Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
is an Argentine ska band from Buenos Aires. Formed in 1985, they released their first album, Bares y Fondas
(Bars and Boardinghouses) in 1986. Since then they have released fourteen more albums. They are one of the most influential and most-referenced rock bands of the Latin rock world.The band's sound is a mix of rock, ska, jazz, folk, reggae, funk and big band. It is also noted for its irreverent and humorous lyrics which often contain political undertones. The lineup has changed throughout the years, but the core members have always been the co-founders: singer Gabriel Fernandez Capello (known as Vicentico) and bassist Flavio Cianciarulo (known as Sr. Flavio). Vicentico and Sr. Flavio have done the majority of the songwriting and lyrics as well. Saxist Sergio Rotman, Drummer Fernando Ricciardi and keyboardist Mario Siperman have also been featured in all lineups of the band.The band, which collaborated with some music stars such as Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades and Fishbone, received the MTV Latino Video Music Award in 1994 for the single "El Matador", in what probably was the peak of popularity of the band. The song made an appearance on the soundtracks for the movies Savages, Grosse Pointe Blank and The Matador. On September 29 of that year they produced an MTV Unplugged concert. The Cadillacs also won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, and were nominated in the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Band
and Best Music Video
("La Vida"), which received the now-defunct International Viewer's Choice Award (Southern Region) at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.On April 7, 2008, the band's front man, Vicentico, announced the band's return from their six year hiatus. According to Vicentico's mySpace, this represented a new phase for the band. On March 10, 2009 they released a new album, La Luz del Ritmo,
distributed by Nacional Records in the US. Along with the release, the band toured throughout spring 2009 in Latin America and the United States.Along with the news of their return, Vicentico's mySpace announced that due to Gerardo "Toto" Rotblat's recent death, the band had been forced to make changes. The new line-up was as follows: Vicentico (vocals), Flavio Cianciarullo (bass), Sergio Rotman (sax), Daniel Lozano (trumpet), Fernando Ricciardi (drums) and Mario Siperman (keyboards), all of whom are LFC veterans. It was unclear who would play guitar in the new version of the band.