Argentinean singer/songwriter Javier Calamaro composed for the first time at a very young age, forming a band called Frappé in 1983, singing along with Hernán Reyna. The band was later joined by drummer Leonardo Ramella, bassist Pablo Martín, and keyboardist Federico Oldenburgo, and their name was changed to el Corte; a self-titled album was recorded in 1986 and El Camino Contrario followed in 1987. When el Corte disbanded in 1988, Javier Calamaro created a new project called los Guarros, which released six albums. In 1995 the artist published his first book, called Mi Amigo Jack, and produced a charitable record in 1996 to benefit Chiapas' natives, getting contributions from prominent local musicians such as Leon Gieco and Mercedes Sosa. He made a similar album in 1998, issued under the name of Pampa del Indio, to benefit Argentinean minorities. That same year, Javier Calamaro started his solo career, signing up to Sony Music, releasing Diez de Corazones, followed by 2000's Quitapenas, which featured a cover of Virus' "Imágenes Paganas."
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