Virus (Argentine band)

Virus is an Argentine new wave music band founded in 1979, led by Federico Moura until his death on December 21, 1988, from AIDS-related complications. His brother Marcelo then became lead singer, until the band gave its final performance on September 29, 1990, in a support slot to David Bowie. Virus reunited in 1994 and has had some sporadic activity, without recovering its previous popularity. Their latest album, Caja Negra (2006) features live versions of their classics, together with 5 new studio tracks, with invited artists influenced by the band: Ale Sergi (Miranda!), Adrián Dárgelos (Babasónicos), Pity Álvarez (Intoxicados) and Ciro Pertusi (Attaque 77).

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Background information
OriginLa Plata, Argentina
GenresNew wave, synthpop, post-punk, rock en español
Years active1979–1990
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsRoberto Jacoby, Soda Stereo, Babasónicos
MembersMarcelo Moura
Julio Moura
Daniel Sbarra
Ariel Naon
Fernando Monteleone
Nicolás Ménde
Past membersFederico Moura
Ricardo Serra
Pablo Mugica
Enrique Mugetti
Mario Serra
Aitor Graña
Ludo Isod
Patricio Fontana

Roberto Jacoby wrote the group's lyrics from its beginning. Some of their best-known songs are Wadu Wadu, El rock en mi forma de ser, Hay que salir del agujero interior, Una luna de miel en la mano, Amor descartable, Imágenes paganas and Mirada Speed.


Current members
  • Marcelo Moura — lead vocals (1987-present), keyboards, synthesizers, piano, percussion, vocals (1980-2004), bass, guitar (1995-2006)
  • Julio Moura — guitar, percussion, vocals (1980-present), keyboards (1980-2009)
  • Daniel Sbarra — guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, percussion, backing vocals 1984-1988, 1994-present)
  • Ariel Naon — bass, contrabass, backing vocals (2006-present), guitar, keyboards (2009-present)
  • Fernando Monteleone — keyboards, synthesizers, programming, backing vocals (2006-present)
  • Nicolás Méndez — drums, percussion (2009-present)
Former members
  • Federico Moura — lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizers, percussion (1980-1987, died 1988)
  • Ricardo Serra — guitar, backing vocals (1980-1984)
  • Pablo Mugica — bass, percussion, backing vocals (1989-1990)
  • Enrique Mugetti — bass (1980-1989, 1994-2004), keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals (1980-2004), guitar (1995-2004)
  • Mario Serra — drums, percussion, backing vocals (1980-1995)
  • Aitor Graña — drums, percussion, programming (1995-2006)
  • Ludo Isod — drums, percussion (2006-2009)
  • Patricio Fontana — keyboards, synthesizers (1994-1995), bass, guitar (1995-2004)


  • Wadu-Wadu (1981)
  • Recrudece (1982)
  • Agujero interior (1983)
  • Relax (1984)
  • Locura (1985)
  • Virus vivo (1986)
  • Superficies de placer (1987)
  • Tierra del fuego (1989)
  • Virus vivo 2 (1997, recorded 1986)
  • Nueve (1998)
  • Obras cumbres (2000). Compilation.
  • Caja negra (2006). Live collaborations + five new studio tracks


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