Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Uruguayan Invasion

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In the mid sixties, while the Beatles leaded the "British Invasion" in north america, something similar was taking place around here, which someone baptized the "Uruguayan Invasion".

A wave of local bands inspired by british groups started singing some of their hit songs, and even composing some of their own, also in english, which is kinda funny if you realize we are a spanish speaking country, not to mention that only the thought of Uruguay invading anyone/anything, is just hilarious.

The story goes that some of this groups became very popular in Argentina, seems they were the coolest thing around, every argentinean tv show would invite them, at least so says my father :) The leaders of this movements where "Los Shakers", with their "Break it all" hit, which has become a must play song in every uruguayan wedding every since then ;) They took after The Beatles, while another group, called Los Mockers, took after The Rolling Stones.

The phenomenon died in the early seventies, when the dictatorship arrived and singing in english would be seen as officialist, and unpopular.

Some weeks ago I came across this article, talking about this, and I couldn't believe it, to be reading someone from so far about something I've grown up hearing about. My father is a great fan of music groups from those days, like: El sexteto electrónico, Totem, Los Shakers,Los Mockers. If you speak to young uruguayans today, no one knows this groups, except maybe for Los Shakers.

Here is the Break it all video, with some bonus appearences of a very young El negro Rada, one of the most popular uruguayan jet set figures, and even players of Peñarol.

I still can't believe this stuff is on the web. Viva Internet!

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16 comments:

juan cubilla said...

Awesome!

I´ve seen that video before, but not in the web. They Fattorusso bros are genius musicians.

Actually there´s something much more incredible. I´ve found one of their productions at the Apple iTunes store! Can you imagine that?

"Los Shakers"
Grandes Exitos

gabo_uy said...

yeah, they are great musicians, and they are regular guests in Rada's and Jaime Roos concerts, but as far as I know they haven't created much after the Los Shakers, have they?

Ana said...

Wow, I feel like an idiot. I've heard that song a million times and I just assumed they were The Beatles! I thought everybody around the world had heard this song, lol.
Of course, I knew about Los Shakers but I had never known any of their songs. I guess we learn something new everyday...

Josh said...

Glad my post could trigger some memories. Uruguay's a lovely country -- at least the part of Colonia I was in last fall.

Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying your website for the past couple months as I have been attempting to learn more about the country of Uruguay. In fact, as of August 29th, I will be moving there for one year with my husband. I am excited to experience South America firsthand! Question: I would like to take Spanish classes for the year that I am there. My husband will be working, leaving me with a lot of free time. My goal is to become as fluent as I can. Can you recommend a school in Montevideo for language courses? Everything that I have found online are expensive language and culture programs from American schools. Any other local options (such as adult ed schools, night schools,etc) you can suggest?

Tali said...

You can try Berlitz, they teach spanish there and you might be able to teach English if you are interested in getting a job :) I don't know of any other places where they teach spanish but I'll let you know if I find any.

gabo_uy said...

The spanish teachers that I know of are independant teachers that give private lessons. I know one I could put you in contact with, if you are interested email to fromuruguay[at]gmail.com, and I'll send you her email.

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Anonymous said...

I recently heard the Fattorusso bros on a condombe site, it sounded cool, like brazilian samba. What's the music seen in Uruguay-Montevideo like. Are there many brazilian musicians there?

Walter said...

The other day I found a Los Mockers compilation. Are they worth my while?

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