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    Los Amigos

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    Leon le cameleon lyrics
    2But it Isn't lyrics
    3Tissue Paper lyrics
    4Birmingham lyrics
    5Standing in the rain lyrics
    6Courts? lyrics
    7Kiwi & Pineapple Sorbet lyrics
    8Sloop John B lyrics
    9I am not your broom lyrics
    10Celebration lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1ii) Ukrainian Idiot [2006]
    2i) They love us in Holland [2006]
    3Bis Ans Ende Der Zeit
    4Das Beste - 40 Hits
    52 - After Cricket [2004]
    63- Songs about toll booths, eggs and various other [2005]
    71 - Baby on Board [2004]
    8Instrumentales Cubanos [2000]
    9Weihnachten Mit Den Amigos
    104 - Skit's, wit & any old... [2005]


    Band Members: Jon Snook, Robert Vingoe, Tom Ledger (until March 2006)

    In September 2004 Jon Snook, Robert Vingoe and Tom Ledger formed a band calling themselves the 3 Amigos. The first song "Baby on Board" was a barbershop quartet style song and was the title song of the first album released soon after the band's forming. The album was short, but the title song and Vingoe's solo effort called "Popadom" were met with praise and the foundations were then in place.

    Soon after they released their 2nd album. "After Cricket" had a more solid songlist including the title song written and performed after Cricket (practise). "Talkin' Softball" is also a notable effort in this number, but perhaps the most well known song is the alternative version of the Monster Mash. Snook & Vingoe used a keyboard demo and their own strange voices to make this one work and it is often used as an example of the band's best work.

    The first 2 albums were then released in a compilation which proved much more succesful than the albums themselves. The inclusion of fast forwarded (or "chipmunked") versions of the songs in a medley proved to be a big hit with fans.

    Still as 3 Amigos, the band worked on making their next album longer than their previous efforts. Inspired by the first song they made for the album, "This Booth", the album was called "Songs About Toll Booths, Eggs, and Various Other Things". The 2nd song on the album was called "Fishing Rod" (This time a parody of U2's "Vertigo") and was considered to be of similar quality. However this album didn't just feature parodies. There were a few covers (some with twists), but only "On Top Of A Mountain" (A limerick performed in song for the first known time) was greeted with praise. Perhaps the final track on the album was the most important as "I've Been Riding My Bicycle" was a totally original song with more than one word as a lyric. This signalled a change for the band as the confidence that came with the rave reviews of this particuarlar song led to more experiments with original songs.

    The band would end 2005 still as 3 Amigos and would also end with their fourth album "Skits, Wit & Any Old...". Covers of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Headline News" (a parody by Wierd Al) were better than previous cover attempts and sometimes considered equal with the "Monster Mash" from the "After Cricket" album. "Birmingham" showcased the bands parodying talents in a medley form. Foreign language was used for the first time (althought not to great effect and with poor translation) in "Sie Ist Liebte". 3 Amigos once again tried some original material... "Adequate" was poor in it's execution of unique lyrics, but "Oh Look It's Yoda" and the beloved "The La Song" showed their was potential in the songwriting of the band. This album was much more succesful than the earlier effort of 2005.

    "They Love Us In Holland" was more than half produced in 2005, but it took until late January for the eventual release.

    "They Love Us In Holland" was titled due to the shock of a having a fan in Holland (drawn in by the acclaimed "Monster Mash"). "It Smells Like Rain" returned the band to the style of barbershop with pleasing results. Covers of "Teenage Kicks", "Singing in the Rain" and "You are my sunshine" (aswell as a few others) were generally quite good and the 3 Amigos had definitely put their own spin on some classic songs. 2 raps were featured on the album. "Rap" had nowhere near the success of Vingoe's solo rap "But It Isn't". A notable song on the album is "In My Room" which was created entirely spontaneously. The microphone went on and the song was performed on the cuff. All these points combined made this album feel better than previous efforts.

    3 Amigos changed their name to Los Amigos in February and immediately went to work on another parody inspired album. After the considered failure of their previous album in this field this was a risky move. However it paid off and "Ukrainian Idiot" smashed all expectations and was quickly considered the best so far. The best of the last album was also released on the same CD making it break 60 minutes for the first time (including chipmunked songs). "Ukrainian Idiot", "Coffee Case" and "Wake Me Up When The Movie Ends" were all met with approval from fans. This time the parodies blended perfectly with a couple covers, a remix of the classic "Baby on Board" and a tribute to the "Winter Olympics". The album worked better than expected, but when put in perspective Los Amigos realised they needed to extend the lengths of their albums in future..

    After a couple very well recieved songs collectively known as "the Shah Collection" featuring Tom in a starring role, Tom was thrown into the spotlight much more than before. All seemed well as Los Amigos were finally getting the praise they deserved. However all was not as it seemed as Tom succumbed to a consuming Lucozade addiction. This addiction lead him onto harder addictions such as Calpol. In March 2006 Tom shocked the crappy music world when he stormed out of Los Amigos claiming "I'm more than just a voice". Since that time he has once again become friends with the band. The Shah songs are possibly more famous than anything released on an album and despite the situation which arose the songs have been released on many compilation cd's.

    This led to their next project. The album was quickly titled "Unemployment", but was not inspired by a parody the band had thought up. The use of an intro, an outtro and even a middletro (a musical first?) gave this album more structure than previous attempts. This structure led to the length Los Amigos wanted. A collection of shorter songs pieced together between Snook & Vingoe somehow made this album even more succesful than "Ukrainian Idiot". The album focused more on amusement than music, but there were still a couple standout tracks. "Sophie" stood out as sounding acceptable and was put 2nd on the album. "I am a Sheep" produced another successful parody from Los Amigos. "Don't Burn The Forests", "Jolly Song" and "Silence" have become examples of Los Amigos mix of music and comedy. Much of the latter 2 songs was produced spontaneously. An overly depressed "singing" of "Blimpy Boy/Parklife" added a new sense of irony to the album and worked effectively. Finally 2 covers on the album worked well as a cover of Queen's "Bicycle" was pulled off by Snook & Vingoe. The other cover was of "Build Me Up Buttercup" has reached a similar level of success as "Monster Mash". The album was considered a big success.

    For Los Amigos the only way is up!.. It is impossible to go down any more. As long as there is a space in this world for a band doing it for the fun and not the money (honest!) then Los Amigos will always be around to ridicule the music world! And as Vingoe would say...

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