The story of When the tremor passes, one of the most emblematic songs of Soda Stereo

Gustavo Cerati and his colleagues from Soda Stereo in times of “When the tremor passes”

Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The official Instagram account of Gustavo Cerati share the manuscript of “When the tremor passes” -o “The earthquake”, simply, as its author wrote on a sheet of notebook-, and the “likes” and comments of thousands of fans from all over the world multiply.

“Manuscript of the lyrics of ‘When the tremor passes’. Author and composer: Gustavo Cerati. Soda Stereo Nothing Personal album. 1985. Archivo Unísono”, says the text that accompanies the historic image, a true jewel for Latin American rock.

Nothing personal

The song was part of Soda Stereo’s second album, the successful Nothing personalwhich showed a much more elaborate sound compared to the first album (soda Stereo1984) and in which a leap in quality was noted, both musically and compositionally.

It was about deeper lyrics and even songs that were not only for dancing, as was the case with the previous work. Two examples of this are the aforementionedWhen the tremor passes” and “echoes”, the last theme of the plate, which showed a different facet from what had been seen up to that moment.

The manuscript of "When the tremor passes" (Instagram Gustavo Cerati)
The manuscript of “When the tremor passes” (Instagram Gustavo Cerati)

Nothing personal It was recorded at the Moebio studios with Mariano López as sound engineer. Unlike the first album, which had been prepared with different technicians and on rotating schedules, for this release everything was much more prolific.

Edited on November 21, 1985, It was a break in the group’s careerGiven the sold more than 120 thousand copies only in Argentina and some of his hits began to sound in different parts of the region.

“Nothing personal”, “When the tremor passes” and “Juego de seduccion” were the singles and quickly became the hits of the record work, which would also have as outstanding themes “Danza rota”, “I’m blue” and “Imágenes retro ”. 10 songs, all worked, long and intense, as was customary in the group.

The video clip of “When the tremor passes”

“When the tremor passes”

His video clip marked an era, it is one of the most remembered in the history of Soda Stereo and, without fear of exaggeration, of national rock. Directed by Alfredo Loisthe images of the musicians with their extravagant hairstyles and clothes contrasted with the landscape of Tilcara.

In addition, it was a milestone for Latin rock because at that time the mtv I was just beginning to pay attention to groups from this side of the world and Soda was the first from Argentina to appear on the network.

“’When the tremor passes’ was one of the first songs that came out, about an idea that I already had, inspired by landscapes that I knew as a child, from northwestern Argentina. And it’s a bit of a fusion, not forced, of a kind of reggae with a carnival air. We started to like what was coming up and I started to write about that place that I remembered, ”Cerati himself said on one occasion about how the idea that he embodied in the song came about.

And I add: “At the same time, not long ago a terrible earthquake had occurred in Mexico. That news shocked me a lot and I related it to something totally emotional”.

A little known story has to do with the English version of this theme. “When the shaking is past” was recorded in 1986, as was “Game of seduction” (“Game of seduction”).

It was never very clear how it was done, but it was said that, taking advantage of a trip to Europe, Gustavo Cerati, Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti developed a good relationship with the English DJ Eddie Simmonswho took them to his radio show and insisted on the project.

“When the tremor passes” was recorded in English

The presentation of Nothing personal In works

Although the album was released in 1985, its explosion came a year later. On April 11, 1986 the band officially presented their second album at the “Temple of Rock”. It was the first of the four concerts they gave before 6,000 people per performance.

There were four in total the functions that Soda offered in the ‘Mecca of rock’ – having to add two functions to those originally planned – summoning more than 20,000 people, who witnessed an overwhelming and compact show. The work of Gustavo Cerati (guitar and voice), Zeta Bosio (bass and choirs) and Charly Alberti (drums), revealed the compositional and instrumental level that the group has reached. Added to them were the contributions of Richard Coleman on guitar, the sax of ‘El Gonzo’ and permanent guest Fabián Von Quintiero on keyboards. And instead of playing it safe, the Sodas opted for a cover letter, incorporating a string orchestra made up of musicians from the Teatro Colón in three of the songs in the repertoire”.

The review written a while ago by SkinnyStereo -fan of the band who permanently publishes news and files of the group- is a good synthesis of what was experienced in those days of April 1986.

The framework of the recital was given by a dense metropolis designed by Alfredo Lois, who in turn was in charge of lighting design, an amalgam of colors that painted us oppressive and dreamlike images. The sound of the recital, 16 boxes per side, operated by Adrián Taverna and patented by Milrud, perfectly amplified a group that already sounds on its own”, he added.

At the end of the concerts in Obras, Soda began an extensive tour of the interior of the countryin which he decided to transfer the same lighting and scenographic infrastructure that he presented in the Núñez basketball stadium.

With the song “When the tremor passes” and the disc that contained it, Nothing personalthe group began to fly high and, in a short time, -from signshis third album- would come to occupy a privileged place: to be the most important rock band in the continent.

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The story of When the tremor passes, one of the most emblematic songs of Soda Stereo