Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias
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|Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias|
|Labels||Stiff, Transatlantic, Logo, Overground Records|
|Associated acts||Greasy Bear, The Durutti Column, The Mothmen, Simply Red|
|Members||Chris "C.P." Lee
Ray "Mighty Mongo" Hughes
|Past members||Les Prior|
Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias (also called the 'Albertos' by themselves and their fans) were a comedy rock band, formed in Manchester, England in 1972. Their story is told in the book When We Were Thin (published 2007 by Hotun Press). The name of the band is a corruption of the Latin American band Alberto y Los Trios Paraguayos.
Created in 1972 by former member of Greasy Bear – Chris "C.P." Lee and Jimmy Hibbert (vocals, bass) (ex Jacko Ogg and the Head People) and Bob Harding (vocals, guitar, bass), the comedy sketch outfit became a musical group in 1974 and was joined by former Greasy Bear (1968–1972) drummer Bruce Mitchell (drums), with Les Prior (vocals), Simon White (steel guitar, guitar), Tony Bowers (bass, guitar) and Ray "Mighty Mongo" Hughes (second drummer). They became a popular support act, supporting Hawkwind on their 1974 tour. The group mercilessly parodied the major rock names of the 1970s – "Anadin" (the trade name for an over the counter headache remedy) was a reworking of Lou Reed's "Heroin" / "Sweet Jane". By 1975 they were topping the bill in their own right and were supported by such acts as The Police, The Stranglers and Blondie. As with many comedy ensembles, the Albertos belied their comic aspirations by their exemplary musicianship, and they released three albums and a variety of spoof discs, culminating in the musical play, Snuff Rock.
Sleak (aka Snuff Rock), inspired by the then recent film, Snuff, and the concept of snuff movies, but carrying the idea to a band who killed themselves for entertainment, was their musical play presented at London's Royal Court Theatre and Round House, and was famous for the role of the comic disc jockey played by Les Prior. The accompanying EP, "Snuff Rock", released on Stiff Records, poked fun at the punk rock phenomenon, targeting the Sex Pistols ("Gobbing On Life"), The Damned ("Kill") and The Clash ("Snuffin' Like That") as well as myriad reggae bands in "Snuffin' In A Babylon". For once, the Albertos' act was successfully transferred to vinyl. They hit the UK Singles chart with the Status Quo spoof, "Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie" in 1978. Les Prior died in January 1980 from leukemia, which left a large gap in the group.
After their nationally networked TV show Teach Yourself Gibberish and a crack at America with Sleak, the Albertos called it a day in 1982.
The band's brand of spoof rock has been said to be in the same English tradition as that of the Barron Knights and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band but a better comparison might be the American bluegrass/country parody band the Austin Lounge Lizards.
- Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias – Transatlantic Records, 1976
- Italians From Outer Space – Transatlantic Records, 1977
- Skite – Logo Records, 1978
- The Worst of the Berts – Logo, 1980
- Snuff Rock – the Best of the Albertos – Mau Mau, 1991
- Radio Sweat – Overground Records, 1996
- Mandrax Sunset Variations – Castle Records, 2001
- "Dread Jaws" (1976) Transatlantic
- Snuff Rock EP – "Kill", "Gobbing On Life", "Snuffin' Like That", "Snuffin' In A Babylon" (1977) Stiff
- "Old Trust" (1977) Logo
- "Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie" (1978) Logo (UK #47)
- "F**k You" (1978) Logo
- "Juan Lopez" (1978) Logo
- "Cruisin' With Santa" (1982) New Hormones