The Planets

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The Planets

The Planets is a Spanish indie group from the city of Granada which started out in the second half of the 1990s and continue now through the 2000s. The groups first hit was Qué puedo hacer (What can I do?) from their albumSuper 8, although they had previously had some success with various demos on a contest run by Spanish national public radio station Radio 3.

After Super 8 (1994 RCA-BMG Music Spain) the group produced albums which caught on quickly in the Spanish indie scene, including Pop (1996 RCA-BMG Music Spain), Una semana en el motor de un autobœs (A week in the engine of a bus, 1998 RCA-BMG Music Spain), Unidad de Desplazamiento (Movement unit, 2000 RCA-BMG Music Spain), Encuentro con entidades (Encounter with entities, 2002 RCA-BMG Music Spain) and Los Planets contra la ley la gravedad (The Planets against the laws of gravity, 2004 RCA-BMG Music Spain).

They have released two compilation albums: one including all of their singles and EPs in 1999, Canciones para una orquesta qu’mica (Songs for a chemical orchestra, 1999 RCA-BMG Music Spain), and a greatest hits album in 2009, Principios b‡sicos de astronom’a (Basic principles of astronomy, 2009 Octubre Sony Music Entertainment).

The Planets are strongly influenced by English-language rock bands such as Joy Division and early-period Mercury Rev and are considered to be a key reference point in the world of Spanish indie.

A notable influence from flamenco music is being shown in their 2007 work (La leyenda del espacio (2007 RCA-Sony BMG), influence still shown in their latest album Una —pera egipcia (2010).

By Ainara Medina Martin (10)

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