2033 days passed between November 7, 1986 and June 1, 1992. Five years and almost seven months between the saddest day in the life of Fito Paez and one of his happiest. On the first date mentioned, two of the most important people for the musician left this world: her grandmother and her great-aunt, who lovingly raised him after the untimely death of his mother when he was just eight months old. However, they did not leave due to natural causes, nor by accident. They died in the most cruel way when two people entered their house and killed them in cold blood..
Death came one day and destroyed everything,
all, all, all a gale,
and it was a strong gale…
(“Tombs of Glory”)
“They were his direct family at the time of the murders, the only ones left. Because Fito grew up with them and with his father, Rodolfo, in the same house on Balcarce Street where the crimes occurred. Margarita, Fito’s mother, died in November 1963, when Fito was eight months old. The rest of Fito’s family was made up of his uncles and his cousins who lived in Villa Constitución, a few kilometers from Rosario. They were very close, but Fito’s family nucleus was that of the house: Rodolfo, Belia and Pepa, “he explained in an interview with Infobae Federico Anzardi, author of the book There are worse things than being alone. Fito Páez and City of Poor Hearts.
And he continued: “When the crimes occur, Fito was in Rio de Janeiro. It came in an ascending career at the musical and popular level. She had filled Luna Park, his last album was twists, which had songs like ’11 y 6′ or ‘I come to offer my heart’. just recorded la la la Along with Luis Alberto Spinetta and all the media considered him a genius who had no ceiling. The crimes were a blow that interrupted, in some way, that path”.
They were five very difficult years for Páez, who after the murders became almost anti-commercial, appeared ironic, skeptical and hopeless before the press. That process did not run out with the disk city of poor hearts. Hey!the album he released in 1988, is even darker, only it already has traits after the initial fury of Cityrelates Anzaldi, who adds: “He has black humor, spiritual laziness, and sadness assimilated and converted into sunken blocks in the depths of his spirit.”.
“By 1990 Fito had no money, he wanted to leave the country, the record company did not renew his contract. He was able to go out thanks to music, his friends and love. recorded Third World because they lent him the studio and the musicians played for free. Within a few months she met Cecilia Roth. There the anguish that dragged began to fade”, underlined the writer.
The love after Love
say that with The love after Love, released on June 1, 1992, there was a before and after in Argentine rock does not sound exaggerated. Its early success, its songs playing all day on the radio and more than a million copies sold -as soon as it came out on the market it swept 700,000- are data that speak for themselves. But, how was this work conceived? Who was the inspiring muse?
There will be a place to answer those questions. We first propose to place ourselves in 1992 to observe what the established artists of the local scene were doing.
Charlie Garcia came from recording Cheap philosophy and rubber shoeswhich came onto the market in 1990; Luis Alberto Spinetta had presented Peluson of milkedited in 1991; Andres Calamaro -together with Los Rodríguez- also in 1991 he had released Good luck and in 1992 he would publish Pirate Disk; Gustavo Cerati -with Soda Stereo- was preparing to edit dynamothe band’s most experimental album, but also in that 1992 -in March- they had published holy colors with his friend Daniel Melero; and the Indian Solari -with Los Redonditos de Ricota- came from presenting The fly and the soup in 1991.
Many will wonder why in this quick tour we do not see the name of Fito Paez. This is due to the fact that Rosario, although he was already a recognized musician and enjoyed a certain popularity, was not yet part of the “select group” of Argentine rock artists, a title that he was going to achieve with The love after Love.
a record album
According to the data collected by the journalist Marcelo Fernández Bitar, dumped in his book 50 years of rock in Argentina, Páez’s plate sold out 30,000 copies in two days and 20,000 more in a week. Fito filled the Gran Rex theater ten times and, at the end of the year, it had sold 175,000 units. Impressive numbers for the time, and for later too…
In the middle of the 1993 tour he was given the quadruple platinum and the Association of Spectacle Chroniclers (ACE) awarded him in three categories: best video clip, best rock song (for “Tombs of glory”) and best rock solo album.
Throughout all of ’93 he performed 120 shows, including two at the Vélez stadiumwhere on April 24 and 25 almost 85,000 people paid their tickets to attend the recitals.
In December he called again for a concert in Vélez, but on that occasion to benefit UNICEFleaving more than half a million dollars for that body.
The love after Love It became the best-selling album in the history of national rock, surpassing one million copies in the years after its release. No artist or band achieved as much. Now yes, let’s begin to investigate what is special about this work.
Fito Paez met personally Cecilia Roth in 1991 although she had already impacted him almost a decade ago. The first time he saw the actress was in 1983, when -sitting in a seat in a movie theater- she watched the film “Laberinto de pasiones”, directed by Pedro Almodóvar. At that time Roth lived in Spain and for Fito it was a platonic love.
But in 1991 that impossible romance was no longer so far from being realized. At least, the distance between the two was already much smaller. She was in Buenos Aires, where she had returned to recover from hepatitis, but with the intention of returning to Spain soon. However, after starting to see Fito, she would change her mind.
The first meeting took place at a costume party in Punta del Estewhere he told her a phrase that they would remember over the years: “Baby, will you pour me wine?”. She was married and, at first, she was reticent about it. However, she fell in love with the singer and they soon started dating.
What does all this have to do with The love after Love? Good much. For example, “A dress and a love” It was a song that Fito composed in Cecilia’s apartment. “This song came up one night, I wasn’t even 30 years old. I ended up in the house of a woman that I never thought would give me a ball. It was morning and she wanted me to go”, Páez would tell at the Planetarium in 2012, in a concert in which he celebrated the 20th anniversary of the album. He didn’t want to leave. He lit a cigarette, sat down at her brother’s piano and started writing that song.
I saw you, you gathered daisies from the tablecloth…
I know I treated you pretty bad
I don’t know if you were an angel or a ruby
Or did I just see you…
(“A dress and a love”)
And the same with other compositions. Actually, with the entire album, which has a permanent nod to the muse that inspired him. “I met a wonderful woman who changed my life. She is called Cecilia Roth. Since I don’t make records apart from my life, all the color of this relationship remained on my last LP.”, Fito narrated when the plate went on sale.
The man from Rosario composed the 14 songs on the album, one of them -“La Rueda Mágica”- together with Charlie Garcia; and he did the vocals, piano, guitars and keyboards on all the songs. Tweety Gonzalez was in charge of the programming and the organ, Ulises Butron of the guitars, William Vadala of the bottoms, and daniel columbus of the battery.
There were also guest musicians of the highest level, such as Luis Alberto Spinetta, Andres Calamaro, mercedes sosa, Fabiana Cantilo Y Celeste Carballowho -along with others- left their mark on the most successful album of Argentine rock.
The love after Love marked the consecration of Fito Páez not only locally, but also continentally. The title of the album -whose first song bears the same name- is an allusion to the breakup of her old sentimental relationship -Fabiana Cantilo- and the beginning of her relationship with Cecilia Roth.
“You know what happens, that when you do things you don’t know what you’re doing in some ways. I didn’t know it was going to turn into the album it turned into. I was lucky to do it, I had the pleasure of giving birth to it”, Fito recalled a decade ago, when he went on tour to remember that job that changed his life so much.
“The love after Love”
“Two days in the life”
“Traffic through Kathmandu”
“petal of salt”
“Sasha, Sissi and the Circle of Baba”
“A dress and a love”
“Tombs of Glory”
“The Magic Wheel”
“Behind the wailing wall”
“Ballad of Donna Helena”
“Brilliant on the Mic”
“Roll my life”