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A key piece in the birth of Spanish punk, the core of TNT formed after Ángel Doblas and José Antonio García got together in the village of Huétor Tajar in 1978. At the same time, in Granada, Jesús Arias was feeling the loneliness of being the only The Sex Pistols fan around. When he found out that there was a punk band looking for members, he didn’t hesitate to travel the 25 miles to Huétor Tajar. He also suggested his friend Joaquín Vilchez to fill in the drummer position. In January 1982 they recorded the demo “Una naranja mecánica”, which included covers of Clash songs, ‘Johnny B Goode’ and self-written songs such as ‘Cucarachas’ or ‘1984 *Euroshima*’. They sent a copy to the Radio 3 programme Diario Pop, hosted by Jesús Ordovás, and it was very well received. After a break due to Ángel’s compulsory military service and the departure of José Antonio to join the soon-to-be 091, the band would carry on with the addition of José Castro as bass player. At the end of 1982 they signed a contract with DRO to record one single, ‘Cucarachas’ / ‘1984 *Euroshima*’, which although at first was supposed to feature José Antonio back on vocals, became the debut of Jesús as singer. That 7” was followed by one of the most impressive singles of early 80s Spanish punk: TNT paired ‘Guernika’, based on Pablo Picasso’s painting, with ‘Gilmore ‘77’, an intense track about the case of US convict Gary Gilmore. Their following recording was their collaboration on the ‘Rimado de ciudad’ maxi-single, shared with the band Magic, where they put music to the verses of Granada poet Luis García Montero. Those releases preceded the recording of their LP “Manifiesto Guernika”. When in early 1983 the record label told them about the need to release an album, the band had already conceived a specific project, a kind of collage where they could express the ideas they had in mind: the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell’s “1984”, Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”, poems by authors from Granada, etc. Recorded in the Doublewtronics studios in March 1983, the band has always declared that recording conditions were terrible and they didn’t like the LP’s sound. Despite those problems, the result was spectacular. Already known tracks from the previous singles such as ‘Guernika’, ‘Gilmore ‘77’ and ‘1984 *Euroshima*’ would make any album worth its price. Other tracks such as ‘Habitación 101’ kept up the same level of intensity, and cuts like ‘Nadsat’, based on Joy Division’s ‘Day Of The Lords’, with which it shares a sinister mood, or ‘Todo está bien’, reminiscent of “Combat Rock”-era Clash, widened the spectrum of the record. Something even more noticeable in the different styles included in ‘Radio crimen Charleston’ and ‘El jardín extranjero’. The band would carry on with some line-up changes until they finally split up in 1985. Since then they have reunited in different occasions, the last one very recently, when they decided to record again some of this album’s tracks in 2010.

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Manifiesto Guernika
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