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]

The band was formed in 1981 and debuted on April 30, 1982 during a broadcast of the news program Hoy Mismo with journalist Guillermo Ochoa; they disbanded in 1994. Timbiriche started as a 6-member group: Paulina Rubio, Sasha Sokol, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza, and Alix Bauer, most the children of famous actors, singers, and composers. In 1983, Erik Rubin became the seventh member and the group continued to be a septet until it disbanded.

Two important member changes happened in the mid-80's: In 1985 Eduardo Capetillo replaced Ibarra; and in 1986, teen actress and singer Thalía replaced Sasha Sokol; these changes brought the band musical maturity and enormous commercial success. After Timbiriche disbanded, each former member had several #1 solo hits. [1]

Since its inception, the group influenced music and fashion trends that led the way for future Mexican pop groups like RBD, Onda Vaselina (later OV7), Kabah, and many others. Several ex-Timbirichers went on to have hugely successful careers in both music and acting, most notably Paulina Rubio and Thalía, who became international superstars.

History[edit]

Early Years (1982-1984)[edit]

The band started in 1982 as a 6-member kids' group following a similar formula from Spanish group Parchis; unlike Parchis, however, Timbiriche grew successfully into their teenage and even young-adult years.

Initially they produced kid-oriented music with the release of their first 2 albums, "Timbiriche" and "La Banda Timbiriche", both released in 1982, which included classics like "Timbiriche", "Y La Fiesta Comenzó", "Somos Amigos", "México", and "La Vida Es Mejor Cantando".

With moderate success in México in these early years, the group saw the addition of another band member, Erik Rubín for their fifth album (fourth studio album) in December 1983, "Disco Ruido" released in 1984, making the group a septet. In 1985, they starred in the teenage version of the stage production of Grease, (Vaselina, going on a successful tour of major cities in Mexico.

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--and "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 the band's first smash hit "Corro, Vuelo, Me Acelero", or the video for Soy Un Desastre.

After promotion ended, Sasha Sokol departed and was replaced by Thalía, however, the band released their single "No Seas Tan Cruel Conmigo" (Capetillo's first performance) in 1986 with an accompanying music video set in a '50s prom party that included Sasha, 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 '80s hits in Ibero-America.

In 1987, Thalía was starring on the Mexican-TV smash Quinceañera and she and the other female members performed the main theme for the Telenovela. Both the single and the telenovela achieved great success in Mexico and Ibero-America.

The group achieved mass success with their seventh album, "Timbiriche 7". 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 their expectations for adulthood. The album included their singles "Si No Es Ahora" (a Latin-American #1 performed by Thalía and Diego and inspired by the Mike + The Mechanics song All I Need Is a Miracle), "Besos de Ceniza", "Rompecabezas", and "Mirame (Cuestion de Tiempo)". The album's biggest hit was "Con Todos Menos Conmigo", performed by all the male bandmembers; it reached #1 in Mexico and other countries including Argentina and Brazil. 2 videos of the song were made, one of which was a massive live performance at Mexico City's Plaza México in Mexico City. It was Mariana Garza's last live performance with the band before she left to pursue an acting career and was replaced by Edith Marquez.

After promotion of the seventh album ended and the Garza-to-Marquez transition began, the band recorded a vast list of songs for their eighth album. Inability to pick a final track list from the 22 songs, the project became the double album "Timbiriche VIII"' and "Timbiriche IX". This offering included what would become one of their best-known and most-successful single: "Tú y Yo Somos Uno Mismo". This hit #1 in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile among other countries. The single's video was recorded in locations of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and showed the band playing on the beach at sunset. It saw strong TV rotation in the late '80s. Other hits included "Acelerar", "No Sé Si Es Amor" (which reached #1 in Mexico and was Thalia's last performance before her departure), "Amame Hasta Con Los Dientes" (performed by Rubin, #1), and "Me Estoy Volviendo Loca" (a #1 hit)) performed by Thalía, Paulina, Edith, and Alix.

The last single of the classic formation was "Tu Me Vuelves Loco"; which climbed to the top position at the Mexican Airplay and Argentinian charts in 1989; the promotional music video filmed on the beach featured only 4 members, as Thalia, Eduardo, and Alix had left the band a few days earlier. As of 2010, the double album has sold 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, the singers started fighting onstage in the middle of a song. To this day the rivalry has turned them against each other by media and fans. Midway through promotion and touring, Alix Bauer left the group mostly due to health issues in her family, and Bibi Gaytán stepped in and finished the tour with the group. In 1989, Edward Capetillo and Thalia also departed to pursue singing and acting careers.

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

With only 3 original bandmembers and 2 intermediates remaining, the group recorded their 10th album, "Timbiriche 10", with two new bandmembers, Claudio Bermúdez and Patty Tanúz. The album was released in early 1990 with the same success as the previous album, including many successful singles. The first one, "Me Pongo Mal", performed by Diego Shoening, was released in December 1989 and reached #1 in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. It was their biggest airplay hit until 1990 (alongside Tu Y Yo Somos Uno Mismo and Si No Es Ahora), Me Pongo Mal remained at #1 in many countries of Ibero-America from December 1989 to March 1990. Then came "Yo No Soy Una Mas"(Airplay 1989 release, performed by Edith, #1 in Mexico), "Sacúdete"(Mexican Top 10), and "Princesa Tibetana", performed by Rubin, became a huge success (#1 all over Ibero-America in the spring of 1990) although it had no official video; a live 1990 version, which was Patty Tanuz's last appearance with the band, served as a promotional clip.

During the official release and early promotion of the album, Patty Tanúz left the group due to disagreements with her female bandmates; she went on to a career as an actress and Disney dubbing artist. In mid-1990 she was replaced by teen singer Silvia Campos, who participated throughout the whole promotion and tour.

In 1991, the group suffered the biggest departure in its history with the exodus of 4 out of 5 members. First Edith Márquez and Erik Rubín left 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, the 4 members who departed were replaced with new members who already had somewhat-solid singing and dancing careers. Diego, Silvia, and Claudio were joined by Daniel (Mano), Lorena, Tannya Velasco, and Kenya Hijuelos. Alexa auditioned first for Edith's spot; Kenya was promoted by Diego, who was seeking a new direction for the band. Alexa replaced Claudio when he was informally kicked out of the band. For the first time, Timbiriche would be 5 girls and 2 boys. They released "Timbiriche 11" with a more-mature image and musical style, using tropical, dance, rap, and house beats. Although "Ay Amor... Amor" climbed to #1 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 11th 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); performed by Alexa and Diego, this song was a strong commercial success in Ibero-America, climbed to #1, and gave the band their last million-seller. The song has since been covered by many artists.Afterwards the song has been covered by many artists. During their last tour in 1994, 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 followup album (tentatively called "Timbiriche 13") and Alexa's replacement were scrapped and the band quietly broke up.

After 13 successful years, Timbiriche left the music scene, but all of the former members have achieved huge success as 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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