Caifanes was a Spanish-language rock (Rock en Español) band from Mexico City who formed in 1987 and achieved fame throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. The original lineup consisted of Saúl Hernández (vocals & guitar), Sabo Romo (bass guitar), Alfonso André (drums) and Diego Herrera (keyboards and saxophone). Argentine guitarist Alejandro Marcovich (es:Alejandro Marcovich) joined in 1989. Caifanes are considered to be one of, if not, the most important Latin Rock group to emerge from Mexico and an important reference point in Latin American rock (Rock en Español) genre. Caifanes’ style can be described as a hybrid of British new wave, prog rock, Latin percussions underscored by the deep, somber, and uniquely Mexican lyrics and vocal style of Saúl Hernández. Members of Caifanes have cited King Crimson as a major influence.
The name Caifanes is derived from 1940’s Mexican Pachuco (zoot suiter) slang "Cai fan" , it’s equivalent in English would be something like, “cool dude.” The word has also been used to describe the proverbial Mexican Pachuco, delinquent, or outsider.