Soda Stereo (album)

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Soda Stereo
Sodastereo.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 1984
RecordedBuenos Aires, 1983
Genre
Length35:05
Label
ProducerFederico Moura
Soda Stereo chronology
Soda Stereo
(1984)
Nada Personal
(1985)
Singles from Soda Stereo
  1. "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Sobredosis de TV"
    Released: 1984
  3. "¿Por Qué No Puedo Ser Del Jet-Set?"
    Released: 1984
  4. "Dietético"
    Released: 1985
  5. "Trátame Suavemente"
    Released: 1985

Soda Stereo is the debut album recorded by Argentine rock band Soda Stereo, released in August 27, 1984, through Discos CBS.[1] It was produced by Federico Moura, then leader of the band Virus.

The album allowed the band to enter into the mainstream of music in Argentina at the time and contains some of the band's first hits like "Trátame Suavemente" and "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas", many songs from the album have been included in lists of best songs from Argentine rock and Latin American rock.[2]

It was certified double platinum in Argentina as well as in Peru and Chile within its first months of release.[3] The cover for the album was designed by the band alongside friend Alfredo Lois, it originally featured stills from the three members but where deemed too photographic, instead they were replaced with drawings and colored paper cuts on top of the pictures.[3]

Background[edit]

The band was formed during the early eighties when Gustavo Cerati and Zeta Bosio met while studying Marketing at the University del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, later they met Charly Alberti and began playing together. The trio started performing under the name Los Estereotipos and recorded a demo including the song "¿Por qué no puedo ser del Jet-Set?" which would end up appearing in their debut album, the trio would eventually change their name to Soda Stereo.[4] They started performing their songs as well as covers from bands like The Police and The Beatles in several bars and recorded a second demo with the songs "Diabético" and "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas", alongside "¿Por qué no puedo ser del Jet-Set?", the band was discovered by the members of the band Virus during a performance, which led them to be signed by the label CBS to record their first album.[5] Initially their contact consisted in them recording several teen pop covers which was refused by the band and led to the dissolvement of the contract, the contract was later re-negotiated to allow the band to perform their own songs. [6]

The album was recorded at CBS Studios in Buenos Aires and produced by Federico Maura from Virus, the album had to be recorded in rotating schedules with different engineers, despite this the recording process took place without much difficulty, Maura has said that "the work was very simple because the songs already had the arrangements resolved and thought out, from the sound of the instruments to the details of the voices".[7] The debut performance of the album took place on October 1, 1984, at one of the restaurants from the fast-food chain Pumper Nic in Buenos Aires, Bosio said that "Pumper was one of the first hamburger chains and it had to do with the spirit of Soda Stereo, with those decorations that took some codes from the new wave that rescued icons that came from the '60s. It had to do with bands that were around punk music that were of our influence, like The Specials".[7] The album was released in vinyl and later re-edited to CD in 1991.[8] The songs "¿Por qué no puedo ser del Jet-Set?", "Sobredosis de TV", "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas" and "Trátame Suavemente" became very successful for the band gaining attention from radio stations and music related television programs.[7]

Composition[edit]

The album is composed by eleven tracks with danceable sounds and critical lyrics towards consumerism and Argentine society of the time, Bosio said about the album that "more than a critique there is an irony, we sought to photograph the society of the moment with an acid vision".[2][6] It was influenced by different genres like the ska of The Specials, the new wave of Madness, the reggae of The Police, Fischer-Z and Men at Work, and the art punk of Television.[8]

The lyrics from the album critique different aspects of the eighties Argentine society following the National Reorganization Process, "¿Por Qué no Puedo ser del Jet Set?", translated to "Why Can't I Belong to the Jet-Set?" talks about the superficiality from belonging to certain social circles, "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas" ("You Need Vitamins"), "Dietético" ("Dietetic") and "Mi Novia Tiene Bíceps" ("My Girlfriend Has Biceps") talk about the youth culture, the frivolity and hedonism of Argentine society and the prejudices within the rock scene, and "El Tiempo es Dinero" ("Time is Money") makes references Dorian Gray and critiques consumerism.[2][8] While the album consists mainly by songs composed by the band, it also includes the song "Trátame Suavemente", originally written by Daniel Melero and performed by Los Encargados, a band of which Melero was a part of, the songs is one of the few ballads in the album, about its inclusion Bosio said that "we did it because we liked them a lot, it was a tribute to a band that had been doing things well and had no recognition, it could easily have been a Sumo song, because it was another of the bands that we were going to see and we were fans, it was a tribute to the scene where we came from".[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[9]

Upon release the album received a positive reaction from music critics at the time.[5] Contemporary critics conclude that while the album is not one of the best in the band's discography, it shows the potential of what the band would eventually do in later efforts, Joaquín Vismara from Silencio called the album "just the first step in a career that was characterized by knowing how to go for more" while Juan Carlos Ballesta from La Dosis said about the album that "thirty-five years later it may sound somewhat naive, inconsistent with respect to the following albums or even derived from the British scene, but its freshness and self-confidence is undeniable, it was the beginning of an influential story of immense repercussion", additionally, Mario Fernández Bitar, author of a biography of the band said that "the first album is a perfect kick that anticipates where they can reach".[10][8][6]

Several songs from the album have been included in lists of best songs from both Argentine and Latin American rock, American magazine All Borde included "Trátame Suavemente" and "Un Misil en Mi Placard" in their list "500 Best Iberoamerican Rock Songs" at numbers 417 and 444, respectively, while Argentine website Rock.com placed "Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas" at 73 in their list "100 Best Argentine Rock Songs".[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Gustavo Cerati, expect when noted.

Soda Stereo track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Por Qué No Puedo Ser Del Jet-Set?" ("Why Can't I Belong to the Jet-Set?")Cerati, Ficicchia2:21
2."Sobredosis De T.V." ("TV Overdose") 4:10
3."Te Hacen Falta Vitaminas" ("You Need Vitamins")Bosio, Cerati2:40
4."Trátame Suavemente" ("Treat Me Gently")Daniel Melero3:22
5."Dietético" (Dietetic) 3:48
6."Tele-Ka" 2:26
7."Ni Un Segundo" (Not Even One Second)Bosio, Cerati3:26
8."Un Misil En Mi Placard" (A Missile in my Closet) 3:07
9."El Tiempo Es Dinero" (Time is Money) 2:55
10."Afrodisíacos" (Aphrodisiacs)Bosio, Cerati4:21
11."Mi Novia Tiene Bíceps" (My Girlfriend Has Biceps)Bosio, Cerati, Ficicchia2:24
Total length:34:46

Personnel[edit]

Soda Stereo
Technical
  • Tito Huber
  • Charlie López
  • Oscar Giménez
Additional personnel
  • Daniel Melero – keyboards
  • Gonzalo Palacios – sax
  • Federico Moura – production
  • Alfredo Lois – design
  • Fernanda Cohen – design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Soda Stereo Albums". Sodastereo.com. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Gusmerotti, Nehuén (August 27, 2021). "Soda Stereo, entre la crítica y el amor al consumo". Radiográfica (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Flores, Natalia (August 27, 2019). "¡Celebramos 35 años del álbum debut de Soda Stereo!". Rock and Pop (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "1982: Los Estereotipos". Galeon (in Spanish). Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Garrido, Mónica (July 18, 2017). "Soda Stereo: el inicio de todo". La Tercera (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Carretero, Rodrigo. "Informe Especial: Soda Stereo". Desde Abajo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Calvo, Gastón (August 27, 2017). "Las curiosidades del primer disco de Soda Stereo, a 33 años de que saliera a la venta". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d Ballesta, Juan Carlos. "La piedra fundacional de Soda Stereo". La Dosis (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  9. ^ Soda Stereo at AllMusic
  10. ^ Vismara, Joaquín (July 18, 2016). "Soda Stereo, rankeado de peor a mejor". Silencio (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  11. ^ "500 canciones del Rock Iberoamericano - Al Borde (500 songs)". Acclaimed Music (in Spanish). Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  12. ^ "Los 100 de los 40". Rock.com.ar (in Spanish). Archived from the original on June 7, 2005. Retrieved June 10, 2022.

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