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La Guardia

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La Guardia is a Spanish pop-rock band. They were especially famous in the late 80s and early 90s, although they are still active today (after a hiatus). They have sold more than 2 million records.

The group was founded in Granada in 1983 by Manuel España (voice), Enrique Moreno “Conejo” (bass guitar) and Carlos Gilabert (keyboard), with the initial name of “La guardia del Cardenal Richelieu” (“Cardinal Richelieu’s Guard”). They were only teenagers and they adopted this name because they used to rehearse in the afternoons after they watched Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds on TV[2].

Under this name they released a first single with techno and mod sounds. After this, Gilabert left the band, and Joaquín Almendros (guitar) and Emilio Muñoz (drums) joined it, giving birth to the band’s most famous line-up. They moved to Madrid, where the Movida was still ebullient, looking for broader success, and in 1985, they recorded an EP, now as La Guardia, after winning the Villablanca pop-rock festival in the town of Fuengirola.

In 1986 they traveled to London to record their first full album Noches como esta; but it’s in 1988, with the album Vámonos, when they achieved major success, thanks mostly to the hugely successful single “Mil calles llevan hacia ti”, which reached #1 in the Spanish 40 Principales chart in 1989[3] and which became the band’s signature song. Manuel España said he had written the song while walking through the streets of the Albayzín in Granada to his grandmother’s house. Vámonos went on to become a multi-platinum album, selling over 250.000 copies, and the band performed on a tour with more than 100 dates.

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