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|Origin||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Genres||Alternative rock, hip hop, rap rock, nu metal, rap metal, comedy rock|
|Labels||Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Universal Music Latino
|Past members||Jay de la Cueva
Iván Jared (La Quesadillera)
Molotov is a Mexican rock band formed in Mexico City in September 1995. Their lyrics feature a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped and sung by all members of the group. Molotov blends heavy basslines with heavy guitar riffs. Many songs, such as "Gimme the Power" and "Frijolero", are politically inspired, addressing issues such as disenfranchisement within Mexico and immigration in the United States. The band's lyrics are risqué, playful, and frequently aggressive. They have won four Latin Grammy Awards.
The band began in 1995 when two friends, Tito Fuentes (guitar) and Micky "Fled" Huidobro (bass), started playing together. On September 21 of the same year, Javier de la Cueva "J" and Iván Jared "La Quesadillera" joined them becoming the first line up for the band. "La Quesadillera" would eventually leave, to be replaced by Randy Ebright, the only US-born member of the band. Around February 1996 de la Cueva would also leave, being replaced by Paco Ayala, establishing the four-member line-up that has remained consistent over the years.
Throughout 1996, the band played in many underground locations in Mexico City and began to have a small group of fans. Their success finally came when they opened for Héroes del Silencio in Monterrey and later for La Lupita in Puebla. During a concert in which they opened for Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas, talent hunters from Universal offered them to record an album. It was a difficult period, and the band had to sell cassettes during the concerts while they prepared their album.
In July 1997, they released their debut album ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas?, which took its name partly from Maná's album ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños? generating 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 a recognition without precedent for a hip-hop group in Spanish. Urban publications such as Vibe said about them: "[Molotov's music] is incendiary by nature… with darts poisoned aimed directly to the heart of the oppressive paternalism of the government." For example, the song "Gimme Tha Power" contained lyrics such as "Hay que arrancar el problema de raíz y cambiar el gobierno de nuestro país" (translated: 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, popular vote elected a president from a different political party than that which had held the presidency, uninterrupted, since 1940 (see Politics of Mexico).
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 by contributing to the soundtrack of the films Y tu mamá también (in which the soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy) and Atlético San Pancho,.
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 April 3 in Ventura, California, and ending April 15 in Dallas, Texas. Despite no official break-up update, many radio stations announced the tour as Molotov's last.
In 2007, the band released its album Eternamiente (a portmanteau of eternamente [eternally] and miente [he lies]) with the hit song "Yofo."
In 2008, the song "Apocalypshit", from the album of the same name, was used in the first episode of Breaking Bad, during camper scene.
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, Randy Ebright said the DVD would possibly be directed by Alfonso Cuaron, with whom they worked on the soundtrack for Cuaron's film Y Tu Mama Tambien. 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 on Mexico City's Zócalo for the first time in the band's history, after being denied the venue five times before. The band performed in a concert along with other bands such as Jaguares and Maldita Vecindad to protest against Arizona's SB 1070 law.
They worked with Mexican film director Olallo Rubio, providing their music to a documentary called Gimme the Power in which Rubio analyzes Mexico under the power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional). The documentary was released on June 1, 2012.
- Ismael "Tito" Fuentes de Garay - electric guitar, vocals
- Miguel Ángel "Miky" Huidobro Preciado "Huidos" - bass guitar, vocals
- Juan Francisco "Paco" Ayala Gonzalez - bass guitar, guitar, vocals
- Randall "Randy, El Gringo Loco" Ebright - drums, guitar, bass, vocals
Note: The members switch around on instruments so it depends what song they are performing. This shows their main roles in the band.
- ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas? (1997)
- Molomix (1998) Remix Album
- Apocalypshit (1999)
- Dance and Dense Denso (2003)
- Con Todo Respeto (2004)
- Con Todo Respeto (Unlimited Edition) (2005) special edition of Con Todo Respeto
- Eternamiente (2007)
- Desde Rusia con Amor (2012) Live Album
- Agua Maldita (2014)
- 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.
¿Dónde Jugarán Las Niñas?:
- Double Platinum Record in Spain
- Quadruple Gold Record in Mexico
- Golden Record in Argentina and Colombia.
- Platinum Record in Chile and United States.
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