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Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias

Comedy rock band Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias formed in Manchester in 1972.

A lot of the humour from the Albertos’ was hit and miss, though they wrote good tunes – not the words, just the music. Not incredible, but good, although even their best – the admittedly hilarious Snuff Rock EP – was flawed.

Les Prior died on 31 January 1980 from leukaemia.

Granada Television aired a six-part comedy series in 1982 called Teach Yourself Gibberish, written by Chris (CP) Lee and featuring the band.

With a new song from the group each week, the surreal sketch show was intended for late-night viewing but Granada chose to screen it as a children’s show at teatime on Fridays. The group called it a day shortly thereafter.

Tony Bowers joined Durutti Column and, later, Simply Red. Jimmy Hibbert worked as both a writer and a voice on children’s TV show, Count Duckula.

Chris (CP) Lee
Vocals, guitar, flute
Les Prior
Simon White
Guitar, pedal steel
Jimmy Hibbert
Vocals, guitar, bass
Bob Harding
Vocals, guitar, bass
Tony Bowers
Bass, guitar
Bruce Mitchell
Ray “Mighty Mongo” Hughes