Timbiriche

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Timbiriche
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Genres Latin pop, Mexican pop
Years active 1982–1994, 1998–1999, 2007–2008

Timbiriche was a Mexican pop-rock band which sold over 20 million albums worldwide becoming one of the most successful bands in Ibero-America from the first half of the eighties to the first half of the nineties.[citation needed]

Originally the band was formed in 1981; later, the group debuted on April 30, 1982, during a broadcast of the news program Hoy Mismo with journalist Guillermo Ochoa and disbanded in 1994. Timbiriche initially started as a six-member group composed of Paulina Rubio, Sasha Sokol, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza and Alix Bauer, most whose parents were famous actors, singers, and composers. In 1983, Erik Rubin became the seventh member with the group continuing to have seven members until it disbanded.

Two important member changes happened in the mid-80's; in 1985 Eduardo Capetillo replaced Ibarra, later in 1986, teen actress and singer Thalía replaced Sasha Sokol; it given to the band musical maturity and an enormous commercial success. After Timbiriche disbanded, all former members had several number one solo hits. [1]

Since its inception, the group was considered to be influential in both music and fashion trends leading the way for future Mexican pop groups such as RBD, Onda Vaselina (later OV7) and Kabah among many others. Several members of Timbiriche went on to have hugely successful careers in both music and acting, most notably Paulina Rubio and Thalía who went into international superstardom.

History[edit]

Early Years (1982-1984)[edit]

The band started as a kids group in 1982 with six members following a similar formula from a Spanish group Parchis, however, unlike the latter, the group grew successfully into their teenage and even young-adulthood years.

Initially, the group produced child-oriented music with the release of their first two albums "Timbiriche" and "La Banda Timbiriche", both released in 1982, which included classics like "Timbiriche", "Y La Fiesta Comenzó", "Somos Amigos", "México", "La Vida Es Mejor Cantando", among others.

During the early years, with moderate success in México, the group saw the addition of another band member, Erik Rubín in December 1983 for their fifth album (fourth studio album) "Disco Ruido" released in 1984, changing the group into a seven-piece. In 1985, the group starred in the teenage version of the stage production of Grease (Vaselina in Spanish), going on tour to major cities in Mexico becoming another success for the band.

Musical Evolution (1985-1986)[edit]

By 1985, the band's fame grew and changed their child-oriented concept into more mature music with the release of their sixth album "Timbiriche Rock Show", which included their singles "Soy Un Desastre", the first mainstream teen hit for the band, "Corro, Vuelo, Me Acelero" among others. However, the group saw the first departure with the exit of Benny Ibarra, who was later replaced by Eduardo Capetillo. Ibarra participated in the entire recording, production and early promotion of the album, but did not appear in the music video for "Corro, Vuelo, Me Acelero", the first smash hit of the band and the video for Soy Un Desastre.

After promotion ended, another departure took place with Sasha Sokol who was replaced by Thalía, however, the band released their single "No Seas Tan Cruel Conmigo" (first song performed by Capetillo) in 1986 with an accompanying music video set in a 50's prom party that included Sasha, this is because the song was recorded for a re-release of their sixth album but was later included in their succeeding album in which Sasha had no participation in its recording or promotion due to her departure.

Maturity and Group's Success (1987-1989)[edit]

Sasha's departure from the group was hard for fans to accept as she was one of the favorites, and Thalía had a lot to live up to. But the group's success far surpassed what they had accomplished when Sasha was in the group. However, Sasha was the first former member who achieved great success as a solo artist, her single "Rueda Mi Mente" released in April, 1987, became one of the biggest eighties hits in Ibero-america.

In 1987, Thalía was starring on the smash mexican tv-hit Quinceañera; She and the other female members of the band, performed the main theme for the Telenovela, The single as well as the soap opera achieved great success in Mexico and Ibero-America.

The group released their seventh album "Timbiriche 7" where they achieved mass success. The group went on to sell millions of records as they continued to grow on and off the stage. Songs about life, growing up, school and friendships were replaced with songs about love found (and lost), the anxieties of adolescence and the hopes that adulthood would bring. The album included their singles "Si No Es Ahora" (a latin-american number one hit performed by Thalía and Diego and inspired by the Mike + The Mechanics song All I Need Is a Miracle), "Besos de Ceniza", "Rompecabezas", "Mirame (Cuestion de Tiempo)" among other songs. The biggest hit of the album was "Con Todos Menos Conmigo", in which all male members of the band performed the song, it reached the number one position in Mexico and other countries including Argentina and Brazil; two videos of the song were made, one of them in a massive live performance at Plaza México in Mexico City. It was the last live act of Garza before she was replaced by Marquez.

After promotion of the seventh album ended, Mariana Garza left to pursue an acting career and was replaced by Edith Márquez. With the new member, the band recorded a vast list of songs for their eighth album. Without being able to pick a final track list from the 22 songs recorded, the project became a two-part album, "Timbiriche VIII" and "Timbiriche IX".

The 8th and 9th double album included what would become one of their best known and most successful singles "Tú y Yo Somos Uno Mismo", it peaked at the top position in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile among other countries. The video for the single was recorded in locations of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the band acting and playing on the beach sunset, it gained strong Tv rotation in the late 80s. Other hits included "Acelerar", "No Sé Si Es Amor" (which reached at the number one position in Mexico and was the last one performed by Thalía before her departure), "Amame Hasta Con Los Dientes" (performed by Rubin, number one) and "Me Estoy Volviendo Loca" (a number one hit) performed by Thalía, Paulina, Edith and Alix.

The last single of the classic formation was "Tu Me Vuelves Loco"; which climbed the top position at the Mexican Airplay and Argentinian charts in 1989; a promotional music video filmed on the beach was made for the song, in which, only four members who participated in the original recording of the album appeared in the clip, Thalía, Eduardo and Alix left the band a few days before. The double album sold until 2010 more than 4 million copies worldwide.[2]

At the peak of their superstardom, rivalry among bandmembers Paulina Rubio and Thalía would affect the group's image; in 1988, during a massive concert in Monterrey both singers started fighting on stage in the middle of a song. This rivalry that up until this day has turned both singers against each other by the media and fans. Midway through promotion and touring, member Alix Bauer left the group mostly due to health issues in her family and was replaced with Bibi Gaytán who continued with the group until the end the tour. Afterward in 1989, Thalía and Eduardo Capetillo also left the group to pursue singing and acting careers.

The End of The First Generation (1990-1991)[edit]

With only three original bandmembers remaining and two intermediates, the group went on to record their tenth album "Timbiriche 10", along with two new bandmembers Claudio Bermúdez and Patty Tanúz. The album was released in the early 1990 with the same success as the previous album including many successful singles, the first one "Me Pongo Mal" was released in December, 1989, which reached the number one position in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, it was performed by Diego Shoening and provided to the band their biggest airplay hit until 1990 (alongside Tu Y Yo Somos Uno Mismo and Si No Es Ahora), Me Pongo Mal remained from December 1989 to March 1990 at the top position in many countries of Ibero-america; then came "Yo No Soy Una Mas"(Airplay 1989 release, performed by Edith, number one in Mexico), "Sacúdete"(Mexican Top ten) and "Princesa Tibetana", which was performed by Rubin, became a huge success (Number one all over Iberoamerica in the spring 0f 1990), although it had no official video; a live 1990 version served as a promotional clip, in which Patty Tanuz had her last appearance alongside the band.

During the official release and early promotion of the album, Patty Tanúz left the group due to disagreements with the female members of the band, later Tanúz began a career as an actress and dubbing artist of Disney productions. She was replaced by teen singer Silvia Campos in mid-1990, who participated throughout the whole promotion and group's tour.

In 1991, the group suffered the biggest departure in its history with the departure of four out of five members. First Edith Márquez and Erik Rubín departed to pursue solo careers. Shortly thereafter Paulina Rubio and Bibi Gaytán departed. Claudio Bermudez, although initially signed to continue in the group, was fired because of drug abuse and alcohol problems. This important departure ended the group's image and musical style and was known as the "end of the first generation".

The Second Generation (1991-1994)[edit]

In 1991, four out of five members that left the group were replaced with new ones; this new group of members already had somewhat solid singing and dancing careers and had been in the industry for quite a while. Diego, Silvia, and Claudio were joined by Daniel (Mano), Lorena, Tannya Velasco and Kenya Hijuelos to replace Erik, Paulina, Biby, and Edith. Alexa auditioned first for the part of Edith, while Kenya was promoted by Diego, who was seeking a new direction for the band. Claudio was then informally kicked out of the band, and Alexa replaced him. For the first time, Timbiriche would have 5 girls and 2 boys in the band. They released "Timbiriche 11", with a change in their musical style and image in favor of a more mature tone, using tropical, dance, rap, and house beats. Although, "Ay Amor... Amor" climbed to number one position in Mexico and other countries, surprisingly, the group managed to maintain its popularity yet it did not reach the same success that it had with previous albums. The initial weeks of promotion of the eleventh album began with a rocky start when Kenya, due to arguments within the band, was dramatically replaced by Jean, a dancer. This replacement kept the group in the same format with 4 girls and 3 boys. This caused first generation band member Diego to feel estranged from the new band members. He said the band could do without the rest of the members except for Jean and Silvia.

In 1993 the group recorded their last album "Timbiriche XII", and despite the changes that affected the group, this final album included one of their most successful singles, "Muriendo Lento" (Dying Slowly); the song performed by Alexa and Diego was a strong commercial success in Ibero-America, climbed to the number one position and gave to the band their last million seller. Afterwards the song has been covered by many artists. In 1994, during their last tour, band member Alexa Lozano announced her departure in a gig in Monterrey , much to the surprise of fans and the band itself. Initial plans for their follow-up album (tentatively called "Timbiriche 13") and the replacement of Alexa were scrapped and the band quietly broke up. Finally, after thirteen years of unstoppable career the band left the music scene, while all former members achieved huge success as a solo artists.

Post-Timbiriche Number One Solo Hits[edit]

Several former members of Timbiriche achieved great success into the acting and music industry; some of their early number one hits include:

Benny Ibarra - Sin Ti (1994); Cielo (1994)

Paulina Rubio - Mio (1992); Nada De Ti (1995)

Thalía - Pienso En Tí (1990); En La Intimidad (1991)

Eduardo Capetillo - La Mujer Que No Soñé (1991); Mas Que Alcanzar Una Estrella (1992)

Erik Rubin - Cuando Mueres Por Alguien (1993); Sueño De Fantasía (1995)

Edith Márquez - Mi Error Mi Fantasía (1998)

Claudio Bermúdez - Ven Junto A Mi (1994)

Sasha Sokol - Rueda Mi Mente (1987); Seras El Aire (1997)

Members[edit]

Original Members
Member Years First Members
Benny Ibarra 1982–1985 Original Member
Sasha Sokol 1982–1986 Original Member
Mariana Garza 1982–1987 Original Member
Alix Bauer 1982–1989 Original Member
Paulina Rubio 1982–1990 Original Member
Diego Schoening 1982–1994 Generation Member
Erik Rubín 1983–1991 Seventh Member
Replacements
Member Years Replaced
Eduardo Capetillo 1985–1989 Benny Ibarra
Thalía Sodi 1986–1989 Sasha Sokol
Edith Márquez 1987–1991 Mariana Garza
Bibi Gaytán 1989–1991 Alix Bauer
Claudio Bermúdez 1989–1991 Eduardo Capetillo
Patty Tanúz 1989–1990 Thalía Sodi
Silvia Campos 1990–1994 Patty Tanúz
Lorena Shelley 1990–1994 Paulina Rubio
Daniel Gaytán 1991–1994 Erick Rubín
Tannya Velasco 1991–1994 Bibi Gaytán
Kenya Hijuelos 1991–1992 Edith Márquez
Alexa Lozano 1991–1994 Claudio Bermúdez
Jean Duverger 1992–1994 Kenya Hijuelos
New Generation Band Members
Member Years Order of Entry
Brissia Mayagoitia 2007–2008 First Member
Fernanda Arozqueta 2007–2009 Second Member
Alberto Dogre 2007–2009 Third Member
Gabriela Sanchez 2007–2009 Fourth Member
Eduardo Brito 2007–2009 Fifth Member
Taide Rodriguez 2007–2009 Sixth Member
Yurem Rojas 2007–2009 Seventh Member

Timeline[edit]


Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

1998-1999 Reunion[edit]

In 1998, the original seven members of the group reunited for the Mexican summer show Acapulco '98. With the success of the reunion show, a 4-night engagement was booked at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. The 10,000-seat auditorium sold out quickly, leading to the extension of the engagement by 16 more shows. In the end, the group performed a total of 20 shows, breaking the record of 17 shows previously set by Luis Miguel at the venue. Later, they went on a national tour, from which came a live double album and three new songs: "Está Despierto" (released as a single), "Suma Cósmica" and "La Fuerza del Amor".

25th Anniversary Reunion[edit]

2007 marked the 25th anniversary of Timbiriche. With this in mind, Timbiriche reunited again for one year to tour Mexico and the U.S., calling their tour "Timbiriche 25." Twenty dates were scheduled in Mexico and ten in the U.S. Taking part in the tour were 6 of the 7 original Timbiriche members: Sasha Sokol, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza, Alix Bauer, and Erik Rubín; Paulina Rubio did not reunite with them due to her own successful tour and marriage (which coincidentally happened on the anniversary of the premiere of Timbiriche). They were also invited to participate as the closing group during the 2007 Telethon fundraiser on the Televisa Network, the proceeds of which went towards building rehabilitation centers for handicapped children.

During the reunion they released three albums: Timbiriche 25 which was a collection of 12 of their greatest hits updated with a modern sound, Somos Timbiriche 25 which was the first live album with 11 songs from their tour, and finally the CD/DVD Vivo en Vivo which was the second live album with all the songs performed on the tour along with a DVD of the concert itself. For this album as well, Timbiriche recorded three brand new songs: "Vuelvo a Comenzar" (the first single), "Atado a Ti" and "Domar el Aire" as a valentine and thanks to their fans for making this reunion more successful than expected.

Also three new music videos were released: two of their updated biggest hits "Tu y Yo Somos Uno Mismo" and "Princesa Tibetana" as well as the first single from their last CD: "Vuelvo a Comenzar". A documentary about this 25th anniversary reunion was shot, and a musical based on their songs is in the works.

Due to the demand of their fans and the great success of the reunion, the tour was prolonged 5 months more than originally planned, bringing its total duration to 1 year and 5 months. During this time Timbiriche broke sales records in both concert ticket sales and album sales on the charts.

On Monday, May 5, 2008, Timbiriche ended their reunion tour in Mexico's Foro Sol arena. The show lasted more than 2 hours, and the group performed close to 30 songs for their fans.

On Saturday, May 17, 2008, Timbiriche reunited for one night only to be a part of a massive concert for the ALAS organization which was founded in 2006 to help with the care and nutrition of poor children. During this reunion Mariana was missing because she was in her last weeks of her second pregnancy. Timbiriche performed 4 songs during this concert: "Ya Llego La Banda", "Corro, Vuelo, Me Acelero", "Con Todos Menos Conmigo" and "Mexico" in a duet with Miguel Bosé. With this last performance, the band's 25th anniversary reunion came to an end.

The New Band (La Nueva Banda)[edit]

In July 2007 "Buscando a Timbiriche, La Nueva Banda", a reality show, aired in Mexico on Televisa and in the United States on Univisión). This American Idol-type show featured 30 participants competed to reform the band. In each episode the contestants showed their dancing and singing skills and were graded by the judges: la mesa de creadores (the creators' table) and el consejo Timbiriche (the Timbiriche council) which was composed of the original band members with the exception of Paulina Rubio. Based on the scores, three girls and three boys would be up for dismissal from the competition. The audience would then call in and vote for them in order to save them. The Timbiriche council would save one boy and one girl, the public call-in votes saved another boy and girl, while the other two participants were expelled.

In Episode 12 the format changed. All the participants were up for dismissal and the honor roll combined with the audience still calling in to save their favorite. The number of calls was factored in with the grades. The two highest scorers faced off to see who would be chosen as a band member. The lowest scorer was expelled.

On October 14, 2007 the final show was aired featuring the official new band:

  • Brissia (First member) (who later left the band for a solo career)
  • Fernanda (Second member)
  • Alberto (Third member)
  • Gaby (Fourth member)
  • Eduardo (Fifth member)
  • Taide (Sixth member)
  • Yurem (Seventh member)

Televisa, the Mexican television network sponsoring the new band, has been the topic of serious controversy for censoring parts of the band's website and blocking access to it for U.S. internet users.

In the first months of 2008 there was great speculation that Brissia was going to leave the group. She missed a couple of concert dates and did not participate in the U.S. tour in which La Nueva Banda was the opening act for RBD. Brissia broke the news that she was indeed leaving the band to pursue a solo career.

The Musical[edit]

In October 2007, producer Pedro Damián announced that he was planning to make a feature film based on Timbiriche's songs.

The script was written by Martha Carrillo and Cristina García (who wrote the script for the telenovela Tres Mujeres) which tells the story of adolescent love through the music of Sasha, Benny, Diego, Mariana, Álix, Érick, and Paulina.

About the project, Damián said, "It's like the play Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar (with music from Mecano) or like the Abba play Mamma Mia! — plays that used the music from the groups with different stories."

Carrillo told a Mexican newspaper that the plot deals with "the life of some kids who are trying to move forward with music, but not as a band; the main character is a composer, but she's not the one who sings."

The idea for a movie has been put on hiatus and the project has been initiated as a theatrical touring musical. The musical began auditions in January 2010 and is called Timbiriche: El Musical (Timbiriche: The Musical). The musical play is a love story that uses Timbiriche's songs as expressions but does not tell the story of the Timbiriche band.[3]

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