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Soda Stereo

Biography

This Argentinean rock band was among the first to incorporate New Wave, Ska, Industrial, and Noise Pop into a Latin sound. Emerging from the dark period of dictatorship in their homeland, Soda Stereo toured extensively throughout all of Latin America in the 1980s. This continually evolving trio - singer/guitarist Gustavo Cerati, (bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti - absorbed many sounds from the popular underground movements of the day, but never imitated other groups in a formulaic manner; they maintained their dark and brooding side, while still occasionally showcasing a certain silliness. Working with David Bowie's guitarist Carlos Alomar on their fifth album Doble Vida, they introduced a horn-laden, Soul-influenced sound that ultimately reached an American audience. In the '90s, Soda Stereo performed to a crowd of 250,000 in the streets of Buenos Aires, but by 1997 they had decided to disband. The group reunited to play sold-out shows in 2007. In 2010, Gustavo Cerati suffered a stroke while on tour that left him in a coma. His fans and fellow musicians kept up a constant prayer vigil, but he never recovered. Cerati died in a Buenos Aires hospital on September 4, 2014, leaving an enduring legacy for generations of fans in the music of Soda Stereo.
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