There is a band by the name of Radio Futura that has been popular for years. If you have not heard of them, it could be that you do not listen to the particular genre of music that they play. It is a Spanish pop-rock group, one that started up back in the 1970s. Although they stopped making music in the early 1990s, they are well-known for their very unique presentation of the music that they would play. It was in 1989 that they were considered to be one of the best Spanish acts in history. Let’s take a look at this band that, despite being gone for many years, that made such an impact in the rock and Latin punk rock industries.
How Did This Band Get Started?
The initial beginnings of this group began with lead singer Herminio Molero, an individual that was nothing more than an amateur singer and painter that had aspirations for success. He had a few acquaintances that also wanted to get a band together. The ended up with several people including the Auserón brothers and several others. The band was envisioned primarily by Molero, contributing his insight into traditional music combined with a fusion of electronic sounds. At some point, he incorporated punk music and costumes into the band. It became very iconic, especially after the release of Música Moderna which was their first album. Their success, though unexpected by the band, made them very recognizable. There were some disagreements in the band as to the conceptualization of the music from that point forward. The lead singer Molero and percussionist Pérez decided to leave, leading to the band becoming a trio. This led to the quartet forming after recruiting Carlos Velázquez as their drummer, and they moved forward to their second album.
Their Success After Their First Album
A couple albums were produced under derivatives of BMG, albums that were so different from the very first album. Despite the changes, it was also a commercial success. As with most albums, there is always one song that seems to define that album. In this case, it was Escuela de color which redefined the group in some ways, and they became very popular, leading to the development of 1/3 album in 1985. It was considered to be a vast improvement over previous music that they had created, made possible because of the exceptional recording studios that they had access to. They added another member, making the band a quintet, producing an album through a recording studio that was owned by the world-renowned group Talking Heads. This was also a departure from previous albums and actually became their largest seller even over their prior successes, establishing them in the country of Spain as one of the best Latin rock groups of the 1980s.
1992 And Beyond
Although they had great success, it was in 1992 where they recorded their final record Tierra para bailar. This ended their contractual obligations to the company Ariola. They also decided to not tour, and subsequently disbanded, leading to a compilation album back in 2003. A greatest hits album came a year later, in one of their songs, Escuela De Calor, was featured on the very popular Guitar Hero. Despite the success that they had, much of which was unexpected by the band members, they decided to all go their separate ways.
When you look at a list of the former members of this band, it’s hard to believe that with all of this turmoil that they were able to re-create themselves with every album and find success with each one. Despite this success, it is this turmoil which also led to it disbanding. Fortunately, we still have their music to listen to. It might be one of the most interesting stories and all of the rock music, regardless of where you are in the world. They created a unique sound, something that most bands are lucky to do even once, but they were able to do so many times despite the fact that they would inevitably stop playing music.
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