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Mecano was a Spanish pop/alternative band whose debut coincided with La Movida MadrileÃ±a, a sociocultural movement that occurred in Spain during the 1980's. Although not often considered one of the most representative ensembles of the mentioned cultural wave, its commercial success is undeniable. In fact, Mecano was to become the most important Spanish-speaking groups of the 80s and the early 90s by achieving success in its native country as well as in Latin America, France, and Italy.
The musical group itself was started as a synth-pop ensemble (mÃºsica tecno in Spanish) by brothers Nacho and JosÃ© MarÃa Cano, along with singer Ana Torroja, in Madrid in 1981. In a period of cultural experimentation in the newly democratic Spain, Mecano achieved its initial wide-spread popularity with their debut single, "Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar". The initial album, named after the band, turned out to be a collection of classics that would later represent La Movida MadrileÃ±a.