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|Origin||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Labels||Universal Music Latin Entertainment|
|Members||Ismael Fuentes de Garay|
|Past members||Jay de la Cueva|
Iván Jared Moreno
Molotov is a Mexican rap rock band formed in Mexico City in 1995. Their lyrics, which are rapped and sung by all members of the group, feature a mixture of Spanish and English. The band members also switch instruments and roles depending on what song they are performing.
The band began in 1995 when two friends, Tito Fuentes (guitar) and Micky "Chicho" Huidobro (bass), started playing together. Javier de la "J" Cueva and Iván Jared "La Quesadillera" Moreno joined them in September of that year, becoming the first line up for the band. Moreno would eventually leave and be replaced by Randy Ebright, the only American member of the band, in October 1995. In February 1996, de la Cueva would also leave. He was replaced by Paco Ayala, establishing the four-member lineup that has remained consistent over the years.
Throughout 1996, the band played in many underground locations in Mexico City and began to gain a small group of fans. More success came when they opened for Héroes del Silencio in Monterrey and later for La Lupita in Puebla. During a concert at which they opened for Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas, talent scouts from Universal Music Latin Entertainment offered them a record deal. It was a difficult period, with the band having to sell cassettes during their concerts while they prepared their debut album.
In July 1997, they released their debut album ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas? The album took its name partly from Maná's album ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños? This generated controversy, with stores refusing to sell it because of its lyrics and cover. Molotov went out to the street to sell their discs as a form of protest. The lyrics include a mixture of politics, sex, and expletives, which made it hard for Molotov to enter mainstream media. In 1998, they participated with the song "Payaso" in the album Volcán: Tributo a José José a tribute to legendary singer José José.
Molotov received recognition without precedent for a Spanish-language hip-hop group. Publications such as Vibe said that their music "is incendiary by nature [...] with poisoned darts aimed directly at the heart of the oppressive paternalism of the government". For example, the song "Gimme Tha Power" contained a line that literally translated to, "We have to rip out the problem by the roots and change the government of our country." These lyrics reflected aspects of the tumultuous political climate of the late 1990s. In 2000, the voting public in Mexico elected a president from a different political party than that which had held uninterrupted power since 1940.
In 1998, Molotov released Molomix, an album with remixes of Donde Jugarán, including a version of the classic Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" titled "Rap, Soda y Bohemia", and a new song, "El Carnal de las estrellas", which attacks the Mexican television network Televisa as a response to its refusal to air the band's videos. In September 1999, Apocalypshit was released and the band toured Europe, including Russia, and were also a part of the 1999 Vans Warped Tour. In 2001, after a couple of years of touring, they took a rest and contributed to the soundtrack of the film Y tu mamá también. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.) They also worked on the soundtrack of the film Atlético San Pancho.
Molotov were part of the 2000 Watcha Tour, which included 17 shows with Los Enanitos Verdes, Aterciopelados, Café Tacuba, and A.N.I.M.A.L. In 2003, the band's new album, Dance and Dense Denso, was released and featured the Grammy-winning single "Frijolero", which became the band's biggest hit to date. In 2004, the band released Con Todo Respeto, which consisted of covers of groups such as The Misfits, Beastie Boys, ZZ Top, and Los Toreros Muertos.
On January 18, 2007, Molotov's official website addressed a separation rumor, saying that it could neither be confirmed or denied but that more information would be coming soon. A few weeks later, the band confirmed on its website that it would indeed be touring and posted dates starting on April 3 in Ventura, California, and ending on April 15 in Dallas, Texas. Despite no official break-up update, many radio stations announced the tour as Molotov's last. Later that year, the band released the album Eternamiente (a portmanteau of eternamente [eternally] and miente [he lies]) with the hit song "Yofo". The album saw first-week sales of nearly 1,000 copies.
Molotov performed at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival. In an interview, the band talked about the possibility of releasing a live DVD. In a later interview, Ebright said the DVD would possibly be directed by Y tu mamá también director Alfonso Cuaron. The band's manager, Jorge Mondragón, has said that a book would be published recounting their 15 years as a band.
Band lead guitar Tito Fuentes said that their next album would be released independently during 2010. On May 14, 2010, it was announced that the band would perform at Mexico City's Zócalo for the first time in the band's history, having been denied the chance to play the venue in their hometown five times before. The band performed a concert along with other bands such as Jaguares and Maldita Vecindad to protest against Arizona's SB 1070 law. The band recorded their performance at the Creation of Peace Festival in Kazan in Russia. In May 2012, this was released as the live album Desde Rusia con amor, with an accompanying DVD. The band worked with Mexican film director Olallo Rubio, providing music for a documentary called Gimme the Power in which Rubio analyzes Mexico under the power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The documentary was released on June 1, 2012.
In popular culture
In 2008, the song "Apocalypshit" was used in the opening scene of the first episode of the crime drama series Breaking Bad. In 2018, the song Gimme Tha Power featured in the episode Cucaracha/K’uruch, the seventh of the second season of the crime drama television series Mayans M.C.
Note: The members switch instruments depending on what song they are performing; the below list shows their main roles in the band.
- Ismael Fuentes de Garay – guitar, bass, vocals
- Miguel Ángel Huidobro Preciado – bass guitar, drums, vocals
- Juan Francisco Ayala Gonzalez – bass guitar, guitar, vocals
- Randall Ebright – drums, guitar, bass, vocals
- Studio albums
- ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas? (1997)
- Apocalypshit (1999)
- Dance and Dense Denso (2003)
- Eternamiente (2007)
- Agua Maldita (2014)
- Remix albums
- Molomix (1998)
- Compilation albums
- Con Todo Respeto (2004)
- Exitos (2016)
- Live albums
- Desde Rusia con Amor (2012)
- MTV Unplugged (2018)
- ¿Dónde Jugarán lxs Niñxs? (2019)
- 1998: MTV Video Music Awards - International Viewer's Choice (Latin America, North and South): "Gimme Tha Power"
- 2003: MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2003 - Best Group or Duet, Best Alternative Artist, Best Artist from Mexico.
- 2004: Viña del Mar International Song Festival - Antorcha de Plata, Antorcha de Oro, Gaviota de Plata.
Dance and Dense Denso:
- Latin Grammy for Best Music Video (Frijolero).
- MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2003 for Video of the Year (Frijolero)
Con Todo Respeto:
- Latin Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Album, Duo or Group
- Latin Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Album, Duo or Group
Desde Rusia Con Amor:
- Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album 2012
- Latin Grammy 2014 Best Rock Vocal Album, Duo or Group
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