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After a bitter power struggle between Caifanes' founding members Saul Hernández (vocals, guitar) and Alejandro Marcovich (guitar) culminated in the demise of the much-beloved Mexico City art rock unit, Hernández and drummer Alfonso Andre re-formed in 1995 under a new name, Jaguares (the new moniker was needed due to ownership of the Caifanes name being a key component of the Hernández-Marcovich conflict). Andre brought with him guitarist Jose Manuel Aguilera and bassist Federico Fong, one-time Caifanes sidemen and his bandmates in underground avant-garde favorites La Barranca. Although the songs are very much cut from the same cloth as songs from Caifanes, Jaguares' debut is nonetheless a tentative affair. Hernández had been plagued with recurring throat problems at the time and it definitely shows, not to mention being an obvious liability to the songs themselves. However, this did not prevent "Detrás de los Cerros" from becoming an international smash or "Díme Jaguar" a minor hit. While credit must be given to Aguilera and Fong for their nuanced performances throughout, this was a band whose best work would lie ahead.

Biography

Genre: Alternative and Latin Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1995, Jaguares was formed out of the skeleton of Califanes, a Mexico City rock group. The name change was due to a dream had by lead singer Saul Hernandez, who dreamt that he was playing inside a Jaguar's mouth. Shortly after the name change, Jaguares took off in popularity, becoming one of Mexico's most loved rock bands. Their first album, El Equilibrio de los Jaguares, released in 1996 by RCA International, built a solid fan base in a time when it was difficult for Mexican rock bands to get...
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