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Argentina (1981 – 1987)

There are at least 2 bands by this name:
Sumo was an 80s Argentine band, merging with and . Headed by Italian-born Luca Prodan, it remained underground for most of its short activity, but was extremely influential in shaping contemporary Argentine rock. Sumo introduced British post-punk to the Argentine scene, with almost the whole lyrics in English.

After living in London, hanging out with the members of Joy Division, Italian-born Luca Prodan asked Timmy McKern (friends during school years in Scotland, flatmate in London and later manager of the band) to visit his family house in Córdoba province to kick off his heroin habit and relax. After some time, Prodan tired of the quiet of the country and set off to Buenos Aires, looking for its underground music scene.

Argentina was under a repressive military dictatorship, and many music and performing-arts acts kept a low profile to avoid problems with police. Luca soon found musicians willing to join his - vision, to form the band in 1981.

Sumo’s initial formation was: Prodan on vocals and guitar, Germán Daffunchio on guitar, Alejandro Sokol on bass, and Stephanie Nuttal (an English friend of Prodan and former member of the band Manicured Noise) on drums.


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