Uruguayan Latin rock foursome Níquel was formed in the mid-'80s by singer/guitarist Jorge Nasser and Pablo Faragó, they were joined by drummer Claudio Cabral and keyboardist Estela Magnone. They made their debut in a compilation called Rock 3, featuring Níquel's "Heroes Porteños," followed by a self-titled album, released by Discovery in 1988. That same year, the group had the opportunity to open for British Gene Loves Jezebel. After issuing Gusano Loco in 1989, Níquel performed for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1991, MTV Latino started rotating the band's videos, "Gusano Loco" and "Candombe de la Aduana." Around the same time, Níquel performed at Montevideo's Solis theater, playing Uruguayan classic rock tunes from the '70s, a successful show recorded and later released under the name of De Memoria. In 1995, the Latin rock act went on tour around the country promoting Acústico, followed by an experimental record called Sinfónico, 1996's Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande, and 1997's Primate 2. Níquel returned to the recording studios by the end of 1999, making Prueba Viviente, which was released by Límites in the year 2000.
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