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Argentine Rock - The 1960 and 1970 Decades


Argentina is a rocker nation, the called "Rock Nacional" is the most popular music among Argentine youth and is the most listened form of Rock in Spanish Language.

The 1980 Decade :

By 1982, during the Malvinas (Falklands) War, radio stations resolved not to play music with English lyrics, with a paradoxical effect: Argentine rock became a sensation and Argentine musicians became stars.

This was a good time for Argentine Rock, appeared bands influenced by new wave, post punk such as Los Violadores, essential bands were created : Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota (Los Redondos), Virus (led by Federico Moura). In Buenos Aires, Gustavo Cerati, Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio decided to form Soda Stereo. Miguel Abuelo return from Europe and form Los Abuelos de la Nada. Pappo founded Riff. Charly Garcia released his first solo album called "Yendo de la Cama al Living". Luca Prodan, who arrived to Argentina trying to fight his drugs addiction form the cult band Sumo and was formed the ska-rock with Latin influences band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

At the same time Argentine Rock bands such as Enanitos Verdes, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Rata Blanca, Virus, Los Abuelos de la Nada, Soda Stereo, Miguel Mateos, Charly Garcia, became popular across Latin America.

1987, was a tragic year for the Argentine rock, Luca Prodan the leader of Sumo was found dead, his death was a shock to the industry and to his millions of fans, the remaining members of Sumo founded two new rock bands: Divididos and Las Pelotas. The musician and poet Miguel Abuelo, victim of the AIDS, died from cardiac arrest on 1988. Federico Moura, who was infected with the AIDS also died in 1988.

The end of the 1980s was the rise of the rock with influences of Latin music, ska, reggae. Bands like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Los Pericos, Los Cafres, La Zimbabwe are considered the representative figures of this period.

The underground scene began its growth with bands like: Babasónicos, Don Cornelio y La Zona, Los Brujos, Los Siete Delfines, Todos Tus Muertos.

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