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December 10, 2021

Soda Stereo: One of the Most Influential and Popular Spanish-Language Rock Bands

Soda Stereo was an Argentinian rock band formed in Buenos Aires in 1982 by Gustavo Cerati (lead vocals, guitar), Héctor “Zeta” Bosio (bass) and Carlos Alberto Ficicchia “Charly Alberti” (drums). The band ventured into many styles, such as “música divertida” (“fun music”) in their beginnings, new wave, darkwave, hard rock, alternative rock and electronic rock during their final years.

Soda Stereo is the best-selling band in the history of Argentina, setting landmarks in record sales and concert attendances. The band has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

In 1995, the band won the Merit Diploma at the Konex Awards for their outstanding career in Argentinian music during the decade and the Platinum Konex Award for Best Argentinian Rock Band of the Decade. In 2002, they received the first MTV Legend Award for their musical career. In 2006, the American magazine Al Borde listed the best 500 Iberoamerican rock songs, in which they included “De música ligera” (no.1, considered as the best song in the history of Iberoamerican rock).

In 2002, Rolling Stone Argentina magazine together with MTV issued a list featuring the best 100 songs in Argentinian rock, including “De música ligera” (no. 4), “Persiana americana” (no. 31), “En la ciudad de la furia” (no. 48), and “Cuando pase el temblor” (no. 68). In 2011, Argentinian newspaper La Nación issued a list with the best music videos in Argentinian rock, awarding “En la ciudad de la furia” first prize.

After the band’s separation, all three of its members found separate endeavours – Gustavo Cerati continued a successful solo career after the band’s split, releasing five studio albums (most of which achieved Platinum and Gold status in Argentina), while Zeta Bosio worked for a time as bassist for several underground groups and is now touring as a DJ; Charly Alberti has also found moderate success, both with the foundation of his CybeRelations company, and his family band MOLE.

Here is a set of vintage photos that shows fashion styles of Soda Stereo in the 1980s.

1 comment:

  1. They are not spanish , are from Argentina, not the same




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