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Hombres G

Dani Mezquita (left), David Summers (middle), and Rafa Gutierrez (right)
Background information
Origin Madrid, Spain
Genres Latin pop
Spanish rock
Years active 1982–1992
2002–present
Labels Lollipop, Twins, DRO East West
Website Hombres-G.com
Members
David Summers
Dani Mezquita
Rafa Gutierrez
Javi Molina

Hombres G is a Spanish rock band that formed in Spain in 1982. They are widely considered one of Spain's most important groups of the late 1980s and 1990s.[1]

Throughout their four-decade career, Hombres G have released 10 official albums, starred in two movies, performed hundreds of concerts, and sold millions of albums [2] across Spain and the Americas.

At the time of release of their two movies, over 6,000 people covered the Gran Vía madrileña in Spain and Peru's Lima Airport was nearly closed due to the 20,000 fans [2] that covered the landing runway. Several tribute albums such as, Voy a pasármelo bien, un tributo a Hombres G, have been made in their honor.

Their songs remain significant in 1980s Spanish music, including Devuelveme a mi chica and Sueltate el pelo, which were ranked among VH1 Latinoamerica's "100 Grandiosas Canciones de los 80's en Español".[3][4][5]

Contents

Career

Formation and beginning years (1982-1985)

Dani Mezquita (left), Rafa Gutierrez (middle), and Javi Molina (right) perform on stage in 2009.

David Summers (David Summers Rodríguez, February 26, 1964) met guitarist Rafa Gutiérrez (Rafael Gutiérrez Muñoz, April 11, 1960) in 1982 in Televisión Española, where they did figuration work in the show Aplauso. Soon after, Rafael asked David to play clarinet in the new group he was planning to do with his brother Felipe — David had always admired the clarinetist Benny Goodman, and had therefore studied the instrument. Tequila had just dissolved, Felipe was free, and Rafael didn't quite clearly see his role in the different groups he had been in, like Plástico (group formed with Toti Árboles and Eduardo Benavente before they were implicated in other groups like Alaska y los Pegamoides), Las Chinas, and even Los Zombies de Bernardo Bonezzi (which he occassionally toured with).

A newspaper ad for the movie "G Men", which Hombres G named themselves after.

David accepted, but asked for Rafa to put in his guitar into the alternate project he was preparing with his two childhood friends, Dani Mezquita (Daniel Mezquita Hardy, June 10, 1965, keyboard and guitar) and Javi Molina (Francisco Javier de Molina Burgos, June 16, 1964, drums). One thing led to another, and in a short time, Rafa started working with them, whom had already been playing months before by names such as "Los Residuos" (The Residues) and "La Burguesía Revolucionaria" (The Revolutionary Bourgeoisie).

When Rafa joined they didn't have a name, and after rejecting their first thought of a name, Bonitos Redford (Pretty Redfords), they decided to name themselves after the James Cagney 1935 movie, G-Men. The movie had screened in Spain as Contra el imperio del crimen (Against the Crime Empire), where the G-Men (Hombres G in Spanish), were special FBI agents.

In 1983 they made their debut and first performances at Rock-Ola, where their music hinted at influences from the Beatles and New Wave.[6] That same year they also released their first two singles, Venezia / Milagro en el Congo and Marta tiene un marcapasos / La cagaste... Burt Lancaster[1].

At the same time, their record company, "Lollipop", wasn't in good financial position. In early 1984, Hombres G were almost in a dead-end alley, with their record company not being able to launch them and other record companies not listening. They soon received a new recording offer. Paco Martín had just launched his new discographic seal, "Twins", and offered to record their first album.[6]

Simply named Hombres G, the new album included Venezia from its previous singles and a new soon-to-be hit single: Devuélveme a mi chica. They also covered such ballads as Alice Cooper's "I Never cry", which they named No lloraré (I won't cry).

1985 became their most prolific year. Hombres G exploded into a mass phenomena, and held a whopping number of 100 concerts.[7] Their first presentation at the Gran Musical de la Cadena SER was held at midnight, but fans waited at the door beginning at 4 AM.[7] They were seen frequently on television and in teen magazines.

Second album and reception in the Americas (1986)

The group returned to recording studios in February 1986 to record their second album, La cagaste... Burt Lancaster (You fucked up... Burt Lancaster), named after one of their very first singles. However, the title song was not included in the album. Furthermore, they included a single from the Lollipop era, Marta tiene un marcapasos, which became one of their three number one singles on Spanish charts. The other two being El ataque de las chicas cocodrilo and Indiana.

With a solid market in Spain, Paco Martín aimed to take the group to the Americas, where he distributed copies of their material. The first response came from the Peruvian offices of CBS. By mid 1986, they edited Hombres G in Peru, where it sold over fifty thousand copies in less than two weeks. La cagaste... Burt Lancaster faced a smiliar response.[8]

Accordingly, they received an offer from the central offices of CBS in New York to distribute Hombres G throughout the Americas. Consequently, they proved to be a smash hit in México and Venezuela, where they were awarded gold and platinum records.[9] In December of that same year they won the "Mejor Agrupacion de Habla Hispana" (Best Spanish Speaking Group) award at the Bravo awards in Miami.[10]

The first movie and the third album (1986-1987)

Lead singer David Summers performing with Hombres G in 2007.

After the summer of 1986, their first two albums had sold over a million copies in Spain.[11] David's father, director Manuel Summers, planned the production of an autobiographic movie about them. The result was Sufre, mamón, which premiered in March 1987.[12]

Without any extended break, Hombres G prepared their third album. David isolated himself for a week at a family house in Huelva, and composed twelve songs, which were prepared for their third album, Estamos locos... ¿o qué? (Are we crazy or what?) To avoid pressure, they moved to Manchester with Spanish-Chilean producer, Carlos Narea, in charge of artists' work such as that of Miguel Ríos.[13] Songs like "Y cayó la bomba fetida", "Temblando", "Una mujer de bandera", and "No, no, no" topped sales lists.[14]

When "Sufre, Mamón" premièred, the group wasn't able to watch it due to the dozens of newsmen, reporters, and fans, and was forced to stay inside a room for hours due to security reasons. The group's assistants were able to watch the movie, but were unable to hear it due to the deafening murmur of the street fans, and the loud singing of the fans that were able to get in.[15]

1987 Tour

Due to their popularity, in 1987 Hombres G embarked on a tour of 60 concerts [16] throughout Spain's most important soccer stadiums and arenas. That summer, nearly one million people saw Hombres G live.

Hombres G also toured throughout Perú, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. When the group arrived at Perú, nearly 20,000 fans covered the landing runway of the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima.[17] As a result, Hombres G relied on security guards in every hotel to prevent fans from gaining access to the group's rooms — though one did.[18]

Second movie and fourth album (1988)

After taking a rest, Hombres G released their second movie, Suéltate el pelo (Untie your hair) in 1988. The movie was filmed in Spain, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta.[19] Its original name was La cagaste... Burt Lancaster, but was changed shortly before its release due to the actor's legal threats.

Almost simultaneously, Hombres G released their fourth album, Agitar antes de usar (Shake before using). Their album was once again a success and was widely known for the songs Suéltate el pelo and Nassau.[20]

Hombres G once again toured Spain, and the Americas. This time, they placed special attention on Mexico, where they had sold more than two million copies of all their albums.[21] In Spain, Hombres G had already become the best selling band of the decade.[22]

The fifth and sixth albums (1989-1990)

Voy a pasármelo bien (I'm going to have a good time) was released in 1989. This album was a slight departure from the "fun music" from their previous albums and showed that Hombres G also hoped to reflect a more mature, adult world.[6] Similarly, Esta es tu vida (This is your life) came to be in 1990. During this period Summers and Mezquita composed several songs for artist Luz Casal, including the ballad Te Deje Marchar.[6]

Seventh album and disbandment (1992-2002)

Hombres G bid farewell on May 20, 1992 with their album Historia del bikini (Story of the bikini). Colin Fairley produced the album, who had previously worked with musicians with the likes of Elvis Costello or Nick Lowe.

Thereafter, David pursued a solo career in Spain and Latin America, releasing three studio albums. Rafa became a guitarist as a collaborator. Dani became a musical producer in the record company Dro. After that farewell, several recopilatory albums containing the band's best songs were released, but never containing new material.

Career comeback and tributes (2002-2004)

After their extended break, Hombres G returned with new material. In 2002 they released Peligrosamente Juntos (Dangerously together), an album that included hits, demos, and five new songs. The version released in America contained the new songs Lo noto and En otro mundo. The European version contained the mentioned songs and also contained Intimidad, No te escaparas and Te vi.

At the end of 2003, Spanish pop groups such as El Canto del Loco, Los Piston, Antonio Vega, Los Secretos, Mikel Erentxun, Seguridad Social, Álex Ubago and La Cabra Mecánica, united to make a tribute album to Hombres G. The album Voy a pasármelo bien, un tributo a Hombres G (I'm going to have a good time, a tribute to Hombres G), contained cover versions of classic Hombres G singles. Another tribute was made in America with groups such as División Minúscula, Moderatto and La Quinta Estación.

In 2004, their first two films were released in DVD format in a pack called Hombres G - Las películas (Hombres G - The Movies), also including extras. That same year, Hombres G released El año que vivimos peligrosamente (The year that we lived dangerously). It included live versions of songs from their Peligrosamente Juntos tour.

Todo esto es muy extraño and tour (2004-2007)

For the first time in over twelve years, Hombres G released a new studio album entitled Todo esto es muy extraño (This is all very strange) in 2004. The album was produced by Nigel Walker and contained 11 new songs. The release marked the return of Hombres G to the music scene. The first single off the album was ¿Por qué no ser amigos? which featured the frontman from the Spanish pop/rock band El canto del loco. No lo sé and ¿Qué soy yo para tí? were the other singles released off the album.

Hombres G embarked on numerous tours throughout Spain, Latin America, and the United States in support of this album. The album had minimal diffusion in the Americas.[23]

10 and tour (2007-2009)

On September 18, 2007, Hombres G released their tenth album 10, which contained 11 new songs. The album spawned the two singles Me Siento Bien and Hombre Real.

10 is described as tuning into the "raw energy of early rock" and hinting at Euro-rock and at the "atmospheric aesthetic favored by Coldplay and the legendary U2" by AllMusic.[1]

Hombres G toured Spain and the Americas in support of 10. One of their performances included a benefit show for the victims of the 2007 Peruvian Earthquake.

New Phase and Songs (2009-present)

As Hombres G finished off support for their tenth album, they announced the beginning of a new phase in which Internet technology would play a major role in their music. Instead of releasing a traditional album, Hombres G released the new single and music video Separados exclusively through their official website. Furthermore, they presented the new songs Desayuno Continental and No Puedo Soportar Perderte, in addition to Separados, to a small audience at their own Pop'n'Roll bar in Madrid.[24]

Hombres G's transition into modern Internet technology was also marked by their acquisition of Facebook and Twitter accounts and their use of those as main information outlets. The Spanish website Popes80 babtized them with the new name "Hombres G 2.0".[25] In addition, Separados attained the number one spot on Popes80's Top 20 Hits chart on the week of October 6, 2009.[25]

Discography

Albums

Year Title
1985 Hombres G
1986 La cagaste... Burt Lancaster
1987 Estamos locos... ¿o qué?
1988 Agitar antes de usar
1989 Voy a pasármelo bien
1990 Esta es tú vida
1992 Historia del bikini
2002 Peligrosamente Juntos
2004 Todo esto es muy extraño
2007 10

Singles

  • Milagro en el Congo / Venezia - 1983
  • Marta tiene un marcapasos / La cagaste... Burt Lancaster - 1983
  • Venezia / Hace un año - 1985
  • Dejad que las niñas se acerquen a mí / Lawrence de Arabia - 1985
  • Devuélveme a mi chica / Nassau - 1985
  • Visite nuestro bar / En la playa - 1986
  • Te quiero / Indiana - 1986
  • Marta tiene un marcapasos / Tomasa me persigue - 1986
  • El ataque de las chicas cocodrilo / La carretera - 1986
  • Una mujer de bandera / Temblando - 1987
  • No, no... no / ¿Qué te he hecho yo? - 1987
  • Y cayó la bomba (fétida) / Huellas en la bajamar - 1987
  • Temblando / Huellas en la bajamar - 1987
  • Master mix / Slow mix - 1987
  • Tengo una chica / Viernes - 1988
  • Nassau / Viernes (instrumental) - 1988
  • Si no te tengo a ti / La madre de Ana - 1988
  • Suéltate el pelo / Nassau - 1988
  • Voy a pasármelo bien / Esta tarde - 1989
  • Te necesito / México - 1989
  • Chico tienes que cuidarte / Dulce Belén - 1989
  • Madrid, Madrid / Madrid, Madrid (instrumental) - 1989
  • Esta es tu vida / Esta es tu vida II - 1990
  • Estoy pintando tu sonrisa - 1990
  • Rita / Voy a hablar con Él - 1990
  • La primavera - 1991
  • Un minuto nada + - 1992
  • El orgullo de mamá (versión SG) / El orgullo de mamá (versión LP) - 1992
  • Tormenta contigo - 1992
  • Lo Noto - 2002
  • No te escaparás - 2003
  • ¿Por qué no ser amigos? - 2004
  • ¿Qué soy yo para ti? - 2005
  • No lo sé - 2005
  • Me Siento Bien - 2007
  • Hombre Real - 2008
  • Separados - 2009

Recopilatory discs

  • Grandes Éxitos - 1986
  • Los Singles 1984 - 1993 - 1993
  • Las Baladas - 1996
  • Lo mejor de... - 1998
  • Hombres G 1985 - 1992 - 2001
  • Peligrosamente Juntos - 2003
  • Los Singles 1985-2005 - 2006

Other

  • En Directo Las Ventas 1 de julio 2003 (DVD)
  • En Directo Hombres G + El canto del loco desde el Calderón 6 de Julio 2005 (DVD)

Filmography

  • Sufre mamón - 1987
  • Suéltate el pelo - 1988

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:h9fqxzlhldhe
  2. ^ a b Hombres G biografía
  3. ^ VH1 Las 100 + Grandiosas Canciones de Los 80s En Español
  4. ^ http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_100_Grandiosas_Canciones_de_los_80's_en_Espanol
  5. ^ http://www.taringa.net/posts/musica/1097294/VH1-Las-100-+-Grandiosas-Canciones-de-Los-80s-En-Español.html
  6. ^ a b c d http://hombres-g.com/historia.html
  7. ^ a b "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 6
  8. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8
  9. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, pages 7-8
  10. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet,page 8
  11. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8
  12. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8
  13. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8
  14. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8
  15. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 8-9
  16. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 9
  17. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 9
  18. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 9
  19. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 9
  20. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 9
  21. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet, page 10
  22. ^ "Peligrosamente Juntos" album booklet,page 10
  23. ^ http://www.netjoven.pe/musica/mp3/1032/Hombres-G_Marta-tiene-un-marcapasos.html#biografia
  24. ^ Hombres G.com
  25. ^ a b Popes80: "Separados" de Hombres G alcanza el numero 1

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