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ARTIST
TITLE
Manifiesto Guernika
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MR 308LP MR 308LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/12/2011

A key piece in the birth of Spanish punk, the core of TNT formed after Ángel Doblas and José Antonio García got together in the village of Huétor Tajar in 1978. At the same time, in Granada, Jesús Arias was feeling the loneliness of being the only Sex Pistols fan around. When he found out that there was a punk band looking for members, he didn't hesitate to travel the 25 miles to Huétor Tajar. He also recommended his friend Joaquín Vilchez to fill in the drummer position. In January 1982 they recorded the demo Una Naranja Mecánica, which included covers of Clash songs, "Johnny B. Goode" and original songs. They sent a copy to the Radio 3 program Diario Pop, and it was very well-received. After a break due to Ángel's compulsory military service and the departure of José Antonio, the band would carry on with the addition of José Castro as bass player. At the end of 1982 they signed a contract with DRO to record one single, Cucarachas/1984 *Euroshima*, which although at first was supposed to feature José Antonio back on vocals, became Jesús' debut as singer. That 7" was followed by one of the most impressive singles of early '80s Spanish punk: TNT paired "Guernika," based on Pablo Picasso's painting, with "Gilmore '77," an intense track about the case of U.S. convict Gary Gilmore. Their following recording was their collaboration on the Rimado De Ciudad release, shared with the band Magic, where they put music to the verses of Granada poet Luis García Montero. When in early 1983 the record label told them they needed to release an album, the band had already conceived a specific project, a kind of collage where they could express the ideas they had in mind: the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's 1984, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, poems by authors from Granada, etc. Other tracks such as "Habitación 101" kept up the same level of intensity, and cuts like "Nadsat," based on Joy Division's "Day Of The Lords," with which it shares a sinister mood, or "Todo Está Bien," reminiscent of Combat Rock-era Clash, widened the spectrum of the record. The band would carry on with some line-up changes until they finally split up in 1985. Since then, they have reunited on different occasions, the last one more recently, when they decided to re-record some of this album's tracks in 2010. Limited edition reissue with original insert.