Estopa is a Spanish rock/rumba duo from Cornellà, Spain. Their songs "El Run Run" and "Cuando Amanece" reached number one on Billboard's chart in Spain, and "Con La Mano Levanta" reached number four. The band consists of brothers José and David Muñoz; their style includes rock, rumba, and flamenco genres. The band said, "We don't like to be easily categorized."
Their sound is similar to that Los Chichos, a Spanish rumba band that was popular in the 1970s. Estopa made a cameo appearance in the Spanish film The 4th Floor. They have performed with other popular Spanish artists such as Rosario Flores and Macaco.
Brothers José Muñoz and David Muñoz were in 1978 and 1976, respectively, in Extremadura and were raised in Cornellà de llobregat, a suburb of Barcelona. The brothers grew up listening to Los Chichos, Los Chunguitos, and Bordón on trips with their parents from Cornellà to Zarza Capilla, where their parents were from.
José and David attended college for some time before quitting their studies; they worked for a factory manufacturing automobile parts for the company SEAT; the band name "Estopa" comes from the expression used by their boss to keep everybody on task, "Dale Estopa a la maquina". There, they began composing songs and began to play in local bars. After playing a song for the bosses at BMG Music España, Estopa was given a record deal. Their first album, "Estopa," was released 19 October 1999 and one of its songs, "La Raja de Tu Falda," became an instant hit. Other songs such as "Tu Calorro," "Suma y Sigue," and "El Del Medio De Los Chichos" (an ode to Los Chichos the band), have also become fan favorites.
Estopa followed "Estopa" with their next album "Destrangis" in 2001, which sold 250,000 copies in its first two weeks. The album was welcomed by fans and led to a tour of Latin America. The Muñoz brothers later released a second Destrangis album including three live bonus tracks. That was entitled "Más Destrangis." After two years, their fourth album, "¿La Calle Es Tuya?" was released in 2004. Though it did not receive such good ratings as "Estopa" and "Destrangis", it became an immediate hit with songs like "Fuente de Energía" and "Apagón". The band experimented with rock-orientated sounds on this album, while maintaining the rumba and flamenco sounds that had appeared on their first two albums.
In late 2005, the band released their highly anticipated album "Voces de Ultrarumba". The disc includes older songs written by the brothers that Estopa could not record due to limits on each disc. The songs "No Quiero Verla Más" and "Malabares" were particularly popular. The album was released as a special, dual-disc CD/DVD set.
Estopa have been working on their next album, titled "Allenrok", which will be released in Spain on 26 February. They are also working on a music video for "Voces De Ultrarumba"'s song, "Lunes".
José Muñoz is the youngest brother, born in 1978. He plays guitar and sings backing vocals, as well as lead vocals on a few songs. David Muñoz is the oldest brother, born in 1976. He is the lead singer and also plays some guitar.
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