21 Japanese - 21 Japonesas
|Origin||San Sebastián , Basque Country , Spain|
|Period of activity||1987-1997|
| Txetxo Bengoetxea |
21 Japonesas was a musical group from Donostia formed, originally, by Txetxo Bengoetxea , Luis Camino and Alfredo Beristain. Fusing pop-rock with pseudo-African rhythms, the band's first album , Donde Ríen los Locos , is the greatest exponent of that trend that would later be followed by national groups such as Los Specialists and Girasoules . In their next full-length titled Man of the jungle , the band continued to bet on ultra-percussed music. His album El paso del tiempo was the one that broke with that trend. It's not that we meet the first balladsof the group (there were already songs like In their dreams or Just to see the city in precedents) but there are glimpses of what would be the history of 21 Japanese women in the 90s in the global compendium .
After the death of Alfredo Beristain in 1991, the pleasure market arrived in 1992 . This album was the best achieved by the Basque group , and the one that opened the doors to a much wider audience. The album contained a song, "Call back", dedicated to the late Beristain.
The pleasure market contains several songs that can be placed among the pop classics of the 90s: "Lágrimas de cristal", "Mi vida es mía" or "Ella" are songs with characteristics that the group's music did not have in their first productions. . That semi-rupture with the above made them gain quality without losing faithful. Thus, without ever being a best seller, their songs began to be heard on the stations.
After that album, curiously, the trajectory of 21 Japonesas began to crumble to its foundations. Luis Camino was leaving the group and Txetxo Bengoetxea would sign the band's last unreleased album, Fuego dulce , quite continuous with the previous one but lacking such forceful songs.
And when more people knew who and what was hidden behind that curious name, the final goodbye came with the album Cerca del aire (1997), where Txetxo Bengoetxea covered some of the most important songs of the group's career in an electronic key. After that, Txetxo Bengoetxea began a solo career with too many ups and downs and where it did not reach the quality of the albums of the San Sebastian band.
- Where the madmen laugh (1987).
- Man of the jungle (1989).
- The passage of time (1990).
- Anthology (1991).
- The pleasure market (1992).
- Sweet Fire (1994).
- Near the air (1997).