Spanish band Estopa are a popular duo from Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain. The band consists of Muñoz brothers José and David, who sing a unique blend of sounds reflecting many genres, including rock, rumba and flamenco. They were born in Extremadura, but grew up in Cornellà de llobregat, a suburb of Barcelona. They have been compared to the band Los Chichos, a rumba band from Spain, who were popular in the 1970s. José Muñoz is the younger brother, born in 1978. He plays guitar and sings backing vocals, as well as lead vocals on a few songs. David Muñoz is the older brother, born in 1976. He is the lead singer and also plays some guitar. David Muñoz is generally the more outgoing of the two.
José and David attended college for a short time before deciding that it was not for them. After quitting their studies, they worked for a factory manufacturing automobile parts for the company SEAT. This is also where they got the band name “Estopa”: from the expression used by their boss to keep everybody on task, “Dale Estopa a la maquina.” It was in that factory that they began composing their earliest songs. Their first album, “Estopa,” was released October 19, 1999 and one of its songs, “La Raja de Tu Falda” became an instant hit and an Estopa classic. Other Estopa songs such as “Tu Calorro,” “Suma y Sigue,” and “El Del Medio De Los Chichos” (an ode to Los Chichos the band), have also remained steady fan favorites.
Estopa followed the release of the album “Estopa” with their next album “Destrangis” in 2001, which sold 250,000 copies in its first two weeks. Destrangis also opened the doors for the band to tour in Latin America. Their fourth Estopa album, “¿La Calle Es Tuya?” was released in 2004. Though it did not receive such good ratings as “Estopa” and “Destrangis” it still became an immediate hit with songs like “Fuente de Energía” and “Apagón.” The band experimented with more rock-orientated sounds on this album, while still maintaining their unique rumba and flamenco flavored sounds that they had formed in their first albums. In late 2005, the band released their highly-anticipated album “Voces de Ultrarumba” which has been considered Estopa in its purest form. The disc includes many songs that Estopa had written many years before, but were not able to record due to limits on each disc. Of particular popularity were the songs “No Quiero Verla Más” and “Malabares.”
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