May 30, 1994 12:00 PM

The Iguanas

New Orleans isn’t merely one of the In cradles of rock and roll; it’s awash in Latin influences too. That’s the Iguanas’ trump card: This inspired Crescent City bar band augments its old-time R&B with a mapful of south-of-the-border grooves, from salsa to Tex-Mex conjunto.

The Iguanas’ eclecticism may hinder their mass acceptance (it’s the curse of New Orleans bands); on the other hand, any group that can turn on a dime from a gorgeous R&B ballad like “Somebody Help Me” to the steamy tropical funk of “La Tentacion” is clearly here to stay. (Margaritaville/MCA)

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