As a result of the 1982 2-1/2 month-long Falklands War between Argentina and England, the Argentine military government banned the broadcasting of music in the English language, giving way to the rise of local rock musicians. Soda Stereo was formed in 1982.
Soda Stereo’s early sound was influenced by new wave bands such as Virus, The Police, Elvis Costello and post-punk bands such as Television. The name Soda Stereo was chosen to reflect the effervescent sound where "soda" made more sense than "champagne" for a new wave band.
The band broke up in 1997 due to differences in opinion, ending with a celebrated Last Concert September 20, 1997 at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soda Stereo was the first latino rock band to fill stadiums and tour internationally. In 2002, Soda Stereo was awarded the Legend Prize by MTV Latin America, which was the first prize to be awarded of its kind; the need for this prize category was introduced by the band's success.
In mid-2007, they reunited to make a single continental tour called Gira Me Verás Volver, in which more than one million fans gathered, breaking several Latin-American records for concert attendance and ticket sales. Following the tour the band members returned to solo careers.
In May 2010, Guitarist, singer and composer of most of the Soda Stereo music, Gustavo Cerati, suffered a massive stroke following a performance in Carracas, Venezuela, while on tour for his Fuerza Natural album and fell into a coma, ultimately dying on September 4, 2014 at the age of 55.
Sueles Dejarme Solo|
This translates to "You Usually Leave Me Alone". It was written by Gustavo Cerati and released in 1990 on the album Canción Animal. It is about a man feeling rejected by a woman because he will never live up to her expectations.
Video at right of Soda Stereo performing Sueles Dejarme Solo live in 2007.
Disco Eterno means "eternal disk". It was released in 1995 on the seventh and last studio album and was written by the members of the band. Gustavo Cerati has said that the song is about a friendship that developes into a love relationship and was based on his love affair with Cecilia Amenábar.
Soda Stereo performans Disco Eterno for MTV in video at right.
De Música Ligera|
De Música Ligera translates to Of Light Music and is possibly the most well-known song in Latin rock. It was written by Gustavo Cerati, guitarist and vocalist for the band Soda Stereo of Argentina. It was released in 1990 on the album Canción Animal. The title for the song comes from some albums that the composer's parents had entitled Light Classics of all Time. The lyrics, like many of those from Cerati, are mystical and poetic. The music is a simple chord progression that continues without deviation through the entire song.
Soda Stereo performs De Música Ligera in 1997 video at right.