Uruguayan comedy rock band El Cuarteto de Nos was formed by brothers Roberto and Ricardo Musso (both guitar and vocals), bassist Nicolás Tavella, and drummer Álvaro Pintos. The four-piece released their self-titled debut album in 1984 and gained a reputation in the country's underground circuit due to their shows' choreography, which usually included aluminum costumes, as well as deeply irreverent lyrics. The band made two other albums in the '80s, Soy una Arveja (1986) and Emilio García (1988). Mainstream success finally arrived in 1994 with Otra Navidad en las Trincheras, which became one of the best-selling albums of the decade. Two years later, their song "El Día Que Artigas Emborrachó" (included on 1996's El Tren Bala) was censored, as it was considered an insult to José Artigas, the national hero of Uruguay.
The quartet's popularity waned, only to return with a vengeance in the mid-2000s with El Cuarteto de Nos, a collection of revamped versions of old songs expertly produced by Bajofondo Tango Club.
Raro (2006), an album that flirted with rap and included the single "Yendo a la Casa de Damián," became their international breakthrough. Dissatisfied with their new musical direction, however, Ricardo Musso left the band in 2009 shortly before the release of Bipolar, another sizable hit in many Latin American countries. Strengthened by the addition of Gustavo Acuña and Santiago Marrero (guitar and keyboards, respectively), El Cuarteto de Nos became a staple of Latin rock festivals in countries such as Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia. 2012's Porfiado bagged the band their first two Latin Grammys, in the Best Pop-Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories. After 30 years of insouciance, El Cuarteto de Nos finally decided to acknowledge maturity with 2014's more personal and melodic Habla Tu Espejo. The group continued to search in new directions on Apocalipsis Zombi (2016), replacing Campodónico with hit producer Cachorro López and delivering an album inspired by fantasy and sci-fi. ~ Roman Kutnowski & Mariano Prunes