Los Fabulosos Cadillacs is an Argentine ska band from Buenos Aires.
Formed in 1985, they released their first album, Bares y Fondas (Bars and Boardinghouses), in 1986 and have since released fourteen more albums. They are one of the most influential and most-referenced rock bands of the Latin rock world.
The band's sound is a mix of rock, ska, jazz, folk, reggae, funk and big band. It is also noted for its irreverent and humorous lyrics which often contain political undertones. The line-up has changed throughout the years, but the core members have always been the co-founders: lead singer Gabriel Fernandez Capello (known as Vicentico) and bass player and backing vocalist Flavio Cianciarulo (known as Sr. Flavio). Vicentico and Sr. Flavio have done the majority of the songwriting and lyrics as well. Saxophonist Sergio Rotman, drummer Fernando Ricciardi and keyboardi player Mario Siperman have also been in all line-ups of the band. Trumpeter Daniel Lozano joined in 1986, replacing Serguei Itzcowick. Another saxophonist, Naco Goldfinger was in the band from 1985 to 1991. Guitarist Aníbal Rigozzi was a founding member and left the group in 1996 to be replaced by Ariel Minimal, who left the group in 2008. Trombonist Fernando Albareda was in the band from 1991 to 2008. Percussionist Luciano Giugno was also a founding member, leaving in 1989. His replacement, Gerardo Rotblat joined in 1991; he died in 2008.
The band, which collaborated with some music stars such as Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades and Fishbone, received the MTV Latino Video Music Award in 1994 for the single "El Matador", in what probably was the peak of popularity of the band. The song made an appearance on the soundtracks for the movies Savages, Grosse Pointe Blank and The Matador. On September 29 of that year they produced an MTV Unplugged concert. The Cadillacs also won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, and were nominated in the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Band and Best Music Video ("La Vida"), which received the now-defunct International Viewer's Choice Award (Southern Region) at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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