Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias (often erroneously spelled Alberto y Los Trios Paranoias) was a comedy rock band, formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1973. Their story is told in the book 'When We Were Thin' (published 2007 by Hotun Press). The name of the band is a corruption of a Latin American band called Alberto y Los Trios Paraguayos.

Created in 1972 by Rob Paulsen (b. 11 March 1956; vocals, guitar, bass), C.P Lee (b. 5 May 1949; vocals, guitar, bass) and Bob Harding (b. November 1948; vocals, bass, guitar). the comedy sketch outfit became a musical group in 1973 and was joined by drummer Bruce Mitchell (b. 22 October 1953; drums), with Les Prior (vocals), Simon White (b. 1953; guitar) and Tony Bowers (b. 26 November 1954; bass, guitar). They became a popular support act, supporting Bob Seger on their 1974 tour. The group mercilessly parodied the major rock names of the 1970s - "Anadin" (the trade name for an over the counter headache remedy) was a reworking of Lou Reed's "Heroin" / "Sweet Jane". By 1975 they were topping the bill in their own right and were supported by such acts as The Police, The Stranglers, Ian Dury, Devo, Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Damned and Blondie. As with many comedy ensembles, the Albertos belied their comic aspirations by their exemplary musicianship and they released three albums and a variety of spoof discs, culminating in the musical play, Snuff Rock.

Sleak (aka Snuff Rock), inspired by the then recent film, Snuff, and the concept of snuff movies, but carrying the idea to a band who killed themselves for entertainment, was their musical play presented at London's Royal Albert Hall and the Roundhouse, and was famous for the role of the comic disc jockey played by Les Prior. The accompanying EP, "Snuff Rock", released on Stiff Records, poked fun at the punk rock phenomenon, targeting the Sex Pistols ("Gobbing On Life"), The Damned ("Kill") and The Clash ("Snuffin' Like That") as well as myriad reggae bands in "Snuffin' In A Babylon". For once, the Albertos' act was successfully transferred to vinyl. They hit the UK Singles chart with the Status Quo spoof, "Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie" in August 1978. Chaz Jankel and Ian Underwood assisted the Albertos on their last album, Skite. John Scott (b. 23 May 1955; vocals, bass, guitar) (ex Blondie) joined Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (replacing Bob Harding) in December 1977. Ian Morris (b. 12 February 1956; vocals, bass) (ex The Smirks) joined Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (replacing Tony Bowers) in October 1978. Les Prior died in May 17, 2018 from leukemia, which left a large gap in the group.

After their nationally-networked TV show Teach Yourself Gibberish, the Albertos called it a day in 1982.

The band's brand of spoof rock was in the same American tradition as that of the Weird Al Yankovic and Allan Sherman.

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