Mecano – Eungenio Salvador Dalí
Mecano was a Spanish pop band formed in 1981 and active until 1992. Mecano became one of the most successful Spanish pop bands of all time. The band is still the best-selling Spanish band to this date, reaching over 25 million albums worldwide.They had a brief comeback in 1998. They were considered by some to be avant-garde for their time.
The band’s lineup was singer Ana Torroja and brothers Nacho and José María Cano, who worked alongside session musicians such as Arturo Terriza, Manolo Aguilar, Nacho Mañó, Javier Quílez, Ángel Celada and Óscar Astruga.
The trio’s musical career spanned two distinct stages. The first, up to 1985, was essentially as a synthpop band; while on the second stage Mecano followed a more acoustic pop rock direction, with elements of ballad, dance, flamenco, bossanova, tango, salsa, rumba, bolero, paso doble, and even reggae.
The unprecedented success also hit Latin America. Also, thanks to adaptations to other languages of several of their songs, they had an impact on non-Spanish speaking countries such as Italy and France, as with their Une femme avec une femme. That foreign song remains to this date the one which has been for the most weeks at the top of the French charts.
The band started as a synthpop ensemble (tecno pop in Spanish) by brothers Nacho and José María Cano, along with singer Ana Torroja, in 1981 in Madrid.
In a period of cultural experimentation in the newly democratic Spain, Mecano achieved its initial popularity with their debut single, «Hoy no me puedo levantar» («I Can’t Get Up Today»), a song about youth boredom and hangovers. Their first, self-titled album became a collection of classics that would later represent Spanish 1980s pop music.
At the same time, Nacho Cano branched out into producing other bands, and both brothers started writing songs for other pop up-and-comers. Although those secondary acts wouldn’t achieve the level of success Mecano gained, they turned out to be new testing grounds for Mecano.
Having achieved another huge hit in 1986 with «Me cuesta tanto olvidarte» («It’s So Hard to Forget You»), the band reformed its musical approach with the album Entre el cielo y el suelo (Between the Sky and the Ground). Their new style emphasized pop over techno.
It also facilitated the export of their music to Latin America. This new versatility was evidenced by «Hijo de la Luna» («Son of the Moon»). This song was also submitted by the band as a potential contestant for Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, but TVE selected another band, Cadillac.
Their follow-up album, Descanso dominical (Sunday Rest), produced two of their most popular singles: «La fuerza del destino», Actress Penélope Cruz debuted in the video clip for it. She later had a relationship with Nacho Cano for several years. («The force of fate») and «Mujer contra mujer» («Woman against woman»).
The latter is about a lesbian relationship, seen through the eyes of a friend, who only later realizes what is going on. It was recorded in French («Une femme avec une femme»), English and Italian, giving Mecano their first truly global hit.
The single which was released in Latin America in 1989, became a number one hit, it also remained seven consecutive weeks on the French number one position from November 10 to December 22 in 1990; the song became one of the greatest hits of all time in that country.
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