Luca Prodan

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Luca George Prodan
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Prodan photographed for the cover of supplement of Clarín, a few days before his death.
Background information
Born (1953-05-17)May 17, 1953
Italy Rome, Italy
Died December 22, 1987(1987-12-22) (aged 34)
Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Rock, punk rock, new wave, reggae
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass guitar
Years active 1970s-1987
Associated acts Sumo, New Clear Heads, Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota, Andrés Calamaro

Luca Prodan (17 May 1953 - 22 December 1987) was an Italian-Argentine musician.

He was born in Rome after the return of the Prodan family from China. His father had set up a prosperous business in ancient Chinese pottery that became untenable after the Japanese invasion of China during World War II. Prodan attended Gordonstoun School, a private boarding school in Scotland and drifted to Manchester and London.

He moved to London in the 1970s and worked at EMI. While in London, he formed his first band, The New Clear Heads, which shared aesthetics with contemporary punk bands like XTC, The Fall, Joy Division and Wire.

In 1981, after a heroin crisis in the late 1970s London, he moved to the farm of an old Anglo-Argentine friend, Timmy McKern, in the central hills of Córdoba Province Argentina seeking peace to try to kick his heroin addiction.

After some time at the farm in the Traslasierra valley, he settled in Hurlingham (a suburb of Buenos Aires), where he founded and led Sumo and the Hurlingham Reggae Band.

Prodan died either of a heart attack or cirrhosis of the liver in Buenos Aires shortly before Christmas 1987.

After his death, he became an icon of Argentine rock culture. Graffiti stating "Luca Not Dead" has been spotted around the world, especially in South America and Europe.

Two posthumous records of pre-Sumo recordings are available and provide an "insider's" view of the artist. Recorded mostly in the Traslasierra region of Cordoba, Argentina (his initial home territory), they bear testimony to his musical influences and inspiration: Peter Hammill, Nick Drake, Lou Reed, Ian Dury, Joy Division and Bob Marley.

After his death, two bands were formed by former Sumo members: Divididos and Las Pelotas.

He was the older brother of film actor and composer Andrea Prodan.


With Sumo[edit]

  • Corpiños en la madrugada (1983)
  • Divididos por la felicidad (1985)
  • Llegando los monos (1986)
  • After chabón (1987)
  • Fiebre (1989)


  • Time Fate Love, recorded in 1980 (1996)
  • Perdedores Hermosos (Beautiful Losers), recorded in 1981 (1997)