Enanitos Verdes

A History Of Argentinian Band Enanitos Verdes

Enanitos Verdes is an Argentinian rock band that was first founded in 1979 in Mendoza with only three members. The name of the band, Enanitos Verdes, translates to “Little Green Men”. The name is likely a play on the stereotypical portrayal of extraterrestrials who are often short and green. The band was active for roughly ten years before disbanding but later began playing again in 1992 and continues playing to this day.

The Beginning Of The Band

The band began in 1979 with three members. Those members were Marciano Cantero, Felipe Staiti, and Daniel Piccolo. Daniel played the drums; Marciano played the bass guitar, the keyboards, and the vocals; and Felipe played the main guitar. In time, the band would expand to include members Sergio Embrioni on the guitars and Tito Davila on the keyboard.

The band began playing shows in the local Cuyo region beginning in 1979. They would remain there for some time before traveling to nearby Buenos Aires to record their demo. Unfortunately, the demo that the band recorded at the time was considered unusable. The recording was never released or used in any way. The band still continued to play shows despite the failed recording. For the next few years, they would play in Mendoza as well as in Buenos Aires.

The First Albums

It wasn’t until 1984 that the two new members, Sergio and Tito, would join the band. The band would then publish a disc as a quintet instead of a rock trio. The disc was named Los Enanitos Verdes. The disc was an overall success with a single major hit, Aun Sigo Cantando, which translates to “I’m Still Singing”. Despite the initial success of the disc, Sergio Embrioni left the band the following year and would eventually commit suicide in 2011.

The band would release a second album the following year with only four members. The 1986 album was called Contrarreloj, which translates to “Counterclockwise”. This album was even more successful than the previous and contained a number of hits. Two of the best were La Muralla Verde, or “The Green Wall” and Tus Viejas Cartas, or “Your Old Letters”.

Enanitos Verdes had found a schedule and they were sticking with. One year later in 1987, they released a third album. This album was named Habitaciones Extranas, or “Strange Rooms”. The second and third album were handled by the same producer, Andres Calamaro. Both albums were successful. Habitaciones Extranas contained the hit song El Extrano De Pelo Largo, or “The Stranger With The Long Hair”.

The band released a fourth album in 1988 as well as began touring. Some of their greatest shows were held in Mendoza, Argentina, and Vina del Mar. The show in Vina del Mara brought together more than 50,000 guests. In 1989, only one year after their widely successful tour, the band disbanded. The lead singer, Marciano Cantero, would use that time to launch his personal career.

The Band Reunited

1989 didn’t mark the end for Enanitos Verdes. After a few years apart, the band decided to join together once more in 1992. At this time, it was the four members, including Marciano, Daniel, Felipe, and Tito. The band quickly recorded a fifth album entitled Igual Que Ayer, or “Same As Yesterday”. Overall, the public was happy to have the band back and their music met with much praise.

Enanitos Verdes would record an additional five albums over the next six years. Their 11th album was Traccion Acustica, or “Acoustic Traction”. Acoustic Traction marked the move to a US recording company by the name of Polygram. This was an important moment because they were now the first Argentine based music group to sign with a US recording company. It was also their first album to be nominated for a Grammy.

The band continued to tour, thrive, and grow for many years. They would earn several awards, such as the Gaviota de Plata in 2003. They would also release their 14th album in 2003, which once again contained multiple hit songs. The drummer, Daniel Piccolo, would leave in 2009. He was later replaced by Jota Morelli. Enanitos Verdes would release a total of 18 albums with their last being Tic Tac in 2013.

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