El Cuarteto de Nos is a rock group formed in 1980 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
El Cuarteto is the oldest active Uruguayan band. It has gained universal praise trascending local culture through universal themes and engaging everyday pathos in a humorous light.
In 1980, El Cuarteto de Nos played their first show, an instrumental set in the "El Tinglado" theater. They also played at the "La Máscara", "El Circular", "Teatro de la Alianza Francesa" theaters while their own musical style was being developed. In 1984, the first album was released, as Alberto Wolf and drummer Álvaro Pintos joined the group.
In 1985, they stepped on a stage, located in a fair from Villa Biarritz, dressed with aluminum foil on legs and balloons tied into their heads.
In 1986, they edited their first LP, Soy una Arveja (I am a Pea), on where they performed some hits, and the following year, at a concert they performed, the members were dressed up as old ladies, promoting the song Soy una Vieja (I am an Old Lady). In the same year, their second album was released, Emilio García (by then, the fictional manager).
In 1990, the album Canciones del Corazón (Songs of the Heart) was released in cassette, it was a commercial success.
In 1994, after four years of hiatus, the album Otra Navidad en las Trincheras (Another Christmas under the Trench) is released, which achieved quadruple platinum disc almost instantly, making them the first Uruguayan band ever to achieve it, this album has a wider musical amplitude, having mixed salsa, music, and electronic music, in the band's usual mocking style, the most successful songs of this album were Sólo un rumor (Just a rumour), El primer oriental desertor (The first deserting oriental), Soy un capón (I'm a capon), Bo Cartero (Hey, Mr. Postman; a mocking, spanish version of Please Mr. Postman), El putón del barrio (The gay of the neighbourhood) (putón is considered an insult referring to the Homosexual people being promiscuous) and Me agarré el pitito con el cierre (I caught my peepee with the zip, being said in a childish manner).
At late 1996, they release their seventh album El Tren Bala (The Bullet Train), this album was controversial in Uruguay, since one of its songs, named El día que Artigas se emborrachó (The day Artigas got drunk) makes an allusion to José Gervasio Artigas, the father of Uruguay, which led to attempts of banning the song. Delaying the release of the album, being the reason of the creation of their own label, Manzana Verde (Green Apple). Because of the diversity of musical styles presented, the reception of this record is very high, becoming a gold record in a week.
In 1998, the group signs a contract with Sony BMG, and releases Revista ¡¡Ésta!! (Magazine this one!!), the reception of this album is poor, such as its next album, Cortamambo (Killjoy), released in 2000.
In 2004, they released El Cuarteto de Nos, a compilation album of their all-time hits, plus three new songs, called Hay que comer (We have to eat), No quiero ser normal (I don't want to be normal) and Fui yo (It was me), the album is made in a rocker style.
During the year 2005 they were dedicated to present their new album, as well as celebrating the band's 21st anniversary with a show, having as special guests the musicians Gabriel Peluffo and Tabaré Rivero, amongst other famous musicians of Uruguay.
On May 20, 2006, the album Raro (Weird) is released. It was a major commercial success, it rose to the top of the Uruguayan chart, reaching golden disc only few weeks later. In 2007, El Cuarteto de Nos was nominated for Latin Grammy with "Yendo a la casa de Damián" on their album Raro. They started a trip around the world including stops at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico, as well as the Rock Festival Park in Colombia.
In 2008, they performed for Pepsi Music 2008, a huge festival in Argentina, along with other big bands and solo artists.
On May 27, 2009, in the midst of the development of Bipolar, it was said that Ricardo Musso would have artistical and administrative differences with the course the band has had taken. Majareta Productions, announced that the band won't split, but it'll suffer a structure change. With the departure of Ricardo Musso, two new musicians had joined the band, replacing Musso's guitar, Gustavo Antuña and the keyboardist Santiago Marrero. Finally, after many setbacks (such as the departure of Musso and the leaking of the album in Taringa!), the album was released on September 2009, the album's reception was high, having won five Graffiti Awards on June 2010.