Molotov is a three-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican rock and hip hop band formed in Mexico City on , 1995. Their lyrics feature a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped and sung by all members of the group. Musically, Molotov blends heavy basslines with heavy guitar riffs. Many songs, such as "Gimme Tha Power" and "Frijolero," are politically inspired, addressing issues such as disenfranchisement within Mexico and immigration in the United States. The band's lyrics are risqu?, playful, and frequently aggressive. They recently returned from a three year absence and released their 6th album.
Everything began in the middle of 1995 when two friends, Tito Fuentes (guitar) and Micky "Fled" Huidobro (bass), got together and started playing. On the 21st of September of the same year, Javier de la Cueva "J" and Iv?n Jared "La Quesadillera" joined them becoming the first line up for the band (although La Quesadillera later left and was replaced by Randy Ebright, the only American-born member of the band). Around February of 1996 Javier left the group and Paco Ayala took his place. Throughout 1996, the band played in many underground locations in Mexico City and began to have a small group of fans. Their success finally came when they opened for H?roes del Silencio in Monterrey and later for La Lupita in Puebla. During a concert in which they opened for Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas, talent hunters from Universal offered them to record an album. It was a difficult period, and the band had to sell cassettes during the concerts while they prepared their album.
In July 1997, they released their debut album ?D?nde Jugar?n Las Ni?as?, which took its name partly from Man?'s album ?D?nde Jugar?n los ni?os? generating a great amount of controversy with stores refusing to sell it because of its lyrics and cover. Molotov went out to the street to sell their discs as a form of protest. The lyrics include a mixture of politics, sex and expletives, a fact that almost literally got them banned from Mexico, and caused them to move to Spain for some time.
Molotov received a recognition without precedent for a hip-hop group in Spanish. Urban publications such as Vibe said about them: " is incendiary by nature? with darts poisoned aimed directly to the heart of the oppressive paternalism of the government. They've become the Latin response to our Rage Against the Machine."
Molotov released Molomix, an album with remixes of Donde Jugar?n...?, including a version of the classic Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" titled: "Rap, Soda and Bohemias," and a new song: "El Carnal de las estrellas," as a response to Televisa's refusal to air the band's videos.
In September 1999, Apocalypshit was released and the band toured Europe, including Russia. In 2001, after a couple of years of touring, they took a rest by contributing to the soundtrack of the films Y tu mam? tambi?n and Atl?tico San Pancho, as well as by participating in tribute albums for Jos? Jos? and Los Tigres del Norte.
They were part of the Watcha Tour 2000, which included 17 shows with Los Enanitos Verdes, Aterciopelados, Caf? Tacuba, and A.N.I.M.A.L.
In 2003, the band's new album, Dance and Dense Denso, was released with the Grammy-winning single, "Frijolero," which became the band's biggest hit to date.
In 2004, the band released Con Todo Respeto, which consisted of covers of groups such as The Misfits, Beastie Boys, ZZ Top, and Los Toreros Muertos.
On , 2007, Molotov's official website addressed a separation rumor, saying that it could neither be confirmed or denied but that more information would be coming soon. A few weeks later, the band confirmed on its website that it would indeed be touring and posted dates starting April 3 in Ventura, California, and ending April 15 in Dallas, Texas. Despite no official break-up update, many radio stations announced the tour as Molotov's last.
In 2007, the band released its Eternamiente album (A joint of Eternally and he lies ) with the hit song "Yofo."
In an interview the band discused about recording a new studio album in March of 2009 and set for released around the end of the year or for the first quarter of 2010. The band also talked about the possibilty of releasing a live album or a live DVD.
Molotov performed at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival.
The band also faced a further hurdle when one of its songs was interpreted as a slur against homosexuals. The song "Puto" (literally man-whore; "puto"). Joto in Mexican Spanish means gay male, similar to the American slang word "faggot". The song was actually supposed to be about those who will not stand up for themselves. In Mexico, like many other parts of the world, homosexual slurs are also used to refer to "unmanly" behavior such as cowardice or cheating. As a result, Molotov's first tour in Germany was met by crowds of angry gays and lesbians. However, this information was not widely circulated until much later.
In defense of the band and its use of the word "puto," producer Gustavo Santaolalla told an interviewer from the Spanish language rock and roll magazine Retila:
About the homophobic thing, I'll clear that up now: in the song 'Puto,' the word is in no way used as an attack on the homosexual community at all. It's used like the word "turro" would be in Argentina, for example, a guy who is ...hmmm... a wretch, a loser, a bad-vibe guy. It's not an insult to a homosexual. The lyrics say, 'Puto, who takes away our grub/Puto who believes what's on the news...' It's directed specifically to that type of person. And as for the sexism, the songs are all made with humor and aimed precisedly at all that Latino-Macho mentality.
Santaolalla further compares the use of "puto" to Mark Knopfler's use of the word "faggot" in the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing," which he mistakenly states was not criticized.
Despite these initial problems, the band pulled itself together, leaving its more major controversies behind. Since then it has produced popular albums with the most recent release Eternamiente in late 2007. Molotov's music has a large following in Mexico, where it is played frequently on some Mexican radio stations along with the United States and, to a lesser degree, Europe.
Miky "Huidos" Huidobro - vocals, bass guitar, drums
Tito Fuentes - vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
Paco Ayala - vocals, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar
Randy "El Gringo Loco" Ebright - drums,vocals,electric guitar
Note: The members switch around instruments so it depends what song they are performing.
?D?nde Jugar?n las Ni?as? , 1997
Molomix , 1998
Apocalypshit , 1999
Dance and Dense Denso , 2003
Con Todo Respeto , 2004
Con Todo Respeto (Limited Edition) September 2005
Eternamiente , 2007
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoam?rica 2003 - Best Group or Duet,Best Alternative Artist,Best Artist from Mexico.
?D?nde Jugar?n Las Ni?as?:
Double Platinum Record in Spain
Quadruple Gold Record in Mexico
Golden Record in Argentina and Colombia.
Platinum Record in Chile and United States.
Dance and Dense Denso:
Latin Grammy for Best Music Video (Frijolero).
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoam?rica 2003 for Video of the Year (Frijolero)
Con Todo Respeto:
Latin Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Album, Duo or Group
Latin Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Album, Duo or Group
Molotovs songs Que No Te Haga Bobo Jacobo, Karmara, Molotov Cocktail Party, Matate Tete, Step Off, Cerdo, No Manches Mi Vida, Apocalypshit and El Mundo were featured in the 2005 videogame Total Overdose.