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Album Review

Compiling the best tracks from Gruppo Sportivo's first two albums, Back to 19 Mistakes highlights both their strengths and weaknesses. They could parody almost any musical genre ("I Shot My Manager" aims at both blues and reggae, for example), and when they hit lyrically, they could be quite withering ("Superman," with its love triangle, works very well). Also includes "Disco Really Made It," "Rock'n'Roll," "Blah Blah Magazine," "One Way Love," and their cover of Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio."


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Affectionate parodies of pop music and occasional humorous cultural commentary gave the Dutch new wave band Gruppo Sportivo a cult following in the early 1980s, although much of their material was available only through import sources. Signed to the British division of Epic, the group debuted in 1978 with 10 Mistakes, an album that featured a lineup of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Hans Vandenburg, keyboardist Peter Calicher, bassist Eric Wehrmeyer, drummer Max "Climax" Mollinger, and additional...
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