Spanish pop/rock band Chucho was formed by singer/guitarist Fernando Alfaro after Surfin' Bichos disbanded in 1994, who was soon joined by ex-República Gorila bassist Carlos Rodríguez and drummer Javier Fernández. The group recorded a self-titled EP in 1995, released by independent Limbo Starr Records. Chucho's first album, called 78, was recorded after signing up to Virgin in 1997; the album includes "El Detonador EMX-3," which was featured in the movie soundtrack of Alejandro Amenabar's Abre Los Ojos. 78, voted Best Record of the Year by Rock de Luxe magazine, was followed by an EP called Sal. After guitarist Miguel Gascón joined in, the band recorded Tejido de Felicidad, produced by ex-Negu Gorriak Kaki Arkarazo, released by Virgin in 1999. Singer Isabel León and local musician Emilio Abengoza teamed up with Chucho to make 2001's Los Diarios de Petróleo. ~ Drago Bonacich
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