Duncan Dhu

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Pop-meets-rockabilly group Duncan Dhu were formed in San Sebastian in 1984 by musicians Mikel Erentxun, Diego Vasallo, and Juan Ramon Viles. The band’s debut disc, Por Tierras Escocesas, hit the market hard, selling more than 175,000 copies. The record’s hit single, “Cien Gaviotas,” was named song of the year thanks to its strong radio presence. Duncan Dhu’s sophomore release, El Grito del Tiempo, met and exceeded the high sales expectations set by its predecessor, selling around 400,000 copies in 1987. In an unusual move toward exclusivity, the band’s third release, Grabaciones Oldivada, was limited to only 50,000 copies. That same year, bandmember Viles left the group to pursue a solo career, marked by the release of his premier double-CD, Autobiografia. Vasallo followed suit with Cabaret Pop shortly thereafter, and Duncan Dhu were put on hold while the bandmembers branched out to explore their solo careers. The group made its return to the limelight in 1992 with the release of Supernova. The album’s release was marked by an enormous concert in Sevilla, with more than 120,000 in attendance. A series of solo follow-up records soon followed, including Naufragios (Erentxun) and Realidad Virtual de Rock 'n' Roll (Vasallo). A collection of their works from 1985-1998 was released in 2000, followed by an original studio album entitled Crepusculo in 2001. In 2005, the band’s impact on Spanish rock was honored by artists and groups such as Alex Ubago, Hombres G, and La Oreja de Van Gogh, the famous recording artists rendering their favorite songs from Duncan Dhu’s enormous catalog of hits. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez