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 Manchester, England in 1972. 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 Jimmy Hibbert (b. 15 July 1955; vocals, guitar, bass), C.P Lee (b. 19 January 1950; vocals, guitar, bass) and Bob Harding (b. July 1949; vocals, bass, guitar). the comedy sketch outfit became a musical group in 1973 and was joined by drummer Bruce Mitchell (b. 6 June 1940; drums), with Les Prior (b. October 1949 – d. 31 January 1980; vocals), Simon White (b. 1951; guitar) and Tony Bowers (b. 31 October 1952; bass, guitar). They became a popular support act, supporting Queen 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 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 September 1978. Chaz Jankel and Roger Ruskin Spear assisted the Albertos on their third album, Skite. John Scott (b. 13 February 1956; vocals, bass, guitar) (ex John Cooper Clarke) and Ian Morris (b. 23 April 1955; vocals, bass) (ex The Smirks) joined Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (replacing Bob Harding and Tony Bowers) in August 1978. Les Prior died in February 7, 1980 from leukemia, which left a large gap in the group.

After their nationally networked TV show Teach Yourself Gibberish, their fourth and last album, Radio Sweat in 1980 and a crack at America with Sleak, the Albertos called it a day in 1982.

The band's brand of spoof rock has been said to be in the same English tradition as that of the Barron Knights and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band but a better comparison might be the American bluegrass/country parody band the Austin Lounge Lizards.

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