La Casa Azul
|La Casa Azul|
Guille Milkyway at a performance.
|Years active||1997 - actual|
|Labels||Elefant Records (Spain)
Happy Robot (South Korea)
|Associated acts||Cola Jet Set, Papa Topo|
La Casa Azul is a Spanish indie pop band that combines many of the qualities of 1960s American pop bands like the Beach Boys and 1970s European disco-pop acts like ABBA with clean, clear production reminiscent of Shibuya-kei. This distinctive sound was created by producer Guille Milkyway, who also writes the band's songs. La Casa Azul release their records on the indie-pop label Elefant.
The band officially consists of five members (David, Virginia, Oscar, Clara and Sergio) who appear in the band's distinctive, retro music videos, though notably do not perform live; instead, Milkyway sings and plays the songs solo at concerts. This, along with inconsistencies between instruments featured in the videos and those audible on the songs, has led many to believe that Milkyway is in fact the sole performer on the records and uses the band "members" (who do not give interviews and whose last names have never been disclosed) in order to project an image. In 2007 when the video of their newest single La revolución sexual was released, it was announced that the five members (sometimes called androids) were going to be relegated to some dancing sequences while Milkyway took lead of the band.
- El sonido efervescente de la casa azul EP 10"/CD (Elefant, 2000).
- Milkyway CD (Elefant, 2002).
- Tan simple como el amor LP 12"/CD (Elefant, 2003).
- El sonido efervescente de la casa azul (expanded release) CD (Elefant, 2006).
- La revolución sexual LP 12"/CD (Elefant, 2007).
- La Polinesia meridional CD (Elefant, 2011)
Eurovision Spain 2008
In 2008, La Casa Azul got a spot into the final of the Spanish selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, which took place in Belgrade on May 24. MySpace altogether with the Spanish Broadcasting Television TVE run a preselection event called "Salvemos Eurovisión". More than 530 songs were submitted in which the Internet votes chose five of them and a professional judge the other five finalists. Irregularity was claimed on the Internet vote, in which La revolución sexual placed second. La Casa Azul finished third overall in the final.
The Eurovision followers in the US, America and Central America
La Revolución Sexual from "La Casa Azul" is one of the favorite entries in Spain. The US Radio present a Radio show called "Radio Mix" in association with "Cuarenta Principales" from Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama, for a publicity of the Spanish entries. The last time a Spanish Entry was a big hit in Latin America was in 2003 with "Dime" from Beth, and "Antes Muerta que Sencilla" from Maria Isabel, winner of Eurovision Junior 2004.
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