El Cuarteto De Nos from Uruguay

El Cuarteto de Nos is a rock group formed in 1980 in Montevideo, Uruguay. It does rock, alternative rock, comedy rock and rap rock. It has gained universal praise transcending local culture through universal themes and engaging everyday pathos in a humorous light.


  • Álvaro Pintos - "Alvin" (Drummer and vocals)
  • Gustavo Antuña - "Topo" (Guitar)
  • Ricardo Musso - "Riky" (Guitar and vocals)
  • Roberto Musso - "El Rober" (Guitar and vocals)
  • Santiago Marrero - (Keyboardist)
  • Santiago Tavella - "Santi" (Bass guitar and vocals)

    In 1980, El Cuarteto de Nos played their first show, an instrumental set in the "El Tinglado" theater. They also played at the "La Máscara", "El Circul ar", "Teatro de la Alianza Francesa" theaters.

    In 1984, the first album was released, as Alberto Wolf and drummer Álvaro Pintos joined the group.

    In 1985, they stepped on a stage, located in a fair from Villa Biarritz, dressed with aluminum foil on legs and balloons tied into their heads.[2]

    In 1986, they edited their 1st album, Soy una Arveja (I am a Pea).

    In 1987, the members were dressed up as old ladies, promoting the song Soy una Vieja (I am an Old Lady). Their 2nd album, Emilio García, was released.

    In 1990, the album Canciones del Corazón (Songs of the Heart) was released in cassette. It was a commercial success.

    In 1994, the album Otra Navidad en las Trincheras (Another Christmas in the Trenches) achieved quadruple platinum disc instantly, making them the 1st Uruguayan band ever to achieve it. This album has a wider musical amplitude, having mixed salsa, music, and electronic music, in the bands usual mocking style, the most successful songs of this album were, Sólo un rumor (Just a rumour), El primer oriental desertor (The first oriental deserter), Soy un capón (I am a capon), Bo Cartero (Hey, Mr. Postman; a mocking, spanish version of Please Mr. Postman), El putón del barrio (The biggest slut of the neighbourhood) and Me agarré el pitito con el cierre (I caught my peepee with the zip, being said in a childish manner).

    Their 1995 album, Barranca abajo (Downhill), is acknowledged as darker than their previous works, and exploiting the success generated by Otra Navidad en las Trincheras.

    In 1996, their 7th album, El Tren Bala (The Bullet Train), was nearly banned in Uruguay, because 1 of its songs, El día que Artigas se emborrachó (The day Artigas got drunk) makes fun of 1 of the great fathers of Uruguay. Because of the diversity of musical styles presented, this record became a gold record in a week.

    In 1998 and 2000 their albums, Revista ¡¡Ésta!! (Magazine this one!!) and Cortamambo (Killjoy) did badly.

    In 2004, they released El Cuarteto de Nos, a compilation album of their all- time hits, plus 3 new songs, Hay que comer (We have to eat), No quiero ser normal (I dont want to be normal) and Fui yo (It was me), the album is made in a rocker style.

    In 2006, the album Raro (Weird) was released. It was a major commercial success; it rose to the top of the Uruguayan chart, reaching golden disc in a weeks.

    In 2007, El Cuarteto de Nos was nominate d for Latin Grammy with "Yendo a la casa de Damián" on their album Raro. They started a trip around the world including stops at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico, as well as the Rock Festival Park in Colombia.

    In 2008, they performed for Pepsi Music 2008, a huge festival in Argentina, along with other big bands and solo artists.

    In 2009, in the midst of the development of Bipolar, it was said that Ricardo Musso would have artistical and administrative differences with the course the band has had taken. Majareta Productions, announced that the band wont split, but it will suffer a structure change. With the departure of Ricardo Musso, 2 new musicians had joined the band, replacing Mussos guitar, Gustavo Antuña and the keyboardist Santiago Marrero. Finally, after many setbacks (such as the departure of Musso and the leaking of the al bum in Taringa!), the album was released on September 2009, the albums reception was high, having won 5 Graffiti Awards on June 2010.

    International performances

  • Pepsi Music 2008, a huge festival in Argentina - 2008.


  • El Cuarteto de Nos - Alberto Wolf - 1984
  • Soy una arveja - 1986
  • Emilio García - 1988
  • Canciones del Corazón - 1990
  • Otra Navidad en las Trincheras - 1994
  • Barranca Abajo - 1995
  • La misma porquería - 1995
  • El Tren Bala - 1996
  • Revista ¡¡Ésta!! - 1998
  • Cortamambo - 2000
  • El Cuarteto de Nos - 2004
  • Raro - 2006
  • Bipolar - 2009

    El Cuarteto De Nos, CD: Soy Una Arveja
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    El Cuarteto De Nos, CD: Bipolar
    Buy from HeinRich in Pretoria - R 100 (2nd hand)

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    This page has been updated on the 2016-01-25.