 'CAUSE I HAD AN ITCH!]]) / When I looked up only jack shit did I find / '''''[+++GOD DAMMIT!+++]''''' "2's Blind!"
* BawdySong: [[MathematiciansAnswer Yep.]]
* ButtMonkey: ''At Least I'm Not the Snacko''. NewMeat in American fighter squadrons are tasked with restocking snacks and beer for everyone else. ''The Legend of Shaved Dog's Ass'' also implies that the titular pilot was a snacko himself.
* ClusterFBomb: ''Dos Gringos''' favored ordnance.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: ''The O.N.E. Song.'' (Also an obvious subtext of ''My Wife's Vibrator,'' though suprisingly enough not directly implied in ''Squiggly Porn...'')
* EmbarrassingNickname: ''The Legend of Shaved Dog's Ass.'' Yes, the pilot in the song was nicknamed "Shaved Dog's Ass"--and yes, RealLife fighter pilot callsigns usually ''are'' [[http://www.f-16.net/callsigns.html Embarrassing Nicknames]] (though they're abbreviated if they're ''that'' long).
* FanNickname: USAF pilots have quite a few of these for different aircraft, as touched on in ''Jeremiah Weed'' and a few other songs:
** "Viper" (F-16 Fighting Falcon)
** "Hog" / "Warthog" (A-10 Thunderbolt II)
** "Dark Grey" / "Mudhen" (F-15E Strike Eagle)
** "Stinkbug" (F-117 Nighthawk)
** "Big Fat Fucker" / "BUFF" (B-52 Stratofortress)
* GagPenis: ''[[CaptainObvious 12 Inch Penis]]''. [[NotWhatItLooksLike Though not for the purpose you might expect.]]
** Also hinted at with the "who the hell did they model it on?" line in ''My Wife's Vibrator.''
* GargleBlaster: ''Jeremiah Weed'', a drinking song about the eponymous bourbon whiskey liqueur that's 100 proof (roughly 50% alcohol). It tastes ''awful'' (the song describes it as "something in between Lysol and alcohol, with a touch of gasoline"), but the drink is [[http://www.check-six.com/lib/Drinks/JeremiahWeed.htm part of the USAF fighter pilot culture]]. As the song explains, fighter pilots drink it '''''because''''' it tastes so bad.
* GatlingGood: Chris would put an A-10's gun on his F-16 if he could.
** During [[TheEighties the 1980s]] an [[TruthInTelevision external gun pod for the F-16 that contained the same GAU-8 30mm cannon used by the A-10 was developed and tested]]. It was used in combat by the New York Air National Guard during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 but ultimately was not adopted for general use.
* ImageSong: ''Last of the Breed'' says a lot about what USAF fighter pilots are like.
* InterserviceRivalry: Most obvious in ''I Want to Takeoff From A Carrier.'' Navy aviators mock Air Force pilots for not having the skills necessary to land on a carrier. Chris and Rob beg to differ--landing on a carrier is ''easy''. It's ''living'' on a boat in the middle of the ocean with five thousand other men that's hard!
* JackOfAllTrades: ''I Wish I Had A Gun Just Like the A-10''--starts off by fantasizing about all the awesome things that the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, and F-18 Hornet have ... then boasts that the F-16 can do ''all'' of their missions and do it ''better'' than them.
* LastOfHisKind: ''Last of the Breed'''s lyrics suggest a future where manned fighters have been completely replaced by unmanned aircraft.
* LeeroyJenkins: ''The Wingmen''. "Oh we're the Tac Lead, and we... err... Aww, fuck it, ''[[CallingYourAttacks FOX THREE]]''!"
* [[ViewersAreGeniuses Listeners Are Fighter Pilots]]: The more you understand military aviation terms, the more you'll appreciate the music. (Or you can just ask a fighter pilot to translate for you.)
* LuddWasRight: ''JDAM Blues'' has shades of this, where [[TechMarchesOn new technology]] replaces the skill required of pilots on ground-attack missions.
* MilitaryAcademy: ''S.O.S.'' deals with the Squadron Officer School. ''S.O.S. is coming '''for you!'''''
* MistakenForGay: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Heat's Not Gay]].''
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The first half of ''I Don't Want to Join The Air Force'' (contrast with fellow fighter pilot musician Dick Jonas' effort at an English accent in his recording of a more traditional version of ''I Don't Want to Join the Army'').
* OldSchoolDogfighting: ''Going In For Guns''.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: ''You Gotta Be in the Guard'' criticizes the increasing restrictions on pilot conduct in the U.S. Air Force--to the point that the Air National Guard is far more lax than the "real deal." There's a quote from the song in [[Quotes/PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad that trope's quote page]].
* RedBaron: F-16 Fighting Falcon? Pssh, we call that the ''Viper'', thank you very much.
* RefugeInAudacity: A crucial ingredient in many, if not ''most'', of their songs. To quote the album cover for ''El Cuatro'':
-->'''Contents:''' ''Wildly varying musical styles, simple melodies, kick-ass guitar solos, off-key singing, foul language, extreme sarcasm, total defilement of the Queen's English, bathroom humor, political incorrectness, disregard for authority, juvenile behavior, excessive references to genitalia, occasional wit.''
-->'''Contains 1% or less of the following:''' ''Intelligence, class, subtlety, good judgment, concern.''
-->'''Warning:''' ''Produced in places that routinely process pure filth and garbage.''
* SelfDeprecation: ''I'm A Pilot,'' which is a song written about pilots from the crew chief's perspective, and all the stereotypes that come with it.
** [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Me]]: ''I'm A Pilot''.
** NeverMyFault: ''I'm A Pilot'', again.
* ShootEverythingThatMoves: ''Going In For Guns''.
* SoapPunishment: Referenced in the second verse of ''Jeremiah Weed'' after the narrator at a tender age told his parents of his life ambition to "fly the fucking F-16".
* {{Wingman}}: Featured in a number of their songs. ''The Wingmen'' specifically pokes fun at new pilots who think of themselves as TheAce.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: A few songs are based on actual things that happened to their friends--such as ''The Bitch Spent All My Money.''
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