Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias
Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias
|Labels||Transatlantic, Stiff, Logo, Overground|
|Past member(s)||Chris "C.P." Lee|
Ian Morris ("Mog")
Career[change | change source]
Created in 1973 by Chris "C.P." Lee (vocals, guitar, bass), with Jimmy Hibbert (vocals, bass) and Bob Harding (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), the comedy sketch outfit became a musical group in 1974 and was joined by drummer Bruce Mitchell (drums), with Les Prior (vocals), Simon White (steel guitar, guitar) and Tony Bowers (vocals, bass, guitar). They became a popular support act, supporting Hawkwind on their 1974 tour. The group mercilessly parodied the major rock names of the 1970s – "Anadin" was a sendup of Lou Reed's "Heroin". By 1975 they were topping the bill in their own right and were supported by such acts as The Police, The Cure, The Stranglers, Devo, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Robyn Hitchcock, Darts, Killing Joke and Blondie. They were promoted by Noddy Holder and Freddie Mercury. As with many comedy ensembles, the Albertos belied their comic aspirations by their exemplary musicianship, and they released four albums and a variety of spoof discs, culminating in the musical play, Snuff Rock.
Sleak (aka Snuff Rock), inspired by the then recent film, Snuff, and the concept of snuff movies, but carrying the idea to a band who killed themselves for entertainment, was their musical play presented at London's Royal Court Theatre and Round House and was famous for the role of the comic disc jockey played by Les Prior. They reached the UK Singles Chart with the accompanying EP, "Snuff Rock", released on Stiff Records, poked fun at the punk rock phenomenon, targeting the Sex Pistols ("Gobbing On Life"), The Damned ("Kill") and The Clash ("Snuffin' Like That") as well as myriad reggae bands in "Snuffin' In A Babylon". Tony Bowers and Bob Harding left the band in July 29, 1978, they were replaced by John Scott (vocals, bass, guitar, saxophone, keyboards) (ex John Cooper Clarke and Jilted John) and Ged Green (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) in August 24, 1978. They reached the UK Singles Chart with the Status Quo spoof, "Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie" in 1978. Les Prior died in January 31, 1980 from leukaemia, which left a large gap in the group. Ged Green left the band in March 28, 1980, he was replaced by Ian Morris ("Mog") (vocals, bass) (ex The Smirks) in May 29, 1980. The Albertos made the comeback tour in August 1980 for their performance at Manchester and shown on 1981 film Urgh! A Music War.
After their nationally networked TV show Teach Yourself Gibberish, their fourth and final album with Radio Sweat and crack at America with Sleak, the Albertos disbanded in 1982.
The band's brand of spoof rock has been said to be in the same English tradition as that of the Barron Knights and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but a better comparison might be the American parody singer Weird Al Yankovic. They had a short-lived cartoon television series on ITV and MTV in UK called Lil' Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias ran from December 2012 to July 2014.
Discography[change | change source]
Albums[change | change source]
- Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias – Transatlantic Records, 1976
- Italians from Outer Space – Transatlantic Records, 1977
- Skite – Logo Records, 1978
Compilation albums[change | change source]
- The Worst of the Berts – Logo, 1980
- Snuff Rock – the Best of the Albertos – Mau Mau, 1991
- Radio Sweat - Overground Records, 1996
- Mandrax Sunset Variations – Castle Records, 2001
Singles[change | change source]
- "Dread Jaws"/"De Version"* (1976) Transatlantic
- Snuff Rock EP – "Kill", "Gobbing On Life", "Snuffin' Like That", "Snuffin' In A Babylon" (1977) Stiff
- "Old Trust"/"Neville"/"Teenager in Shtuck" (1977) Logo
- "Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie"/"Thank You"/F*** You"*/"Dead Meat Part II"* (1978) Logo (UK #3)
- "Juan Lopez"/"Teenage Paradise" (1978) Logo
- "Ou Est Madeline"*/"God is Mad" (1979) New Hormones
- "The Ballad of Robin Hood"*/"Space Invaders"* (1979) New Hormones
- "Gabble Natter Chatter"/"My Feet's Got Soul" (1981) New Hormones
- "Trouble With A 'G'"/"Birthday Surprise" (1981) New Hormones
- "Cruisin' With Santa"*/"Eye and Eye"* (1982) New Hormones
(* Non-album tracks)
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Lee, C. P. (2007). When we were thin : music, madness & Manchester, Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias. Manchester: Hotun Press. ISBN 978-0-9556257-0-1. OCLC 506208810.