Modern music (Radio Futura album) - Música moderna (álbum de Radio Futura)

Modern music
Studio album of Radio Futura
Publication May 12, 1980
Recording Hispavox Studies, Madrid , between November 10, 1979 and March 20, 1980.
Genders) Rock
Pop rock[1]
Record label Hispavox
Producer (s) Honorio Herrero
Professional qualifications
Discogs 4.75 / 5 stars Punctuation
Radio Futura Chronology
Modern Music
The Law of the Desert / The Law of the Sea
Singles of Modern Music
  1. " In love with youth fashion "
  2. " Divine "

Modern Music is the first studio album published by the Spanish musical group Radio Futura in 1980 . Released by Hispavox , the album marks the band's debut album. [ 2 ] Although it was considered at the time prior to this and framed in the trend known as New Wave , [ 3 ] [ 4 ] is now considered one of the albums best known social and cultural movement called Movida Madrileña .

At that time Radio Futura was composed of Herminio Molero (composer and synthesizers), Javier Pérez Grueso (electronic percussion, voice) and the nuclear trio from which the band would reorganize after the album and the abandonment after it of Molero and Pérez Grueso : the brothers Santiago (voice, guitar) and Luis (bass) Auserón, together with Enrique Sierra (solo guitar).


At the time, Radio Futura had just formed after the dissolution of the Futurama Orchestra, Molero's project to which, among others, all the members of the group belonged. Dissolved the group, of ephemeral life and that would disappear the same year of its birth, 1979, without leaving any recording. In October of that year, Radio Futura gave its first concert at the Ateneo de Madrid. The repercussions of his first performances and Molero's contacts with the world of production will end up bearing fruit: the film that Helenio Herrero (a friend of his independent producer) brings to Hispavox ends with the signing of his first record contract. [ 5 ] [ 1 ]

Repertoire, recording and release

Modern music consists of ten songs, seven composed by Molero, one by Santiago Auserón, another by Enrique Sierra and a version of a song by T-Rex (" Divina (Los Bailes de Marte) ", version of "Ballrooms of Mars" by Marc Bolan for the T-Rex whose lyrics are rewritten by Santiago Auserón thinking of Alaska , one of the divas of the Movida ). [ 6 ] However, it is decided that all the songs are signed by all the members of the group. [ 5 ] [ 7 ] is recorded in studies producer Hispavoxhas in Madrid , between November 10, 1979 and March 20, 1980. [ 2 ] There is one more collaboration, by Carlos García Berlanga , author of "Ivonne", a song that the Pegamoides played live with another title , «Rendibú at the hippodrome». [ 8 ]

The album is an outbreak in the media and has an unexpected success outside of specialized environments. The first single is " Enamorado de la moda juvenil " (with "Ivonne" on side B), [ 9 ] both composed by Molero, and soon reaches the top of the charts. At the beginning of summer " Divina " and "Interferencia" were released as the second single (the second was not included on the album). [ 10 ]

If at first Radio Futura appreciated the strong financial support received for the promotion of the album (which, however, was inappropriate, since it did not obtain good financial results). [ 1 ] [ 11 ] the behavior of the production would produce significant discord with the group to finally cause rupture years later. In fact, the marketing strategy aimed at turning the group into a phenomenon of "fans", unprecedented among groups that by their style in principle would be far from the mainstream circuits , even caused the group to be criticized on the grounds of being a "montage "from the music industry, a"[1]

A self-titled album is released, which without the group's permission includes "Enamorado ..." and " Divina " along with other artists chosen by Hispavox (Leiff Garett, Pedro Marín , Chan and Chevy or Mabel, Mike Tramp's band , which would form later White Lion ). [ 12 ] Some of the members of the group are also very opposed to the production of the album itself, which would have "deformed" the songs to give it a more commercial patina. [ 13 ]

That summer they tour throughout the country, and the album is released in Europe and Latin America. [ 5 ]

Two singles are released from the album: " Enamorado de la moda juvenil ", with "Ivonne" on side B, [ 14 ] and "Divina", released along with "Interferencia". [ 15 ]

Influences and repercussions. Resignation of the band to the disc

Modern Music is a particular case in the discography of Radio Futura. It supposes the emergence of the group and the opening of Spanish popular music to some international currents (influences from The Clash , particularly from their London Calling , T-Rex, Bowie or Talking Heads) with little travel up to that point. Furthermore, its moderate commercial success would pave the way for other groups with those concerns. On the other hand, the fact of being a creation for the most part by Molero and the displeasure with the production would later lead Radio Futura to deny that album, whose songs have never been remixed or included in compilations controlled by the band, despite being signed as authors by all members of the group. [ 16 ] They have not even been played live again, and the album itself does not appear in discographies controlled by the band. [ 17 ]

Santiago Auserón: That was a product so manipulated from the point of view of production and marketing that we do not recognize ourselves in it. We are aware that people who like Radio Futura find it funny as a historical cultural object. We like it too. We amused ourselves with that ambiguous and semi-perverse attitude, saying: we are going to play this pasodoble by Herminio Molero, who was " In love with youth fashion " in a punk style . But such ambiguity was extreme: it attracts a lot from the point of view of advertising interest, but it compromises little with a lasting creative process.
Luis Auserón:At that time we were collaborators: the line was marked by Herminio. We can feel responsible from the single of " The statue of the botanical garden . "
Interview in The Country of Temptations , 3/7/1998. [ 18 ]

Pérez Grueso leaves the group in December. More traumatic would be the departure of Molero in February 1981, due to his condition as the alma-mater of the first incarnation of Radio Futura. In fact, the issue of the breakup ended up going to court over the ownership of the group's name, which Molero had registered in his name. However, the judge ruled against him:

The judge ruled against me , he says, arguing that Santiago was more focused on music, that I was more dispersed. The musician (specifically) versus the artist (in general) [...] The judge even asked him to define himself: painter, musician, actor? Mission Impossible. [ 19 ]

In any case, " Enamorado de la moda juvenil " was included by Rolling Stone in position 63 of the 200 best songs of Spanish pop. [ 16 ]

Songs list

All songs written and composed by Sierra / Molero / Pérez-Grueso / L.Auserón / S.Auserón (although most of the songs are by Molero, all are credited as well), except where indicated.

Face A
N.º Title Duration
1. " In love with youth fashion " 3:37
2. «Ivonne ( rendez-vous( Carlos García Berlanga /Sierra/Molero/Pérez-Grueso/L.Auserón/S.Auserón) 3:12
3. "Five weeks in a balloon" 2:09
4. "Zombie" 3:17
5. «Jarama» 2:35
Side B
N.º Title Duration
6. « Divina (the Bailes de Marte) / 'Ballrooms Of Mars'» ( Marc Bolan ) 2:40
7. "Return to King Solomon's Mines" 3:21
8. "Girl" 2:15
9. "Trepidation" 2:07
10. "Machine" 4:12

See also


  1. a b c d Interview with Radio Futura Archived February 28, 2014 at the Wayback Machine . Sal Común Magazine , nº 29. June 1980. Accessed on 2/1/2012.
  2. a b LP Modern Music At Accessed 2/1/2012.
  3. Radio Futura: protoheroes, protomartyrs ABC, 3/13/81. Accessed 6/21/2011.
  4. ^ Puchades, Juan Delicias at 45 RPM: Radio Futura Archived January 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine . Accessed 2/1/2012.
  5. a b c Biography of Herminio Molero Accessed 2/1/2012.
  6. Radio Futura - Bio + In love with youth fashion At Accessed 2/1/2012.
  7. Modern Music LP At Accessed 2/1/2012.
  8. The History of Kaka De Luxe, The Pegamoides and other groups that arose from there ... Metropoli Forever (blog). Accessed 2/1/2012.
  9. Radio Futura - In Love With Youth Fashion / Ivonne Vinyl 7 ". ON Accessed 2/1/2012.
  10. Radio Futura - Divina / Vinyl Interferences 7 ". On Accessed 2/1/2012.
  11. ^ JM Lechado (2005). The Movida . Edaf Antilles. ISBN 8496107469 . Consulted the ~~~~~ .
  12. Various - Fans (Original Versions) Disc reference. On
  13. Interview with Radio Futura The Country of Temptations, 3/7/1998.
    Question: When did you realize that this was not enough for more?

    SANTIAGO AUSERÓN. When Modern Music (1980) came out onto the streets, we were scared. In the models that sounded quite interesting and very strange. It was blatant experimentation. But when it was mixed, accelerated so that the voices sounded more sissy ...

    ENRIQUE SIERRA. An operation for which we still do not know who was responsible ...
  14. In love with youth fashion / Ivonne File on Accessed 2/29/2012.
  15. Divine / Interferences File on Accessed 2/29/2012.
  16. a b Marcos, Carlos 63. In love with youth fashion - Radio Futura, 1980 The 200 best Spanish pop songs. Rolling Stone . Accessed 2/1/2012.
    "80% of the songs of Modern Music [Radio Futura's first album where Enamorado is included ...] is by Molero. We all signed them because in the work of the place those songs of Molero were transformed a lot. And Herminio, very nobly He said that we had to sign them together. And we were excited. "
    Santiago Auserón
  17. Radio Futura - Discography In The Soundtrack. Accessed 2/1/2012.
  18. Interview with Radio Futura The Country of Temptations, 3/7/1998. Accessed 2/1/2012.
  19. The pop man Report in El País, 8/29/2009. Accessed 2/1/2012.