Jumbo is a Mexican alternative rock music group from Monterrey, Mexico founded in May 1997. Their music is known as Avanzada Regia, a musical movement of the mid-90s in Monterrey. Before the creation of the band the members, including Eddie (Eduardo David Gonzales Pelaez ” keyboard), Castillo (Alejandro Clemente Castillo Guerra – guitar and vocals), Javier Othón, René Garza and Charly Pornet (Carlos Alfredo Castro Aradillas – bass guitar), had formed the band ‘Blueswagen’.
Blueswagen mainly played covers for bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floydd, U2, R.E.M., The Doors, The Police, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, and Stone Temple Pilots. This led to an increase in their popularity and more fans. They played in clubs and bars and recorded many demos, one of which was obtained by BMG who started to pursue them, later signing them on.
Flip the Fantastic (Jorge Tamez Chapa ” guitarist) joined the band in 1996 and in 1997 Eddie’s brother Bugs Wako (Enrique Demián González Peláez ” drummer) returned from Quintana Roo to join the band. They decided to change the name of the band to ‘Jumbo’ after Jumbo Jin Li, an Asian baby boy who apparently weighed 50kg at the time. They recorded their first album between 1997 and 1998 called ‘Restaurant’ including the singles ‘Siento Que’, Aqui’, ‘Monotransistor’, and ‘Fotografia’, all of which were well received and became very popular.
After a period of more than two years, the band came back on the scene with their second album ‘D.D. y ponle Play’ with the single ‘Rockstar’. Another song on the album, ‘ Motocicleta’ appeared in a TV commercial. In 2003 Jumbo recorded its last studio release ‘Teleparque’ including the hits ‘Baja Control’ an ‘En Repeticion’.
Early in the year of 2005 Jumbo released their greatest hits CD/DVD package that with two new songs ‘Hasta Que El Sol Se Apague’ and ‘Caminando Hacia Atras’ and including their complete music video history. In May 2005 the brothers Bugs Wako and Eduardo Wako left the band. Bugs move to Los Angeles with his wife while Eddie left to pursue other musical projects.
Jumbo’s music falls under the genre of Rock and Alternative Rock and they have produced under the labels Indie and Independiente.
Mexican pop music produced in Mexico is a genre particularly geared towards young adults and teenagers. Most of the music exported from Mexico is in the Spanish language and until the mid-1990s pop music in Mexico was limited to Latin America when interest increased due to appearances by music artists such as Thalia, Lynda Thomas, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi, Selena and Luis Miguel before mainstream audiences in the U.S.A.
During the 1960s and into the 1970s most of the pop music produced in Mexico was Spanish language versions of rock and roll hits in the English language. Musical singers like Johnny Laboriel, Enrique Guzman, Angelica Maria, and groups like Los Teen Tops mainly performed cover versions of American songs by Paul Anka, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley among others. This was way before bands like Blueswagen and later Jumbo appeared on the Mexican music scene producing their own version of Spanish language music to wide acclaim.
The following musicians are presently members of the band Jumbo:
Alejandro Clemente Castillo Guerra
Carlos Alfredo Castro Aradillas
Jorge Tamez Chapa
Alberto Ramos Estrada
Past members who played in the band include:
Enrique Demián González Peláez; and
Eduardo David González Peláez
Top songs by Jumbo include:
Cada Vez Que Me Voy
Here Comes Your Man
Jumbo’s top recorded albums include:
D.D. Y Ponle Play
Alto Al Fuego
Alfa Beta Grey