Virus (Argentine band)

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Virus
Virus en 1981.jpg
Background information
Origin La Plata, Argentina
Genres New wave, synthpop, post-punk
Years active 1981–1990
1994–present
Associated acts Roberto Jacoby, Soda Stereo, Babasónicos
Members Marcelo Moura
Julio Moura
Daniel Sbarra
Ariel Naon
Fernando Monteleone
Nicolás Ménde
Past members Federico Moura
Ricardo Serra
Pablo Mugica
Enrique Mugetti
Mario Serra
Aitor Graña
Ludo Isod
Patricio Fontana

Virus is an Argentine new wave music band, led by Federico Moura until his death on December 21, 1988, from AIDS-related complications. His brother Marcelo then became lead singer, until the band gave its final performance on September 29, 1990, in a support slot to David Bowie. Virus reunited in 1994 and has had some sporadic activity, without recovering its previous popularity. Their latest album, Caja Negra (2006) features live versions of their classics, together with 5 new studio tracks, with invited artists influenced by the band: Ale Sergi (Miranda!), Adrián Dárgelos (Babasónicos), Pity Álvarez (Intoxicados) and Ciro Pertusi (Attaque 77).

Moura was a talented frontman, regarded as one of the best voices in Argentine rock[citation needed]. This, together with an ensemble of talented musicians, allowed the band to revolutionize Argentine rock. Roberto Jacoby wrote the group's lyrics from its beginning. Some of their best-known songs are Wadu Wadu, El rock en mi forma de ser, Hay que salir del agujero interior, Una luna de miel en la mano, Amor descartable, Imágenes paganas and Mirada Speed.

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Marcelo Moura — lead vocals (1989-1990, 1994-present), keyboard, percussion, backing vocals (1980-2004), bass, guitar (1995-2006)
  • Julio Moura — guitar, percussion, vocals (1980-1990, 1994-present), keyboard (1980-2009)
  • Daniel Sbarra — guitar, keyboard, percussion, backing vocals (1984-1988, 1994-present)
  • Ariel Naon — bass, contrabass, backing vocals (2006-present), keyboard, guitar (2009-present)
  • Fernando Monteleone — keyboard, programming, backing vocals (2006-present)
  • Nicolás Méndez — drums (2009-present)
Former members
  • Federico Moura — lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion (1980-1988, died 1989)
  • Ricardo Serra — guitar, backing vocals (1980-1984)
  • Pablo Mugica — bass, percussion, backing vocals (1989-1990)
  • Enrique Mugetti — bass (1980-1989, 1994-2004), keyboard, backing vocals (1980-1990, 1994-2004), guitar (1995-2004)
  • Mario Serra — drums, percussion, backing vocals (1980-1990, 1994-1995)
  • Aitor Graña — drums, percussion, programming (1995-2006)
  • Ludo Isod — drums, percussion (2006-2009)
  • Patricio Fontana — keyboard (1994-1995), bass, guitar (1995-2004)

Discography[edit]

  • Wadu-Wadu (1981)
  • Recrudece (1982)
  • Agujero interior (1983)
  • Relax (1984)
  • Locura (1985)
  • Virus vivo (1986)
  • Superficies de placer (1987)
  • Tierra del fuego (1989)
  • Virus vivo 2 (1997, recorded 1986)
  • Nueve (1998)
  • Obras cumbres (2000). Compilation.
  • Caja negra (2006). Live collaborations + five new studio tracks

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